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City Programs for Teens

  • Seattle Youth Commission
    The Seattle Youth Commission is comprised of diverse members who represent 12 distinct geographic areas of Seattle. Through this program, commissioners have various opportunities to impact their community, engage with city leaders and connect with other youth. The Commission meets two to three times a month in City Hall.

  • Woodland Park Zoo - Zoo Corps for Teens
    Zoo Corps recruits interested teens from diverse backgrounds to help the zoo provide conservation education for all ages, especially young children.

  • Seattle Public Library
    Teen book groups and clubs, reading lists and homework help highlight the many services the Seattle Public Library offers teens.

  • Seattle Parks and Recreation Teen Programs
    Youth Sports, Teen Art Leadership, Late Night Rec, Lifeguard Training and Youth Engaged in Service are a few of the programs you can join from Seattle Parks and Recreation.

  • Community Centers
    Find out what programs and events are happening at the Seattle Parks and Recreation Community Centers around town.

  • Seattle Municipal Archives Online Tools
    Online indexes to assist researchers in using the Seattle Municipal Archives.

  • The Digital Commons
    The Digital Learning Commons (DLC) is a nonprofit organization working to improve access to educational opportunities and learning resources by providing high-quality educational materials, online courses, and technology tools to all students and teachers.

  • Law Enforcement Explorers Program
    The Seattle Police Department offers a program that teaches how police officers do their job, visits to the K-9 and Harbor Patrol units, police procedures, and more, including opportunities to take part in related community work after the program.

  • Seattle Police Department Youth Outreach
    Seattle Police participates in numerous opportunities to continually build their connection with young people with programs and services.

  • Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative
    A community-based, multi-agency program to address youth violence in Seattle, focusing on youth, ages 12 17, who are at the highest risk of perpetuating or being victimized by violence.

  • Seattle Youth Employment Program
    SYEP supports youth to successfully graduate from high school while providing them with the skills they need to find and maintain employment.

  • SmARTVentures
    This City program encourages innovation and widens cultural participation, particularly by individuals, organizations and communities that may not be served by the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs' other funding programs; youth under 18 may apply with an adult co-signer.

  • Youth Guide for Police Practice
    The Respect Booklet is a youth guide to police practices. It includes a short summary of laws teens should know.

  • Youth Counseling and Development Services
    Helps to match youth and their families up with counseling, job training, safe sex education, peer support groups and more support services.

How to Contact City Officials


Youth Venture Youth Venture
Youth Venture inspires and invests in teams of young people aged 12-20 to start social Ventures, and is building a powerful global network of young changemakers.

Outdoor Opportunities O2 - Outdoor Opportunities
Overnight excursions, environmental service learning projects, and weekly workshops every month.

Student Assistant at Library Volunteer at the Library
The Seattle Public Library offers volunteer projects each year for high school students who are at least 14 years old.

Explorer Program Seattle Police Explorer Program for Teens
Education and involvement program for young people age 14 to 21 -- learn how the Police Department works and apply what you learn in community service.