MERCED — A city panel wants to hear from young people and youth advocates at a meeting today, according to a news release.
Merced's Recreation and Parks Commission will listen to ideas on a proposed youth council during the regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council chambers, 678 W. 18th St.
At a budget meeting in June, the City Council set aside $25,000 for a council made up of young people.
The decision to earmark money was seen as a victory by youth advocates. In June, some members of the City Council were reluctant to get behind funding the youth council without defined parameters.
The commission has studied the structure and requirements of youth councils in the region at previous meetings, according to the release. Some groups focus on making policy recommendations, others on organizing teen events.
The youth councils studied by the commission also vary in their requirements for membership.
After hearing from young people and their advocates, the release stated, the commission may consider making a recommendation to the City Council on whether a youth council is necessary.
Before the regular meeting, the commission will hold a workshop at 4:30 p.m. on the roles and duties of commissioners.
Reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 385-2453 or tmiller@mercedsunstar.