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Last updated: 9/12/17

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 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.

Apply for the 2017-2018 council

Applications are due September 30, 2017.

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Mayor's Youth Council

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

Learn about the council

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 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.

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.

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.

2016-2017 Council information

2016-2017 Council information
  • Arts & Culture
    Chair: Vanessa Simplice
  • Education
    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
  • Transportation
    Chair: Eric Panchev
  • Allston/Brighton
    Alicia Ma Shum
    Allyson Ping
    Evan Montgomery
    Lornex Rono
    Nafeez Talukder
    Sigurgeir Jonson
    Wendy Escobar
  • Back Bay
    Alexa Jacobs
    Churan Li
    Hazel Choi
  • Charlestown
    Christine Yu
    Jack Evans
    Shi Hua Wu
    Vivian Herbert
  • Dorchester
    AllexAndrya Dawn
    Amy Pham
    Benjamin O’Sullivan
    Fiona Weir
    Gabriela Perez
    Genesis Hernandez
    Hannah Buckley
    Harry Dam
    Jessica Hernandez
    Julie Vasquez
    Justin Caballero
    Justin Santos
    Kayia Alleyne
    Khanh Le
    Malay Guerrero
    Monét Eugene
    Motherlove Agbortoko
    Nadege Fortune
    Olivia Dooley
    Sadiya Gurhan
    Shonnelia Stewart
    Sonny Diep
    Tayana King
    Vivien Tran
  • Downtown
    Aimee Chan
    Heather Forbes
    Lilla Gabrieli
    Madeleine Ward
  • East Boston
    Ilias Beriane
    Jonathan Barillas
    Kevin Truong
    Kit Sum Li
    Peter Le
    Samantha Piemonte
  • Hyde Park
    Ashleigh Marini
    Austin Marini
    Emily Carrara
    Jahia Matthews
    Laila McCain
    Laurie Lapointe
    Tyler Johnson
    Veronique Similien
  • Jamaica Plain
    Andrew Yang
    Arianna Ortiz-Dixon
    Caterina Diaz
    Julia Silverman
    Sarah Greene
  • Mattapan
    Bianca Reyes
    Mabel Gonzalez Nunez
    Melissa Simplice
    Rochna Jean-Jacques
    Samuel Jordan
    Stephen Lafume
    Vanessa Nedd
    Vanessa Simplice
  • Mission Hill
    Junlin Jiang
  • Roslindale
    Eric Panchev
    Hiba Kifl
    Katrina Kincade
    Kripa Thapa
    Mahlet Shiferaw
    Nadaje Hendrix
  • Roxbury
    Adonis Pitts
    Jamal Meneide
    Justine Morgan
    Kusaundria Wallace
    Lindsey Smith
    Lori Crawlle
    Nafiso Ali
  • South Boston
    Fadley Chery
    Mary Kate Kenneally
    Michael Maiullari
    Rose Forde
    Shamus Flaherty
    Thomas Tinlin
    Timothy J. Smyth, Jr.
    William Higgins
  • South End
    Lamaree Wallace
    Raequan Patterson
    Shona Ortiz
  • West Roxbury
    Brendan Ng
    Brian Regan
    Caroline Murphy
    Emily Xie
    Gabrielle Griffin
    John Castor
    Kevin Zhu
    Maggie Sullivan
    Matthew Boyle
    Ming Ying
    Noah Umberto Kelly
    Tyler Yan

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

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!