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The Seattle Youth Commission seeks teens interested in shaping the future of the city

Are you interested in representing young people in Seattle? Are you passionate about social justice? Do you want to learn more about your local city government and public service? Are you driven to be a leader in your community who wants to create positive change in the city? If so, the Seattle Youth Commission might be a good fit for you!

Apply to be a Seattle Youth Commissioner

Commission and Application Information

Applications are now being accepted for the Seattle Youth Commission (SYC), a group of 15 youth (under the age of 21) who work, live, or study within the city boundaries of Seattle. Members are appointed by the City Council and meet twice a month to explore the issues affecting Seattle youth. Commissioners learn about issues affecting young people through research and conversations with community members and elected officials. They can then make recommendations regarding these issues to City leaders.

The deadline to apply is Sunday, Nov. 5 at 11:45 p.m.

If you are interested in supporting Seattle youth and have the capacity to meet twice a month, consider applying for the Seattle Youth Commission and spreading the word among other young people who may be interested in a position.

To apply, complete and submit this online application by Nov. 5 at 11:45 p.m. Interviews for applicants will be held the week of Nov. 13. BIPOC youth are especially encouraged to apply.

If you have any questions, please contact Osbaldo Hernandez at

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.