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Join the Seattle Youth Commission and help shape Seattle’s future

Are you tired of hearing that we are in strange times? If you are a teenager in Seattle, or anywhere in the world for that matter, you are probably also tired of hearing that you are the hope for the future. It seems like a lot of responsibility to place on a group of people who, in addition to enduring the typical turmoil of the teenager years, are also trying to survive virtual learning, social distancing, racial injustice, and wildfires darkening our skies. And yet, all of us who were once youth know this beautiful truth: you, above all of us, have the power to create real change.

Apply to be a Seattle Youth Commissioner and help lead the way.

Seattle is at a consequential moment. We have the rare opportunity to completely reimagine the future of our city and we want you to be a part of that. We need young people from all over the City, who come from different backgrounds and hold different beliefs, to come together and help us build a better Seattle.

Commission and Application Information

We are now accepting applications for the Seattle Youth Commission, a group of 15 Seattle teens that works to address issues of importance to youth. Appointed by the Mayor and Seattle City Council, teens 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. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, November 4 at 5:00 p.m.

Commissioners serve a two-year term beginning in November 2020 and ending June 2022.  The commissioners meet biweekly on Mondays from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. and will have additional committee commitments. In addition, the commissioners are required to attend a half-day virtual retreat.

To apply, complete and submit this online application by November 4th at 5 p.m. Interviews for applicants will be held on November 9th and 10th. BIPOC youth are especially encouraged to apply.

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For questions, please contact commission coordinator Osbaldo Hernandez at or 206-233-3732.