The Seattle Youth Commission application is now online at http://seattle.gov/syc*. The Commission exists to represent the interests of teenagers directly to local elected officials, and it presents a great opportunity for young people to engage directly with decision-makers on issues that are important to them.
The Commission is open to Seattle residents between the ages of 13 and 19, and the deadline to apply is May 4th; we’ll be doing interviews on a rolling basis as applications are received, so the sooner someone applies, the better their chances of getting the interview slot that they want.
We had a wonderful group of Commissioners in 2010-2011. In terms of elected officials alone, by the beginning of May the 2010-2011 Commissioners will have met with Seattle’s Mayor, City Attorney, Police Chief, and 6 out of 9 City Councilmembers, as well as the King County Executive; and later in May they’ll be doing presentations directly to the Mayor and the full City Council about their work and their priorities over the course of the year.
The Youth Commission is a big time commitment, and I recognize that, but the more active, engaged young people who are part of the Commission next year, the more effective it’s going to be in representing the interests of as many different youth across the city as possible, which is definitely the goal. I need your help to make sure that the 2011-2012 group is just as good.
- Sol Villarreal,Community Engagement Coordinator
Office of Mayor Mike McGinn
Direct Line: 206-233-2656