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City of Lafayette creates 'Youth' Human Relations Commission, seeking high schoolers to fill positions

The city of Lafayette is working to bring a new perspective to the decision-making table. The Human Relations Commission has just created a new position specifically for the youth.

Posted: Apr 19, 2021 9:39 AM
Updated: Apr 19, 2021 3:28 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Lafayette leaders are seeking a group of high school students to take on a city leadership role.
This is through the new "Youth" Human Relations Commission.

It's giving young people a seat at the table. And that's because many of the issues the commission works to resolve not only impact today's generation but also future generations.

Right now the Human Relations Commission consists of nine adults. This 'youth' commission will help bring a new perspective to the conversation. The HRC mainly provides services for people facing discrimination but the ultimate goal is to improve diversity in the community. The team is looking for a group of students who have ideas to help meet that mission.

They have to be in high school and living within the city of Lafayette limits. The HRC's Chair Person Stephen Smith said they plan to really listen to the youth who join the commission. 

"We want to put a lot of that in their hands to see what sort of passions they have, what sort of ideas they have without first saying, 'hey this is what you're going to do for us,' we think they're going to do more for the community and the youth moving forward," said Smith.

He believes having youth on the team is essential in what the commission works to achieve.

"They are part of the community already," said Smith. "I think sometimes we think, 'oh well they're eventually going to be citizens in the community, you know, once they get out of school,' no, they're already citizens in the community, they're already a huge impact on that and I think it's important for us to have that voice and representation within the HRC."

The HRC is looking to fill a total of seven positions in this youth commission. The student can serve until they graduate.

Applications are open now until Friday, Jun. 4. Click here for more information.

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