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.

 

  • Meetings will take place on Monday evenings, from 5-7pm, twice a month.
  • If interested, we invite you to apply to the 2018-2019 program by completing this application: https://tinyurl.com/d7youthcouncil1819. Deadline to apply is Sept 7, 2018. Interviews will be scheduled mid-September.
  • If you have any questions, please reach out to Jarlene Choy at Jarlene.Choy@sfgov.org.

 

2018-2019 Members

Kristen Tam  

Kristen Tam is a senior at Lowell High School where she is the Co-President of Eco Club(Environmental Club), former District 7 San Francisco Youth Commissioner, as well as Treasurer for Student Government. Kristen’s work has included passing an environmental education resolution through Youth Commission and the Board of Supervisors, piloting a fork dispenser at school to reduce waste, and producing a Sort Your Waste video to educate students about how to sort their waste. She volunteers regularly at the Salvation Army, acting as her church's Sustainability Chair, and helps with bell ringing 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, healthy students, and advocating against youth substance abuse.

 

Favorite Places in District 7: Runs at Fort Funston & watching the sunset

Fun Fact : Kristen enjoys running, biking, hiking, and any outdoor exercise making cards for people, eating pastries, playing piano, attending church at the Salvation Army, and hanging out with family and friends.                                                   

                       

 

Kristen Chen  

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

 

Favorite Places in District 7: Super Cue Boba

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

                       

 

Daniel Kos  

Daniel Kos is a junior at Lowell High School. This is his first year on the District 7 Youth Council. He joined the D7 Youth Council because he wants to learn more about local government and work together with other teens to improve District 7 for everyone. Daniel is passionate about improving our San Francisco public schools and keeping drugs and tobacco products out of the reach of our teen population.

 

Favorite Places in District 7: Lake Merced

Fun Fact : Daniel is a dual citizen (US and Brazil) and speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish fluently.                                                   

                       

 

Crystal Chan  

Crystal Chan is a junior at Lowell High School, where she is President of Days for Girls Club, Historian of Environment Club, Treasurer of Junior State of America, and a reporter for The Lowell. She is also a member of San Francisco Public Library’s The Mix Youth Advisory Board, a volunteer at NICOS Chinese Health Coalition, and a reporter for Channel Kindness, a digital platform created by Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. This past summer, she organized a series of creative writing workshops at the Main Library, where she taught younger students how to craft a short story. Crystal joined the D7 Youth Council because she wants to work with other youth to ensure that District 7 is a safe place full of kindness, inclusivity, and equality for all residents. Crystal is particularly passionate about leveling the playing field for students and families from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds and tackling problem gambling.

 

Favorite Places in District 7: Ingleside Library

Fun Fact : Crystal can speak three dialects of Chinese: Cantonese, Toisanese, and Mandarin.                                                    

                       

 

Maddy Krantz  

Madeline Krantz is in 7th grade at Synergy School. Maddy is an aspiring musician who is studying piano, percussion, ukelele, and singing. She enjoys creativity in all forms and is very excited to be a part of Youth Council because she likes being a valuable part of her community, learning more about how city government and working with kids her age on solving local problems. Maddy is very interested in learning more about how San Francisco can solve the homelessness problem, and the crisis of not having WiFi on MUNI trains! 3

 

Favorite Places in District 7: The comic book shop in West Portal (Maddy LOVES graphic novels).

Fun Fact : Maddy was interviewed on the air by a local TV news team during a demonstration last year in downtown San Francisco.                                                    

                       

 

Sean Moore  

Sean Moore is a senior at Archbishop Riordan High School. He is involved in several activities, both at his school and outside of it. Sean participates as a House Captain in student government, Student Ambassador in the World Affairs Program, President of the National Honor Society, and a life scout in Boy Scouts. Sean has joined the District 7 Youth Council to have a voice in the community, discuss issues present in San Francisco, and to understand more about city government. He is a proponent for equal education and for the expulsion of homelessness.

 

Favorite Places in District 7: Sean’s favorite place in D7 is the West Portal movie theater.

Fun Fact : One fun fact about him is that he has only spent Christmas Break in the US.                                                   

                       

 

Orion Lee  

Orion is a senior at Abraham Lincoln High School. Being a paddler, he spends the majority of his free time on the water. His favorite place to paddle is under the Golden Gate Bridge. Orion is also the founder and the former head coach of the Oyster Point U16 dragon boat team, the most decorated U16 team in the United States. As a member of JCYC, Orion has worked on projects such as organizing resources for sexual abuse victims, bringing awareness to the dangers of nicotine addiction to Asian American Youth, and childcare camps during the summer. As a returning member of the District 7 Youth Council, he intends to have a greater impact in his community by working on bridging generational gaps, and helping to increase the efficiency of public transportation in his neighborhood.

 

Favorite Places in District 7: Orion’s favorite place in District 7 is his friend’s garages where he gets haircuts.

Fun Fact : Orion is the youngest West Coast paddler to ever race with the United States National Dragon Boat Team and always travels with a copy of the Michelin Guide.                                                    

                       

 

Jonathan Lee  

Jonathan is a freshman at Lowell High School. At the moment, he is involved in activities in and outside of school. He participates in a school culture club, is an intern for heart in motion, and a member of the D7 Youth Council. He would like to participate in a sport during the second half of the school year. Jonathan has joined the D7 Youth Council to furthermore learn about the government in San Francisco, to be able to give input to improve San Francisco and work on certain skills which will better him in the long run.

 

Favorite Places in District 7: His favorite place in D7 is the Pokihub, he likes food.

Fun Fact : A fun fact about Jonathan Lee is that he played on the SF All-Stars in 2018, and their season ended in the Nor-Cal Super Regionals.                                                    

                       

 

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.