Children’s Commission seeks new members

Jun 01, 2012

Snohomish County residents interested in the needs and issues facing children and families are asked to apply for membership on the Snohomish County Children’s Commission.

The Snohomish County Children’s Commission is a group of 25 members who serve as advisors on issues of health, safety and welfare of children. The commission’s mandate is to act in an advocacy role on behalf of children of Snohomish County.

Members, who are recommended by the County Executive and appointed by the County Council, serve a four-year term and represent health and human services, law and justice, education, business and labor, children and youth, parents, minorities, elected officials and concerned citizens.

Commissioners are expected to make a commitment of time and energy, including:

  • Attendance at monthly Children’s Commission meetings: The Children’s Commission meets on the last Wednesday of the months of January through June, September and October, from 4-6 p.m., in Everett. An annual retreat occurs in August, and the November/December meetings are combined into the first week of December due to holidays. Smaller committee groups meet according to need.

  • Participation on at least one Children’s Commission project, activity or committee: Ad hoc committees are formed and meet as needed. Research and development work are conducted through forums, public hearings and a strong committee structure. Members have the opportunity to choose and work on the committee(s) where their strengths can be best utilized.
  • Doing the work of an advocate: Advocacy work takes on a variety of forms including legislative efforts, active involvement in resolving local issues or speaking out at meetings held in public session. Commissioners are expected to be visible influences in the community, advocating on behalf of children and representing the commission in the community.

Residents interested in becoming a member must first attend three Children’s Commission meetings before they can apply.

For additional information, contact Kristi Reardon at Kristi.reardon@snoco.org or 425.388.7315.Applications may be printed directly from the Snohomish County Children’s Commission website athttp://wevaluekids.org/.

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