Save the Date! Youth Voice, Youth Choice Vote Week Begins in May

What would you do with $700,000 of Seattle’s City budget? Youth get to make that decision by participating in Youth Voice, Youth Choice Vote Week, May 21-29.

Youth Voice, Youth Choice is a new participatory budgeting initiative from the City of Seattle in which youth ages 11-25 democratically decide how to spend a portion of the City’s budget. After several months of collecting ideas from community members, and youth volunteers turning those ideas into proposals, we’re readying for the vote which will occur May 21-29. Youth will cast their vote for their favorite projects which range from park improvements to youth programs to arts funding.

If you live, work, or go to school in Seattle, are between the ages of 11-25, and want to make a difference in your community, cast your vote at an in-person polling site or vote online. The projects that receive the most votes will be funded by the City! Visit our webpage for more details on how to vote or to hold a polling site of your own.


Come Celebrate the new Fitness Zone at Powell Barnett Park

Fitness ZoneYou are invited to attend the Fitness Zone Grand-Opening at Powell Barnett Park located at 352 Martin Luther King Junior Way. The event will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to noon. Join the celebration of a short program, equipment demonstrations, snacks, giveaways, and a performance by The Thrillers. The event is free and open to the public. All ages. RSVP here. This free, outdoor Fitness Zone has a Chest/Back Press, Twister, Elliptical, Ab Crunch/Leg Lifter, Cardio Stepper, Plyometrics, and Parallel Bars. Partners to make this project happen include: The Trust for Public Land, Seattle Parks Foundation, MOMentum, Leschi Community Council, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, and Maisha Barnett. This project was awarded $25,000 by the Neighborhood Matching Fund in June of 2015. Congratulations to the organizers and to the Leschi Community Council. Learn more about the Fitness Zone Areas here:

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of the Seattle City Light Power Control Center for Landmark Status

Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nomination of the Seattle City Light Operations Headquarters/Power Control Center (157 Roy Street) on Wednesday, May 4 at 3:30 p.m. in Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, Floor L2, Room L2-80 (Boards and Commissions Room).

The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments. Written comments should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following address by May 3 at 3:00 p.m.:

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649 (mailing address)

A copy of the Landmark Nomination is available for public review at the Queen Anne Branch Library (400 W. Garfield Street) and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ office in Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, 4th Floor (206-684-0228). It is also posted on the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods website,, under the heading of “Current Nominations.”


Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is Seeking AmeriCorps VISTA

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA member for a one-year opportunity to support the Mayor’s priority initiative to plan and implement neighborhood vitalization in low-income neighborhoods. Through Cities of Service’s City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Program Grant, the AmeriCorps VISTA Member will focus on the Mayor’s Find It, Fix It Community Walks, a high-impact service strategy in which the Mayor and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods engage community members in revitalizing their neighborhoods, one block at a time.

The VISTA Member will focus on using Community Walk planning and outreach to increase participation in city-based volunteer programs. This work will include designing strategies to recruit volunteers for city revitalization programs, leading community outreach efforts in neighborhoods selected for Community Walks, promoting and publicizing Community Walks, and developing impact metrics and outcome measurements for Community Walks.

Program Start/End Date:  June 13, 2016 – June 15, 2017

Accepting Applications Until: Friday, April 29, 2016

Applications Should Include:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter explaining your interest in service and, in particular, Mayor Murray’s Find It, Fix It Community Walk program
  • References (at least two, one professional and one personal)

Please Email Applications to:

Prior to submitting an application, please fully review the AmeriCorps VISTA position duties, qualifications, and benefits HERE.

To learn more about Find It, Fix It Community Walks, visit

Join the Mayor’s Education Summit!

The Mayor’s Education Summit Community Conversation series took place all over the city to collect ideas from students, parents, and advocates about how the City of Seattle can help improve educational opportunities for all children and youth in Seattle. The last Community Conversation is at the end of April. And then you are invited to the Mayor’s Education Summit where you’ll hear a summary of the top ideas and suggestions gathered during the two-month-long community conversation process.

The Mayor and education experts will present actions the City can take to reduce the education disparities among our children and close the achievement gap so all kids can succeed in school. “Perhaps the greatest challenge we face in addressing the opportunity gap is the persistent disparities in our public schools,” said Mayor Murray. “This is not just the responsibility of the Seattle school district. All of us have a responsibility to support the success of these students. These children are our children and we must not fail them.”

The last time the City convened an Education Summit was in 1990, when then Mayor Norm Rice established a deeper partnership between the City, Seattle Public Schools and education advocates. City residents came together to propose a new support for students and educators, the Families & Education Levy.

The Mayor’s Education Summit will take place on Saturday, April 30 at Garfield Community Center (2323 E Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98122).

Space is limited. Please RSVP today!

Volunteers Needed!

We are also seeking volunteers to help out with the Mayor’s Education Summit to be held at Garfield Community Center on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Volunteers will be needed largely for shifts between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm on April 30, as well as a few hours for setup on the Friday evening prior. If you’re interested in volunteering, please fill out this online Volunteer Sign-up Form, and we will contact you with additional information.

For more information about volunteering at the Summit, please contact Stacey Jehlik ( or 206.684.8266).