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YMCA Program Helps Young People Get Engaged by Serving on City Boards and Commissions 

Are you aged 18-29 and interested in participating in city government? The YMCA’s Get Engaged program places young adults on City of Seattle’s public boards and commissions. Get Engaged commissioners serve a one-year term starting September each year.  

Consider joining one of our boards and commissions: 

  • The Community Involvement Commission works to ensure that City departments are creating and implementing equitable and inclusive outreach and engagement strategies. 
  • The Seattle Renters’ Commission provides information, advice, and counsel to the Mayor, Seattle City Council, and departments concerning issues and policies affecting renters. 
  • The Landmarks Preservation Board reviews and makes decisions on landmark nominations for potential new landmarks and for proposed changes to existing landmarks. 
  • The Pioneer Square Preservation Board works to preserve, protect and enhance the historic and architectural character of Pioneer Square. 

“Get engaged appointees bring an energy, excitement, and a palpable enthusiasm that is much needed in our city commissions. We need these young people to leave their mark, so that we can leave our mark.” 

-Marcus White, Community Involvement Commission Co-Chair 

Get Engaged members are fully vested, voting members of the Boards/Commissions they join, making crucial policy recommendations to Seattle City Council, the Mayor’s Office, and the city at large. The intention of the Get Engaged program is to give young people (18 – 29 years) a seat at the table, ensuring that a youthful perspective and voice are part of our city’s political process. 

Applications for the 2023-2024 cohort are now available. The deadline to apply has been extended to May 12! 

Learn more about the Get Engaged program and apply at:   

View all participating City boards and commissions at: