After a summer in Peru trying “to improve the educational quality and living conditions of students,” Tara Ford, a high honor roll student at Ridgefield High School, has joined the Ridgefield Youth Commission.

“I am at an age where I want to give meaningful contributions back to the town that has given me such a solid start in life,” she wrote to First Selectman Rudy Marconi.

“My interest in the RYC was first sparked when my parents and I spent time working on the Kindness Mural,” she said. “At the dedication ceremony, it made me feel proud to have played even in a tiny role in bringing the Kindness Mural to life.”

Ford was appointed on a unanimous vote of the selectmen at its Oct. 24 meeting.

Selectman Steve Zemo asked if, as a student at the high school, she had any concerns or areas where she thought there were problems to be addressed.

“Exposure to social media,” she said, “whether it’s an addition to your phone, or cyber-bullying.”

In addition to traveling to Peru last summer with the Rustic Pathways program, Ford assisted incoming freshman as an orientation leader at RHS, and has been on the school’s varsity tennis team and dance team.

Over five summers when she was in middle and elementary school, her family hosted a Fresh Air Fund child from New York City.

Ford has done volunteer work with the National Charity League the last three years.

“Through my membership in the National Charity League I have volunteered at Meals on Wheels, RVNA, the Thrift Shop, Founders Hall, Guild of Artists, among other important organizations in town,” she wrote.

She is a member of the RHS Class of 2021.

The Youth Commission can have up to 16 members — including three or four that are students between ages 13 and 17.

It currently has five adult members and, with Ford, four youth members.

People interested in joining or learning more may contact Marconi’s office at 203-431-2774, or selectman@ridgefiledct.org.