The City of Seattle is now accepting applications for the Seattle Youth Commission (SYC), a 15-member commission ages 13-19 that addresses issues of importance to youth. Appointed by the Mayor and Seattle City Council, youth serving on this commission work with elected officials, City staff, community leaders, and young people citywide to make positive changes in their communities through policy, organizing, and events. The deadline to apply is Monday, July 16 at 5:00 p.m.
Commissioners serve a two-year term beginning in September 2018 and ending June 2020. The commissioners meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at Seattle City Hall from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. and will have additional committee commitments. In addition, the commissioners are required to attend a half-day retreat on Saturday, September 22.
To apply, please complete and submit this online application by July 16 at 5pm.
Interviews for applicants will be held on August 6 and 8 from 4 – 6 p.m.
For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-256-5970.
In addition to representing youth across the city, commissioners receive hands-on experience in the public sector and learn how to cultivate the youth voice in city policy. Here is a sampling of the projects the SYC has worked on this year:
- Research marketing and recruitment strategies to increase enrollment in Seattle Public Schools’ Career Technical Education Skills Center to recommend to the Office of Economic Development.
- Collaborated with the Mayor’s Chief of Police Search Committee to facilitate a youth forum on selecting the new Chief of Police.
- Advised the Department of Education and Early Learning on top priorities to consider for the 2018 Families and Education Levy.