New committee to focus on supporting youth organizations

Jul 13, 2022

The Select Board approved the formation of a new Community Youth Advocacy Committee, designed to help local groups work through local permitting processes, apply for funding and grants and help young people get involved in town governance.

Board Member Jared Chadwick said the idea for the committee stems from his experiences with the Wareham Tigers, a youth football and cheer program. Seeking land for the program involved bureaucratic processes he’d never heard of before.

He said he wants to make it easier for people to start local programs and to expand. Providing a space for groups to share knowledge. 

“Everyone working together is my goal,” Chadwick said.

He noted that teens under 18 could apply to be part of the committee, as long as they have parental permission. The committee could be a good way for teens to learn about local government, he said.

The committee would consist of seven members appointed by the Select Board, each serving for three years.