Youth Advisory Committee
The Youth Advisory Committee serves as the teen perspective on real life issues facing the City of Belmont. The YAC allows teens to work directly with adults while remaining focused on increasing civic engagement in Belmont. The YAC is for students who want to get involved in local government, socialize and debate hot topics, and who want to better prepare themselves for college and life beyond.
Open to Belmont residents, ages 11-17. Approved applicants will be selected to a 1-year term of membership.
The Youth Advisory Committee meets twice a month to discuss current events and plan future projects.
The Youth Advisory Committee is coordinated by Recreation Specialist Jeffrey Giacoletto 650-637-2927.
Meet Our Current Members
1. Noah Braunstein; 6th grade; Ralston Middle School
2. Alexandra Poda; 7th grade; Ralston Middle School
3. Maddie Artap; 8th grade; Ralston Middle School
4. Abby Sanders; 8th grade; Ralston Middle School
5. Maggie Pavao; 8th grade; Ralston Middle School
6. Brennan Dai; 8th grade; Ralston Middle School
7. Isaac Braunstein; 9th grade; Carlmont High School
8. Yamini Prasad; 9th grade; Design Tech High School
9. Yannie Lam; 10th grade; Carlmont High School
10. Mikayla Cheng; 11th grade; Carlmont High School
11. Victor Li; 12th grade; Carlmont High School
12. Sam Perry; 12th grade; Carlmont High School
13. Madison Gates; 12th grade; Home School
14. Jade Sebti; Parks and Recreation Youth Commissioner; Carlmont High School
15. Talia Fine; Parks and Recreation Youth Commissioner; Carlmont High School
Volunteers Outreach Involvement Community Events & Services
Are you a teen interested in helping your community? Join VOICES, a teen community service group of students from the Belmont/San Carlos area. We participate in several service projects throughout the school year all around the Bay Area. Join us for our upcoming “VOICES Rush events” on Monday, August 28 from 7-8 pm and Wednesday, September 7, from 3:30-4:30 at the Belmont Library.
Each fall, applicants are selected for the group to replace graduating seniors. VOICES accepts applications from students who are; freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors in the spring. Once applicants are accepted, they remain active in the group until they graduate high school.
VOICES meets two Mondays a month to discuss and plan upcoming events and activities. Members can expect to participate in at least one volunteer activity per month. Events are usually scheduled during the weekends so as not to interfere with classes.
VOICES is a Belmont Parks & Recreation Department Program. Supervision of the group is provided by Youth and Teen Recreation Specialist Jeffrey Giacoletto 650-637-2927 and Teen Librarian Kayla Marie Figard 650-591-8286 x233.
Meet Our Current Members
- Kelly Rivera; Freshman
- Felix Chen; Sophomore
- Justin Som; Junior
- Aaron Chen; Junior
- Christian Licudine; Junior
- Richard Wang; Junior
- Ryan Leung; Junior
- Devansh Tandon: Junior
- Karen Gao; Senior
- Swathi Nair; Senior
- Cherry Wang; Senior
|September||California Coastal Clean Up - environmental work|
|October||InnVision Shelter Network - free book donations|
|November||Samaritan House of San Mateo County - food distribution for the holidays|
|December||Digital Photo Making - converting photos to digital prints for seniors|
|January||San Francisco YMCA - playing sports with people who face disabilities|
|February||Father Daughter Dance - photo booth, corsage distribution, event support|
|March||Cat and Dog Toy Making - make toys for animals in shelter|
|April||Egg Adventure Hunt - preparation, youth activities and event support|
|May||Belmont Library - end of the year awards dinner|
Click to see photos from recent projects!
Programs for teens aged 12 - 18 are provided through a partnership with the Library.
The Teen Center is open at the Belmont Library Monday - Friday from 3 pm - 6:00 pm. Supervised by an adult, this area has tables, computers and youth are free to socialize and have light snacks.We also have a teen friendly computer lab and study rooms available for teens only between 3-5. Plus we have fun & free programs almost every day of the week!
Mondays Maker Mondays 3:30pm - Crafts, food, and music are created!
Tuesdays Teen Study Hall 3:30pm - Enjoy food tastings, crafts, jam sessions and tech programs!
Wednesdays Teen Gaming 3:30pm - Wii tournaments, trivia nights and movie fun!
Thursdays Special Events 3:30pm - Throwback Thursdays in the Teen Center (2nd Thursday of the Month); TAG Meetings (3rd Thursday); Life Hacks: Life Skills Workshops for Teens (4th Thursday)
Plus Special Events such as Open Mic Nights, Battle of the Bands, Film Festivals, Art Contests and more.