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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.
Due to the pandemic, the Junior Commission meetings were all held virtually for the current cohort. For the 2022-2023 academic year, we anticipate meetings will be held in person unless prohibited by health regulations.
Commissioner Ofra Isler, Project Manager
Mentorship and Development Goals
- Provide youth with the opportunity to learn and mentor with the Commission on the Status of Women.
- 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.
- Volunteer in at least one CSW project or event.
- Junior Commissioners participate in various signature events put on by the Adult Commissioners on the Status of Women
- 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.