Merced youngsters needed at youth task force meeting

The youth task force wants to hear from young people in Merced on Saturday.

The Merced City Council established a youth task force, made up of five adults and seven high school-age locals this month. A forum to hear from young people is planned at 11 a.m. Nov. 2 in the Sam Pipes Room of the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St., according to a city press release.

The task force is supposed to decide what a proposed youth council would look like, and what it would do.

At a budget meeting in June, the Merced City Council set aside $25,000 for a council made up of young people. If and how that money will be spent remains to be seen.

The task force is also supposed to decide if the best way to hear from young people should include communication through a youth council, or with a Facebook page or Twitter account, the release stated. Other possibilities include a website, holding periodic youth forums, high school campus outreach efforts or some other method.

The task force is made up of Parks and Recreation commissioners David Burke, Flip Hassett and Napoleon Washington. The seven young people have also been appointed by the City Council, according to the release.

Councilman Josh Pedrozo will also serve on the commission, as will a yet-to-be-named second representative from the Merced Union High School District.