Youth Council

The Pasadena Youth Council (PYC) advises the Human Services Commission on issues of importance to the youth of Pasadena.

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 mission and vision of the Human Services & Recreation Department.
  • 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 7:00 pm.

Past Events/Community Service:

  • Youth Council Networking Event
  • Tree Planting
  • HSRD Fall Festival
  • Mayor’s Tree Lighting Event
  • Egg Bowl
  • Week of Kindness
  • Anti-Bullying Proclamation
  • Operation Gobble Gobble

Community Forums/Policy Review:

  • Human Services Needs Assessment

Youth Council Members

Executive Leadership

Chair:Prince Takano
Vice Chairs:Katrina Manaloto
Lauren Sugiyama
Historian:Kema Allin
Ambassadors:Jamila Cummings
Luke Sugiyama


Avalon Bajarias

Dante Bajarias

Divine Johnson

Giovanni Rossel

Iria Taylor

Joseph Domingo

Kaitlyn Hammer

Micah Huang

Nicholas Gersh

Nicholas Guerra

Philippe Wu

Rashad Bagnerise

Ty Robinson

Programs for Youth

Youth Ambassador Program
The goal of the 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 providing effective, high quality and culturally-sensitive public health education, intervention, and policy development. Day One builds vibrant, healthy cities by advancing public health, empowering youth and igniting change.

Summer R.O.S.E. (Rewarding Opportunities in Summer Employment) Program
The Summer ROSE Program provides summer employment opportunities for eligible Pasadena youth ages 14 to 24. For over 30 years, the program has annually employed almost 200 youth workers in various job fields, historically in the public sector.

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.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)
The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is the leadership team of Pasadena Public Library Teen Services. TAB implements change in our community, promotes library services, and advocates for teen and youth services.

Seeking Youth Leaders!

Pasadena Youth Council Open Enrollment
Middle and high school students, ages 12 to 18

Application available online and La Pintoresca Teen Education Center.

Spring 2019 Application, submit by Friday, December 7, 2018
Fall 2019 Application, submit by Friday, June 7, 2019

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Luna at (626) 345-0708 or email

Click here to download The Pasadena Youth Council Application 2018-2019


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

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 Elizabeth Luna at (626)345-0708 or email Human Services Commission Liaison: Vice Chair Anthony Santilena.