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Mayor's Youth Council

The council connects, engages, and empowers Boston’s diverse youth through government and civic participation.

All in-person services will be temporarily unavailable, with the exception of email communication. The Mayor's Youth Council will be accessible for program questions by email. Please contact ruth.georges@boston.gov with any questions or concerns. Do you need access to resources outside of civic engagement support? Please visit YOUth First.

About the council

The Mayor's Youth Council is a model of youth inclusion in government and civic engagement. As the first Mayor’s Youth Council in the nation, 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. 

Apply to join the 2020 Mayor's Youth Council:

new MEMBER APPLICATION

RETURNING MEMBER APPLICATION

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.

Listen to Mayor's Youth Council directors talk about why civic engagement is important.

Council Committees

Council Committees

The Art and 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 Education Committee's goal is to:

  • increase youth access to educational resources, and
  • create and support initiatives in education through programming and advocacy. 

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 Climate Action Committee’s goal is to:

  • impact Boston’s engagement in climate change
  • ensure youth have a voice in the future of Boston’s climate change, and
  • address issues of climate change. We want to ensure that future generations can prosper both in the City of Boston and worldwide.

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 Public Peace Committee’s goal is to:

  • increase youth voice, and
  • increase youth impact in public safety solutions in the City of Boston.

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's 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.

2020 Impact Projects

2020 Impact Projects

The Mayor's Youth Council aims to promote the arts and celebrate the diverse culture that is composed of Boston's youth. This year, we are hosting an online showcase for youth artists with the theme, "Cultural Identity and Heritage". Submissions will be posted on the MYC Instagram @Citybosyouth and the artist will be tagged. View the project.

The Mayor's Youth Council's Education Committee will hold a virtual event to educate youth about the impacts of COVID-19 on youth and mental health. We will have help from City officials and specialists from the Boston Health Commission and Boston Public Schools. These officials will talk to the youth and answer questions. They will also provide information on mental health and job/educational opportunities around the City. Our hope is that young people across the City will leave having gained emotional intelligence. We want them to feel resourceful and connected to mental health and education support in Boston. View the project.

The Civic Engagement Committee's Secure the Displaced pamphlet will focus on resources for displaced and homeless youth in Boston. The pamphlet will contain information on shelters, food banks and meal sites, and youth-focused organizations.

The Climate Action Committee's PSA will promote composting and local resources for Boston's youth. This is beneficial for students, and a great learning opportunity for youth and their families across the City. We want to encourage community members to participate in composting. We also will provide them with composting sites that could potentially spark interest in going green. View the project.

The Public Health Committee is advocating for menstrual products to be distributed throughout schools and other public facilities. They plan to further push their agenda over social media. Our goal is to have these basic necessities provided throughout the future.

The Public Peace Committee is working with Bullets over Boston, a new youth-led organization in Boston. They will be creating a video and posting it to social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. The video addresses:

  • what Bullets Over Boston does
  • how they align with the public peace committee's mission
  • how youth in Boston can be more involved, and
  • ways they can get their voices heard.

Many youth are at home with parents who speak foreign languages. These parents need their children to help them fill out paperwork, including unemployment, in English. This committee wishes to be the bridge that connects youth and parents to resources provided by the City. They will host a webinar to answer questions and direct participants to these helpful resources.

2018-2019 council information

2018-2019 council information
ARTS and CULTURE
Zanique Horton-Durrette
Prescesh Morrison
Nicole Rodriguez
Atticus Duck
Shuwen Mei
Emily Sun
Graciela Berman Reinhardt
Victoria Marrero-Lara
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
Kimberly Owens
Esther Ajibola
Debanyeline Perez
Lucas Bortolotto
Amy Le
Caitlyn Webbe
Katie Crowley
Wahaaj Farah
Thomas White
Veronica Tai-Padron
Dellena Bereket
CLIMATE ACTION
Maggie Olson
Alaa Al-Ramahi
Cait Duncan
Diya Thapa
Briana Nieves
Ruth Shiferaw
Claire Ma 
Bermina Chery 
EDUCATION 
Isabella Berg
Nellcie Nicole Bodden
Adefikayo Ajao
Sanjana Singh
Christiana Mosley
Hawa Yusuf
kristina almeida
Pin Yi Chen
Sam Bogomolni
Naesoj Ware
Madelyn Whelan
Andrew Sahatjian
PUBLIC PEACE
Alex Mitchell
Mia Prince
Damian Harrison
Gianna Borgos
Ava Sullivan Thomas
Ahmed Sharif
Annika Breen 
Sarah Knotts
public health
Nini Nguyen
Christina Nguyen
Natalie Salter
Isabelle L'Huillier
Katie Rouse
Marlen Galan
Hope Sucee
Jereliz White
WORKFORCE and ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Essence Smith
Lucas Rothman
Jordan Bellot
Minh Mai
Alex Chou
arryanna Lezeau
Miggy Antonio
Jasmine Wong
Joseph Kang
Prescott Herbert
Kingston Herbert 
YOUTH LEAD THE CHANGE
Deborah Adebanjo
Emma Lu
Maybelline Rodriguez
Axel Gonzalez
Spoorthi Channappa
Amina Aitnouri
Mohammed Hossam Dalal
Concetta Vitale
Olivia Ardito
Maymuna Rahman
Christian Barrett

Contact Us

Are you a student interested in civic engagement, a school or community-based organization interested in learning more about the council, or someone looking for more information on the Mayor's Youth Council model? Contact us at youthline@boston.gov.