First District Youth Council Project Looks at Homelessness, Panhandling

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Supervisor Lovingood’s Youth Advisory Council project during this school year investigated homelessness and panhandling.High school students from local school districts meet regularly through the year to define their areas of interest and provide a report to the Supervisor.

The Youth Advisory Council members also perform community service during their tenure. This spring, the members spent time learning about homelessness and panhandling. They sought advice from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, including the Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement (H.O.P.E) Team. They prepared a presentation for their peers and the Supervisor regarding the issue of panhandling. As a result of their research, they learned about positive ways a person can give to the Homeless residents through many of our local non-profit organizations that offer extensive services and support. They also learned that most panhandlers are not actually homeless and many of them are supporting their addictions. The First District Youth Advisory Council provides students an opportunity to become involved in their communities and learn about County Government.

Recruitment for the 2019-2020 Youth Advisory Council will commence in September 2019.

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