Gilroy Foundation Youth Board
The Gilroy Foundation Youth Board provides local middle school and high school students the opportunity support community needs through teamwork, collaboration, and partnership with the Gilroy Foundation.
Our mission for the Youth Board is to educate and mobilize students to help solve the greatest challenges in our community. By combining the creativity and passion of these young people with the experience and guidance of adults, we can create a structure in which they can thrive and make a real, lasting difference. Students learn about the many different aspects of giving back to their community by volunteering time and understanding and defining needs.
Foundation Ambassadors, Emeritus Board Members and a Member of the Board of Directors serve as “Mentors” to the Youth Board, along with a staff member. Mentors for the 2018-2019 school year are Kristin Bright, Ericka Davis, Cheryl Ellemberg, Deanna Franklin and Sal Tomasello.
School principals choose one or two students that are interested in this challenge and opportunity, and who will work together and understand the time commitment, leadership qualities, and involvement required. Parents are also asked to understand what is being asked of their children and to support their efforts.
Jamin Escudero - President - Dr. T.J. Owens Gilroy Early College Academy
Maana Kolagotla - Vice Presdient - Ascension Solorsano Middle School
Trevor Davis - Secretary - South Valley Middle School
Jessica Bright - Social Media Director - Christopher High School
Senna Kolagotla - Social Media Director - Christopher High School