Palo Alto Youth Council
Become and advocate for your community
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 3, 2021, at 11:59 pm. Please note that the application must be complete in order to be considered for membership.
PAYC meets Tuesdays from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Mitchell Park Community Center. For questions or more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Penaranda - YouthCouncil@CityofPaloAlto.org
Meet The Team
Hi! My name is Emily Chan and I am currently a senior at Castilleja School in Palo Alto. I'm excited to serve as the President of the Palo Alto Youth Council for the incoming 2021-2022 term. Previously, I served as the Vice-President (20-21) and the Secretary (19-20) of PAYC. In the coming year, I hope to continue facilitating PAYC’s relationship with the City Council, local schools, and community partners. In my free time, I enjoy taking hikes and visiting museums.
My name is Anika Mittal and I am currently a senior at Gunn High School. I am so excited to serve as the Palo Alto Youth Council's Vice-President for this term! I am looking forward to fostering the relationship between the youth community and the city council and addressing issues affecting teens. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, singing, baking, and spending time with my friends and family.