2019 West Side Story


Somewhere, somehow… we’ll find a new way of living.

The Seattle Police Department and The 5th Avenue Theatre are seeking local teens, ages 14-18, to serve on the West Side Story Project Student Advisory Board.

This group of teenagers will take a central role in planning a Youth Summit for local middle students— with the goal of creating a dialogue between youth and law enforcement about violence, gangs, and youth-police relationships, as well as dialogue among young people about social justice concerns in our region.

All applications must be submitted by 9AM, March 18, 2019


This is a tuition-free opportunity open to any high school student in King County, ages 14 to 18.

Strong candidates will have an interest in developing leadership skills, and community organizing—as well as an interest in how the arts can be used for social justice.


Student Participants will be responsible for:

  • attending regular Student Advisory Board meetings in Downtown Seattle (SPD Headquarters and The 5th Avenue Theatre), 20-30 hours in total

  • working with mentors from The 5th Avenue Theatre and the Seattle Police Department to identify important topics and themes in West Side Story

  • collaborating with peers and mentors to create activities and workshop content for Youth Summit participants

  • participate as Youth Summit facilitators


  • Meeting #1: Thursday, March 28, 2019; 4:30 - 6:30 PM

  • Meeting #2: Thursday, April 4, 2019; 4:30 - 6:30 PM

  • Meeting #3: Thursday, April 11, 2019; 4:30 - 6:30 PM

  • Meeting #4: Thursday, April 18, 2019; 4:30 - 6:30 PM

  • Meeting #5: Thursday, April 25, 2019; 4:30 - 6:30 PM

  • West Side Story Project - Seattle Youth Summit
    Thursday, May 2, 2019
    ; 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM


Student Advisory Board members will receive a stipend of $300 for their participation.

Interested? Fill out the application below…

DEADLINE for all applications is 9AM, March 18, 2019