West Hartford Mayor’s Youth Council

Applications for 2022-2023 are now available! Please complete and return to myc@westhartfordCT.gov no later than May 31, 2022.

Check out the MYC’s Mental Health Action & Awareness committee’s podcast on Teen Mental Health recorded May 17, 2022 featuring Julia Tannenbaum and Chris Dutton, LCSW. Thanks to the subcommittee for writing questions, Sarah Granquist and Caitlin Striff-Cave for hosting and interviewing, and to Jordan Shefsky for editing the interview. Listen to the conversation here:

Who We Are: MYC is a council of 15 student members in grades 9-12 who represent different public, private, and home schools in West Hartford. We meet twice a month (1 council meeting, one work session) from September – May to help plan and facilitate community impact projects that improve the quality of life of West Hartford youth. We also work with local departments and organizations to help with town-wide initiatives as they arise.

Purpose: More than ever, teens are interested in politics, community service, and social activism. MYC is an opportunity for teens to share issues that are important to them, learn about civic engagement, and have their voices heard by West Hartford government officials.

2021-2022 Mayor’s Youth Council Members

  • Reese Berigan – 11th Conard
  • Daphne Brewer – 9th Conard
  • Grace Furia – 12th Hall – Chair
  • Jack Gold – 11th Kingswood Oxford
  • Tziyona Goldfischer – 11th New England Jewish Academy
  • Sarah Granquist – 9th Hall – Secretary
  • Kikoh Mordukai – 10th Hall
  • Maya Palanki – 12th Conard – Co-Chair
  • Kris Rimal – 10th Conard
  • Zaara Shahzad – 11th Hall
  • Priya Sinha – 10th Hall
  • Kari Karp – Teen Services Librarian & Board Liaison, kkarp@WestHartfordCT.gov

Subcommittees / Impact Projects

  • International / Diversity Night
  • Mental Health Action & Awareness
  • Social Media
Mental Health Action & Awareness Committee “Teen Mental Health” Podcast

MYC Agendas, Minutes & Meeting Dates



Community Center Advisory Committee – Coming Soon!
Human Rights Commission Declaration of Human Rights Video Recording 12/3/21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB9g4MRjWx8
“Taking the Lead” West Hartford Life Article 12/21
Vigil for Democracy We-Ha.com Article 1/22 https://bit.ly/MYCVigilforDemocracy
West Hartford Climate Initiative – Coming Soon!
Witness Stones Project https://noahwebsterhouse.org/witness-stones-project-west-hartford/
Youth in Transition http://www.bridgefamilycenter.org/

Contact Us! myc@westhartfordCT.gov

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