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Last updated: 9/11/18

Mayor's Youth Council

The team of 96 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:

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

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2018-2019 council information

2018-2019 council information

Aaron Cumberbatch 
Armen Youssoufian
Cristalle De Jesus
Nasra Hassan 
Neena Val
Prescesh Morrison
Shakeriah Baxter 


William Henry Harney V
Bergeline Hilaire
Caroline Flynn
Daisy Wang
Joan Dotruong
Luke Bortolotto
Megan Malkemes
Michael Martinez
Stephen Jimenez
Sultan Samidinov


Ajan Patel
Anna Zhao
Catherine Murray
Dellena Bereket
Ifeanyi Umunna
Jervell Williams
Jessica Pelaez
Matthew Wang
Melvin Zapata Mendez
Wahaaj Farah


Asmani Huda
Bermina Marseille Chery
Donna Gee
Gianna Borgos
Gianna Odlum
Hailey McPherson 
Isabelle L'Huillier
Joseph Malollari
Katie Rouse
Laura Goodfield
Liane Xu
Meredith Zielonka
Miguel Rincon
Mila Contreras Godfrey
Mohamed Abanoor
Saoirse Hanbury 


Fergus Sullivan
Kingston Herbert
Miggy Antonio
Minh Mai
Prescott Herbert
Raynise A. Charles
Seamus Buckley
Spoorthi Channappa


Andrew M. Lavin 
Carina Layfield
Daniel Bryan
Dennis Wu
Kimi Nguyen
Korey Sam
Theodore Pasto
Vikiana Petit-Homme
Edozie Umunna
Emily Sun
Libby Wu
Stevenson Elianor
Taalin RaoShah
Ian Lee
Kevin Wu
Luz Pimentel
Ayan Omar
Masha Leyfer
Aidan Donnelly
Anthony Curioso
Arionnah Vaughn
Cait Duncan
Cherish Lamar- Smith
Christina Bartley
Danelia Gossop
David Xie
Essence Smith
Ethan Phan
Gage McWeeny
Jennifer Cartagena
McKenzie Kelly
Mumin Mohamed
Nasarith Berhe
Ngoc Bich Nguyen
Olivia Ardito
Rebecca Lipsitch
Stella Dzialas
Thomas White 
Veronica Tai-Padron Dawson
Zharia Coulter
Gavriella Gonzalez
Kalel A. Mullings

Apply for the council

Who is eligible?

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

  1. you must be entering 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade (or comparable age if you’re not currently in school) when you apply, and
  2. 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.

Youth engagement programs

BCYF YEE Teen Employees
YEE Overview

The Department of Youth Engagement and Employment 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.

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!