The City of Seattle is now accepting applications for the Seattle Youth Commission (SYC), a 15-member commission of 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 through policy, organizing, and events.
Commissioners serve a two-year term beginning September 2021 and ending June 2023. The commissioners meet biweekly on Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and will have additional committee commitments. In addition, the commissioners are required to attend a half-day virtual retreat.
Seattle Youth Commission Projects
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 projects the Seattle Youth Commission has worked on in the past:
- Researched 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 Families and Education Levy.
For more information or to apply to the commission, please visit to http://www.seattle.gov/syc. For questions, please contact commission coordinator Osbaldo Hernandez at Osbaldo.Hernandez@seattle.gov or (206) 233-3732. The deadline to apply is Monday, June 28 at 5:00 p.m.