Seattle Youth Commission

The Seattle Youth Commission is a group of 15 Seattle teens from all over the city who are appointed by the Mayor and City Council to connect youth to local elected officials, advise on City policies, and discuss issues that youth in Seattle are facing. There is a Youth Commissioner representing each of the seven City Council Districts, as well as eight at-large commissioners. 

Youth Commissioners must be between the ages of 13 - 19 and live or go to school in Seattle. They serve a two-year term and meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00 pm in Seattle City Hall (600 4th Avenue) in the Boards & Commissions Room (L280). 

Youth Commissioners have the opportunity to:

  • Develop public-speaking, facilitation, organizing and communication skills
  • Cultivate a deeper appreciation of cultural competency and inclusive civic engagement
  • Learn from key community and City leaders and build new relationships
  • Discuss issues and solutions with other Seattle youth and develop projects that address those concerns
  • Advise the Mayor, City Council and City departments on issues that impact youth in Seattle
  • Collaborate on a community project with other Youth Commissioners
  • Plan an annual event (or several events) that connects youth to local government and topics they care about

Get Involved

We recruit commissioners on an annual basis. We are currently seeking commissioners in Districts 4, 5, and 7. If you live in one of these districts and are interested in applying, please complete and submit an application.

The next full recruiting process will take place in spring/summer 2018.