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In every Parks and Recreation commission meeting, sitting among the venerable commissioners is always a young high school student. It's a chance for any high-schooler living within Boise city limits to get a taste of public service. Starting April 13, Mayor Dave Bieter opened applications for the next crop of teenagers willing to take on the challenge.

"It is rare for students to have the opportunity to engage directly in the affairs of our community," Bieter wrote in a news release. "Real world experience like this is enriching both for the students, who get to learn about the many different aspects of local government, and for the boards and committees that benefit from hearing the student's perspective."

Students can sit on boards and commissions like Airport, Arts and History, Design Review, Development Impact Fee Advisory, Historic Preservation, Housing Authority, Library, Mayor's Council on Children and Youth, Parks and Recreation, and Planning and Zoning. Participation runs from September 2015 through May 2016.

Applications must be turned in by 5 p.m. on May 1. All positions are voluntary and unpaid.

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