A Parker High School student was honored by the Parker Town Council for being named to the Arizona Governor’s Youth Commission. Jaisveen Kaur received a certificate of appreciation from Mayor Karen Bonds at the Nov. 1 Town Council meeting.
The Governor’s Youth Commission, which is part of the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Families, consists of young people from around the state and serves as an advisory commission for issues affecting young people in Arizona.
Kaur is a junior at Parker High. She is Vice President of the S Club and Vice President of Future Health Professionals (formerly HOSA). She is also a member of Youth 4 Youth and the National Honor Society.
It was through the S Club that Kaur learned about the youth commission. She was told about it by Lilian Perez, a former S Club member who now works at the Parker Regional Chamber of Commerce. Kaur was interested and decided to apply. She said she had to fill out an application, wrote some essays, and received some recommendations.
She learned she had been named to the commission in July 2022. Her term expires in April 2023.
“It’s a nice opportunity,” she said. “I work with youth and with professionals who work with the Governor. I get to learn what goes on all over the state.”
Kaur is particularly interested in distracted driving, one of the areas the commission is focusing on. The other areas include domestic violence, education, mental health and substance abuse.
A native of Punjab, India, she has been in the United States about 10 months. She’s the daughter of Pritpal Singh, who teaches at Parker High. Her mother, Kuljeet Kaur, teaches fourth grade at Wallace Elementary School. Her brother, Jasmandeep Singh, is in the sixth grade at Wallace Junior High.
Kaur is also a student in the Certified Nursing Assistant program at Arizona Western College. She said her ultimate goal is to become a surgeon.
Kaur said that was impresses her most about the United States are the many opportunities one finds here.
If you have a matter relating to youth that you want to contact her about, her email is email@example.com. To learn more about the Governor’s Youth Commission, go to the website of the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith & Families, goyff.az.gov.
About the Governor’s Youth Commission
From the website of the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Families: “Established in 1989, the Governor’s Youth Commission (GYC) is a diverse body of Arizona high school students from across the state. The membership of the GYC serves to be representative of the demographic and geographic diversity of Arizona. Commissioners work to identify and address the greatest challenges facing Arizona’s youth through innovative community impact projects, establishing partnerships with young leaders across the state, and advising the Governor. The GYC is committed to empowering generations of civically engaged and service-oriented leaders to create a brighter future for Arizona. Commissioners are selected based on their demonstrated commitment to school and community, and their demonstrated oral and written ability to communicate through the application process.”