Westmoreland County Youth Commission Overview/Expectations
We envision a community where all children and youth have good mentors at every stage of development
Our mission is to connect youth and family to community.
The Youth Commission is comprised of dedicated community volunteers who provide new and better opportunities for youth to learn, readjust, and conform to the laws of our society. It also is charged with helping the youth take responsibility for his/her actions and repair the harm caused to the victims and/or community.
All applicants must provide background checks in accordance with the provision of Pennsylvania Title 23, Chapter 63, related to Child Protective Services. Prior to serving in any capacity on the Youth Commission, an applicant must have a satisfactory Pennsylvania State Police criminal history check, an FBI criminal history check or sworn/affirmed statement of compliance as described in Pennsylvania Title 23 Section 6344.2, and a satisfactory child abuse clearance from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.
As required by Pennsylvania Title 23, Chapter 63, all Youth Commission Members accepted for volunteer service will provide updated criminal history and child abuse clearance at least every 36 months. Any commission member failing to do so shall immediately be placed on inactive status until clearances are obtained.
Attend free trainings as scheduled by the Juvenile Probation Office. It is required that each member attend two trainings per year.
Orientation training is scheduled as new members join the commission, and all members are required to attend the training before supervising any Youth Commission cases. At this training you will be trained on how to spot child abuse, neglect and how to report it.
- Commit to work with a youth ages ten to twenty
- Commit to attending 75% of monthly meeting at your local commission
- Commit to working a few hours per month with youth, based on goals and needs identified for each youth
- Present a clean and neat appearance and dress to the standards that contribute to a casual professional image
- Attend related training as offered locally.
Elected or appointed public officials are not permitted to serve on the Youth Commission