In Youth Council Reunion, Governor Patrick Hears from Leaders for the Next Generation

BOSTON – July 10, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick hosted members and alumni of the Governor’s Youth Council Monday in the State House at the first statewide Youth Council reunion. The youth shared what they have accomplished as a Youth Council member as well as their goals going forward.

Governor Patrick hosted a Governor’s Statewide Youth Council Reunion at the State House. (Photo: Jeremiah Robinson / Governor’s Office).

“I continue to be impressed with these amazing young leaders. Their commitment to civic engagement make them incredible role models for the next generation,” said Governor Patrick. “I look forward to continuing to work with them to focus on the issues that are important to youth in Massachusetts.”

The Governor’s Statewide Youth Council is currently comprised of 28 young people ages 14 – 20, representing all 14 counties of Massachusetts. Council members were selected to advise Governor Patrick on key issues affecting youth across the Commonwealth.

The 2008 – 2010 Governor’s Youth Council played a strong role in advocating for the passage of the Massachusetts Anti-Bullying legislation. The 2010 – 2012 Youth Council continued to focus on the issue of bullying, and worked with schools and communities to host “No Name Calling Day” on January 25, 2012 to raise awareness against bullying in schools. The Council is currently planning various anti-bullying initiatives to kick-off the 2012-2013 school year.

The following members participated in Monday’s reunion:


First Name

Last Name

Amherst Tanya Karagiannis
Brewster Patrick Johnson
Cotuit Lauren Logan
East Boston Kimberly Mendoza
Fall River Leeara Hunt
Gill Emily Bolduc
Great Barrington Ariel Bush
Holyoke Juan Gonzalez
Hopedale Kiara Lum
Hyde Park Jamila Sealy-Norvin
Malden Evy Tran
Marshfield Mike Mayes
Mashpee Michelle Lastra
Mashpee Ryan Stanley
Monson Valerie DiCristoforo
New Bedford Gabrielle Monteiro
North Andover Emaan Syed
Salem Victor (Manny) Cruz
Somerville Kevin Ma
South Hadley Kaden Belanger
Springfield James Villalobos
Springfield Caleb S. Alvarez
Stockbridge Louisa Wilde Carman
Stoughton Danisha Dumornay
Stoughton Jose Rodrigues
Wellesley Hills Kathryne Brauner
Westford Kevin Qian
Weymouth Andrea McDonagh
Worcester Caleb S. Encarnacion-Rivera
Worcester Danielle Pingue