Mayor's Youth Council
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.
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
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.
Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now closed. To apply next year please check back in early spring.
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
The Department of Youth Engagement and Employment prepares Boston's young adults for the future.
These programs provide young people in Boston with meaningful and positive employment opportunities throughout the year.
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!