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EDC Youth Commission Presents to the Board of Supervisors

13:00 PM - May 23, 2022

Left to right:  Amy Pooley, Grace Lawson, Lucas Johnston, Supervisor Turnboo, Supervisor Parlin, Avery Sheridan, Zofia Bradford, Emma Lopez, Mahee Haswani, Supervisor Thomas, Amanda Kendler, Supervisor Novasel, Macy Little, Emilia Delmolino, Supervisor Hidahl, Lauryn Sumimoto, Dr. Ed Manansala, Michael Gillespie

Recently at a El Dorado County (EDC) Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting, EDC Youth Commissioners presented on their efforts over the last school year that revolved around benefitting youth mental health and wellness. Commissioners took turns presenting to the BOS articulating how they worked to raise awareness, provide valuable resources like survey data regarding mental, and partner with community organizations to expand their efforts such as Boys and Girls Club, Western Slope.

Each school year, students are appointed to the Youth Commission by the BOS 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. This is made possible through a strong partnership between the BOS and the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE)

“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.”

After the presentation, commissioners received certificates acknowledging their service to the community. Amy Pooley, Commission Advisor, also received a certificate for her steadfast efforts supporting this program and the students.

Wendy Thomas, District 3 Supervisor and Youth Commission Liaison, remarked, “It was truly a privilege to welcome the EDC Youth Commission to our Board Meeting to celebrate their accomplishments and to recognize Youth Advisor, Amy Pooley, for her inspired leadership. These kids are incredible, and they give me great hope for our future!”

“I hold a tremendous amount of admiration for these Commissioners,” added Pooley. “Their voices are strong and their unwavering dedication and courage to directly address some enormously complex and heavy topics facing their peers is inspiring. I look forward to supporting the continued work of these future leaders. It has been an honor to serve as their Advisor these past four years. Thank you to the El Dorado County Office of Education and El Dorado County Board of Supervisors for their on-going championship of these youth.”

For more information about the commission, visit 

Two students present to the board of supervisors

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