Youth Leadership Team

    ABOUT

    Each year, 15 youth with diverse lived experiences are selected to join the Youth Leadership Team. Over the course of 10 months, Youth Leaders participate in the following activities:

    • Working with a County employee as a mentor
    • Gaining work experience in County departments
    • Participating in County boards and commissions
    • Organizing town halls to gather input on topics important to youth and young adults
    • Serving as subject-matter experts to inform County programs and services

    Youth Leaders organize and host Youth-Led Town Halls about issues affecting youth in San Diego County. The goals of the Town Halls are to:

    1. Amplify diverse and marginalized youth voices
    2. Build understanding of youth issues and priorities
    3. Provide opportunities for young people to share experiences and network
    4. Bridge intergenerational gaps between youth, community stakeholders, and members of local government
    5. Establish a call to action

    2023 Town Halls

    Group of Youth Leaders at the Mental Health Town Hall Welcome slide - Homelessness & the Housing Crisis Town Hall Photos of Youth Leader Presenters for the Homelessness & Housing Crisis Town Hall

    2022 Town Halls

    Youth Leaders presenting at the Substance Misuse Town Hall Youth Leaders and guest presenters at the Gun Violence Prevention Town Hall Youth Leaders and Youth Advisors at the Mental Health Equity Town Hall

    MEET THE YOUTH LEADERSHIP TEAM

    In addition to County staff, the Youth Sector is comprised of Youth Sector Coordinators and the Youth Leadership Team. This group of young leaders advises, educates, and organizes around youth needs in San Diego County.

    2023-2024 Youth Leadership Team

    Youth Sector Coordinators

     Jazlyn Velasco

    Jazlyn Velasco

    Rochelle Labayog

    Rochelle Labayog

    Youth Leaders

    Ann Rodriguez

    Ann Rodriguez

    Augustin Dao

    Augustin Dao

     Ayla Jones

    Ayla Jones

    Katie Tran

    Katie Tran

    Kylee Gallegos

    Kylee Gallegos

    Lauren Levy

    Lauren Levy

    Rachel An

    Rachel An

    Sheila Menon

    Sheila Menon

    Stephanie Hernandez

    Stephanie Hernandez

    Sunny Mangiameli

    Sunny Mangiameli