Become a Youth Comissioner

Become a Youth Comissioner


The Youth Commission represents Philadelphia’s youth in public hearings and gives testimony that reflects the youth perspective. The Commission works with the city, non-profits, community organizations, and private entities to develop strategies to improve the lives of Philadelphia youth. The Commission also advises the Mayor and City Council on youth policy as well as the The School District of Philadelphia, and other key decision makers inside and outside of city government.


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Required Qualifications:

  • Aged 12 to 23
  • Must be a resident of Philadelphia
  • Must attend Youth Commission meetings, and at least one event, appearance, or other meeting a month

Preferred Qualifications/Experience

  • Interest in the welfare of young people
  • Commitment to enhancing your understanding of the functions of government
  • Experience in civic engagement or community service
  • Good relationship with peers and community members
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team
  • Be a self starter

Terms of the Position: This is a non-paying position requiring a minimum of a year-long commitment. Other requirements include attending one meeting a month in City Hall, participating in conference calls, and being involved in community and City events.

After the one-year term is complete, the Commissioner may request re-appointment from their appointer or end their term.

Application and Interview Process: Upon receipt of your application materials we will contact you to conduct an initial screening interview. Selected applicants’ resumes will be sent to council members for possible appointment. Applications are accepted in an ongoing basis, so selection dates may vary.

You must complete all four sections of the application to be considered for a position. You may send the information electronically or by mail.