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Sammamish Youth Board

Parks and Recreation

Management Analyst

Janie Walzer
(425) 295 0640

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2019 Sammamish Youth Board in front of yurt

Applications Now Open for the 2024-2025 Service Year

Applications are open now for the next service year which will begin in September of 2024 and run through August of 2025. All applications must be submitted by Friday, March 15th at 11:59 p.m. 

For New Members please complete the application at  this link

For Returning Members please complete the application at this link

Thank you for your interest in serving on the Youth Board! City Council will approve appointments at their April 16th, 2024 meeting. All applicants will be notified of their status on April 17th, 2024. 

About: The Sammamish Youth Board (SYB) consists of local middle and high school students. They are appointed by the City Council. Their mission is to unite youth, adults, and government to form a relationship that promotes equality and mutual respect. Their purpose also includes creating integral activities that lead to a stronger community.

Local middle and high school students are welcomed and encouraged to attend meetings and SYB-sponsored events. SYB meets monthly during the school year. Meetings are typically at 6:00 pm on the third Wednesday of the month at Sammamish City Hall.

2023-2024 School Year

There are 39 SYB members for the 2023-2024 school year that attend the following:

Members' Schools

  • 1 - Beaver Lake Middle School
  • 1 - Bellevue College
  • 16 - Eastlake High School
  • 2 - Eastside Catholic High School
  • 1 - Eastside Preparatory School
  • 1 - Evergreen Middle School
  • 1 - Homeschool
  • 1 - Inglewood Middle School
  • 8 - Skyline High School
  • 2 - Tesla STEM High School
  • 1 - International Community School
  • 2 - Issaquah High School

Members' Grades for Fall 2023

  • 8 - 12th Grade
  • 9 - 11th Grade
  • 11 - 10th Grade
  • 4 - 9th Grade
  • 6 - 8th Grade

Leadership 2023-2024

  • Hongning Wang, Chair, Eastlake High School
  • Maanit Goel, Co-Chair, Eastlake High School
  • Grace McIntyre, City Liaison, Eastlake High School
  • Abby Arroyo, Community Service Liaison, Skyline High School
  • Aarna Chowdhary, Secretary, Eastlake High School
  • Ellie Yoon, Program Chair, Issaquah High School

Interested in Getting Involved?

Attend a Board meeting to provide public comment or just listen in on new ideas.  View the  Board’s monthly meeting schedule towards the side side of this page. 

Want to Become a Formal Member?

The Sammamish Youth Board consists of teens that have the drive to make a change in Sammamish.  The board looks for teens that have creative input and have the follow-through to make their ideas heard.  Applicants should be interested in interacting with city officials, planning events for youth, and helping make decisions that will affect the future of the City of Sammamish. Applications now open. See how to apply at the top of the page.

Responsibilities

  • Help coordinate and participate in monthly community service projects. For example, Mayor’s Month of Concern Food Drive, Adopt-a-Road, and park or trail restoration projects;
  • Help plan and manage community-wide events, such as Sammamish BOO!, Very Merry Sammamish, etc.;
  • Maintain relationships with community members, such as the Parks Commission, School Superintendent, City Police, and City Council.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Sammamish Youth Board, the applicant must:

  • Reside, work, go to school, or perform some legitimate activity within the Sammamish city limits;
  • Be currently in grades 5-11 or in a program equivalent to the grades listed above; 
  • Have a great desire to embrace the opportunities and responsibilities involved with the Sammamish Youth Board. (Specific time commitments are noted in the applications below.)