City thanks six Edmonds Youth Commissioners for their services; Young people invited to apply for vacancies

The Edmonds Youth Commission (Photos courtesy of the City of Edmonds)

The Edmonds Youth Commission is bidding farewell to six of its original members, who are moving on to other duties.

“We really appreciate the time they have spent on the commission and have played an active role in bringing the youth’s voice and input to the fore,” said Shannon Burley, associate director of Edmonds Parks and Recreation. “From supporting the city’s climate change plan, hosting youth forums on various topics, observing city council meetings, and volunteering in the city, they have worked hard to figure out how the youth in our community can be more involved and valued.”

Youth Commission Chairs Stephany Janssen and Kaleb Nichols urged the Youth Commission to be established in hopes of ensuring their demographics are heard in our community. “The Co-Chairs were so excited about the commission and the creation of more youth participation and inclusion in our community; you could feel it in the meetings of the youth commission, ”said Casey Colley, coordinator of the youth commission.

Five of the six students leaving the commission are from Edmonds-Woodway High School and one from Meadowdale High School. They include:

Stephany Janssenwho will be studying at the University of Washington this fall on a full-ride scholarship. She is planning a double degree in political economy and philosophy.

Caleb Nicholswho is working on political campaigns this summer as head of media coordination for students. He will be attending the University of Arizona this fall for a law and politics degree.

Caroline Wills – the only student at Meadowdale High School – will be attending the University of Washington this fall and plans to study public health.

Emily singer, who will attend the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business this fall.

Alissa Bermanwho will be attending Whitman College this fall for a double degree in English and Philosophy.

Cole Albaugh, The youngest youth commissioner will focus on his studies when he begins his junior year at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

“Through their stories and work to raise awareness, educate and promote change, the Edmonds Youth Commissioners have helped deepen my understanding of the problems they face today,” said Councilor Laura Johnson. “Together with many young people who are leading today in questions of social and ecological justice, our youth officers inspire me and give me hope for the future. I wish our high school graduates all the best for the future. I know whatever you do, you will continue to make a positive difference. “

Five members will return to the commission and the City of Edmonds will be recruiting six new members this September.

To see if you are eligible and how to apply, visit the Edmonds Youth Commission website at For more information on the Youth Commission, please contact Casey Colley, Youth Commission Coordinator at 425-275-4751 or [email protected]

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