Mayor Turner Announces 2022-2023 Mayor’s Youth Council – City of Houston

September 21, 2022 — Mayor Sylvester Turner is pleased to announce the members of the Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) 2022-2023. Twenty-two Houston high school students took the MYC Oath of Office administered by Pro-Tem Mayor Dave Martin during a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Sept. 20 at City Hall. In attendance were students’ family members, municipal officials and staff.

Established in 1998, the MYC provides young people with the opportunity to learn about municipal government, share concerns with municipal officials, and learn civic leadership skills through community service activities. The council is modeled after the elected city council, with members representing 11 single-member districts and 5 general districts. The MYC is administered by the Office of Neighborhood Engagement, a division of the Department of Neighborhoods (DON).

“I am proud to welcome the new members of the Mayor’s Youth Council who represent the diverse communities of our city,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “We look forward to hearing from them about the issues that matter most to young people and residents of their communities. We welcome their creative ideas as leaders today for our future. »

“We are thrilled to welcome these young leaders as they learn about municipal government and the importance of civic engagement and community service,” said TaKasha Francis, Director of DON. “During their tenure, they will gain invaluable leadership skills while serving their communities through voter education, environmental justice and mental health projects, and involvement with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Global Youth Service Day.

MYC members were selected from a pool of nearly 120 applicants comprised of students ages 14 to 18 who live and attend high schools in Houston. Members were selected through an application and interview process conducted by a selection committee. The term of the MYC runs from September 2022 to June 2023.

YOUTH COUNCIL OF THE MAYOR
Mandate 2022-2023

Administration

Chair
Alexavier Mendoza, Junior, iSchool Virtual Academy

Vice-president
Folakemi Elekolusi, Senior, Harmony School of Innovation – Katy

secretary
Jason Coreas, Senior, Avalos P-TECH High School

Historian
Grace Liu, Senior, Bellaire High School

Webmasters
Michael Hamad, Undergraduate, Lamar High School
Taylor Zhang, Junior, Village High School

Members
Kacidy Campbell, Senior, Spring Woods Secondary School
Jonathan Mata, Senior, Avalos P-Tech School
Omar Reyes, Senior, Awty International School
Regan House, Senior, Carnegie Vanguard High School
Alexavier Mendoza, Junior, iSchool Virtual Academy
Mujeebat Gbolahan, Senior, Alief Early College High School
Jeremy Tu, Senior, Memorial Senior High School
Jason Coreas, Senior, Avalos P-Tech School
Anthony Gonzalez, Senior, Kinkaid School
Folakemi Elekolusi, Senior, Harmony School of Innovation
Grace Liu, Senior, Bellaire High School
Sheralyn Cruz, Senior, Yes Prep Southwest
Bruce Hurley, Senior, Kinkaid School
Advika Sadasivan, junior, village school
Eddie Lopez, senior, East Early College High School
Alex Levert, senior, St. Agnes Academy
Hayden Mintzer, senior, St. Agnes Academy
Michael Hamad, Undergraduate, Lamar High School
Bianca Juarez, Junior, Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions
Minasha Gunarathna, Junior, Clear Lake High School
Taylor Zhang, Junior, Village High School
Joriaun Clemons, Junior, Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions

For more information on the MYC, visit www.houstontx.gov/myc/ or call 832-393-1061.

Mayor's Youth Council Photo 2

Members of the Mayor’s Youth Council 2022-2023 with Pro Tem Mayor Dave Martin