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President’s Youth Council

President’s Youth Council

The President’s Youth Council is a body of youth ambassadors across California that serves in partnership with the CEO of The California Endowment to ultimately shape The California Endowment’s investments and culture.

As ambassadors, the President’s Youth Council members provide community perspective by centering youth voices to cultivate narrative and systems change through storytelling to improve the health of underserved communities across California.


Serve as thought partners

In three year terms by providing youth perspective in advancing health equity and health justice campaigns.

Serve as representatives

Of the youth leadership body of The California Endowment.

Participate in leadership and professional development opportunities

To strengthen leadership skills to help them be more effective advocates for the communities.

Gain access to networking and mentorship opportunities

With the President & CEO and the staff of The California Endowment and support the connection of youth with regional, state, and national youth empowerment campaigns for social justice and addressing the needs of youth and their communities.

Amplifying voices of those traditionally excluded.

The California Endowment values the energy, agility, and fearlessness of youth leadership and youth organizing in its many forms including local, statewide and online community building, and lifting the voices of those traditionally excluded from public conversations to create opportunities for their stories to be told and heard.

It’s driven by a vision of what constitutes a healthy community: one in which youth and adults thrive and all community members have the opportunities, supports and resources to develop their full potential, thus achieving greater health equity for all Californians, especially those who have experienced disadvantage or historical injustice.

Members of the President’s Youth Council:

Yosef Aklilu
Yosef Aklilu Fresno
Natalie Martinez
Natalie Martinez Garden Grove
Julia Ruiz
Julia Ruiz Rancho Cucamonga
Angelina Diaz
Angelina Diaz Fontana
Kimberly Gudino
Kimberly Gudino Sacramento
Karla Ortiz
Karla Ortiz Boyle Heights