Junior Commission on the Status of Women

The Junior Commissioner Project, started in 1993, is a mentor-ship 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 2020-2021 term that begins August 2020 is now open. Applications are due by March 6, 2020.

English Application (PDF: 218 kB)
Spanish Application (PDF: 153 kB)

Commissioner Leticia Padilla, Co-Project Manager
Commissioner Ariana Diaz De Leon, 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

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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Junior Commissioner Status of Women Applications

English Application
(PDF: 218 kB)

Spanish Application
(PDF: 153 kB)