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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 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 2019-2020  school year are Marilyn Ayala, Ericka Davis, Deanna Franklin, Bridgitt Nichols, Debbie Russell, Mike Sanchez, Sal Tomasello, and staff member Roya Wallace. 

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.

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
Victora Garcia - Ascension Solorsano Middle School
Kai Gmar - 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
Maana Kolagatla - Christopher High 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
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 Zukouski - Brownell Middle School 


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