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Deadline approaching for youth to apply for Auburn Junior City Council

The City of Auburn is creating a nine-person junior city council in order to get advice and ideas from the youth perspective on things like parks, recreation, entertainment, traffic, police, festivals, trails, environmental stewardship and other social issues. Students will learn leadership skills, improve their chances for scholarships, learn how City government operates and see how they can influence government activities in order to make a positive difference in the world. 

Interested youth that live in the Auburn city limits and attend Auburn schools in grades 8-12 grade are eligible to apply. Deadline to turn in applications is Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. The nine-member council may include one member from other schools located outside of the city as long they are an Auburn resident. 

"We are very excited about the possibilities for the students in our area,” said Deputy Mayor Nancy Backus. “The Auburn City Council has realized the significant impact and value that our students have on our City and its future, and are looking forward to working with this newly formed council."

It is estimated that students will need to spend about two hours per week during the school year attending meetings, participating in City functions and studying for meetings. Application forms are available for download (PDF) on the City’s website or at City Hall in the City Clerk’s office or at their school principal’s office.

Students need to get at least one letter of recommendation from a school teacher, administrator or counselor. 

For more information, call 253-931-3041 or email Tamie Bothell at tbothell@auburnwa.gov.