The purpose of the Columbia Heights Youth Commission is to serve as an advisory body to the Columbia Heights City Council, and other boards and commissions as appropriate, inspire and bring to light new ideas from a youth perspective, create an educational environment for youth looking to expand their knowledge of government and leadership functions, and provide experience-building opportunities for area youth seeking increased community and government engagement.
City Code designates that the commission will be composed of no less than seven members and no more than 13 members, with a staff mentor and a councilmember liaison. Members must be between the ages of 14-18 years old. Members must also be residents of the City of Columbia Heights or attend school in Columbia Heights. Youth Commission members serve two-year, staggered terms. Normal terms run from Oct 1 to Sept 30. Monthly meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month, September through May, 6-7:30 pm, though youth commission members have the chance to work with staff and council members to amend the schedule or revise by-laws.
2023-24 MEETING SCHEDULE
Oct 11 (First meeting of the term)
Sept 11 (Last meeting of the term)
All meetings are 6 pm at City Hall unless otherwise noted.
The Columbia Heights Youth Commission votes each year to approve by-laws establishing set standards and expectations for the following year. Members are expected to abide by these rules. The by-laws include officer role descriptions, order of operation, staff and council liaison duties, and more. All Youth Commission members, staff representatives, and Youth Commission applicants should be familiar with these guidelines. Read the By-Laws here.
Roger Rogne - Chair (current term ends fall 2024)
Muna Hussein - Vice Chair (current term ends fall 2024)
Tsenat Mamo - Secretary (current term ends fall 2024)
Jack Israelson (current term ends fall 2024)
Mira Kucera (current term ends fall 2025)
Tristen Marquez (current term ends fall 2023)
Dreamer Morales (current term ends fall 2025)
Roman Tabor (current term ends fall 2024)
Dakota Williams (current term ends fall 2024)
Will Rottler - Staff Representative
Mayor Amáda Márquez Simula - Council Liaison
Sara Ion - City Clerk