Youth Commission

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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. 


Members shall serve a term of one year from July 1st of one year until June 30th of next year. New commissioners shall be recruited in May of each year for positions whose terms will be ending that year. To apply please complete the application and reference forms and submit to Casey Colley through mail or email.


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 Edmonds Youth Commissioners 

Owen Lee

Owen is a freshman at Edmonds-Woodway High School. At school, he is involved in student leadership, Speech & Debate, and Jazz II, where he plays trombone. Outside of school, he is a member of the Seattle Children’s Chorus and enjoys playing with his cat. Owen is very grateful for this opportunity and excited to make a difference in our community.

Sydney Pearson

A freshman at Edmonds Woodway High School, Sydney Pearson takes part in various school activities including playing piano and tenor saxophone in Jazz Band, flute in Concert Band, serving as the Freshmen Class ASB Vice President, 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 she has the opportunity to be a part of the wonderful group that makes up the Edmonds Youth Commission and is ready to help make a positive impact for her community.

Stephany Janssen 

Hello! My name is Stephany Janssen, and I am a junior at Edmonds-Woodway High School. I am the co-founder of the youth commission due to my passion for creating a more prevalent teen voice, and a platform teenagers can use to advocate for themselves. I love reading, traveling, and any kind of chocolate, but most of all being an active part of the political atmosphere.

Alissa Berman

My name's Alissa and I'm so excited to serve on the Edmonds Youth Commission. I'm a junior at Edmonds Woodway, and I'm super involved in the orchestra there. When I'm not working on schoolwork, you can often find me at cafes or movie theaters with my friends. When I can, I like taking the bus into Seattle and visiting the art museum or any of the great neighborhoods there.

Cole Albaugh

My name is Cole Albaugh and I'm 14 years old. I’ve wanted to help out my community for some time now and I'm glad I'm able to now. Some interests of mine are snowboarding, video-games, and design. Overall I'm just happy I got to help.

Jacob Sawyer

My name is Jacob, and I am a junior at Edmonds-Woodway High School. I am ecstatic to be a member of the Youth Commission because I have lived in Edmonds my entire life and I want to be more involved in building a better future for the town I call home. At school, I am a devoted member of the EWHS band and jazz ensemble as well as a member of the EWHS debate club. Some of my other interests are astronomy, science fiction/futurism, and engineering. During my time as a member of the Edmonds Youth Commission, I want to push for the greater adoption of renewable energy and energy-saving technologies by the City of Edmonds.

Caitlin Chung

Caitlin Chung is a freshman at Edmonds-Woodway High School. She is involved in band and student leadership. At home, she enjoys painting, photography, and volunteering at the Edmonds food bank. When she isn’t pursuing her passions, Caitlin can be found with a good murder mystery book. She is interested in learning more about the city government system and raise awareness for mental health issues.

Caroline Wills

I’m currently a junior at Meadowdale High School. In my spare time I enjoy swimming, hiking, reading, and volunteering. I strive to improve my community through volunteering at school and my local community.

Kaleb Nichols

Kaleb Nichols is a student at Edmonds-Woodway who, along with Stephany Janssen, worked on the Youth Commission proposal to the City Council. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, traveling, reading, spending time with friends and family, and keeping up with current events. He joined the Youth Commission to help the youth in Edmonds to have a stronger voice for their needs, and to create a better dialogue between younger and older generations.

Brook Roberts

Brook Roberts is a Sophomore at Shorewood High School. At Shorewood, he is involved in National Honor Society and orchestra, in which he plays viola. When not at school, he can be found in rehearsal with the Cascade Youth Symphony, reading, walking and cycling around Downtown Edmonds. In his goal to help make a difference in the community, he volunteers at the Swedish Hospital as well as Annie’s Community Kitchen. Brook is excited and thankful for this opportunity to advocate for the Youth of Edmonds.

Emily Sanger

Hi everyone! My name is Emily Sanger and I am a junior at Edmonds Woodway Highschool. I am actively engaged with my school through athletics, clubs, and academics. I have played volleyball for my high school's team for the past three years and I am also a member of many clubs such as DECA, Badminton Club, and Coloring Club. You can find me spending my time in the Edmonds area, whether it is working the reception at Ombu Salon, volunteering at the Edmonds Food Bank, or walking the waterfront with my friends and family. I am very passionate about making our wonderful city of Edmonds a welcoming place for all people and ensuring that all cultures feel accepted and included. The City of Edmonds has been my home for the past 16 years and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute to improving our community and act as a voice for the youth in Edmonds. As a new member of the Edmonds Youth Commission, I am very eager to work with my fellow Youth Commissioners, the City Council, and Edmonds residents to enhance our community and create new programs and opportunities.

Youth Commission Info



Youth Commission

Contact Information:

Casey Colley 
Youth Commission Coordinator
Telephone: (425) 275-4751

Shannon Burley
Deputy Parks Director
Telephone: (425) 771-1232

700 Main Street  
Edmonds WA 98020

Meeting Information:

The commission meets 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.

(Meetings are subject to change.)

Commission Members:

Seat 1: Owen Lee (Secretary)

Seat 2: Sydney Pearson

Seat 3: Stephany Janssen (Chair)

Seat 4: Alissa Berman

Seat 5: Cole Albaugh

Seat 6: Jacob Sawyer

Seat 7: Cailtlin Chung (Treasurer)

Seat 8: Caroline Wills 

Seat 9: Kaleb Nichols (Co-chair)

Seat 10: Brook Roberts 

Seat 11: Emily Sanger

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