Junior Commission on the Status of Women

The Junior Commissioner Project, started in 1993, is a mentorship project of the Commission on the Status of Women. This nationally recognized, ground-breaking project is designed to develop and mentor high school youth for future leadership roles in our community. Junior Commissioners are selected each spring for a term that runs concurrent with the following school year. Junior Commissioners may be eligible for school credit for their participation.

Acceptance into the program is based on a written application and an interview process. The application period for the 2018-2019 term that beings in August, 2018 has now closed.

English Application
Spanish Application

Commissioner Carrie Castro, Co-Project Manager
Commissioner Leticia Padilla, Co-Project Manager

Mentorship and Development Goals

  • Provide youth with the opportunity to participate in advocacy and take an active role in County government.
  • Create opportunities for youth to develop communication, facilitation and presentation skills.
  • Educate high school aged youth about issues that impact the lives of women and girls.
  • Empower youth to make a positive impact on their communities.
  • Provide environment for youth to develop leadership skills and strengthen self-esteem.

Responsibilities of a Junior Commissioner

  • Commit to the project for one nine month term (concurrent with school year).
  • Attend an orientation and training session.
  • Attend at least 2 meetings of the Commission on the Status of Women.
  • Attend monthly Junior Commissioner meetings.
  • Assist Commission with at least one CSW project or event.
  • Contribute to an ad hoc committee with a community service-related project.
  • Attend an all-day trip to meet our legislators.
  • Give input to the Commission regarding issues related to youth.
  • Share Commission news with their school and community.
  • Plan to spend 6-8 hours per month on this project.
  • Contribute to outreach process for new junior commissioners each spring.

Contact Information

Tracy Cunha
Deputy Clerk
Commission on the Status of Women
Human Resources Department
County of Sonoma
Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sonoma County Administration Building
575 Administration Drive
Suite 116B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464975, -122.725632
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