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SS-SWAC-YAC Membership Recruitment 2021

Membership Recruitment

Membership Recruitment - School Safety and Student Well-Being Advisory Committee - Youth Advisory Council (SS-SWAC-YAC)

 

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is seeking new members for the School Safety and Student Well-Being Advisory Committee’s Youth Advisory Council (SS-SWAC-YAC) for the 2021/2022 school year. 

 

SS-SWAC-YAC membership is open to youth between the ages of 13–19 who have attended a public school in the past two years, and is comprised of youth with diverse backgrounds and experiences from across Washington state.

Youth Advisory Council

Youth are our largest stakeholders in school safety and student well-being.  To ensure the inclusion of youth voice, the SS-SWAC-YAC was created in the fall of 2019 to convene youth perspective and voice from students across the state and demographic groups. SS-SWAC-YAC members are also considered members of the School Safety and Student Well-Being Advisory Committee (SS-SWAC) as established by the legislature in the 2019 session. Under HB 1216, the legislature directed OSPI to establish the SS-SWAC. “The purpose of this committee is to advise on all matters related to comprehensive school safety and student well-being” (SSHB 1216).  In addition to the stakeholders from agencies and organizations across the state, youth led organizations were specified as members.

The SS-SWAC-YAC convenings provide a platform for youth to discuss school safety and student well-being topics that are important to them.  Members of the SS-SWAC-YAC can look forward to the following involvement and activities:

  • Attendance at monthly SS-SWAC-YAC meetings.

  • The opportunity to share their voice and perspective with both their peers and stakeholders from numerous state agencies and organizations.

  • Working with other members on the creation of a presentation to be provided at the quarterly SS-SWAC Meetings.
    Membership on the SS-SWAC

    • Prior to the quarterly SS-SWAC meetings, at least two youth representatives are chosen to attend and represent their peers from the SS-SWAC-YAC through the provision of the group presentation.
    • All members are welcome to attend quarterly SS-SWAC meetings regardless of whether or not they are presenting.
  • Occasional opportunities to take part in youth panels or sessions at conferences and convenings as representatives of the SS-SWAC-YAC.

  • Members can serve on the SS-SWAC-YAC for up to 3 years. After 3 years, if still eligible, members may reapply for membership. 

2021/2022 School Year

The SS-SWAC and SS-SWAC-YAC meeting schedule for the 2021/2022 school year will be discussed during a planning meeting in early September. (Date and time TBD)

A Zoom option will be available for identified youth representatives for all SS-SWAC-YAC and SS-SWAC meetings. 

Nomination Process

To nominate yourself, or someone else*, please complete the SS-SWAC-YAC Membership Recruitment Survey by 3 PM on Friday, September 10, 2021. 

*Please note: if you are nominating someone other than yourself, please notify the person you are nominating to gauge interest. You must have current contact information for the nominee to submit the nomination.

If you have questions or would like additional information about the SS-SWAC-YAC, please send an email to: 
 

Ella DeVerse

OSPI

School Safety and Student Well-Being Program Supervisor 

SS-SWAC-YAC Advisor

ella.deverse@k12.wa.us

and/or

Katherine Kirschner

SS-SWAC-YAC, Chair

Kirschner.katherine@vashonsd.org 

 

Nominees will receive an email with further information in late September.

We look forward to hearing from you!