WESTPORT — The Westport Youth Commission is looking for high school student and adult volunteers for the 2016-17 academic year.

"The Youth Commission serves as a public forum for youth issues and advocates for youth needs and concerns in the community," town Human Services Director Barbara Butler said in an announcement seeking commission members. "Its 30 members, 15 students and 15 adults, are appointed by the first selectman." Incoming ninth-graders can join the Freshman Committee prior to applying for appointment as sophomores.

Students now in eighth through 11th grades or adults interested in discussing youth issues at monthly meetings in the next school year are invited to apply for appointment. To be considered, submit a letter with a completed “Interest Inventory” (found here at http://bit.ly/1KvqUdy on the town’s website) and at least one letter of recommendation. Completed application must be received by April 8.

Westport Youth Commission meetings are open to the public and generally are scheduled the third Thursday of each month. Appointed commission members are asked to participate in at least one advocacy group and other tasks throughout the year, which may involve additional meetings.

For more information, contact Kevin Godburn at 203-341-1155 or kgodburn@westportct.gov .