Department of Neighborhoods

Press Release

Mayor Parker Announces Members of
2013-2014 Mayor's Youth Council
High School Leaders Serve As A Voice For Houston Youth

 

 

October 30, 2013 -- Mayor Annise Parker is pleased to announce the members of the 2013-2014 Mayor’s Youth Council. Forty-four high school students took the oath of office during an inauguration ceremony held in Houston City Hall Council Chambers on October 29. Established in 1998, the Mayor's Youth Council provides young Houstonians with the opportunity to learn about city government, gain leadership skills and serve as a voice for Houston's youth.

 

 

 

“I’m proud to welcome the new members of the Mayor’s Youth Council as they assume a vital role as the voice of Houston’s youth in city government,” said Mayor Parker. “I look forward to hearing from them not only about the issues that concern young Houstonians, but also about their ideas and creative solutions to the many challenges our communities face. They are, after all, the young thinkers of today and the leaders of tomorrow.”

 

The students were selected from a pool of over 200 applicants. The applicants consisted of students ages 14-18 who live and attend high school in Houston. The final selections were based on written applications, interviews and community leadership experience.

 

Structured like the Houston City Council, the Mayor’s Youth Council is composed of the following posts: Council Chair (Youth Mayor), City Secretary, Chief of Staff, Communications and Technology Director, Special Projects Director, Volunteer Director and 11 district and 5 at-large Council positions and their Senior Aides.

 

Providing support for the Council’s community service activities will be six members of the Mayor’s Youth Service Corps Advisors.

 

The Mayor’s Youth Council is administered by the Volunteer Initiatives Program, a division of the Department of Neighborhoods. For more information, visit www.houstontx.gov/volunteer.

 

Mayor's Youth Council & Administration
2013-2014 Term

 

Council Chair
Jullian Duran
Senior, Kingwood High School

 

Chief of Staff
Sophia Arena
Senior, Lamar High School

 

City Secretary
Daniela Lopez
Junior, Lamar High School

 

Special Events Director
Reilly Lawrence
Sophomore, Stratford High School

 

Communications & Technology Director
William Wu
Senior, Clear Lake High School

 

Volunteer Director
John Meredith
Senior, Memorial High School

 

Executive Council Aide
Christine Huang
Sophomore, Carnegie Vanguard High School

 

Council District A
Shanjiao Jiang
Sophomore, Cypress Falls High School

 

Council District A Senior Aide
Justin Todes
Junior, Stratford High School

 

Council District B
Ekyrah Johnson
Sophomore, Victory Early College

 

Council District B Senior Aide
Avery Toliver
Junior, Awty International School

 

Council District C
Halle Brazda
Sophomore, Kinkaid School

 

Council District C Senior Aide
John Kinsella
Junior, Lamar High School

 

Council District D
Jimmy James
Junior, Yates High School

 

Council District D Senior Aide
Travon Green
Freshman, Lamar High School

 

Council District E
Sahar Abdullah
Junior, Clear Lake High School

 

Council District E Senior Aide
Angel Saenz
Sophomore, South Houston High School

 

Council District F
Malenie Areche
Senior, Kerr High School

 

Council District F Senior Aide
Sarah Odimayo
Junior, Alief Early College

 

Council District G
Justin Lee
Junior, Memorial High School

 

Council District G Senior Aide
Zaakir Tameez
Junior, Carnegie Vanguard High School

 

Council District H
Gabriela Montalvo
Junior, Incarnate Word Academy

 

Council District H Senior Aide
Sarah Godwin
Junior, St. Pius X High School

 

Council District I
Rachel Shenoi
Junior, DeBakey High School for Health Professions

 

Council District I Senior Aide
Jackson Oldham
Sophomore, Woods High School

 

Council District J
Manlin Yao
Senior, Bellaire High School

 

Council District J Senior Aide
Alishah Dholasaniya
Junior, Clear Lake High School

 

Council District K
Matthew Garnett
Freshman, St. John’s School

 

Council District K Senior Aide
Liana Wang
Sophomore, Bellaire High School

 

Council At-Large 1
Martin Montes
Junior, Yes Prep School

 

Council At-Large 1 Senior Aide
James Fang
Sophomore, Bellaire High School

 

Council At-Large 2
Deijah Bordenave
Senior, John H. Reagan High School

 

Council At-Large 2 Senior Aide
Moe Adams
Junior, KIPP High School

 

Council At-Large 3
Taylor Mitchell
Senior, Incarnate Word Academy

 

Council At-Large 3 Senior Aide
Hasnain Ali
Sophomore, Harmony Science Academy

 

Council At-Large 4
Sarah Thomas
Junior, Memorial High School

 

Council At-Large 4 Senior Aide
Mohammed Amin
Sophomore, Harmony Science Academy

 

Council At-Large 5
Jonathan Simmons
Sophomore, Lamar High School

 

Council At-Large 5 Senior Aide
Amy Fan
Sophomore, Bellaire High School

 

Mayor’s Youth Service Corps Advisors

 

Marina Finley
Junior, Bellaire High School

 

Amrutha Immadi
Junior, DeBakey High School for Health Professions

 

Clayton McGee
Sophomore, Memorial High School

 

Allan Ngo
Sophomore, Bellaire High School

 

Andrew Sokulski
Junior, St. Pius X High School

 

Benjamin St. Martin
Sophomore, Memorial High School