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Gilroy Foundation Youth Board

The Gilroy Foundation Youth Board provides local middle school and high school students the opportunity support community and school 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 Member of the Board of Directors serve as “Mentors” to the Youth Board, along with a staff member.  Mentors for the 2016-2017 school year are Gina Anderson, Kristin Bright, Ericka Davis, Cheryl Ellemberg, Deanna Franklin, Yesenia Gonzalez 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.

  • William Anderson - Saint Mary School
  • Jennesa Andrade - Christopher High School
  • Jordan Andrade - Saint Mary School
  • Jacob Beardsley - Monte Vista Christian School
  • Jessica Bright – Christopher High School
  • Lexy Cartwright – Christopher High School
  • Nathan Chavez – Gilroy High School
  • Cole Davis - Christopher High School
  • Kaitlyn Davis - Christopher High School
  • Trevor Davis - South Valley Middle School
  • Julia Donavan - Saint Mary School
  • Austin Ellemberg – Christopher High School
  • Dylan Ellemberg – Christopher High School
  • Dylan Hsu – Gilroy High School
  • Celeste Lemus - Christopher High School
  • Deyvin Mariscal - Gilroy High School
  • Billy Norman - Christopher High School
  • Jake Oetinger - Valley Christian
  • John Perales Jr. - Christopher High School 
  • Ben Sanford - Christopher High School 
  • Alex Shipman - Monte Vista Christian School
  • Julia Vanni - Monte Vista Christian School 
  • Jackson Watts - Saint Mary School
  • Katie Watts – Monte Vista Christian School
  • Jacob Yoder Schrock – Christopher High School

Please contact us if you are interested in serving on the Youth Board.