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March 15th, 2009
Nominations open for Youth Advocate of the Month


The City of San Marcos wants to know which citizens are making a difference in the lives of local youth.

The San Marcos Youth Commission (SMYC) is starting a program to recognize individuals who provide a positive influence for the city’s youth. Citizens can nominate someone through the SMYC for its Youth Advocate of the Month Award.

“A lot of times, the involvement of one person who is prepared to invest in the life of a child makes all the difference,” said SMYC member Ani Yazedjian. “Some kids don’t get that kind of investment and attention at home, and a youth advocate can fulfill a critical role in the lives of those children.”

Said SMYC member Carol Peters, “Recognizing youth advocates may encourage more adults to join the ranks of the much needed volunteer group. The recognitions will help publicize the needs of our youth and perhaps make the general public more aware of what a portion of society is doing to work toward empowering our youth.”

Nominations will be accepted year-round. To pick up or drop off a nomination form contact Sandra Myers at the Grant Harris Jr. building, located at 401 East Hopkins Street, during business hours.

The SMYC is appointed by the San Marcos City Council. Its mission statement says, “[The commission] endeavors to involve the entire community in promoting fundamental resources or goals for the healthy development of all youth in the San Marcos community.” Membership consists of nine unpaid members, three of whom represent a youth service.

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