Youth Task Force Highlight

The Youth Task Force (YTF) is a group of 8th graders to 12th graders who gather to make a difference in their community. This Commission meets twice a month to discuss what is going on in the community and how they can advocate for other youth. This group is appointed by one of the Board of Supervisors. (To learn more about each of the Supervisor, and find yours, visit: Elected Officials - Official Website - County of Santa Clara (sccgov.org)

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience on the YTF. While at the beginning I had no idea what the county government did, I gained an appreciation for the important work local governments do — even if it's not flashy or glamorous. It was also a great experience working with other students who were also deeply passionate about civic engagement and making an impact on the issues that affect young people." - Winston Li, a YTF Commissioner

In 2022, one of the major projects the YTF worked on at high schools in the County was completing a Youth Voter Registration Guide. Noticing their peers were not registering to vote, YTF members wanted to advocate for the importance of voting by creating a guide for distribution in school. Made in collaboration with the County’s Registrar of Voters, the Youth Voter Registration Guide explains how youth in middle school or high school can pre-register to vote. 

“Being a member of the Youth Task Force of Santa Clara County has allowed me to become more aware and involved in my county. From the YTF meeting, I have been fortunate to learn about county institutions through expert-led sessions as well as collaborate with incredibly dedicated high-schoolers from all over the world. As I enter my second term, I hope to follow through with projects that benefit youth in the county in addition to learning more about the way county government operates and how I can be a part of it.” - Leonard Fomin, a YTF Commissioner 

In order to apply, youth must reside in Santa Clara County and be in between 8th and 12th grade. Please fill out an application HERE if interested. 

For any questions about YTF please contact Angi Reddell, [email protected] 

You can follow YTF on Instagram at: @sccytf 

(Link to apply for YTF: Form - PrimeGov

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