Youth Initiatives

Youth Council

It is time to pass the mic to young Baltimore. Rep your Rec is BCRP’s new platform for youth-led conversations and opportunities. As we move into a new year, we are looking for young people ages 14-18 to lead the conversations on the issues that impact them the most.

From shaping rec center activities to culture and social activism, we want your perspective. Rep your Rec will start with our Youth Council in early 2021 and expand to volunteer and job opportunities.

 

What is the BCRP Youth Council? Learn more and apply!

BCRP is committed to creating safe and enriching spaces for our teens and young adults. However, we cannot make informed decisions without input from you! The Youth Council is a brand-new initiative that will allow teens in Baltimore City to work alongside our agency leaders to make decisions that affect teens and young adults in our rec centers, parks, programs and more! It is time to pass the mic! 

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!

City residents ages 14-18 or any student currently in high school can apply. Applications close on February 5. All Youth Council members will be able to receive student learning hours. Questions? Please contact [email protected]v

 

Youth Council FAQ

1. Who should apply for the BCRP Youth Council?  

Teens who:

  • Are between the ages of 14-18 or in grades 9-12
  • Live in Baltimore City
  • Work well with others and loves to collaborate 
  • Want to help improve the health and wellness of them and their community
  • Want to help improve the quality of Baltimore City’s green spaces and Rec Centers
  • Have a desire to lead, speak up, and advocate their vision
  • Strong written or verbal communication skills

2. Why join the Youth Council?

Are you looking for ways to make a visible change in Baltimore and your neighborhood? Youth Council members help BCRP improve the quality of life for Baltimore teens through program and activity creation and feedback.

As a member, you will receive Service-Learning hours for school, plan and participate in major City events such as AFRAM, develop your own City events and programs, and are featured on BCRP’s social media channels. We also care about your future! As a member, you are also put on a path to employment opportunities with BCRP, receive support from our staff, and receive opportunities to build networks that can help you reach your personal and professional goals. 

3. What support will BCRP provide to Youth Council members?

  • BCRP staff will serve as co-advisors to support the Council’s vision and assist in the operational execution of goals and initiatives.
  • BCRP will also host an Orientation to provide resources and tools for the Council to successfully identify and accomplish the Council's goals.

4. What is the time commitment to participate?

Participants are expected to commit to the following, at a minimum: 

  • September through June for meetings, twice a month
  • July through August for summer events and programming

5. What is the process to apply and be selected for BCRP’s Youth Council?

  • BCRP’s Youth Council applications open on January 4, 2021.
  • The deadline to submit applications for consideration is February 5, 2021. 
  •  Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview to take place between January 4 thru February 12, 2021.

6. How are candidates evaluated during the selection process?

The application and interview process are designed to get a full picture of who each candidate is and the talents and ideas they will bring to the Youth Council.

Questions are designed to: (1) Gain an understanding of each candidate’s unique perspective about how to serve Baltimore City’s young people; and (2) Learn about the individual strengths of each candidate.

During the process, the candidate is also asked about areas for improvement so BCRP can understand and prepare support so that each Youth Council member is successful.  

7. Can adults nominate youth to ensure they are selected for an interview? 

No. However, we encourage parents, guardians, teachers, or community members to work with interested teens to apply through the online application, starting January 4, 2021. Also, adults cannot apply on behalf of an interested applicant.   

To improve chances of being selected for an interview, be sure to thoroughly complete the application questions and provide as much detail as possible so that the selection committee has a full picture of your skills and abilities that demonstrate you as a leader and advocate. During the interview, highlight relevant skills and talents and be honest about experiences and areas for improvement. There is no such thing as a wrong answer!

 

MORE TO COME…

Throughout the next year, BCRP will be unveiling brand new youth initiatives as we start our Youth Council and expand Rep your Rec

Join our email list to be the first to know when a new volunteer or job opportunities open for Baltimore teens. Sign up here!

Stay tuned to all BCRP updates on our social media channels @recnparks on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

Questions? Please contact [email protected]v

Youth Council