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 youth violence, gangs, and youth-police relationships as well as dialogue between young people about race and social justice.


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

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

Participant Requirements

Student Participants will be responsible for

  • attending regular Student Advisory Board meeting, 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

Important Dates

  • SAB Meeting #1: Day, Month Date 2019

  • SAB Meeting #2: Day, Month Date 2019

  • SAB Meeting #3: Day, Month Date 2019

  • West Side Story - Seattle Youth Summit: Day, Month Date 2019 [[day to be determined by SAB?]]


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

Interested? Fill out the application below: