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Kenmore Club launches major initiative to reach youth

Updated: Feb 6, 2020

Teens can run for 5 council positions by making a presentation at Feb 26 Board meeting

The Kenmore Community Club board approved the establishment of a Kenmore Community Youth Council (KCYC) at its January 22, meeting.

The KYKC is the passion of new board member Fernell Miller who has been working with young people in Northshore schools for 38 years. She has been looking for a long time for a way to engage young people in the greater Kenmore Community. The Kenmore Community Youth Council will provide an opportunity for young people to develop leadership, civic and public speaking skills in a safe and secure environment, as well as have a place to hang out and have fun.

"One of the things I've struggled with over the years," Ms Miller says, "is that there are a lack of places for young people to hang out in Kenmore. There are so many unseen and overlooked talented, curious and creative kids who yearn for space to be visible, validated and valued in their community. Specifically, kids of color and kids who are not involved in sports teams or the various clubs at their schools, there are very few places for our young people to gather, work and play together in Kenmore."

According to the KCYC Charter youth council will provide artistic, cultural, volunteer, physical, and educational activities participated in by youth, and will provide opportunities for young people to gain experience organizing such activities and bringing them to the public. The council will also be governed by a Board composed of youth members who will make presentations to the KCC Board, which will select the council. Ms. Miller will serve as the ombudsman for the KYKC.

Any person 17 years of age or younger who attends school in the state of Washington and is able to attend Kenmore Community Youth Council meetings in person in Kenmore shall be eligible to serve as council members. The first selection of councilors will take place Feb. 26, 2020 at 7pm at the Kenmore Community Club. Click here for more info, or contact Fernell Miller

The council will operate the club under the guidance of a Kenmore Community Club board member who will serve as an ombudsman for the council. The five youth council positions include:

  • Chief Youth Councilor

  • Youth Activities Councilor

  • Youth Funds Councilor

  • Youth Culture Councilor

  • Youth Communications Councilor

The youth council will be responsible for planning events and activities, as well as do the communications and fundraising to support them.

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