The 2023/24 Lakewood Youth Council pose for a photo.

Youth Council

The Youth Council works with City Council to demonstrate how City decisions impact the youth of Lakewood.

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Youth Empowerment Summit


The Youth Council makes a monthly report about the city-wide impact of city decisions on Lakewood youth.

The Youth Council also participates in a variety of activities including:

  1. Make-a-Difference Day
  2. Annual Youth Summit
  3. Truck and Tractor Day;
  4. Stuff the Bus with Caring for Kids;
  5. Christmas Tree Lighting; and
  6. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
  7. Youth Action Day at Washington State Capitol
  8. Leadership Summit hosted by Washington State Parks and Recreation

2024 Youth Empowerment Summit

The 2024 Lakewood Youth Council Youth Empowerment Summit was held Saturday, May 25, 2024 at Harrison Prep High School. The event was for students in seventh through 12th grade. There was free food, a coffee truck with free drinks, lawn and video games, door prizes, a photo booth, breakout sessions for students to connect with each other and a discussion on cultural wealth.

Stay tuned for information about the 2025 Youth Empowerment Summit.


Current Members

  • Councilmember Patti Belle (Council Liaison)
  • Councilmember J. Trestin Lauricella (Council Liaison)
  • Youth Council Appointments for the 2024-2025 School Year is tentatively scheduled for the City Council meeting of Monday, August 1, 2024.

Requirements for Membership

Qualifications for becoming a Youth Council member are any combination equivalent to:

  • High School student (or entering high school) in good academic standing. This includes a good attendance record, past leadership experience, and/or involvement in school or community organizations.
  • Attend a school in Lakewood or reside in Lakewood.



The Lakewood Youth Council line up and wait for instructions on how to play a game.
2023/24 Welcome Event
A Youth Council member stands in the middle of a circle formed by other members as they play an icebreaker game.
The 2024 Youth Council members get to know each other by playing an icebreaker.
Youth Council leader Shannon Bennett smiles as she plays corn hole with a Youth Council member.
Youth Council leader Shannon Bennett loves to join in on the fun!
A member of the Lakewood Youth Council crouches and writes the results of their corn hole game on the tournament bracket.
The Youth Council hosted a corn hole tournament at their 2023 Welcome event.


Members of the 2022/23 Lakewood Youth Council interview each other about their experiences.
A Lakewood youth council member writes on a large yellow pad with a green marker.
Members of the Lakewood Youth Council write their ideas on how the police can better relate to youth.
Four youth council members intently play video games.
Four members of the Lakewood Youth Council play on the video game truck at the 2023 Youth Summit.
A Lakewood Police officer has a conversation with members of the Lakewood Youth Council
Students and Officers alike had the opportunity to talk and better understand one another at the Police Summit.
Attendees of the Youth Summit wait in line for coffee.
Attendees of the 2023 Youth Summit wait in line for fresh coffee.

Agenda and Minutes

Agenda and Minutes