Chapter 2.60
YOUTH COMMISSION

Sections:

2.60.010    Created.

2.60.020    Purpose.

2.60.030    Goals.

2.60.040    Membership.

2.60.050    Responsibilities.

2.60.060    Staff support.

2.60.010 Created.

There is hereby created and established a Federal Way youth commission in and for the city.

(Ord. No. 92-139, § 1(A), 6-2-92. Code 2001 § 2-78.)

2.60.020 Purpose.

The youth commission shall serve as an advisory body to the city council, other city boards, commissions and city staff on issues such as youth programs, recreational activities, dance clubs and other issues of importance to youth.

(Ord. No. 92-139, § 1(B), 6-2-92. Code 2001 § 2-79.)

2.60.030 Goals.

The youth commission shall promote leadership skills and the communication of ideas of youth. The youth commission’s goals shall be to:

(1) Find solutions for local youth problems and report these to the city council.

(2) Provide community youth with an outlet for expressing interests and opinions.

(3) Make the public aware of the youth commission and its program.

(4) Recognize outstanding youth in the community by proclaiming one week in April “Youth Recognition Week” which shall culminate in an annual awards ceremony with presentations from the mayor and council.

(5) Suggest ways to improve the quality of life for young people.

(Ord. No. 92-139, § 1(C), 6-2-92. Code 2001 § 2-80.)

2.60.040 Membership.

(1) The youth commission may consist of 12 voting members and three alternates appointed by the city council.

(2) The commission shall serve without compensation.

(3) Each member shall serve a term of two years. The city council shall annually appoint new members to fill the expiring terms on the youth commission. If, for any reason, a vacancy occurs during the term of a youth commission member, the city council shall appoint a new member to fill the unexpired term of that youth commission member. The city council may remove a youth commission member at any time if the city council determines that member is not fulfilling his or her responsibilities to the satisfaction of the city council. All members of the youth commission shall serve until their successors are duly appointed by the city council.

(4) Persons appointed to serve on the commission shall reside within the city of Federal Way city limits during the members’ terms.

(5) The city council will select commission members representing a diverse cross-section of the service schools. Sophomores and juniors are eligible.

(6) Terms of office run from September 1st to August 31st.

(Ord. No. 14-774, § 1, 9-16-14; Ord. No. 96-282, § 1, 12-3-96; Ord. No. 92-157, § 1, 12-1-92; Ord. No. 92-139, § 1(E), 6-2-92. Code 2001 § 2-81.)

2.60.050 Responsibilities.

The youth commission shall have the responsibility to:

(1) Hold regular public meetings at least once a month, pursuant to a regular agenda, and to keep a written record of its proceedings which shall be a public record, all in accordance with state law;

(2) Serve as advisors to the council and the council’s various boards, commissions and task forces;

(3) Adopt bylaws for the regular operation of the commission; and

(4) Provide outreach to the community in an effort to place youth issues before our citizens in a positive manner.

(Ord. No. 92-139, § 1(D), 6-2-92. Code 2001 § 2-82.)

2.60.060 Staff support.

The mayor shall appoint appropriate staff as he or she deems appropriate to assist the youth commission in the preparation of its reports and records as are necessary for the operation of the commission.

(Ord. No. 10-669, § 16, 9-21-10; Ord. No. 92-139, § 1(F), 6-2-92. Code 2001 § 2-83.)