COUNTY SEEKS YOUTH VOLUNTEERS TO SERVE ON ADVISORY BOARD

COUNTY SEEKS YOUTH VOLUNTEERS TO SERVE ON ADVISORY BOARD

The opinions and concerns of young people matter to the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners. By a 5-0 vote at their Sept. 25 meeting, the commissioners established a Youth Advisory Council patterned after a similar entity pioneered by the City of Las Cruces.
The commission originally was scheduled simply to hear a presentation from members of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council at the Sept. 25 meeting, but after the presentation was completed, the commissioners unanimously agreed to take immediate action to form a countywide youth council.
“I think each of us saw this as an outstanding opportunity to get viewpoints from the young people we serve in our districts,” Commission Chairman Gilbert T. Apodaca said of the vote. “The presentation by Adam Fox, Cara Jurus and Ryan Humble was outstanding, and we want to find similarly motivated young people in the county who are willing to interact with the commission in a meaningful manner.”
The commission directed staff to solicit applications and nominations for an eight-member youth advisory council, with one member from each commission district and three members serving at-large. Once seated, the advisory council will set a schedule for meetings and coordinate its efforts through the county’s office of public information and special projects.
Potential members must be currently enrolled in a Doña Ana County school district and must have a C average or better.
Communities located within District 1 include Chamberino, La Mesa, Mesilla, Mesilla Park, San Miguel and the historic downtown areas of the City of Las Cruces. Communities located within District 2 include Anthony, Berino, Brazito, La Union, Mesquite, Santa Teresa, Sunland Park and Vado. Communities located within District 3 include Chaparral, Las Alturas, New Mexico State University and Talavera Estates. Communities located within District 4 include Butterfield Park, Moongate, Organ and the area of Las Cruces east of Missouri Avenue and south of Lohman. Communities located within District 5 include Doña Ana, Garfield, Hatch, Radium Springs, Rincon, Salem and most of the area of Las Cruces located north of Picacho Boulevard.
Students who live near commission borders who are interested in serving should ask a registered voter living in the same household to retrieve his or her voter ID card, which will indicate the precinct in which the voter resides. With that precinct number, the interested student may call the Doña Ana County Bureau of Elections to find out which commission district he or she lives in.
Students who wish to be founding members of the Doña Ana County Youth Advisory Council should send a letter of interest and three letters of reference to Jess Williams, Director of Public Information and Special Projects, Doña Ana County Manager’s Complex, 180 W. Amador Ave., Las Cruces, N.M. 88001. The letter of interest should indicate the commission district in which the candidate resides, along with a brief narrative about why the person wishes to be appointed.
For more information, call Williams at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.