Join a City Board or Commission

Calling All Burlington Youth: Join a City Board or Commission!

Youth on Boards is a civic engagement project of the City of Burlington. This program seeks to provide youth leaders with opportunities for representing Burlington’s youth on City Commissions and Boards. Youth on Boards engages youth in developing leadership skills, contributing to building sustainable and inclusive communities, and sharing the wisdom and insight of Burlington’s next generation.

Any high-school age youth leader can serve as a Youth on Boards participant. Please see the full list of participating boards and commissions to find out how much time you would need to commit and what sparks your interest. Most commissions and boards meet once a month with some reading required ahead of time. Youth members would work with a mentor to learn and grow as they serve on a board or commission. Beyond representing youth and your community in a professional and respectable manner, you would be responsible for thinking critically about community issues and processes that pertain to the work of your commission or board.

By serving in Youth on Boards, you allow all voices to be heard. When youth are involved in decision-making, it helps create a community that is inclusive and supportive of all community members. You will learn leadership, government decision-making, policy, responsibility, team-building, and awareness of your own ability to make a difference. You will also gain knowledge of the functions and processes of City governance, as well as how to use your experience and values to make a difference in your community.

How to Apply:

An eligible youth interested in applying would need to fill out an Application and submit it to Kesha Ram at kram@burlingtonvt.gov or Kesha Ram, CEDO, 149 Church Street, Room 32 – City Hall, Burlington, VT 05401. She will then submit applications to the Burlington Youth Council, who may interview you as a candidate and make a decision about placement at their monthly meeting. To find out more about the Burlington Youth Council, click here. As representatives of the City of Burlington, they do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, or disability in placing youth on different boards and commissions. Young women, youth of color, and youth with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply.

If you have any questions about Youth On Boards, please contact CEDO Public Engagement Specialist Kesha Ram at kram@burlingtonvt.gov or 865-7172.

Click here for the application.