Palo Alto Youth Council

Become and  advocate  for your community 

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The Palo Alto Youth Council (PAYC) is a group of 15-20 highly dedicated high school students who serve as youth ambassadors to the City Council. Their purpose is to foster communications and connections between teens and the greater Palo Alto community. To achieve its mission statement, PAYC is actively engaged in the community and identifies and addresses the key concerns that teenagers face.

Some of the programs PAYC has implemented in recent years include the 'Escaping Vaping', 'College Admissions after COVID', 'Finals Study Cram Slam', 'Palopalooza', as well as teen surveys and community service events. The PAYC is a great opportunity for high school students to conduct themselves as professionals and grants them the freedom to take on active leadership roles.


To become a member of the Palo Alto Youth Council, submit a completed application via online form. Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled with enthusiastic and eligible candidates. Applicants will be required to attend an interview with the nominating committee. Applications, including a letter of recommendation and video, will be accepted NO LATER than Monday, September 7, 2020, at 11:59 pm. Please note that the application must be complete in order to be considered for membership. 

Submit your application here!

PAYC meets Tuesdays from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Mitchell Park Community Center. For questions or more information, please contact
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2020-2021 Officers & Members


Daniel Pei

Vice President

Emily Chan

Anika Mittal

Public Information Officers
Akul Datta & Abigail Milne


Andrew Kim • Catherine Liang • Claire Liu • Divya Ganesan • Faiz Hilaly • Grant Chang • Irene Kim • Julia Zeitlin • Kayley Spencer • Mahima Agrawal • Monica Sidana • Ronald Li • Wesley Maa

PAYC with City Council Members

PAYC pictured with City Council Members Alison Cormack, Tom DuBois, Adrian Fine, Liz Kniss, Lydia Kou and Greg Tanaka.