Youth Advisory Council

Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) started California's 33rd Congressional District’s inaugural Youth Advisory Council (YAC) in early 2018. YAC students will meet with a diverse group of peers from their community to discuss issues of importance and consider ways of getting involved locally. The YAC will work directly with staff in Rep. Lieu’s office to collaborate on key issues for young people in California’s 33rd District. Students in 9th through 12th grade that live or attend school in the district are eligible to apply.

Rep. Lieu: “Our district is full of passionate young people who have already dedicated themselves to helping their community and advocating for a better future. Our Youth Advisory Council provides an excellent opportunity for students to talk about issues that matter to them with my Congressional office and find ways to channel their passion into action. I’m looking forward to another great year with our Youth Advisory Council and I encourage all interested students to apply!”  

We are not currently accepting applications at this time.
Please check back in early 2020 for updates on when applications will re-open.

Application Materials:

  • An official high school transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation (from non-family members)
  • One-page essay explaining why you wish to be a member of the Council
  • Resume
  • Signed Consent Form
  • Application Form

FAQ:

  • This will be a student-driven council.
  • There will be 8 scheduled meetings with staff per year. Students will need to attend 6 of the 8 meetings to remain in good standing:
    • August 29, 2019
    • September 25, 2019
    • October 23, 2019
    • November 20, 2019
    • January 22, 2020
    • February 26, 2020
    • March 25, 2020
    • April 22, 2020  
  • Students will be appointed to a one-year term.
  • No more than one student per school will be selected.
  • Freshmen in High School should submit 8th grade transcripts as well as a current progress report.

Questions:

Please contact Aurelia Friedman at Aurelia.Friedman@mail.house.gov or (323) 651-1040.

Learn more about the members of the Youth Advisory Council below:

Mr. Luke Antaky

Luke is a current junior at South High School. This is his second term on the Youth Advisory Council. He has been a participant of the Model Legislature and Court program ever since middle school. Having served as Deputy Secretary General in his Model United Nations program, Luke was inspired to be a civically engaged young adult. He has used these experiences of leadership to cultivate an appreciation for youth civic engagement and dialogue. Furthermore, Luke has taken a keen interest in net neutrality.

Miss Sara Broukhim

Sara is a current senior at The Buckley School. This is her first term on the Youth Advisory Council.During her time in high school, she participated in the Buckley School Orchestra, National Honor Society, and the Model United Nations. Additionally, she works at TeenLine, a crisis hotline that helps people with mental health related problems. This summer, she worked as an usher at the Hollywood Bowl.

Miss Yeji Cho

Yeji is a current senior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. This is her second term on the Youth Advisory Council.She is deeply passionate about environmental activism and participates as a representative in Capital Convoy.At her school, she is a member of the debate team and academic decathlon. During her time as a Youth Advisory Council member, Yeji hopes to learn more about the various viewpoints in the district.

Mr. Luke Gialanella

Luke is a current freshman at Windward School. This is his first term on the Youth Advisory Council. He has always been a part of local government, even becoming the Student Body President at his middle school. In his free time, Luke founded his own nonprofit, GOVLEARN, which provides accessible curriculum on government and politics to elementary and middle school students nationwide. He also enjoys learning new words, as evidenced by winning Bronze at the National US Citizenship Bee.

Mr. Dilan Gohill

Dilan is a current freshman at Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences. This is his first term on the Youth Advisory Council. Every year, Dilan organizes a fundraiser for the Make a Wish Foundation, raising more than $3,000 at this year’s movie night. He also recognizes the issue of homelessness in Los Angeles, which is why you can probably find him volunteering at the Giving Spirit, an organization that assembles packages for homeless people. Dilan is currently petitioning his school to not sell meat in the cafeteria on Mondays, to try and highlight the pollution it creates.

Miss Heather Holm

Heather is a current junior at Viewpoint School. This is her second term on the Youth Advisory Council. Heather is a member of her school’s Mock Trial team and has been instrumental in its success. In her free time, Heather volunteers with her local food bank, Manna. Through YAC, Heather hopes to become the voice for youth in her community.

Mr. Rohan Joshi

Rohan is a current junior at Chadwick School. This is his first term on the Youth Advisory Council. He enjoys learning, so much in fact that he recently placed second in the American Mathematics Competition. In his free time, he plays Basketball, and sings with the school choir, the Jubilee Singers. He received a California Certificate of Merit Level 8 Award for his piano skills.

Mr. Alexander Kane

Alexander is a current junior at El Segundo High School.  This is his second term on the Youth Advisory Council.  At school, Alexander participates in his school’s student government and is currently the Freshman Lt. Governor.  Alexander is immensely interested in issues of food waste management and has pursued various projects on the policy issues.  Additionally, Alexander plays on his high school’s JV Lacrosse Team and on the LA King’s High School Varsity Hockey Team.

Miss Sarine Krovitz

Sarine is a current junior at Agoura High School. This is her first term on the Youth Advisory Council. At school, she is a member of the swim team, as well as the Mock Trial club, which sparked her interest in law and policy. This summer, she participated in the 2019 Girl Up’s Leadership Summit in Washington DC, an event organized by the UN Foundation to promote female empowerment and teach leadership skills for people in underdeveloped countries

Miss Allie Lee

Allie is a current senior at Calabasas High School. This is her first term on the Youth Advisory Council. She recently was featured in a scientific journal, for her research on the differences between American and European wheat, and why many develop allergies towards it. She credits her participation in Model United Nations as the organization that brought her into the outside world, and now she is a member of her schools Model UN team. In the future, she wishes to bridge the gap between scientific understanding and public policy.

Miss Hallie McRae

Hallie is a current senior at Palisades Charter High School. This is her first term on the Youth Advisory Council. A strong student voice for immigrant rights, Hallie is Co-President of her school’s Student Task Force, which recently educated students on the asylum process. She is involved with several organizations dedicated to issues like climate change (Student Climate Emergency Coalition), gun violence prevention (Women Against Gun Violence), and human rights (Human Rights Watch Student Task Force).

Miss Emmy Rener

Emmy is a current senior at Palos Verdes High School. This is her first term on the Youth Advisory Council. She has had a strong interest with politics, as seen through her work on Assemblyman Muratsuchi’s reelection campaign, and a graduate of the Palos Verdes Estates Citizens Academy. Emmy was recently elected President of the Skechers Teen Advisory Board, as well as a board member of the Palos Verdes Organization of Women.

Mr. Nate St. Germain

Nate is a current senior at Mira Costa High School. This is his second term on the Youth Advisory Council.He has taken an immense interest for political activism. Nate currently serves as a member of Amigos Unidos and hopes to create a difference in his community through service.

Miss Ava Weinrot

Ava is a current freshman at Harvard Westlake. This is her first term on the Youth Advisory Council.On Sundays, you can find Ava volunteering with the Ocean Park Community Center, making and packaging lunches for the local homeless population. This summer, Ava participated in the HWINC Program, and created a business called Trackr, which helps people find their lost items through GPS

Mr. Sam Wolf

Sam is a current junior at Beverly Hills High School. This is his second term on the Youth Advisory Council.He has taken a specific interest in youth political engagement and political polarization. Outside of school, Samuel participates in the Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills’ Paving a Path to Justice Program, a program geared towards teaching advocacy on gun violence prevention. He was also an intern for the Jewish Center for Justice this past summer.