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December 30, 2009 > Youth Advisory Commission reaches out

Youth Advisory Commission reaches out

By Dustin Findley

How can the Youth Advisory Commission (YAC) receive input and feedback from the city's youth?

The YAC is considered outreach efforts on December 10 and suggested installation of a box for comment cards at the Teen Center and Library, a comment box/form on the Youth Advisory Commission's website and a YAC email address. Comments would be reviewed at YAC meetings.

Awareness of young people's concerns and opinions will help the YAC better fulfill its mission to be the voice of Milpitas teens and advise the City Council on issues that pertain to the youth.

Chair Sareen Sandhu remarked that young people have grown up with technology and sometimes the best way to communicate with their contemporaries and peers is through the Internet.

The City Attorney's office is looking into the possibility and feasibility of YAC use of social networking sites to communicate. Social networking sites pose certain risks that must be addressed, such as "cyber bullying" and "online predators."

YAC is considering ways to direct traffic to its website to encourage youth participation and involvement. Possible methods of raising awareness include business cards, advertisements in local public media and Milpitas High School newspapers and a column or newsletter with commission updates.

The Milpitas Youth Advisory Commission meets at 7 p.m. at the Teen Center, 1325 East Calaveras Boulevard, on the second Thursday of the month. No meeting is held in June. For more information, contact Samu Tiamalu, Teen Center Program Coordinator (408) 586 3222.

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