Youth Leadership Council

A youth-led group of high school students in the Yakima Valley creating a positive impact through philanthropy and leadership. The program includes a selection of diverse students who receive training about diversity, equity, our community, grantmaking, philanthropy, and non-profits. The annual cohort is given $50,000-$100,000 to grant in the Yakima Valley where they believe they'd like to make a difference. The generosity and forethought of Helen Jewett are helping us create young philanthropists and engaged young residents.

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*APPLICATION FOR THE 2024 YOUTH LEADERSHIP COUNCIL IS NOW Closed! Application will re-open in 2025, stay tuned!

Get involved

Want to make an impact in your community? Join the Youth Leadership Council and make a difference today!

Member Benefits

  • Stipend Based
  • Volunteer & Community Engagement Hours
  • Develop leadership and communication skills.
  • Make an impact in your community


  • Currently enrolled in a Yakima County High School.
  • Attend meetings regularly.
  • Desire to give back to your community.

Valeria Lopez

Valeria Lopez

Valeria Lopez, a 12th-grade student at Sunnyside High School participating in YVCC's Running Start program, has demonstrated remarkable leadership and community impact through her involvement with the Youth Leadership Council. As the 2024 Miss Yakima County and a dedicated CNA at Multicare Yakima Memorial Hospital’s Psychiatric Unit, she balances her academic pursuits with meaningful community service. Additionally, Valeria is an intern for a State Representative candidate in District 15, showcasing her commitment to public service. Her diverse talents also include participation in 509 All-Star Cheer Athletics and Ballet Folklórico.

Indiana Hilmes

Council Member


Indiana is currently in the 12th grade and is attending Selah High School. Indiana is looking forward to making a positive impact in our community while highlighting a youth perspective. Some of her favorite activities include writing, reading, tennis, skiing, and baking.

Angel Gonzalez


Angel Gonzalez, a 12th-grade student at Sunnyside High School, is also enrolled in the YVCC Running Start program. Angel enjoys listening to music, quality time with family, and actively contributes to his community through volunteering, reflecting his commitment to making a difference.

Brissa Gonzalez


Brissa Gonzalez, a senior at Sunnyside High School, is making the most of her education by participating in the YVCC Running Start program. She finds joy in drawing, cherishes time spent with family and friends, enjoys fishing, and loves to explore the great outdoors.

Luna Tumber

Luna Tumber

Luna Tumber, a 9th grader at Davis High School, has embraced a more open-minded approach since joining the Youth Leadership Council. Luna's interests are diverse, including hiking, basketball, volleyball, as well as cooking and baking. She also enjoys unwinding by listening to music while reading.

Mayra Quintero

Grants & Programs Associate

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316 E. Yakima Avenue, Suite 201
Yakima, WA 98901

Phone: (509) 457-7616

Lindsay Boswell

Director of Grants and Programs

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316 E. Yakima Avenue, Suite 201
Yakima, WA 98901

Phone: (509) 457-7616