Youth Commission

About the Commission

The Northampton Youth Commission is the official city body dedicated to representing young people. The Youth Commission is comprised of young people ages 13-18 and works to better Northampton with youth voices and futures in mind. The Youth Commission is a place where politically minded young people can organize collectively to make change. We work directly with elected leaders along with local community organizations to draft legislation and lobby for policies that benefit young people.

The Youth commission was formed years ago when young people in Northampton mobilized to lobby the City Council to change a law they disagreed with. The law prohibited individuals from biking on sidewalks. A group of young people gave public comment at the City Council meeting, articulately advocating their position. Not only did the City Council reverse the law, but they realized the importance of youth input in municipal matters. Thus, the Northampton Youth Commission was founded.

The Youth Commission meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month, from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Hearing Room at City Hall. Meetings are open to all.

Youth Commission Efforts

The Northampton Youth Commission has focused our attention on the following four issues:

Education

 This working group focuses on education reforms and ways to support students. Ex. Mental Health support and education, curriculum reform, student's voices and impact on their education. Meets on Mondays at 7:00 pm.

Sustainability

This working group focuses on lobbying the city council to pass measures that make Northampton more sustainable. Ex. Plastic bag ban, polystyrene ban, bag fee, Meets on Mondays at 8:00 pm.

Housing

This working group focuses on rethinking Northampton's zoning laws to make housing more affordable and sustainable. Ex. Multi-family housing. Meets on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm.

Vote16

This working group focuses on lowering Northampton's municipal voting age to allow 16 and 17 year old residents to vote for their Mayor, City Councilors, and School Committee Members. Meets on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm.

In the past, the Youth Commission has hosted a City Council candidate public forum, worked on outreach to the community through gazette columns, advised on policing reforms, successfully passed a polystyrene ban through the City Council, and worked directly with the City Charter Review Commission to amend the City Charter to allow 16 year old residents to vote.

 

Youth Commission Members
Dahlia Breslow - Co-ChairEmile Roth
Elijah Bacal - Co-ChairHazel Wilmeth
Audrey Johnson - Co-Vice ChairIsaac Roth
Lucas Laing - Co-Vice Chair, Housing working group leaderJane Tecu
Bix von Goeler - Co-TreasurerJulia Krivoy-Einhorn
Charlotte Ribe - Co-TreasurerKai Paik
Melina Taranto Paz - SecretaryLanie Campos
Jake Fein - Education working group leaderLevi Armstrong
Joseph Brooks-Kahn - Sustainability working group co-leaderMaisie Tuck
Rohin Singh - Sustainability working group co-leaderMaxwell Schneider
Lila Nields-Duffy - Vote16 Working group leaderNoah Leaf
Abigail SmithNola Busansky
Alex BitherRyan Weinsier
Alex HunkinsSusannah Abel-Zucker
August DouglasTaylor Lynch
Charlotte BourneTheodora Starr
Emile RothHazel Wilmeth