Mayor's Youth Council
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About the council
The Mayor's Youth Council is a model of youth inclusion in government and civic engagement. It has spurred cities across the nation, and even internationally, to examine how they include youth in local government.
The council is a group of high school students that come from every neighborhood in the City. All Ambassadors are appointed by the Mayor. They are charged with representing their peers, community members, and youth across the City. They work with the Mayor’s Office, community leaders, and City officials. The goal of the program is to find and put in place positive solutions through civic engagement and project management.
Benefits of the Mayor's Youth Council
- Increases voter participation from younger demographics.
- Connects youth to city government.
Builds a youth's network with youth leaders from across the city.
- Educates youth about the civic process.
- Encourages youth to prioritize social change and justice.
Council CommitteesCouncil Committees
The Public Health and Safety Committee's goal is to:
advocate for the health of Boston’s residents, and
create initiatives, programs, and policies around youth violence intervention, and prevention.
The Education Committee's goal is to:
- increase youth access to educational resources, and
- create and support initiatives in education through programming and advocacy.
The Art & Culture Committee's goal is to:
- improve youth access to Boston’s art community, and
- engage young people in cultural programs, events, and experiences.
The Civic Engagement Committee's goal is to:
- create opportunities for Boston youth to engage in local government, and
- encourage youth participation in City government by connecting youth to civic projects and initiatives.
The Workforce and Economic Development Committee goal is to:
- increase access to youth jobs, and
- connect youth to job training, economic opportunities, and financial literacy.
The Youth Lead the Change Committee goal is to:
- expand youth participation in city government
- include youth voice in the City's budgetary decision-making process, and
- increase voter turnout by exposing young people to voting on City capital projects.
2018-2019 council information2018-2019 council information
Cristalle De Jesus
William Henry Harney V
Melvin Zapata Mendez
Bermina Marseille Chery
Mila Contreras Godfrey
Raynise A. Charles
Andrew M. Lavin
Cherish Lamar- Smith
Ngoc Bich Nguyen
Veronica Tai-Padron Dawson
Kalel A. Mullings