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


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

Chair: Laurence Diarra
Vice Chairs: Jonathan Liu
Secretary: Diana Carranza
Historian: 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


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


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 Human Services Commission Liaison: Commissioner Anthony Santilena.