The Riverside County Board of Supervisors created the Youth Commission in 1998 in order to interact on a personal level with Riverside County youth, better respond to and understand their needs in making policy decisions. As a county-wide student government, the Youth Commission provides advice, assistance and recommendations on youth related issues to the Board of Supervisors and County Departments. In addition, the Youth Commission focuses on the educational, recreational and cultural needs of youth by working together to host meaningful events that the youth will benefit from. The Commission works to ensure the coordination of community resources in order to improve the quality of life of all young people in the County of Riverside. The Youth Advisory Council members assist each Supervisor's office by serving their community, representing their Supervisor and providing a voice of youth to the county.
Each of the Five County Supervisors has a Legislative Intern assigned to their district who manages their Youth Advisory Council. The Intern is the YAC Coordinator and is the direct connection between the students and the Supervisor’s office. YAC Coordinators oversee all aspects of their council, plan events, facilitate meetings, recruit students and act as as mentor for our youth participants. All five YAC Coordinators work together with the Youth Commission Program Coordinator to plan the Commission's annual events, meetings and community collaborations.