Clark County and the City of Vancouver have Neighborhood Associations that are made up of member/residents over the age of 18.
In Vancouver, the municipal code requires that Neighborhood Associations make a "good faith effort to recruit a diverse and representative group of residents” to fulfill the functions of the association which, in part, include:
"community input on the efficiency and effectiveness of the city's delivery of services. Making recommendations concerning particular actions, policies, plans, programs, projects, and other matters to the city council and to any city department or commission affecting the livability of the neighborhood, including, but not limited to, land use, housing, community facilities, human services, social and recreational programs, open space and parks, traffic and transportation, environmental quality, and public safety”.
Here is the concern. The census data indicates that our average age of Vancouver residents is 35.9 years and close to 30% of our population is in the 19-39 year old range. The associations do not have nearly enough representation from that age group and, therefore, the City and County aren't getting enough input from our next generation of leaders.
Right2BHeard will be working closely with the associations to get younger people involved. They are the generation that will be affected the most profoundly on the issues of land use, housing, social and recreational programs, environmental quality, etc.
Let's get the word out.