The SAC acts in an advisory capacity to the planning of the 2018 Youth for the Environment and Sustainability (YES) Conference. Student Advisory Council members represent the youth voice in the San Francisco Bay Area community. The Council members contribute different skillset, come different regions of the Bay Area, and are passionate about the YES Conference.
Anjali Kalidindi attends the Quarry Lane School in Dublin. She fully believes in the fact that youth are the future and can't wait to make a difference as a representative on the Student Advisory Committee. Together, youth can be the voice for all and shape the future hand in hand!
Emma Kohler is a sophomore at Encinal High School in Alameda, California. She is passionate about climate activism and the ability of young people to impact policy. Emma co-lead two environmental actions in the Bay Area in which she protested with her peers for political change. Her hopes are that the youth action today will be the catalyst for a more sustainable future.
J.T. Tullis is a student at the Academy of Alameda, where he plays viola in the schools’ orchestra. J.T. has participated in the YES Conference since the first grade. He knows that we all can make little changes, such as using paper straws and putting recycling and green waste in the correct bins, in order to protect the environment.
Jasmine Lam is a junior at Oakland Military Institute. She is an Asian American female from Oakland who wants to improve the air quality. Jasmine started to restrict meat and the use of plastic to help the environment. She has a passion for creating visual mediums and want to improve my confidence in speaking. Jasmine wants to raise awareness about our planet.
Jordyn Kosai is a senior at Lowell High School in San Francisco. She is passionate about environmental science and tries to get outdoors in nature every so often--even during finals season. She enjoys drawing, baking, meeting new people and ultimately hopes to travel the world.
Kelly Tung is a freshman at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino. She has enthusiasm to make the community more positive, connected and healthier. She has worked extensively to serve the community by combining her leadership skills and the humanities to advocate for sustainability, social justice, and change in the community. Kelly founded JFK Green Commuters, a program that raised awareness for sustainability and alternative transportation, after she received the City of Cupertino’s Sustainability Student Grant. Kelly is also the Chair of the Teen Commission in the City of Cupertino as she wants to improve to improve the quality of life in our society. Kelly is passionate about finding solutions to combat climate change and sustainability problems.
LeBaron Terrell is an 8th grader who goes to EBIAC (East Bay Innovation Academy). He heard about the YES conference through his cousin. He’s excited to learn and participate in environmental sustainability to help shape the future he’ll be a part of.
Layla Khoubyari is 13 years old and in eighth grade at Castillero Middle School. She has many interests. Layla plays competitive soccer and piano. She is also on her school’s debate team and training for her black belt.
May Zhang is a freshman at the College Preparatory School. She cares greatly of the environment and wants to do anything in her power to help fight global warming. Currently, May is part of Sunshine America, a youth organization where they do activities like picking up trash around the community and sharing knowledge about air quality and protecting the environment. Though S.A.C., she hopes she can learn and do more with others for the planet we live on.
Michelle Arango is a sixteen-year-old Latina from Oakland whose main interest in environmental justice is air quality. She likes to combine her passions for writing and art into her activist work. Michelle may be young, but she believes her voice goes a long way.
Megan Mehta is a 16-year-old high school junior attending Amador Valley High School and Las Positas Community College. She is very passionate about spreading climate emergency awareness and doing everything in her power to save all living things from this environmental crisis. She believes that educating her community and encouraging everyone to take action in their daily lives is the best way to stop the advancement of the climate crisis. She also believes that we are at a critical turning point regarding the future of all living things on Earth, and she hopes we execute change before we reach the point of no return.
Kamala Katta is a senior at the Quarry Lane School located in Dublin, California. She has been passionate about the environment for a long time and is always happy to be a part of the change! In her free time, she enjoys playing the violin, reading, or watching Netflix.
Stella Kaval is a junior at Menlo-Atherton High School. She is independent, hardworking, and passionate about the environment. This is her second year being on the Student Advisory Committee for the YES Conference.