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 currently accepting applications at this time.
Deadline to apply: Friday, July 19, 2019 by 5PM.

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


  • 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 28, 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.


Please contact Aurelia Friedman at or (323) 651-1040.

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

Mr. Luke Antaky
Luke is a current freshman at South High School.  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 Yeji Cho 
Yeji is a current sophomore at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School.  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. 

Miss Grace Cortese 
Grace is a current junior at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences.  She is a six-year member of the Grades of Green Youth Corps, where she organizes sustainability programs and lessons for students.  Through the Youth Advisory Council, Grace hopes to broaden her depth of knowledge of issues affecting the community. 

Miss Sophia Danielpour
Sophia is a current junior at Marlborough School.  She has a strong passion for both activism and feminism.  Throughout her time in high school, Sophia has been a major player in Girl Up, a United Nations foundation campaign that promotes leadership skills to young women internationally.  She currently serves as leader and advisor to the Southern California chapter.  She will be the Youth Advisory Council’s President. 

Miss Nicolette Gelnak 
Nicolette is a current junior at Agoura High School.  At school, Nicolette serves as the Commissioner of Fundraising on her student council.  During her time on council, Nicolette has enjoyed creating change with her fellow student leaders and looks forward to creating meaningful discussions on the Youth Advisory Council.

Miss Abbie Grossman 
Abbie is a current junior at Santa Monica High School.  She is a member of the Teen Advisory Board of the Museum of the Holocaust and is currently the Co-President of that Board.  Additionally, Abbie has been an officer for Delians Honor Society, which recognizes achievements in community service activity. 

Mr. John Huebner
John is a current sophomore at Ambassador High School.  He considers his community as his connection with others.  John hopes to use his experiences in service and travel to effectively educate others on civic engagement, to create opportunities for youth to help one another, and to educate others on climate change and its impacts. 

Miss Heather Holm 
Heather is a current freshman at Viewpoint High School.  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. Alexander Kane 
Alexander is a current freshman at El Segundo High School.  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.

Mr. Caleb Moss 
Caleb is a current sophomore at Vistamar School. During his time in high school, he has dedicated much of his time giving back to his community through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and was awarded the Student of the Year.  Caleb serves a member of Amigos Unidos, a local service organization. 

Miss Hannah Perlstein 
Hannah is a current junior at Palisades Charter High School.  She is a participant of Youth and Government, a model legislature and court program.  Through this program, Hannah has been inspired to learn more about government and politics.  Her desire to become a voice for young adults has compelled her to want to see change within her community. 

Mr. Nate St. Germain 
Nate is a current sophomore at Mira Costa High School.  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 Seraphine Sun 
Seraphine is a current junior at Palos Verdes High School.  Seraphine is an avid believer in environmental protection and has won awards and pursued various internships to learn more about initiatives in creating change.  At school, Seraphine also serves on yearbook staff and Equestrian team. 

Mr. Andrew Treiger 
Andrew is a current junior at Calabasas High School.  At school, Andrew excels as a student athlete on the basketball team and as a student leader on campus.  Through the Youth Advisory Council, Andrew wants to educate himself on current political issues and to become a leader in his community. 

Mr. Samuel Wolf
Samuel is a current freshman at Beverly Hills High School.  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.