Youth Council

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Application for the 2023- 2024 City of Arlington Youth Council is now closed.  

The purpose of the youth council is to advise the mayor and city council on matters related to and affecting the youth in our community and provide youth perspectives on a range of community issues and topics. The youth council is structured to create an essential link among the city's teens, the community, and city government. 

Meetings are the 2nd Thursday of the month at 5:30, and sometimes the 4th Thursday of the month.  Members are expected to attend the meetings. 

For questions, email Sarah Lopez or call 360-403-3448.

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Youth Resources

Download the 2024 Youth Resources Brochure
Visit the Arlington School District Health Services Resource Guide website.


2023-2024 Youth Council

Brooklyn Helle, Kathleen Azpiri, Kimberly Leach, Reese Baggen, Sera Sabol, Elinor Richardson and Kristian-Michale Sherburne.

Kathleen Azpiri:
 
 My name is Kathleen Azpiri, and I am a junior at Arlington High School this year. I am involved in my school's Key Club, where we organize events to benefit our school and community. I also serve on the Arlington school district's Board of Equity and Diversity and collaborate with other students to make my school a better place. I also enjoy volunteering, running, and sewing in my free time. I am so excited to serve my community and make Arlington a better, more inclusive place. 

Kathleen A

Kimberly Leach:

My name is Kimberly Leach. I am a Junior in highschool. I currently attend Sno-Isle Tech Skill Center in their Medical Assisting program. It is my third year on the youth council and I am so excited to continue serving the community. I enjoy playing music and being with my family. And I hope this will be a great year of helping Arlington's Youth! 

Kimberly Leach

My name is Kimberly Leach. I am a Junior in highschool. I currently attend Sno-Isle Tech Skill Center in their Medical Assisting program. It is my third year on the youth council and I am so excited to continue serving the community. I enjoy playing music and being with my family. And I hope this will be a great year of helping Arlingtons Youth! 

Reese Baggen:
 
 My name is Reese Baggen and I am a sophomore at Arlington High School. I like to run for the cross country team, snow ski, and hang out with my friends and family. This is my first year on the Youth Council and I am excited to help my community and inspire others!
 
I'm excited to be apart of the Arlington Youth Council, and look forward to serving my community. 

Reese Baggen

Brooklyn Helle: 
 
 My name is Brooklyn Helle and I’m a junior at Arlington High School. This is my first year serving on the Arlington Youth Council, and I am also in NHS and Key Club. I’ve been playing beach volleyball for eight years, and I enjoy traveling and crochet. 

I’m very excited to be able to contribute to the council, and I can’t wait to see what we accomplish this year. 

Brooklyn Helle

Sera Sabol:
 
My name is Sera Sabol, and I am a Junior at Arlington High School. This is my second year living in Arlington and serving on the Arlington Youth Council. Since I'm not originally from Arlington, I hope to provide a unique perspective to conversations on the council. Outside of school, I enjoy sports like mountain biking and running. I also enjoy photography, spending time with my family, walking my dog, and reading and watching horror movies. Once I graduate from school, I hope to pursue a career in Politics.

SeraSabol

Kristian-Michale Sherburne

My name is Kristian-Michale Sherburne. I am a Junior in High School this year. My hobbies outside of school are recreational basketball, swimming, kayaking, and cooking. I am involved in the Lifeway church in downtown Arlington. Although I have been here for only a few months, I have grown to love the community. My favorite part of Lifeway has to be the church events we put on for the community. I also had a great experience volunteering for the community food bank by the airport. I am very excited to figure out ways to better support the community of Arlington!

Kristian


Elinor Richardson

My name is Elinor and I am a Freshman at Arlington High School. I'm a member of the Ecology and Recycling Club, Diversity Club as well as Youth Dynamics. Outside of school I like to cook, create art and travel. I moved to Arlington in the 2nd grade and have loved living here. This is my first year on the Youth Council, and I am so excited to be a part of it and help my community.

Elinor Richardson

Arlington Youth Council

The purpose of the youth council is to advise the mayor and city council in all matters related to and affecting the youth in our community and provide youth perspectives on a range of community issues and topics. The youth council is structured to create an essential link among the city's teens, the community, and city government.

Developing a Youth Council in Arlington was a strategy of the Arlington-Darrington Community Revitalization Plan, America’s Best Communities. The purpose of the Youth Council is to advise the Mayor and City Council in all matters related to and affecting the youth in our community and provide youth perspectives on a range of community issues and topics. The youth council is structured to create an essential link among our area’s teens, the community, and city government.

One critical component of community and workforce development is supporting the youth of today to become the leaders of tomorrow. Smaller rural communities frequently lose their young people as they move out of the area to pursue higher education and entry-level careers, resulting in a “brain drain” of talent needed to sustain a vibrant local economy. This strategy establishes youth councils in both Arlington and Darrington that will focus on issues of interest to youth leaders by integrating young people into the political process and equipping them with the skills and resources to address these problems. The objective is to encourage young people to make meaningful contributions to their respective communities and the region as a whole through the creation of autonomous youth councils in Arlington and Darrington. Ultimately, the intent is to give them a sense of investment and a bond that will promote the Stillaguamish Valley as a place where they can grow professionally in the future -  Arlington-Darrington Community Revitalization Plan.

Applications will be available in July or August of each year. Terms are September through June.

Requirements

Requirements for serving on the Youth Council:

  • Members shall be entering 8th grade through the 12th grade at time of application
  • Members shall reside within the Arlington School District or have an Arlington Address
  • Meetings are once a month, approximate 2 hours per meeting, other meetings may be assigned
  • One year commitment; however, you are encouraged to apply for a second term
  • Transportation to and from the meetings
  • Attend the majority of the meetings
  • Conduct yourself in a manner that positively represents the City
  • Maintain good academic standing and attendance in school
  • Must reside within the Arlington School District or have an Arlington address

Questions, please contact Sarah Lopez at 360-403-3448.

Benefits

Benefits of serving on the Arlington Youth Council:

  • Serve on a city committee
  • Learn about local government
  • Have a voice in your community
  • Make improvements in your community
  • Learn leadership skills
  • Learn how to work in a committee environment
  • Network with government, business and other professionals
  • Volunteer opportunity
  • Develop career or college references

Arlington Youth Council Projects
 

2016-2017

  • Retreat in October to discover Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats (SWOT) for youth community.  Collaborated with Darrington Youth Council.
  • Presentation from B&G Club with overview of youth programs
  • Goal to add more recreation activities for teens to parks and market programs that exist
  • Participated in  ADAC (Arlington Drug Awareness) event with booth
  • Advised on teen center at B&G Club, including recording studio area
  • Presented Teen Center grand opening
  • Presented at America’s Best Community team meetings
  • Created Facebook Page

2017-2018

  • Attended Snohomish County Youth Forum with Snohomish County Health District
  • Goal for communication and outreach to bring awareness
  • Created Instagram account
  • Attempted to survey students about drug and mental health
  • Attempted a parent night for mental health
  • Reviewed Snohomish County Healthy Youth Survey
  • Presentation from Sno-Isle Library’s Abby Borman about mental health forums
  • Participated with ADAC to plan event
  • Participated in Health Fair at Legion Park with booth

2018-2019

  • Continued with healthy youth forum/ADAC event
  • Presentation from Carrie Parker, Snohomish Health District, regarding youth health issues (drugs, suicide, mental health, alcohol, tobacco)
  • Presentation from Jennifer Reid, Snohomish Health District, about vaping
  • Planned vaping education for teens
  • Participated in “Empowering Parents” event with ADAC
  • Participated in Puget Sound Regional Council-Vision 2050 Youth Summit

2019-2020

  • Participated in “Vaping Train the Trainer” with Stilly Valley Health Connections
  • Presentation by Will Nelson to discuss diversity and equity
  • Planned for Stronger Together event- chalk wall and kindness tree
  • Participated in the Downtown Arlington Planning with WWU
  • Participated in Hometown Halloween with booth
  • Planned for vaping education at middle schools
  • Presentation by Rhonda Moen-AHS Intervention Specialist
  • Participated in Arlington Eagle Festival with booth

2020-2021

  • Created a Youth Resource Guide
  • Presentation from Carla Rankin, Arlington Food Bank
  • Presentation from Cocoon House
  • Presentation and feedback with Puget Sound Regional Council- transportation
  • Social media training with Portia Smith

2021-2022

  • Planned a Regional Youth Leadership Summit with Lake Stevens, Marysville, and Tulalip Youth Councils. 

2022-2023

  • Created a presentation on the dangers of vaping and presented to an 8th grade classroom.
  • Booth at March 20 Mental Health event with Stilly Valley Connections
  • Updated Youth Resource brochure
  • User test group for 2023  WA Dept. of Health Healthy Youth Survey
  • Booth at Arlington Farmers Market

2023-2024

  • Updated Youth Resource brochure
  • Planned Teen Night at the teen center with wellness trivia and games. April 26, 2024.