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 3, 2021, at 11:59 pm. Please note that the application must be complete in order to be considered for membership. 

Schedule your Interview Now! 

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

Meet The Team

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Emily Chan


My name is Emily Chan, 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. I previously served as the Vice-President (20-21) and the Secretary (19-20) of the Youth Council. 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.  

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Anika Mittal

Vice President

My name is Anika Mittal and I am a senior at Henry M. Gunn High School. I am the vice-president of the Palo Alto Youth Council for the 2021-2022 year. In my free time, I like to play tennis, sing, bake, and spend time with my friends and family.







Public Information Officer


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Jillian Ascher

Public Information Officer

My name is Jillian Asher, and I am currently a sophomore at Castilleja School in Palo Alto. I'm so excited to be one of the Public Information Officers, and spread awareness about PAYC events. In my free time, I enjoy reading, baking, and horseback riding!


PAYC with the City Council

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