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 Friday, August 19, 2022, at 11:59 pm. Please note that the application must be complete in order to be considered for membership.
Returning members are exempt from providing a Letter of Recommendation, and their previous term's contribution will be used instead.
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
My name is Julia Zeitlin, and I am a junior at Castilleja. I am so excited to address the issues of climate change and youth mental health as the President of the PAYC for the 2022-23 school year. I love playing tennis and walking my two dogs!
My name is Paul! I am a senior at Crystal Springs Uplands School. In my free time, I love to read sci-fi books, work on Data Science projects, and play squash. I am excited to create meaningful impact for our community through the PAYC this year!