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Applications Due This Week for Two Youth Leadership Opportunities

Here are your opportunities to be involved with the Rochester Hills Government Youth Council or the Chamber's Youth Leadership Retreat.

Rochester Hills Government Youth Council

The City of Rochester Hills is accepting applications through Friday for consideration for membership on the 2012-2013 Rochester Hills Government Youth Council.

The Rochester Hills City Council established the RHGYC to promote youth involvement in local government through active participation and the mutual exchange of ideas and experience.

There are 13 positions on the Youth Council, which include two representatives from each City Council district and five at-large members. Youth members serve for one-year terms with the opportunity for reappointment. Terms run concurrent with the school year: Sept. 1 through Aug. 31.

To be eligible for consideration for the Rochester Hills Government Youth Council, you must reside in the city of Rochester Hills, and be a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior in high school.

Applications are available on the City’s website on the Youth Representatives page. Visit http://www.rochesterhills.org, and navigate to the Youth Representatives page in the City Council area of the website for a downloadable brochure and application. For more detailed information on Youth Council, please contact Leanne Scott, Adult Advisor, at 248-841-2460.

Chamber leadership retreat

The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce is choosing 16 students from Rochester high schools to participate in a two-day Youth Leadership Retreat this summer on the campus of Rochester College.

The retreat will be designed to foster leadership, community involvement and civic responsibility in the chosen youth.

"We know these will be phenomenal students," said Sheri Heiney, executive director of the Chamber.

The retreat will include a session with law enforcement and with the courts, as well as sessions in medical (with ), arts (with ) and history (with the ).

The retreat will be held June 22-23.

Applications are available at the Chamber office downtown and at www.rrc-mi.com. The deadline is Thursday.

To be considered, applicants must have a minimum 2.75 grade point average and be active in church or community service. The students must attend Rochester Community Schools. An official transcript, two letters of recommendation and an essay are part of the application. Participants will receive a scholarship to attend the retreat.

"After the leadership program weekend, it is hopeful that the participating students will continue with their community service throughout the school year, using the skills they have learned in the program," stated a description of the program mission.

The program is sponsored by , which is also a sponsor of the Hometown Christmas Parade. During the retreat, Genisys will create a committee to select junior grand marshals for the Christmas parade; a male and female will be selected from the leadership retreat and will each receive a $1,000 scholarship.

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