Newton Youth Commission

The Newton Youth Commission meets on the second or third Wednesday of each month, from 5-6:30. All meetings for the 2020-2021 School Year will be virtual until further notice. Our meeting dates for the 2020 - 2021 school year are as follows:


Wednesday,September 21st, 5-6:30

Wednesday, October 14th, 5-6:30

Wednesday, November 18th, 5-6:30

Wednesday, December 16th, 5-6:30 

Wednesday, January 13th, 5-6:30 

Wednesday, February 17th, 5-6:30

Wednesday, March 17th, 5-6:30 

Wednesday, April 14th, 5-6:30 

Wednesday, May 12th, 5-6:30 

*June Date TBD*


If you are interested in joining us as a Youth Commissioner, Youth Advisory Board Member, or Adult Advisor, please contact Quinn Etchie, the Youth Services Director, at We may have positions available and are always looking for new, engaged people to join!


Applicants will be asked to submit a short personal statement telling us a little about yourself (goals, hobbies, interests, ideas for the commission), as well as contact information including email address, phone number, and home address.


The Newton Youth Commission is a volunteer body of adults and high school students working together to empower youth. Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to act as commissioner or youth advisor. Adults in the community are encouraged to apply to participate as advisors as well.

The Newton Youth Commission's goal is to implement programs and policies to meet the opportunities, challenges and issues of Newton youth. In addition, the purpose of this Commission is to:


  • encourage youth to take leadership roles in the community
  • facilitate opportunities for and access to resources on local, state and federal levels
  • coordinate programs and activities carried on by both public and private agencies
  • create and implement policies for the prevention of youth problems in a cooperative and professional effort
  • create a sense of permanency of action and continuity of purpose for all youth activities.

The Newton Youth Commission is staffed by the Department of Health & Human Services, which seeks to link Youth Commission activities with provider organizations within the city.


In 2018 the Newton Youth Commission worked with Newton teens regarding their mental health and stress in and out of school and to determine the ways in which they cope with stress in those situations. 


To learn more about our work over the past year and a half and to see our presentation to the Newton School Committee and the School Councils, check out the Newton Youth Stress Survey results here. 


If you are looking for some helpful resources for stress management or are looking for support dealing with stress, anxiety, or depression, here are some websites to check out: 

Samaritans - Suicide Prevention and Support

William James Interface - Teen Resource Page

Headspace - Mindfulness and Meditation

Calm - Meditation Techniques (Great for sleep, short guided meditations, and more!)

Additionally, your guidance counselors, social workers, school nurses, wellness coaches, and teachers at school are fantastic resources!



Quinn Etchie
Director of Youth Services
Health and Human Services Department
1000 Commonwealth Ave, Newton, MA 02459
(617) 796-1420

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