News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director Ÿ Sara Sooy, Commissioner Deputy Director

Melonie Marano, Commissioner Ÿ Paul M. Drake, Commissioner Ÿ Douglas Singleterry, Commissioner


For Immediate Release
May 9, 2024

Somerset County Youth Council Accepting Membership Applications for 2024-2025

Deadline for Submission is May 31

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ – Applications to join the Somerset County Youth Council are now being accepted. Students from Somerset County, in grades 7 to 12, can now apply to join the Youth Council to develop leadership skills, engage in volunteerism, and make peer-based connections through advocacy and group discussions.

“The Youth Council offers students a unique opportunity to become engaged leaders and listeners,” said Commissioner Paul M. Drake, Human Services liaison. “They develop the confidence to share their unique perspective and ideas, while also learning how to collaborate with their peers.”

Students who want to make an impact in their community through social justice, environmental issues, and education, should sign-up to share their future vision for Somerset County.

Members of the Youth Council also host a variety of community service events and activities each year.

“I have been a part of the Youth Council since 7th grade, and I am honored to see how much it has grown and evolved,” said 2023-2024 Youth Council Chairperson, Roshan Dave. “During my time on the council, I have helped organize over 50 volunteer events for youth.”

“This is my fourth year as a participating member of the council. I look forward to working together to share ideas and help make our community a positive and uplifting place,” said 2023-2024 Youth Council Secretary, Sophia Pfitzner.

Registration and Deadline Information

The Youth Council’s upcoming season will run from Sept. 2024 to Aug. 2025. All applicants must be in grades 7 to 12 and be between the ages of 12 to 18. All candidates will be notified of their acceptance or denial by the end of June.

All applications are due at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 31. To apply for the Somerset County Youth Council, click here.

For more information about applying to the Somerset County Youth Council, contact or call 908-704-6300.

About the Somerset County Youth Council

The Somerset County Youth Council is committed to making a brighter community for all by establishing strong leadership skills amongst middle and high school students, providing a platform for youth to express their ideas, and promoting activity in Somerset County.

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