Gilroy Foundation Youth Board

Gilroy Foundation Youth Board provides local middle school and high school students the opportunity to support community needs through teamwork, collaboration, and partnership with Gilroy Foundation.

Our mission for the Youth Board is to educate and mobilize students to help solve the most significant 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 2019-2020  school year are Marilyn Ayala, Ericka Davis, Deanna Franklin, Brigitte Nichols, Debbie Russell, Mike Sanchez, Sal Tomasello, and staff member Deb Sanchez.

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 asked to understand what is being asked of their children and to support their efforts.

Maana Kolagotla – President – Christopher High School

Jamin Escudero – Vice President – Dr. T.J. Owens Gilroy Early College Academy

Danielle Russell – Secretary – Christopher High School

Trevor Davis – Social Media Director – South Valley Middle School

Madison Emmert – Social Media Director – Gilroy High School

Toni McIntire – Social Media Director – St. Mary School

Angelyne Chacon – Gilroy High School

Dylan Chung – South Valley Middle School

Sydney Emmert – South Valley Middle School

Sophia Filice – Christopher High School

Siena Filice – Christopher High School

Sommer Filice – Christopher High School

Aliyan Garcia – Ascension Solorsano Middle School

Victoria Garcia – Ascension Solorsano Middle School

Kai Gemar – South Valley Middle School

Kevin Godinez – Dr. T.J. Owens Gilroy Early College Academy

Eydee Hack – South Valley Middle School

Isabella Hannah – South Valley Middle School

Senna Kolagatla – Christopher High School

Alexis Kong – Christopher High School

Annelise Lerma – Ascension Solorsano Middle School

Shay Matthews – Gilroy High School

Jiya Mehtani – South Valley Middle School

Tanusha Mehtani – South Valley Middle School

Alex Montoya – Ascension Solorsano Middle School

Ella Oetinger – St. Mary School

Lilia Royston – South Valley Middle School

Dylan Russell – Dr. T.J. Owens Gilroy Early College Academy

Caitlin Yang – Christopher High School

Paige Zukowski – Brownell Middle School

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