Teen Service Learning

For current opportunities or general information, please contact Gwen Wessels at (206) 615.1727 or Gwen.Wessels@seattle.gov.

About Service-Learning Credit Programs

Seattle Parks and Recreation has a wide range of teen service-learning and community service opportunities in your neighborhoods. Please consult your counselor or teacher at your school to find what the requirements are for your respective school and have the project approved. Youth are responsible for supplying the appropriate paperwork to document service-learning and community service hours.

Please note, each of these opportunities requires youth who are responsible, dedicated, dependable, hardworking, trustworthy, self-motivated, detail oriented, and comfortable with working in small groups. Many of these opportunities are service based and require an understanding of customer service. The Parks Department would like the individual not only to have a fulfilling experience, but to be proud of the work that they have produced.

Each individual involved in the service-learning project will be required to record their thoughts and reflect on their experience in either a journal or by other means. This could include group discussions, photographs with captions, poetry, illustrations, or by other methods approved by the teacher or counselor in charge of service learning at the students' school and also by the project supervisor.

206 Forward

206 Forward - Youth Advocates of Seattle is a group of young leaders that practice the power of youth voice by advocating for policy and practices that promote equity and by organizing community actions and service projects with youth from all over the Puget Sound. Some of the key issues we have taken action on are homelessness, racism in school discipline policy, police brutality, adultism, and the school to prison pipeline. We are a community open to all young people and meet twice a month in Southeast Seattle.

Starting in Fall 2016, all members have the opportunity to earn stipends for the time they commit to 206 Forward. Please contact Meghan Patiño at meghan.patino@seattle.gov or (206) 684.4575 if you are interested in joining or would like to learn more.