The Burlington Drug and Alcohol Task Force is launching an initiative as it prepares to celebrate turning 30 next year. The task force is establishing a youth group to operate within its organization. Any middle- or high-school-age resident is invited to join. “We are very excited about it,’’ said task force chairwoman Marilyn Belmonte. The hope is participants will help get more young people involved with the task force’s work because they may be “better able to reach young people.” Founded in 1982, the organization has been focused on combating youth drug and alcohol use. But Belmonte said she anticipates that the youth group may want to “reach kids about other forms of risky behavior,” such as texting, Internet use, and driving. Working with adult advisers, the students will be able to design their own projects. “We want to hear what they think are some of the topics they want to pursue and how they think the best way is to reach other teens,” Belmonte said.