Who We Are
The Chase Youth Commission empowers youth as leaders and provides a platform to influence public policy and bring about change in our community.
What We Do
The Chase Youth Commission both advises the Spokane City Council and Board of County Commissioners on youth issues, and pursues its own agenda of programs and community activities. Over the past few decades, the Commission has developed infrastructures for both youth involvement in local government and community service, and community investment in youth. Recent projects include mental health awareness, feminine hygiene products access for schools, financial literacy, Sister Cities student exchange, Chase Youth Awards, and Youth Issues Candidates Forum.
What Are the Goals of the CYC?
- To be a community leader in identifying the issues affecting youth;
- Serve as an advocate for youth needs and improvement in youth policies, directly engaging youth in the process;
- Develop resources for youth programs and initiatives; and
- Recognize accomplishments of children and youth and promote the value of youth in our community.
How is the Commission Funded?
The Chase Youth Commission is funded through inter-local agreement by the taxpayers of the City of Spokane and Spokane County, and grants and private donations through its affiliated non-profit organization the Chase Youth Foundation. The Chase Youth Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation registered as a charitable organization with the State of Washington.
The Chase Youth Commission has a close relationship with the Next Generation Zone. The Next Generation Zone assists Spokane County youth ages 16 – 21 by answering questions about careers, education, and provides tools that help youth find work, resources to prepare for a job search, information about workforce development providers, training to enhance skills, employers who are looking for prospective employees, how to keep a job and advance in a career, and aid youth in the transition into the adult workforce with employment options. You can reach the Next Generation Zone at 509.340.7800.
I thought the CYC was just another good resume padding position. I didn’t understand how important this group is and how valuable it would become to me personally.
I have grown from my experiences and friendships gained by being a leader in my role on the Chase Youth Commission.
Not only does the Commission give students vital and practical experience working on service projects, but it gives us the confidence to start and lead projects on our own.