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Board of Supervisors Welcomes El Dorado County Youth Commission

09:05 AM - December 07, 2021

Youth Commission

In a continued effort to positively enhance our community and empower our future leaders, the County Board of Supervisors (Board) partners with the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) to facilitate and support the El Dorado County Youth Commission

Each school year, students are appointed to the Youth Commission by the County Board of Supervisors to help develop and express the opinions, ideas, and vision of El Dorado County youth by working with local government and community decision-makers. Through the program, students gain leadership skills and work toward common goals as they partner with other youth organizations, assist with local community service activities, and discover ways to better communicate with youth about various opportunities available in El Dorado County.

“We are extremely proud of the Youth Commission and their dedication to serving community youth.” noted Dr. Ed Manansala, County Superintendent of Schools. “In working together with our County Board of Supervisors to develop youth leadership opportunities such as these, we empower the next generation of El Dorado County residents to further cultivate a healthy and vibrant community.” 

On Tuesday, November 9, the Youth Commission participated in their annual Shadow Day, where the commissioners joined the Board during one of their regularly scheduled meeting and provided input and comments on agenda items such as:  public comments, county code enforcement specifications, and a proposed homeless services program.

“These future leaders are a talented, dedicated and passionate group of youth, and it is our honor to welcome them here and work alongside them,” stated Supervisor Wendy Thomas, who serves as the Board’s Liaison for the Youth Commission. “Shadow Day provides an unforgettable learning experience for the commissioners. I am continually impressed by their insights on community issues. They are our future leaders, and their innovative and insightful input now helps to shape the future of El Dorado County.”

 Board of Supervisors meeting

“The Youth Commission was honored to attend the Board of Supervisors meeting.” noted Youth Commission Vice-Chair Lauryn Sumimoto. “This experience increased our awareness of issues in the county and provided the opportunity to experience local government in action. Not only did we gain insight on local issues such as code enforcement and homelessness. We also received a new appreciation for our county representation. The Commission is grateful for the opportunities to join community discussions and work with county leadership.”

More information about the Youth Commission program can be found at

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