SYC - Snellville Youth Commission The mission of the Snellville Youth Commission is to promote education in governmental affairs, engage the youth of the Snellville area in civic activities and build practical and effective leadership skills. The Snellville Youth Commission is guided and mentored by the Snellville Youth Commission Advisory Board. The mission of the Advisory Board is to provide curricular structure for the Snellville Youth Commission, cultivate student growth in civic leadership through mentorship and provide a launching pad for impactful youth engagement, supporting the execution of the Snellville Youth Commission initiatives. Meeting agendas may be found on the Youth Commission and Advisory Board Agendas page. Click the link in the menu on the left edge of this page. What is Snellville Youth Civic Leadership? The Snellville Youth Commission was established in 2016 to include the youth in and around Snellville in civic activities. The program welcomes rising sophomores, juniors and seniors to apply. The selected ambassadors from South Gwinnett, Brookwood and Shiloh High Schools will engage in and develop their understanding of civic activities. This is an opportunity for students to foster understanding and engagement in the community. Not only will the ambassadors be able to enhance their civic knowledge, they will be able to gain unique experiences expanding their insight into the growing multi-generational and multicultural aspects of Snellville, city leadership and south Gwinnett County as a whole. What kinds of things will we do? Students will meet monthly at City Hall to learn from and engage with various leaders in civic and community roles. They will work with their peers to discuss local issues. The SYC ambassador will be offered travel opportunities to visit different leadership organizations both locally, such as in Gwinnett and Chatham, as well as opportunities to discuss with other leaders who live abroad. Senior ambassadors in the program will be privileged with shadowing a member of the City to learn about the more critical components that drive the City. When are meetings? Monthly meetings will be held on the second Saturday of each month from 10 am - 12 pm. Please note that some of the dates take place during the summer. This program is a comprehensive commitment. During this program, some opportunities may require the student to obtain a means of transportation. In addition, there will be scheduled field trips. What does it cost? The City of Snellville and local businesses will partner to cover program costs such as the speakers, ambassador packages and refreshments. There is no cost to the student ambassador to participate in SYC. How will Snellville Youth Commission Ambassadors be selected? Ambassadors will be selected through a review and selection process, as well as an interview. Students will need to complete an application including two recommendations (one recommendation MUST be from a teacher) and one essay. Prior civic engagement and leadership experience are desirable, however they are not mandatory. When and where are the applications due? The application period for the 2017-18 school year is closed . Applications for the 2018-19 school year will be due the end of March 2018. Interviews will be conducted and selections will be made in April. A mandatory training meeting for students will be held in April. Applications are available here. Please print the application and complete the student section. The student section of the applicatoin may be email to Eric Van Otteren, firstname.lastname@example.org, dropped off at city all or be give to one of the teachers noted below. Two recommendations must be submitted in sealed envelopes or be email directly to Eric Van Otteren at email@example.com. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Council woman Lenski or Eric Van Otteren. Shiloh High School Contact Teachers South Gwinnett High School Mr. Lee - Rm C37; firstname.lastname@example.org Ms. Brown-Van - Room A124; email@example.com Ms. Cristy Lenski - Room E202; firstname.lastname@example.org What if I have some additional questions? Feel free to contact Program Director Eric Van Otteren at (770)-985-3502 email@example.com or Snellville City Council Member Cristy Lenski at firstname.lastname@example.org.