Meet the Youth Commissioners of Districts 9 and 14

After Blackmon’s re-election, she invited Davis to apply to be district youth commissioner, a position Davis was unaware of.

Davis, 15, was selected last September. Since then, she has become the secretary of the commission, which obliges her to write meeting minutes. Along with the other curators, she blogs on topics important to teens.

She has two other leadership roles. As the youth spokesperson for Period Access Dallas, Davis helps ensure that everyone can access period products for free at public facilities, such as libraries and recreation centers. She is also president of Dallas Youth Magazine. The first issue comes out this month and will include articles and artwork submitted by local high school students.

As youth commissioner, Davis tries to involve District 9 high school students in projects such as scholarship opportunities and other initiatives. But she says it is sometimes difficult to get in touch with them, especially because she does not attend these schools.

The youth commission is not well known, she says, but has a lot to offer teenagers. A creative outlet is available through the magazine, and funding is available for everything from college scholarships to Girl Scout Gold Awards.

“If you can think of it, the youth commission can probably do it,” Davis says. “There is something for every taste.”

Andrea Mercado knew nothing about the Youth Commission until Arran Davis, her classmate at Townview’s School for the Talented and Gifted, mentioned it.

But she immediately took an interest in it. Mercado, who lives in The Village, interviewed District 14 City Council member Paul Ridley and his team, and she was selected.

“I just liked the idea of ​​being able to talk with other young people and make changes in the communities around Dallas,” Mercado says. “It’s like a big family that I really like to be part of.”

Originally from Puerto Rico, Mercado moved to Dallas when he was 7 years old. She attended St. Bernard of Clairvaux and St. Monica before starting high school in Townview, where she participated in the mock trial team, Model United Nations and debate.

Mercado, (Age TK), was intimidated at the first meeting in February, where commissioners reviewed the agenda and minutes from the previous meeting. But she says she was surprised when she heard a speaker discuss infrastructure and urban planning, and when the commissioners talked about their current projects.

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