The future of Clovis is our youth, and we’re looking for young leaders
to work alongside us in shaping Clovis both for today and tomorrow.

Application Period Has Ended for 2023-2024
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2023-2024 Deadline: 4:30 p.m. November 30, 2023

The City Council has recognized the need to create a formal avenue for young people to contribute to the development and progress of the community and has approved the establishment of a Youth Commission. A Youth Commission is a proactive step towards promoting civic engagement among the youth and fostering a sense of ownership and responsibility in shaping the city’s future. The purpose of the Youth Commission is to engage youth voice in the City of Clovis. The Youth Commission is an advisory body to the City Council and will be subject to the Brown Act.

The inaugural Youth Commission will be made up of 16 high school sophomores and juniors who will meet once a month from January through May 2024. In its first year, the Youth Commission’s mission is to formally establish the Commission’s charter and bylaws. The Youth Commission will learn about local government and will be coached by the City Council members and City staff to assist them in completing their mission.

Selection Criteria:

  1. High school sophomore or junior
  2. Must live within the City Limits of Clovis
  3. Ability to meet the following requirements:

Mandatory Expectations of Youth Commission members:

– Attend at least 4 of the 5 Youth Commission scheduled meetings

– Complete all required assignments (Report and presentation to the City Council)

– Attend 1 regular City Council meeting

– Attend 1 regular Planning Commission meeting

– Attend the Mayor’s Breakfast Event on May 16, 2024

– Applications should be submitted to the Administration office via one of the following options:

City Clerk
1033 Fifth Street
Clovis, CA 93612

  • City Hall Hours

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
City Hall – Administration
1033 Fifth Street
Clovis, CA 93612

Meeting Information

Tentative Meeting Schedule:

January 2024

February 2024

March 2024

April 2024

May 2024

The Youth Commission is tentatively scheduled to meet once a month starting from January  through May 2024, in the William H. “Harry” Armstrong Transit Center, located at 785 Third Street, Clovis, CA 93612.

Information & Resources

October 2, 2023 City Council Meeting:

Consider – A request to create a Youth Commission for the purpose of engaging youth voices in the City of Clovis.

Read Staff Report

Watch Recording at 43:00


About Clovis

Located in the northeast quadrant of the Fresno-Clovis Metropolitan Area, Clovis is situated in the midst of the agriculturally rich San Joaquin Valley. Since its incorporation in 1912, Clovis has been the “Gateway to the Sierra.” Dedicated to promoting planned growth while retaining its unique western atmosphere, the City’s population has more than doubled since 1985, reaching the current level of close to 114,000, and encompassing over 23 square miles in area.

A Brief History of Clovis

The City of Clovis was named after its public spirited pioneer, Clovis M. Cole, a man who spent nearly all of his life in the vicinity. The area was known for its thousands of acres of wheat, which he had developed in the Fresno County area. The first thoughts of settlement, however, are credited to Padre Martin, who explored the area in 1806 while searching for a mission site. Missionaries and trappers were the first non-native people to roam the area. Miners soon followed during the “gold rush” period, displacing the many Native American tribes that were settled in the foothills and near the rivers. 

Another earlier settler, Marcus Pollasky, proposed and coordinated the construction of a railroad through the grain, cattle, and mining country and into the timber-rich forests of the nearby Sierra. The City eventually grew up around the San Joaquin Division of the Southern Pacific Railroad, which played an important role in the founding and growth of Clovis. In addition to the arrival of the “Iron Horse,” factors such as completing the 42 mile-long Shaver log flume, developing the 40-acre Clovis mill and finishing plant, expanding grain production, and raising livestock all combined to ensure the founding of Clovis in 1891. 

Located in the northeast quadrant of the Fresno-Clovis Metropolitan Area, Clovis is situated in the midst of the agriculturally rich San Joaquin Valley. Since its incorporation in 1912, Clovis has been the “Gateway to the Sierra.” Today, Clovis continues to plan and adapt to meet the needs of its present and future citizens. The City’s economic base consists of retail sales and services and light manufacturing. Availability of housing, quality hospital care, excellent schools with modern facilities, responsive safety services, a mild climate, access to varied recreational opportunities, and strong community identity all contribute to Clovis’ reputation as a great place to live. 

Clovis has maintained a small town community spirit as envisioned by its early founders, which is exemplified by such community events as the annual Rodeo Days, Big Hat Days, and Clovisfest celebration. This community pride, combined with Clovis’ unique growth opportunities, continues to attract new residents, developers, businesses, and industries to the City.