Danville Youth Council
The mission of the Danville Youth Council (DYC) is to provide Middle and High School students the opportunity to represent the interests of their peers in the Danville area.
The DYC will be made up of members striving to improve their community. Sub-committees are established to complete the goals of the councils.
stronger than hate art showcase
The Stronger than Hate Art Showcase is a chance for Danville teens to show off their art skills and promote equity and inclusion. After starting an art campaign targeted at overcoming hateful attitudes at their school, DYC members Sydney and Sabrina Brandeis wanted to bring the idea to the entire town of Danville. To combat the racial tensions and hateful attitudes that have plagued 2020, the DYC decided to create a town-wide art project aimed at fostering tolerance. We encourage all Danville teens to create an art piece, compose a song, write a poem, or choreograph a dance to symbolize how you are stronger than hate. Submissions will be accepted from December 1st to January 30th and may be displayed in a virtual gallery on our website! Please email your submissions to Teen Coordinator, Lindsay Gallardo, at email@example.com.
Zooming across generations
Check out the Zooming Across Generations program! Danville Youth Council members, made up of engaging and creative middle school and high school students, had the chance to interview some local, inspiring seniors. Listen to the special guests explain how their careers evolved and what hobbies they have that continue to impact their lives today.
- Zooming Across Generations with John Gallagher
- Zooming Across Generations with Tom Bauer
- Zooming Across Generations with Reggie Kwan
- Zooming Across Generations with Bill Green
- Zooming Across Generations with Aline Soules
- Zooming Across Generations with Julie Perlman
- Zooming Across Generations with Alice Darrow
- Zooming Across Generations with Esther Price
- Zooming Across Generations with Jim Donnelly
DANVILLE’S AMAZING RACE
due to covid-19 the amazing race has been put on hold until further notice.
It’s a race around Downtown Danville with your three fastest friends for the third annual Danville Amazing Race!
Teens in sixth through twelfth grade can sign up a team of four people for an Amazing Race scavenger hunt through Downtown Danville. Participants will receive clues at different locations around town that will prompt them to finish challenges in order to receive their next clue. Challenges include blindfold frosting, improv skits, pop quizzes and more.
The team with the most points will win the grand prize.
For more information, contact Teen Coordinator, Lindsay Gallardo at (925) 314-3403 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a Danville Youth Council Member!
Applications for the 2021 / 2022 school year will be accepted from April 2nd at 9am to April 16th at 5pm.
Any San Ramon, Danville, or Alamo resident currently enrolled in Middle and High school is eligible to be a member of the Danville Youth Council. The application period for each year runs from mid-April to mid-May. We are looking for people who are:
Some benefits you will get:
- Meet new people and interact with teens from around the valley
- Get involved with the community
- Develop important life skills
- Participate in team-building events
- Learn skills that can be used for college and job applications
- Create an atmosphere where teens feel safe and comfortable to express themselves and their ideas
- Encourage the development of community awareness for middle school and high school issues
- Promote interaction between the schools in Danville
- Act as an advocate for teens in the community
- Create programs and special events that will benefit the youth & teen community
- Volunteer and donate time and resources to those in need and to the Town of Danville
- Study problems, activities, and concerns of youth & teens, especially as they relate to programs of the Town of Danville
Hello, I am Aditya and this is my first year on the Danville Youth Council. At school, I am involved in my school's CSF club and am a part of many STEM-related clubs. I am also the co-president of my school's Science Olympiad club. Outside of school, I play tennis regularly. I am excited to be a part of the Youth Council this year!
Hi I am Amaya! My passions are focused around educational equity. I founded a nonprofit organization and club at my high school called Learning Outreach aimed to help students from low-income backgrounds get educational resources such as school supplies and tutoring, both locally and globally. I have also been a dancer since the age of 2 and started competing in dance at the age of 6. I have been apart of the DYC since my freshman year and I am very excited to see what we can accomplish as a group this year!
Hello! My name is Amelia. This is my second year on the DYC. Currently, I am a freshman at Monte Vista. I play tennis and enjoy running, hiking, and going on bike rides. When I'm not doing any of these things, you can find me with my nose in a book or spending time with my family and friends.
My name is Emma, and I am a junior at San Ramon Valley High School. Outside of DYC, I am involved in my local 4-H club, where I raise a market pig every spring through summer, participate in public speaking competitions, and hold an office for my club. I also play piano. In my free-time, I like to spend time with my family and friends, walk my dog, play with my two cats or guinea pig, listen to music, and bake or cook!
My name is Eric! I am a senior in high school and absolutely love the DYC! Some of my favorite things to do outside school are going for runs, watching movies with my family, and playing monopoly. My favorite DYC memory is getting to meet students from other town councils in our region and sharing ideas, experiences, and friendships. Being virtual this year will never hinder my love for the community and my family in the DYC! :)
This is my first year in DYC, I am a part of the Youth and Government program (SRV Valle Lobo) and the JV women's swim team at my high school, some volunteer organizations I am a part of are Pledge to Humanity, National Honors Society, and California Scholarship Federation. Some things I like to do outside of school are watch movies with my family (some of my favorite movies are The Shawshank Redemption, The Cutting Edge, and 13 Going on 30). Another thing I love to do (while in quarantine) is zoom with my friends and listen to music while getting my school work done (I love Harry Styles, Niall Horan, and The Jonas Brothers)!
I’m a junior at Monte Vista High School and it’s my second year on the council! I love to play video games, hang out with friends, and read books in my free time. I'm a bass in a local choir, and I do a lot of volunteer work, such as with the San Ramon Regional Medical Center.
Hi, I am Kyler. I am a senior at San Ramon Valley High School. I play tennis, am part of a Jazz Ensemble, and am an Eagle Scout. I like to play video games like Super Mario Smash Bros and Destiny 2 with my friends. This is my first year with DYC, but I have got to know a lot of the members. I enjoy helping out my community through volunteering and participating in local events.
Hi! I've been a member of DYC for two years now and really enjoyed my time here. I'm a senior at Monte Vista High School and when I'm not in DYC, I love hiking, biking, reading, playing video games, and hanging out with friends. Beyond work in DYC, I'm passionate about advocacy for feminism even when so many are quick to dismiss it and the application of technology and computer science for the good of humanity.
Hi! My name is Lisa, and I'm a senior at Monte Vista High School. I have been a DYC member for two years, and I represent Athenian School at the council. I joined the DYC because I wanted to become more involved in our local community, and I especially enjoyed the Zoomin' with Seniors project because it's so important to bridge the generational gap in our town. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, reading, and hanging out with friends (virtually, of course!).
I have been a member of the DYC for three years. I am also the president of the MVHS Women's Empowerment Club and March For Our Lives team. I like reading, riding my bike, and playing with my dogs.
I have been a DYC member for three years now, and I've enjoyed every moment of it! DYC has given me so many different opportunities to give back to my community and meet some fantastic people. I am also sophomore at Monte Vista High School, and outside of the DYC I enjoy running track, playing guitar, reading, watching movies, and playing video games with my friends.
Matthieu is a new member of the DYC, ready to take initiative in his community. He is an avid learner, attending as a freshman at San Ramon Valley. Other than his schoolwork, Matthieu spends his time playing tennis competitively with family and friends. In addition to taking Spanish classes at school, he was born in France, having grown up learning both French and English. At school, Matthieu is a member of both the Pledge to Humanity and the California Scholarship Federation, two similar volunteering organizations. He is excited to see what he will accomplish with the DYC and looking forward to helping others around him.
Hi! As a DYC member since my sophomore year, I have had so much fun working with the other council members and interacting with people of all ages through our events and initiatives. Outside of the DYC, I volunteer for the American Red Cross and a local hospital, oil paint, ring in a bell choir and help serve my community in any way I can. Some of other hobbies include exploring food from different cultures, crafting for charities, climbing trees, playing board games, watching movies, reading and spending time with friends and family!
I love to hang out with my friends whenever I have spare time! I have been a member of Y and G for the past three years and am very passionate about science and the medical field. Working with children is one of my favorite things and I do so in Science Alliance and as a summer swim coach.
This is my first year as a DYC member. In my free time, I enjoy sewing. During the summer I was able to work with a shop in Blackhawk to sell the masks that I sewed. Recently, we held a week long charity event, where we sold Breast Cancer Awareness Month inspired masks and donated the profits to a Breast Cancer Awareness charity.
This is my first year on the DYC, and I am really interested to see where it takes me. In my regular life, I enjoy many things including chess and math. I also enjoy looking at technology and putting together LEGO cars. I can play the tenor sax. I am rated in chess, and compete in math competitions.
Hi, I'm Sabrina and I am a sophomore at Monte Vista High School. This is my fourth year on the DYC, and I am so grateful to be a part of this amazing council. My favorite subject in school is English and I love to read. My top book choice is Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, a science fiction novel about Charlie, a mentally disabled man who is chosen by scientists to undergo an experimental surgery to enhance his intelligence. The book follows Charlie and a lab rat named Algernon and the way they experience the changes brought on by the procedure. When I am not reading, I compete on my school's Speech and Debate team. Participating in speech and debate has taught me important skills like public speaking, research, and writing. This year, I am competing in a Speech and Debate event called Expository, where students write ten minute speeches informing the audience about a variety of different topics. Besides reading and Speech and Debate, in my free time I love to cook, go on hikes, and play poker with my family.
Hi, my name is Summitt and I am a senior at Monte Vista High School. This is my second year on the Danville youth Council. I serve as the Stone Valley Middle school representative. I absolutely love Danville. My favorite thing to do is go to StarCycle where I have completed over 100 rides! When I’m not at StarCycle, I love to bake, hang out with friends, shop and cheer. I have been a cheerleader at Monte Vista for the past 3 years. I am so excited to be a part of Danville Youth Council this year and cannot wait to be involved in the future events in Danville!
Sydney is an 18 year old honor roll senior at Monte Vista High School. She enjoys spending time with her younger siblings, filmmaking and going running with her sisters. Sydney has interned at several hospitals for female CEO’s, she hopes to one day follow in their footsteps. One of Sydney's passions is Impromptu speaking, she won 6th place in the state of California in 2018 and continues to compete in the event. Sydney is also serving her second year as the Danville Youth Council President which represents teens in Danville at the town level, and her first year as Miss Danville Teen USA. She has always wanted to make a difference in her community, in 2019 she won the Stronger than Hate Challenge hosted by the USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education. Sydney believes that now more than ever, we need to help teens to be confident in who they are regardless of their race, religion and ethnicity and together be stronger than the hate circulating. She hopes to carry this message and her campaign, “I am stronger than hate” to the town of Danville with the DYC.
I have been a DYC member for four years! I love to play soccer, bake, and spend time with friends. I am super involved in Youth and Government, my school’s Leadership program, and I love to volunteer at the animal shelter on the weekend. I am a senior this year at SRVHS and am looking forward to college!
Risha is a Sophomore at Monte Vista High School, and she loves community service! She has been an avid volunteer since she was in 5th grade, and she finds joy in helping out within her community; it is her favorite thing to do. Apart from volunteering, Risha is also a member of Speech and Debate. This year she is competing in both Congress and Advocacy. She enjoys listening to music and spending time with her family and friends. In her free time, you can find her watching t.v. or sleeping because she loves both!
Right now, I'm a sophomore, and I have been a DYC member since 8th grade. Along with helping my community through DYC, I love playing sports and hanging out with my friends.
Hi, my name is Edward! I'm currently a senior at Monte Vista, and I hope to major in Economics and Political Science in college. I've been a DYC member for the past two years, and my favorite memory was volunteering at Dr. Seuss's Birthday Party. At school, I'm a member of the speech and debate and tennis team. In my free time, I like to play tennis with my friends, watch Netflix, and do karaoke.
Hello, I am Annette! I am 14 years old. I have been a DYC member for two years now. I don't like talking much about myself, but here are some facts about me: I play tennis and I have been playing for 7 years. I spend most of my time watching Youtube and writing.
Hi! My name is Ashkon and I am a senior at San Ramon Valley High School. I'm a student who likes to debate politics with everyone, hangout with my friends, and help as many people as I can. I became a DYC member this year and I joined precisely to help those in my community. I believed that I could be an adequate voice for the youth in my town and spark some much needed fun during these depressing times.
I enjoy creating art and playing music. When I grow up, I want to become an architect because of my interest in design. I enjoy being a part of the DYC and look forward to this upcoming year.
Hey there! I'm Cameron, a first-year DYC member and a Junior at De La Salle High School. Outside of school, I run a nonprofit called MealMatch, in which we are developing a mobile application to connect people in need of food to organizations, restaurants, and individuals who can provide free of charge. In addition, I lead the West Coast in youth advocacy for the American Cancer Society and I am also an avid cancer researcher, specifically in the realm of gene therapy and synthetic biology. Ultimately, I love helping my community any way I can and enjoy challenging myself!
Charlie is a current junior at MVHS. When he's not sitting in Zoom calls, he enjoys being an avid member of the debate team, where he strengthens his critical thinking and warranting skills. To give his brain a rest after a long day, Charlie can often be found winding down by playing FIFA 21, watching travel videos, or sports documentaries (he recently finished The Last Dance). He's been on the DYC since the end of his Freshman year, and is excited to embark on new and exciting projects this year!