Palmdale to host ‘Commitment to Youth’ discussion

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale is inviting residents of all ages to join in a facilitated discussion entitled, “Commitment to Youth” on Thursday, March 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, located at 38250 Sierra Highway in Palmdale.

The event is being hosted by the City of Palmdale and the Palmdale Youth Master Plan Project Group and will be the first of several youth discussion meetings to come.

“As we celebrate the City’s 50th Anniversary, we’re assessing the current state of our youth community, identifying our strengths and developing strategies for the future,” said Palmdale’s Community Programs Supervisor Trish Jones. “Join us for this important discussion as we develop our master plan for our City’s youth.”

“We’re looking for input from both youth and adults as we address the needs and issues we all face,” Jones continued.

Back in 2008, the City of Palmdale embarked on an effort to engage the community in a strategic planning process to help chart a course for the future, provide focus and direction, and assess the City’s current and future services. This process included input and feedback from hundreds of residents, community stakeholders and employees through a series of community meetings held over several months in 2008.

The result was the City of Palmdale’s Strategic Plan.

Twelve strategic focus areas were identified as priorities, and at the top of the list was youth engagement.

“It was very clear to our community that our youth were of vital importance to our success as a City and our future,” said Jones. “This ‘Commitment to Youth’ discussion will help us dig deeper and reevaluate our youth engagement, as well as to help facilitate new methods for reaching our goals.”

The other areas identified by Palmdale’s Strategic Plan included public safety, water, economic development/job creation, senior services/housing, quality of life, growth/sustainable development, community engagement/outreach, recreation/parks/trails/open space, municipal finance consideration/fiscal responsibility, and high performance work environment.

For more information, contact Trish Jones at 661-267-5181 or

(Information via press release from the City of Palmdale.)