Local high school students have the opportunity to lend their voice in the community.
The Bakersfield Youth Commission applications are due June 20. The commission features one student from each district, appointed in July to a two-year unpaid term.
The students will report to Mayor Karen Goh and the city council with proposals. They will gain experience networking among civil leaders, making a difference in the community, and developing critical skills to solve real world problems.
The commission was established in 2016 by councilman Willie Rivera, himself the youngest city councilman to enter office at the time of his election in 2013, at the age of 22.
Alternates will also be selected.