Youth Council

District 7 Youth Council

 

 

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Purpose

 

To empower youth and elevate their voices in the community, facilitate meaningful collaboration in addressing issues facing their communities, and offer fresh and diverse perspectives from the community.

 

Shared Values

 

Service - Responsibility - Transparency - Fun

 

Overview

 

Supervisor Yee started the first Youth Council in 2015-2016 to engage more youth in local government. The District 7 Youth Council is composed of members ranging from high school to college students (age 13-23). The members discuss issues affecting residents of District 7 and communicate directly with the Youth Commissioner of District 7. They propose projects to address issues in the district, draft proposal legislation and review legislation proposed by the Supervisor that affect youth.

 

Participating on the Youth Council trains participants in leadership, facilitation, policy research, event planning and community organizing skills. Youth Council members gain a better understanding of how City government works, how the Board of Supervisors operates, as well as neighborhood issues affecting District 7. There will be special opportunities to meet with City Department staff and community stakeholders to learn more about current issues and proposals in our City.

 

If interested in applying for the 2018-2019 program, please reach out to Jarlene Choy at Jarlene.Choy@sfgov.org. Applications will be available in Summer 2018.

 

 

 

2017-2018 Members

 

Alex Yeh     Youth2

Alex is a senior at Lick-Wilmerding High School for the 2017-2018 year. He joined the District 7 Youth Council because he wanted to advocate positive change in the immediate community in which he grew up. He’s especially passionate about education and public transportation.

 

Favorite Places in District 7: Merced Manor Reservoir and Stonestown Galleria

Favorite Hobby : Drawing

Fun Fact : He and a Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory student delivered a TED talk together.                                                   

                       

 

Indigo Mudbhary Youth3

Indigo Mudbhary is currently an eighth grader at the Hamlin School. At school, she is in the running club, leads a book drive, serves as an editor of the yearbook and tour guide for prospective parents, and previously served on Student Council. Outside of school, she enjoys coding, Krav Maga, writing, acting in musical theatre, volunteering at church and scuba diving. Indigo joined the District 7 Youth Council to help advocate for the voices that aren't often heard in government, especially youth voices. Through this position, she hopes to advocate for those in her community and learn more about local government.

 

Favorite Place in District 7: West Portal Library

Favorite Hobby: Programming

Favorite Restaurant in District 7: Roti

Fun fact: Indigo can speak in 35 different accents

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Kristen Chen

Kristen Chen is a junior at Lowell High School. Kristen is passionate about addressing issues in her community, including homelessness and mental health. She joined the District 7 Youth Council because she believes that by working with other youth, she can positively change San Francisco.

 

Fun fact: Kristen has read the Harry Potter series several times.

Favorite place in the district: Super Cue Boba

 

 

Kristen Tam Youth5

Kristen Tam is a junior at Lowell High School where she is the co-president of the ECO Club (Environmental Club), appointee on the San Francisco Youth Commission, as well as member of the DCYF Youth Advisory Board.  She volunteers regularly at the Salvation Army, helping their volleyball program and Christmas meal distribution. She also organizes 5K runs for a nonprofit called Freely In Hope that helps sexually abused women recover, get an education and get out of abusive relationships.  She is passionate about protecting the environment. 

 

Fun facts: Kristen enjoys running, biking, hiking, and any exercise that is outdoors, making cards for people, eating good food (especially pastries), playing piano, attending church at the Salvation Army, and hanging out with family and friends.

 

 

Lily Zhong Youth6

Lily Zhong is a senior at San Francisco University High School, where she is a leader of the Mental Health Coalition, captain of the swim team, a peer tutor, and an Admissions Ambassador. Lily’s advocacy work in the past has included reducing the stigma around mental health with the Mental Health Coalition, volunteering with local nonprofits to distribute meals and fresh produce, and organizing fundraisers to raise money for homeless youth. Lily is particularly passionate about issues such as mental health, domestic violence, and youth homelessness. This year is Lily’s second year in the District 7 Youth Council, and she is excited to continue working towards youth empowerment and a better San Francisco.

 

 

Olivia

Olivia is a senior in high school. She joined the Youth Council because she wanted to provide a strong voice for youth in the community. She also looks forward to brainstorming with her peers creative new solutions to prevalent issues in District 7.

 

Favorite Place in District 7: Stonestown Galleria

Favorite Hobby: Hanging out with friends

Favorite Restaurant in District 7: Submarine Center

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Orion Lee

Orion is a junior at Abraham Lincoln High School.  He previously attended Aptos Middle School and Commodore Sloat Elementary school. Orion is a paddler participating in many disciplines of paddling. He is also the founder and head coach of a middle school paddling program that has been invited to attend a world championship next year. He himself has raced with the United States national team on three occasions.

 

 

Paige Quaintance Youth8

Paige is in the 10th grade and this is her first year on the D7 Youth Council. She is very passionate about local issues including underprivileged youth, mental health and hunger. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, dancing and walking her dog.

 

 

 

 

Sean Moore          Youth9

Sean Moore is a current junior at Archbishop Riordan High School. He is active in extracurricular activities such as student government, band, cross country, track, boy scouts, and the National Honor Society. Sean joined the District 7 Youth Council to have a voice in the community, discuss pressing issues in San Francisco, and to better understand city government. He is a proponent for equal education and the expulsion of homelessness.                                                         

 

Favorite Place in District 7: West Portal Movie Theater

Favorite Hobby: Watching movies and TV shows

Fun Fact: Sean has only spent one winter break in the US.