Mayor's Youth Council
The council advises Mayor Walsh and members of his administration on policy and programming. The council also leads Youth Lead the Change, a participatory budgeting process that engages the community in how the City spends $1,000,000 of the budget.
Applications are due September 30, 2017.
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. The advise Mayor Walsh and other City officials on strategies to improve our communities.
Meetings take place at Boston City Hall and outreach happens all over the City, from the edge of Hyde Park to the top of East Boston.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.
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.
The Mayor's Youth Council application for the 2017-2018 council is due Saturday, September 30, 2017. Letters of recommendation are due Friday, October 6, 2017.
- Arts & Culture
Chair: Vanessa Simplice
Chairs: Arianna Ortiz-Dixon and William Higgins
- Environment & Open Space
Chair: May Kate Kaneally
- Human Services
Chair: Mabel Gonzalez Nunez
- Public Health
Chair: Heather Forbes
- Public Safety
Chair: Wendy Escobar
Chair: Eric Panchev
Alicia Ma Shum
- Back Bay
Shi Hua Wu
- East Boston
Kit Sum Li
- Hyde Park
- Jamaica Plain
Mabel Gonzalez Nunez
- Mission Hill
- South Boston
Mary Kate Kenneally
Timothy J. Smyth, Jr.
- South End
- West Roxbury
Noah Umberto Kelly
BCYF’s Youth Engagement & Employment (YEE) Division prepares Boston's young adults for the future.
These programs provide young people in Boston with meaningful and positive employment opportunities throughout the year. Check your SUCCESSLINK registration status.
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!