PLATTSBURGH — If elected to office, Plattsburgh Renewal Party mayoral candidate Chris Rosenquest hopes to give the city’s youth a voice in local government.
To do so, he said during a news conference at the Dock Street Landing, he would collaborate with city educators to create the first Plattsburgh Youth Commission.
“I will engage our youth and our young people to foster leadership, civic participation and to acknowledge outstanding success,” he said.
The commission, Rosenquest noted, would comprise 10 student representatives, who would work directly with City Hall and Common Council subcommittees to learn about local government operations and how to best engage leaders in solving problems.
“We want to solve the problems facing our youth,” he said. “Oftentimes, our young people aren’t considered in the decisions made by City Hall even when those decisions directly impact them.”
“The Plattsburgh Youth Commission is a formal structure for young people to have a voice in decision making at City Hall.”
‘LEADERS FOR LIFE’
Plattsburgh City School District and Seton Catholic Central School students in grades eight through 12 would be encouraged to apply for a seat on the commission by submitting an essay, letters of recommendation, a resume of civic involvements and undergoing a face-to-face interview.
Representatives would propose ways to solve some of the problems the community’s youth face.
“The young people in our city are the next generation of leaders for our community,” Rosenquest said. “The Plattsburgh Youth Commission is an opportunity for young people to develop the necessary skills, confidence and knowledge to be leaders for life, as well as to make a real difference through service-learning programs.
“We want to purposefully engage our young people in civic and community involvement.”
A member of the Office of Community Development, he added, would be appointed to act as a liaison to Plattsburgh schools and foster strong relationships with the community.