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Pasta Dinner Brings Together County Supervisors and Youth Commissioners

00:00 AM - May 18, 2017

Group of Youth Commissioners pose for a photo with EDCOE leadership and members of the County Board of Supervisors

The El Dorado County Youth Commission met with El Dorado County Office of Education Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ed Manansala, members of EDCOE leadership, and members of the County Board of Supervisors on Monday, May 15. The students held their annual pasta dinner with the dignitaries to share the focus of their work this school year and to get feedback from Supervisors and EDCOE representatives, which jointly sponsor and support the Youth Commission. 

The Youth Commission gives students the opportunity to be involved with their community and make a positive difference, while developing leadership and governance skills. “Our youth hold the keys to a bright future, so the Youth Commission plays a vital role in developing the leaders of tomorrow,” noted Dr. Ed Manansala, County Superintendent of Schools.

Throughout the year the members of the Youth Commission work on projects that are important to the youth of the community. This year’s focus was on improving access to mental health resources in the county. “When youth commissioners first got together in the fall of last year, we were brainstorming about what issue we wanted to address. As we all shared, we realized that all of our concerns fell under the umbrella of mental health,” said Misbah Shafi, Youth Commission Chairperson. “All of us knew there was a need to help lower the stress of students in the county.”

Students decided that the resources are available, but students can have trouble finding that information. “Our goal has been to find the best resources out there and put live links to those resources in one place. When we have the information gathered, we will promote the website through high school counselors, teachers, and other community groups,” said Vice-Chair, Joseph Goulart.

“The students are wonderful ambassadors for all of our county’s youth,” stated Brian Veerkamp, District III Supervisor, “and they certainly reflect a bright future for El Dorado County.”

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