Youth Council

The Pasadena Youth Council (PYC) meets to address and take action 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 Parks Recreation and Community Services 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 a monthly basis.

Past Events/Community Service:

  • Youth Council Networking Event
  • Tree Planting
  • 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 School Affiliations

Alverno Heights

California School of the Arts, San Gabriel Valley

Campbell Hall High School

Flintridge Preparatory School

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

John Marshall Fundamental High School

John Muir High School

Loyola High School

Mayfield Senior School

Pasadena High School

Pasadena Polytechnic High School

Sequoyah School

St. Philip The Apostle School

St. Francis High School

Westridge High School

Williams McKinely School of the Arts

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.

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.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions applications are not currently being accepted. Please check the PYC webpage for updates.

For more information, please contact LaWayne Williams at (626) 744-3914 or


  • 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
  • Attend PYC meetings
  • Contact the program coordinator

For more information on the Pasadena Youth Council or to get information on an upcoming meetings, please contact LaWayne Williams at (626) 744-3914 or

Jackie Robinson Community Center
1020 North Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103