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Last updated: 5/10/18

Mayor's Youth Council

The team of 85 teenagers live in the City of Boston and act as advisers on City policies and decisions.

The Mayor’s Youth Council encourages youth civic engagement and participation in government. Members are appointed by Mayor Walsh to connect, engage, and empower Boston’s diverse youth population.

One of the Mayor's Youth Council projects is Youth Lead the Change. The project is the first-ever youth led participatory budgeting process. This process decides how a million dollars of the City budget is spent. Boston youth take part by:

  • sharing ideas
  • developing projects, and
  • voting to select projects to fund.

Have questions? Contact us:

Mayor's Youth Council

Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Upcoming events

Events
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2017-2018 Council information

2017-2018 Council information
ARTS and CULTURE

Director: Ashawn Dabney-Small
Deputy Director: Armen Youssoufian

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Director:  Michael Martinez
Deputy Director:  Bergeline Hilaire

EDUCATION and ENGAGEMENT

Director: Bishop Edwards
Deputy Director:  Nikkia Jean-Charles

PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY

Director:  Laura Goodfield
Deputy Director:  Daniel Bryan 

YOUTH LEAD THE CHANGE

Director:  Vikiana Petit-Homme
Deputy Director:  Edozie William Umunna

WORKFORCE and ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Director: Mohammed Sirage

Allston/Brighton

Liane Xu
Libby Wu
Rafaela Ugarte-Núñez
Wendy Escobar

Back Bay/Fenway/Kenmore

Ajan Patel
Armen Youssoufian
Mohammed Sirage

Charlestown

Daniel Bryan
Kingston Herbert
Mageney Omar
Prescott Herbert
Theodore Pasto

Dorchester

Ameer Muhammad
Ardo Ali
Ashawn Dabney-Small
Bishop Edwards
Dennis Wu
Emma Tobin
Fiona Weir
Ifrah Guhan
Joan Dotruong
Jenny Ngo
Malika Cruickshank
Matthew Wang
Megan Malkemes
Sebastian Cayo
Shayna C. Morales-Soto
Stevenson Elianor
Tin (Ian) Yau Lee

Downtown

Nolan Ward

East Boston

Kevin Wu
Raena Gadie

Hyde Park

Angie Hyppolite
Edward Prudent
Isis Alexander
Lacrisha Vilarson
Lybille Rocher
Mathew Cefail Jr.
Seamer Buckley
Valentina Pedroza
Vikiana Petit-Homme
Yves Joseph

Jamaica Plain

Aidan Cook
Portia Caruso
Theresa Macdonald

Mattapan

Bethsaida Antoine
Nikkia Jean-Charles
Rose Koumbassa

Mission Hill

Kevin Zeng
Kiera Daughtry
LeFaith Massaquoi
Mohamed Abanoor
Omayma Dalal

North End

Willem Santry

Roslindale

Carina LayField
Meredith Zielonka
Omar Mohamed
William Harrington

Roxbury

Anthony Zeng
Bergeline Hilaire
Edozie William Umunna
Ifeanyi Ruth Umunna
Michael Martinez

South Boston

Caroline Flynn
David Anderson
Joseph Maiullari
Michelle Mejia
Thomas Tinlin
Timothy Smyth

South End

Ekran O'Sharif
Laura Goodfield
Taalin RaoShah

West Roxbury

Benjamin Chase
Caroline Murphy
Daisy Wang
Emily Sun
Isabelle L'Huillier
Luke Bortolotto
Myles Davis
Ryan Browne
Sean Russell
Spoorthi Channappa
Victoria Donahue

Apply for the council

Who is eligible?

To be part of the Mayor’s Youth Council, you only have to meet two requirements:

  • you must be entering 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade (or comparable age if you’re not currently in school) when you apply, and
  • you must be a resident of the City of Boston.

Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now closed. To apply next year please check back in early spring.

What is the Mayor's Youth Council?

Who knows best about how to design youth programs? Who best understands the needs of today’s teens? Who has the most influence and the best chance to create positive change? The answer to all of the questions is young people! Members of the council come from all neighborhoods in Boston. They advise Mayor Walsh and other City officials on strategies to improve our communities.

Meeting locations

Meetings take place at Boston City Hall.

The council meets all year

The Mayor’s Youth Council is a year-round commitment. Members devote eight to 13 hours a month to meetings, events, projects, and outreach.

YEE Programs

BCYF YEE Teen Employees
YEE Overview

BCYF’s Youth Engagement & Employment (YEE) Division prepares Boston's young adults for the future.

BCYF Youth Engagement and Employment Job Fair
YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS

These programs provide young people in Boston with meaningful and positive employment opportunities throughout the year. Check your SUCCESSLINK registration status.

BCYF YEE PB Meeting
YOUTH LEAD THE CHANGE

Youth Lead the Change is a year-to-year participatory budget process. Young Bostonians help manage how $1 million of the City’s budget is spent to make Boston even better!