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Youth Commission

Youth Achievement


The Clark County Youth Commission is pleased to announce the 17th annual county-wide celebration recognizing the achievements of youth that demonstrate personal growth and community contribution.

Nominations for the 17th Annual Youth Achievement Awards are being accepted for a celebration scheduled Sunday, June 14, 2015. Nominations must be postmarked by Tuesday, March 24, 2015.

The Youth Commission is a diverse group of 30 youth from throughout Clark County dedicated to bringing the voices of youth into the community and raising awareness about the remarkable achievements made by youth year round.

It is our belief that every young person has the potential for achievement in one or more of the following 13 categories: Arts, Career Development, Citizenship, Courage, Education, Empathy, Environmental Stewardship, Family Life, Inspiration, Leadership, Personal Achievement, Sportsmanship, and Tolerance.


The Clark County Youth Commission is a youth driven advisory board established by the Clark County Board of Commissioners in April 1998. Members ages 11-19 from throughout Clark County provide a youth-oriented point of view to the work of the Board of County Commissioners, county departments, and community organizations.

The Youth Commission informs these groups about issues important to youth, makes suggestions on how to address the issues important to youth, and provides instruction on how to build positive partnerships with youth.

The Clark County Youth Commission advises Clark County government on a variety of policy issues including:
- Behavioral/Cultural Change (PDF)
- Energy (PDF)
- Environmental Building Standards (PDF)
- Environmental Building Standards Follow-up (PDF)
- Local/Sustainable Food (PDF)
- Mass Transportation (PDF)
- C-TRAN Mass Transportation (PDF)
- Plastic Bag Tax (PDF)

Policy reports:


Youth Violence Prevention


Parks and Open Spaces - At the request of the Board of County Commissioners, the Youth Commission presented the following recommendations to increase park use in Clark County:

Social Networking - In this policy assignment, the Youth Commission addresses how to increase civic engagement in the county through the use of social networking:

Youth Mental Health - The Youth Commission presented the following analysis and recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on reducing youth depression in the county:

Environmental Sustainability - In the following policy assignment, the Youth Commission evaluated Clark County's environmental sustainability policy:

For more information about the Youth Commission, please contact: Elizabeth Hill, Program Coordinator
Phone: (360) 397-2130, ext. 5133
Web site:

Clark County Community Services: Vanessa R. Gaston, Director
Street address: 1601 East Fourth Plain Boulevard, Bldg 17, Suite A419, Vancouver, WA 98661
Mailing address: P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-9810
Main phone: (360) 397-2130 | FAX: (360) 397-6028
Community Services Fraud and Abuse Hotline
The Fraud and Abuse Hotline number is (360) 397-8030 and is for the reporting of suspected fraud or abuse related to payment for services. Messages may be left anonymously. To speak directly with the Department Compliance Officer, call (360) 397-2075 ext. 7819.
Responsible Elected Official: Board of County Councilors

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