Redmond Youth Partnership Advisory Committee
Who says youth do not have a voice in Redmond! The Redmond Youth Partnership Advisory Committee (RYPAC) is the voice for youth which is made up of youth and adults who help shape programs for our community. RYPAC is a unique board made up of youth and adults who focus on three areas of interest: recreation, youth voice, and service. With the help of the RYPAC coordinator, the committee creates, implements, and supports program they feel best represents the needs and interests of Redmond's youth. The commitment is only a few hours a month so come and get involved in being an active part of your community. RYPAC is open to youth ages 13-19 and adults who reside, work, or attend school in Redmond.

Meetings

Meeting are held the first and third Thursdays of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Old Redmond School House Community Center.

If you are interested in becoming a part of this group please call 425-556-2358 or email rypac@redmond.gov for more information.

History

In the 1990s, the City of Redmond conducted a series of focus groups and surveys to learn about the community's thoughts on youth programs and services. The surveys indicated that Redmond teenagers felt undervalued and unchallenged. In response to the survey results, in 1996, the Redmond Youth Partnership (RYP), a task force comprised of youth and adult community members was established. RYP began to address these concerns with the mission of being a voice for young people and to promoting a community where youth are valued and involved. In 2003 the City of Redmond had the opportunity to take RYP under the Parks and Recreation Department, forming the new Redmond Youth Partnership Advisory Committee while maintaining a similar mission of youth voice and empowerment.

Mission Statement

RYPAC's purpose, under the direction of the City of Redmond, is to be a voice for young people and to promote a community where youth are valued and involved by providing opportunities for youth to develop leadership abilities and interest in volunteerism through participation in the creation and delivery of projects within the community.

Be a part of the change! Get involved in RYPAC!

Full list of community service opportunities on the Eastside (link to pdf)