Student Engagement

Bellingham has incredible student talent and we need to continue finding ways of connecting our young people to our city. One of the ways a city can do this is by sponsoring a student led civic improvement project. The format would be the City partnering with Western Washington University, Bellingham Technical College, Whatcom Community College, and Northwest Indian College to identify opportunities for student led projects focused on civic improvement. Examples could range from; using AI to better manage parking, increasing safety and utilization of parks, increasing urban tree canopy, incentivizing public amenities in private development, stream restoration projects, and much more. I think bringing students together from different backgrounds and fields of study to work on community issues is a great way to connect our young people to our city. We should sponsor a yearly expo of student led civic improvement projects and celebrate the heck out of it.

Garrett O'Brien