Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Kathy Nyland, Director
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 serve a two-year term and meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00 pm in Seattle City Hall.
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
Our Committees for 2015/16
- Public Safety: The commission advocates for police accountability, especially around violence against civilians and to address and help to curb gun violence.
- Affordability: The commission wants to help to increase affordable housing in ALL neighborhoods, prevent displacement & gentrification and increase access and resources for the homeless.
- Youth Jobs: The commission is interested in increasing internship, employment and job training opportunities for young people and work towards pay equity for young people within the City of Seattle.
The Seattle Youth Commission meets twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, from 4:00-6:00 pm at Seattle City Hall (600 4th Avenue) in the Boards & Commissions Room (L280). Download the program year calendar.
We recruit commissioners on an annual basis. The next recruiting process will take place in spring/summer 2017.