Members of this commission serve as an advisory body to the City Council, other city commissions and city staff on issues such as finding solutions for local youth problems, providing community youth with an outlet for expressing interests and opinions, making the public aware of the Youth Commission program, and other issues of importance to youth. The Youth Commission consists of 9 voting members and 3 alternates appointed by the City Council; meetings are held once a month.

Persons appointed to serve on the commission shall reside within the Federal Way city limits during the member’s terms, attend high school within the city limits, or attend a high school that is part of the Federal Way School District. The City Council will select commission members representing a diverse cross-section of students. Freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible. Terms of office run from September 1st to August 31st. Members are appointed to serve two-year terms; all commissioners serve without compensation. 



  • Maleha Tasnim
  • Sienna Mayo
  • Juan Juarez-Ramos
  • Satinder Singh Grewal
  • Justin Lowy
  • Aissata Bangoura 
  • Winston Nguyen
  • Zarah Imani Dennis
  • Karis Song
  • Vacant, Alternate
  • Vacant, Alternate
  • Vacant, Alternate







FirStep Scholarship

Thank you for your interest in the FirStep Scholarship! The Federal Way Youth Commission established the FirStep Scholarship in 2019 to award funds to youth who are unable to afford recreational activities.  Based on the belief that recreation is important for the emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development of children, it is the Youth Commission’s goal to make a positive difference and provide opportunity underprivileged youth.

  • No limit on residence
  • One recreation program per application / FWCC 3 month membership
  • We will award up to $1000 per quarter.
  • FirStep Scholarship is not retroactive and cannot be applied toward previous registrations and/or membership payments.

Funds awarded are at the discretion of the YC and may not be at the full price of the requestor.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be in grades 6th-12th (12-17yrs) with proof of school ID
  • Households must be approved through FWCC Fee Reduction program
  • Can apply once a quarter (January-March, April-June, July-September, October-December)

Application Process:

  1. Get approved for Financial Assistance through FWCC.
  2. Fill out the application form in its entirety.
  3. Youth Commission will review applications on the 4th Thursday of each month for the following month.