Youth Commission

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EDMONDS YOUTH COMMISSION

Mission

City of Edmonds Youth Commission is a youth-led commission whose mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance the quality of life for Edmonds youth by advising City Council and the public on issues relating to youth policies, programs, and opportunities. 

 Terms

Members shall be appointed to a term of two (2) years beginning October 1st and ending September 30th. Graduating seniors will be appreciated as they leave the commission in June, and new appointments will be made for those vacant positions the following October. Application and reference forms will be available at the start of September. 

Eligibility

To be eligible to serve on the commission you need to live within the City of Edmonds city limits. Candidates must be entering grades 9 through 12, or be of equivalent age if not enrolled in a traditional school program. 

Get to know the 2020-2021 Edmonds Youth Commissioners 

Seat 1: Owen Lee

Owen is a junior at Edmonds-Woodway High School and is now in his third year on the commission. At school, he is the ASB Publicity Officer and a member of Earth Service Corps and Mello Aires, the Edmonds Woodway jazz choir. Outside of school, he is a member of the Seattle Children’s Chorus and enjoys playing with his cat and volunteering at the Seattle Aquarium. Owen is very grateful for this opportunity and excited to make a difference in our community.

Seat 2: Sydney Pearson (she/her/hers)

A  junior at Edmonds-Woodway High School, Sydney takes part in various school activities including playing piano and tenor saxophone in Jazz Band, flute in Wind Symphony, serving as the Junior Class ASB Vice President, being a leader in LINK crew, being apart of NHS, and more. She is on the Edmonds Mountain Bike Team and greatly enjoys skiing when not busy with homework; she also tries to find time to participate in musical theater, whether it be through the school or the community. Excited and thankful, Sydney is so glad that she has the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful group and is ready to help make a positive impact for her community.

Seat 3: Hunter DeLeon

Seat 4: Brook Roberts (he/him/his)

Brook is a junior at Shorewood High School. At Shorewood, he is involved in the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Neuroscience Club, as well as the Chamber Ensemble. Additionally. In his goal to help make a difference in the community and improve the well-being of others, he volunteers at the Swedish Hospital, Annie’s Community Kitchen, and tutors at local elementary and middle schools. Outside of academics and volunteering, he enjoys reading, playing the Viola, and exploring the Pacific Northwest by means of cycling and hiking. Brook is both gratified and grateful for this opportunity to represent the youth of Edmonds and plans on advocating for mental health resources, action related to combatting climate change, as well as solutions to address the inequities in Edmonds.

Seat 5: Grace Kamila (she/her/hers)

Grace is a senior attending Shorewood High School. She has lived in Edmonds for the past 16 years and is excited to give back to the community. At Shorewood, she is a Senior Class Officer, Captain of the Girls' Varsity Soccer Team, and involved in Student Council, LINK, NHS, and the Varsity Track & Field Team. Outside of school, she loves to play piano, lift at the gym, and spend time with her younger sister, Lily. Grace is extremely grateful for this opportunity and excited to make positive changes in the community.

Seat 6: Jacob Sawyer

Jacob is a senior at Edmonds-Woodway High School. He is ecstatic to be a member of the Youth Commission having lived in Edmonds his entire life and wants to be more involved in building a better future for the town he calls home. At school, he is a devoted member of the EWHS Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble as well as the Vice President of the EWHS Speech & Debate Club. Some of his other interests are astronomy, science fiction/futurism, and engineering. During his time as a member of the Edmonds Youth Commission, he wants to push for the greater adoption of renewable energy, sustainability, and energy-saving technologies by the City of Edmonds.

Seat 7: Caitlin Chung

Caitlin is a junior at Edmonds-Woodway High School. She loves to volunteer at her local food bank and help the community in any way she can. In school, she loves English and is involved in student leadership. Caitlin’s hobbies include reading, researching, painting, and photography. Caitlin is appreciative for the opportunity to work with other youth that want to advocate for the community.

Seat 8: Finn Paynich (they/them)

Hi, my name is Finn Paynich and I’m a junior at Edmonds Heights K-12. I joined the Youth Commission to be a voice for the disabled community, LGBTQ+ people, and those with mental illness. I also want to focus on the climate crisis and the right to choose. When I’m not protesting or quarantining, I enjoy musical theater, being in nature, and hanging out with my friends.

Seat 9: Brooke Rinehimer

Seat 10: Zane Marulitua

Seat 11: Aaron Nateephaisan (he/him/his)

Aaron is currently a junior attending Shorewood High School, and is honored and stoked to serve the youth of Edmonds on the Edmonds Youth Commission. He plans on advocating for plans to address inequities in Edmonds and for programs that benefit the underserved Highway 99 corridor. At Shorewood, he is an ASB Representative, an officer for Neuroscience Club, and is involved in the National Honor Society and Science Olympiad chapters. In his free time, his passions include performing on the piano and discovering the hidden gems of Edmonds. In this position, he hopes to enhance the life of the underserved youth population in Edmonds.

Youth Commission Info

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Youth Commission

Contact Information:

Casey Colley 
Youth Commission Coordinator
Telephone: (425) 275-4751
E-mail: Casey.Colley@edmondswa.gov  

Shannon Burley
Deputy Parks Director
Telephone: (425) 771-0232
E-mail: Shannon.burley@edmondswa.gov 

700 Main Street  
Edmonds WA 98020

Meeting Information:

The commission meets September through June from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Frances Anderson Building in Room 123. 

700 Main Street, Edmonds 98020.

Special meetings and retreats may be held during July and August as needed, as determined by the youth commissioners. 

(Meetings are subject to change.)

Commission Members:

Seat 1: Owen Lee (Secretary)

Seat 2: Sydney Pearson

Seat 3: Hunter DeLeon

Seat 4: Brook Roberts

Seat 5: Grace Kamila

Seat 6: Jacob Sawyer

Seat 7: Cailtlin Chung (Treasurer)

Seat 8: Finn Paynich

Seat 9: Brooke Rinehimer

Seat 10: Zane Marulitua -Alternate

Seat 11: Aaron Nateephaisan -Alternate

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