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September 8, 2011

Two Opportunities for Houston Area High School Students:
Mayor's Youth Council and Youth Police Advisory Council

City of Houston Mayor's Youth Council Applications Online Now

The 2011-12 Mayor's Youth Council (MYC) is now taking applications. Interested applicants are invited to apply online at www.houstontx.gov/myc/apply.html. The deadline is Friday, September 16, 2011.

The Mayor's Youth Council emulates the Houston City Council with a chairperson (mayor), city secretary, nine district and five at-large council positions and their accompanying aides. Youth Council members will gain an understanding of city departments and a rapport with community leaders, citizens and elected officials. Members are called upon to help make decisions affecting Houston's youth, as well as, participate in numerous service activities throughout the year.

Guidelines and job descriptions for the 2011-12 terms are now available online. Applicants must be high school students, who reside or attend schools in the City of Houston, generally between the ages of 14 and 18. They should demonstrate a strong interest in acquiring knowledge about city government, promoting discussion on youth-related issues, show excellent abilities in organizing information, and work well with young people from a variety of diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Applications are now being accepted and are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 16, 2011. Incomplete applications will not be considered after this date. A panel of youth and adult advisors will review the applications and invite qualified candidates for a personal interview. Decisions will be announced in late September.

For more City of Houston volunteer opportunities see www.houstontx.gov/volunteer/.

Houston Police Department Youth Police Advisory Council Applications Online Now

If you are interested in being a leader among your peers the Houston Police Department (HPD) Youth Police Advisory Council (YPAC) is the program for you. This is an opportunity to gain community service hours, meet with other high school students throughout the city and organize initiatives at your school. Interested applicants are invited to apply online at http://www.houstontx.gov/police/vip/images/ypac-app.pdf. The deadline is October 1, 2011.

HPD's YPAC is recruiting high school students to interact with Chief of Police Charles A. McClelland, Jr. and other top HPD officials regarding issues affecting youth in schools and communities.

A select group of high school students will be chosen for the new school year, to not only address issues of their peers but also participate in community service projects and attend youth leadership conferences throughout the state.

YPAC members are required to meet five times during the school year at HPD Headquarters at 1200 Travis, Houston 77002. Applications are being accepted now and are due October 1, 2011.

For more information, see www.houstontx.gov/police/vip/ypac.htm, email rhonda.holmes@cityofhouston.netor call 713.308.3200. To learn more about HPD, see www.houstonpolice.org.



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