San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria appointed 17 people to be on to the city’s just reactivated Youth Commission.
The Youth Commission is composed of San Diegans ages 14 to 22. It is expected to meet at least four times a year and will identify issues affecting young people locally, then advise city staff, Gloria and the City Council.
The Youth Commission initially was established in 2002. It last met in 2015.
“I am excited to appoint this group of smart, talented, and community-oriented young people to the City’s Youth Commission,” Gloria said in statement Friday. “It’s been years since the commission was active and I’m looking forward to the important recommendations the commission will provide to the city to make sure we are appropriately supporting and serving young people.”
The appointees are:
Perla Alcazar Pulido, a senior at Gompers Preparatory Academy. The Chollas View resident has worked with an organization promoting international relations with Mexico and MANA de San Diego’s youth mentorship program.
Devin Green, a senior at Center High, lives in Skylane and has performed more than 400 hours as a volunteer for various charities.
Elisa Delle Monache, a three-time regional champion in synchronized swimming, lives in University City. She has served in leadership roles including Co-President of Casas De Luz, where she helped build homes in Tijuana. She attends University City High School.
Charlie Nieto, of Pacific Beach, is an undergraduate at San Diego State University studying business and marketing. He serves as Chair of the Community Enhancement Committee on the Pacific Beach Town Council.
Avery Wulf is a student at Point Loma High School and is vice president of the Associated Student Body. The Point Loma resident also is a member of the San Diego Youth Symphony and volunteers for Girl Scout Troop #4920.
Beret Dernbach, of Bankers Hill, is a student at University of California San Diego. She studies political science and has served as director of professional development for the pre-law fraternity, Kappa Alpha Pi.
Daxton Gutekunst is a rising junior at the Bishop’s School. The Bankers Hill resident has served as his school’s Science Olympiad Team captain and co-founded the Machine Learning Club. He is a member of the UC San Diego School of Medicine Center of Community Health Youth Advisory Council where he advocates for equity in education.
Chantel Perry, a student at Gompers Preparatory Academy. For the summer, the Webster resident has been interning in administration for the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, an organization that supports neighborhoods, under the Neighborhood House Association Black Youth Initiative.
Diego Soto Lopez, attends Gompers Preparatory Academy. The Webster Resident is interested in transportation solutions and has been working to organize the Scholars Clean Up to make sure students have safe paths to school.
Anusha Kadiyala, an activist and “youth attorney” at the Escondido-based COMPACT Youth Court, a program dedicated to providing a fair environment for young people to be represented by their peers. She is a resident of Black Mountain Ranch.
Kenan Pala, of Rancho Bernardo, attends Francis Parker School where he runs cross country. He founded Kids4Community, a nonprofit that works to involve children 5 or younger in charitable efforts.
Maria Fernanda Freaner, a junior from Serra Mesa, has volunteered for City Tree Christian School with teachers and preschool students. Her interests include filmmaking.
Andrew Levikow, a senior at Patrick Henry High School, has served on an advisory board to help find the school find its new principal. The Tierrasanta resident also volunteers for a Little League division and volunteers to help train students for Special Olympics competitions.
Jesus Martin Gallegos-Munoz, of Otay Mesa West, attends UC San Diego, where he takes classes on international and Latin American studies. He also serves as an intern for the City of San Diego, District 8.
Oscar Rendon, a student at San Diego City College, studies international relations and pre-law. The City Heights resident has served as project coordinator for the Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement, which provides support for members of the community.
Fartun Adan, of City Heights, recently returned to San Diego as a graduate of UC Berkeley, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She was also involved in the Multicultural Community counseling center, where she was involved in various efforts.
Evelyn Gomez, a student at Hoover High School. This summer, she worked as an assistant to the eviction prevention case manager with City Heights Community Development Corporation, supporting tenants with rental assistance. The City Heights resident has volunteered for various organizations, including Rady Children’s Hospital.
For more information about the commission and its members: https://www.sandiego.gov/mayor/mayor-gloria-announces-appointments
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