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  • Pasadena Youth Council

    The Pasadena Youth Council (PYC) is the official advisory body for the City of Pasadena that represent the youth of Pasadena. PYC is a sub-body to the Human Services Commission.

    Goals of the Pasadena Youth Council:
    · Provide youth with a forum for civic engagement in Pasadena
    · Advance the vision for youth in accordance with the City’s Policy on Children, Youth and Families
    · Create opportunities for youth involvement in decision-making in the community on matters affecting youth

    The Pasadena Youth Council was re-established in November of 2008. The Youth Council meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday’s of the month from 6:00 to 7:30pm.

    Seeking Youth Leaders!
    Pasadena Youth Council Open Enrollment
    Middle and high school students, ages 12 to 18
    Application available online, community centers and teen center.

              Fall 2017 Application, submit by Friday, June 9, 2017
              Spring 2018 Application, submit by Friday, December 8, 2017

    For more information, please contact Maricela Galvez at (626) 744-6522.

      Click here to download The Pasadena Youth Council Application 2017-2018 

    Youth Enrichment Grant Program Awardees

    The 2016 Youth Enrichment Grant recipients:

    Eliot Arts Magnet G.R.E.E.N. Student Leadership Committee 
    Project: Eliot Arts Magnet Middle School Rain Barrel Project 

    John Muir High School Football 
    Project: Brownfield Field House Renovation 

    Pasadena High School Green Club 
    Project: Pasadena Green Club Rain Capturing 

    Willard Elementary School LEARNs Program 
    Project: Habitat Conservation Invasive Plant Removal 

    Day One 
    Project: DO H2O on the Go 

    Pasadena Youthbuild 
    Project: Pasadena Youthbuild Meditation Garden 

    For more information, please contact Maricela Galvez at (626) 744-7330.


    Results from the Search Institute Survey Profiles of Student Life: Attitudes and Behaviors

    The Developmental Assets were assessed in your school community in May 2014, using the Search Institute survey Profiles of Student Life: Attitudes and Behaviors. This report summarizes the extent to which your youth experience the Developmental Assets and how the assets relate to their behavior and overall health. Click here to open the report. 

    Youth Council Members 

    Executive Leadership


    Vice Chairs:  

    Laurence Diarra                
    Jonathan Liu                      
    Diana Carranza
    Kema Allin                                           


    Ali Navarro 

    Avalon Bajarias 

    Azul Venezia Barron 

    Clarissa Jaime 

    Dante Bajarias 

    Elijah Griffin 

    Elyse Reed 

    Iria Taylor 

    Jamila Cummings 

    Kaitlyn Hammer 


    Katrina Manaloto 

    Lauren Sugiyama 

    Maya Hammond 

    Micah Huang 

    Nicholas Gersh 

    Nicholas Guerra 

    Prince Takano 

    Rashad Bagnerise 

    Spencer Wilson 

    Ty Robinson 

    Zelmya Taylor   

    Past Events/Community Service:

    Youth Council Networking Event
    Tree Planting
    Human Services Fall Festival
    Turkey Distribution
    Mayor’s Tree Lighting Event
    Meal Distribution Program

    Community Forums/Policy Review:

    School/City Work Plan
    Policy on Children, Youth and Families
    Human Services Needs Assessment

    Programs for Youth

    Northwest Ambassador Program
    The goal of the Northwest Ambassador Program is to promote work experience and job opportunities for youth. This program is only for Pasadena area high school students. They work on different events from being docents to serving senators and helping the community. For more information, please click here.

    Day One
    Day One is a nonprofit organization who assists youth with drug and alcohol prevention. Day One trains high school students to become positive role models.

    Summer Rose (Rewarding Opportunities in Summer Employment) Program
    The Summer ROSE Program provides summer employment opportunities for eligible Pasadena youth ages16 to 21. For over 30 years, the program has annually employed almost 200 youth workers in various job fields, historically in the public sector. In 2014, efforts are underway to expand these opportunities to the private sector by recruiting Pasadena businesses to sponsor youth as a Host Employer. For more information on how to apply as a youth worker or become a Host Employer, click here.

    Workforce Investment ACT (WIA) Youth Program
    The Workforce Investment ACT (WIA) Youth Program is a year round program, providing eligible youth the support, education, and training that will assist in identifying and developing career objectives, while completing a high school education.

    Neighbors Acting Together Helping All (NATHA)
    NATHA is a neighborhood association since 1991. NATHA began as a Neighborhood Watch group in the low-income Lincoln Corridor of Northwest Pasadena. The Navarro Avenue Tremont Howard Association quickly outgrew its original charter and boundaries. Its current name keeps the original acronym, but better reflects its mission through two programs, Youth Development and Community Development.


    -Reside in Pasadena, CA
    -Attend a middle school or high school located in Pasadena, CA

     Click here to download Application

    To get involved with the Pasadena Youth Council:

    -Attend our events
    -Sit in on a meeting
    -Contact the program coordinator

    For more information on the Pasadena Youth Council or to get information on an upcoming meetings, please contact Maricela Galvez at (626) 744-7304 or email mgalvez@cityofpasadena.net Human Services Commission Liaison: Commissioner Anthony Santilena


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