Youth Advisory Council Application
Thank you for considering applying to the East Metro STEAM Partnership 2019-2020 School Year Youth Advisory Council. Serving on the Youth Advisory Council will help you build leadership, speaking, and critical thinking skills. We are eager to provide youth with a platform to lead the development of science, technology, engineering, art, and math in the East Metro area.
Who We Are
The East Metro STEAM Partnership (EMSP) works with partners to align and amplify science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) resources. EMSP is a part of a state-wide initiative out of the Governor's Office. You can learn more at our website:
What You Need to Do
Complete 1) the following application, 2) submit one letter of recommendation, and 3) participate in an interview. Applications are open until September 22, 2019 at midnight.
After acceptance you will join a diverse group of 15 youth. Youth Advisory Council members will be expected to attend at least ten (10) meetings. Meetings will be on Wednesdays at Rockwood Library Makerspace from 3:30-5:00pm with one exception. The meetings will happen on the following days:
1. Oct 23 - Rockwood Library
2. Nov 6 - Rockwood Library
3. Nov 14 - The Port of Portland, 3-5pm
4. Dec 4 - Rockwood Library
5. Jan 15 - Rockwood Library
6. Jan 29 - Rockwood Library
7. Feb 12 - Rockwood Library
8. Feb 26 - Rockwood Library
9. Mar 11 - Rockwood Library
10. Mar 25 - Rockwood Library
11. Apr 8 - Rockwood Library
12. Apr 22 - Rockwood Library
13. May 6 - Rockwood Library
14. May 20 - Rockwood Library (presentation & party)
Meetings will include activities to guide STEAM work in the East Metro area. There will also be optional opportunities for field trips, speaking opportunities, and STEAM adventures. Dinner will be provided and transportation reimbursement is available if needed.
Thank you for deciding to be a leader in your community! Please reach out with any questions you may have!
Director, East Metro STEAM Partnership
As part of the sixth cohort, the 2019-2020 Youth Advisory Council will provide guidance and leadership for the rapidly expanding STEAM work in the East Metro area.
To participate, you must fit the following criteria:
1. be age 13-21;
2. live, work, attend school, or attend an out-of-school program in the East Metro area (the East Metro area is defined as the following school district areas: Parkrose, Centennial, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow, and Reynolds);
3. have served no more than 2 previous terms on the Youth Advisory Council;
4. have NOT served on the spring 2019 Youth Advisory Council.
Youth Council members participate as paid participants and receive a $500 stipend for their time. Decisions are made every day that affect the lives of young people, many times with little or no input from those the decision impacts. The purpose of the Youth Advisory Council is to involve youth in all levels of STEAM decision-making.
Description of Duties:
- Commit 4 hours per month to Youth Advisory Council meetings
- Attend all meetings and be ready to participate and work as a group in the design process
- Assist in creating a work plan and outlining strategic goals
- Ensure that the Youth Advisory Council complete assigned duties within the work plan, on time, and make progress on
each of the strategic goals
- Seek the opinions, thoughts, and ideas of community youth
- Advocate for STEAM education
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Interest or passion for science, technology, engineering, art, and math
- Courage to learn public speaking skills and use them
- Willingness to respectfully handle conflict and address oppression in all its various forms
- Ability to attend all meetings
- Ability to actively participate in Council activities and complete all tasks assigned
What School Do You Attend?
Which terms, if any, have you already served on the Youth Advisory Council? Check all that apply.
Keep in mind that if you have already served 2 terms OR if you served on the Spring 2019 YAC, you are not eligible to participate in the Youth Advisory Council in Fall 2019.
How did you hear about the Youth Advisory Council?
Please give sincere responses. The most important aspect of your application is to be yourself. We want to hear your voice and learn more about you!
Please share any STEAM activities that are important to you or young people you know. Share any activity or advocacy you have done around these activities.
Give an example of a time you managed many responsibilities at once. How you handle the situation?
Why do you want to be a member of the Youth Advisory Council?
(Optional) Please share any additional information here.
(If you are under the age of 18 please have your parent or legal guardian sign so we know they are notified of your application to the Youth Advisory Council)
Parent or Guardian Name (if under 18)
Parent or Guardian Email (if under 18)
Check at least one (and mark your calendar!)
Interviews will be 20 minutes and take place at the Rockwood Library between 3:30 and 5pm. YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMING YOUR PERSONAL INTERVIEW TIME. Do not show up unless you have received an email with your time and have responded confirming your participation.
Yes! I can attend an interview on Monday, October 7 at Rockwood Library.
Yes! I can attend an interview Thursday, October 10 at Rockwood Library.
Yes! I can attend an interview Friday, October 11 at Rockwood Library.
Yes! I can attend an interview Monday, October 14 at Rockwood Library.
Yes! I can attend an interview Tuesday, October 15 at Rockwood Library.
Check as many as possible, at least one
I'm available to get to the Rockwood Library on the days I've selected above, at the following times. Please keep in mind that meetings during the school year will be held from 3:30-5pm at the Rockwood Library. If you are unable to get there by 3:45, you may not be able to participate in the Youth Advisory Council.
You will know by Friday, October 18, if you are selected to interview. YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMING YOUR PERSONAL INTERVIEW TIME. Additionally, mark your calendar for an introductory celebration on Wednesday, October 23 from 3:30-5:00pm. Mark your calendar now, in case you are selected!
Once you click "submit" below, then you have completed the online personal application.
Next is to have a peer or adult (who is not your parent or guardian) write a letter of recommendation and email it to
. YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE REVIEWED WITHOUT A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION.
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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