The Youth Committee is responsible for: maintaining and updating the Youth Community and Volunteer Service Directory, and Youth Employment Directory. They also plan and participate in an annual local youth job fair, review and recommend new teen recreation programs and events, plan one or two teen recreation programs each year, participate as volunteers at City sponsored events, provide youth input on various City projects, and work cooperatively with the Dana Point Youth Board.
The Youth Committee meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall. In addition to attending monthly committee meetings, Youth Committee members attend annual joint meetings with the City Council and the Parks and Recreation Commission. Their goal is to create a positive working relationship with the City Council and other city organizations in an attempt to give the teens of Laguna Niguel a strong voice and presence in the community.
The Youth Committee is comprised of up to fifteen (15) members who are appointed by the City Council. All members are high school students residing in Laguna Niguel.
Natalie Glennon (Chair)
Natalie Glennon is a senior at Aliso Niguel High School where she writes and copy edits for the school newspaper. She also enjoys working and volunteering for the City of Laguna Niguel. Natalie has been on the planning committee for Together4Teens, an event focusing on mental health awareness in her school district. She is thrilled to be the sitting Chair of the Youth Committee and is looking forward to working with all the new members.
Nick Drossel (Vice Chair)
Nick Drossel is a junior at Dana Hills High School where he is involved in the California Scholarship Federation and the Associated Student Union. He is the Commissioner of Fine Arts Recognition and the Commissioner of Finance for the student government at Dana Hills. With the Youth Committee, Nick has helped advertise and expand the Pizza with Police program.
Makayla Brown is a high school senior studying violin at the Orange County School of the Arts. Aside from music, she is very involved in the STEM community at her school, being Co-President of the OCSA Science Olympiad team, having medaled first in Forensics and Chemistry Lab events and qualified for and competed in the States tournament.
Courtney Bunge is currently a freshman at Dana Hills High School. She is a member of the Associated Student Union at Dana Hills and a member of the National Charity league. She volunteers at the public library, Children’s Blind Center, Family Assisted Ministries, Riding Center, and helps to encourage disabled individuals and youth.
Janan Bustami is currently a senior at Aliso Niguel High School. She is a competing member of the High School’s Varsity Academic Decathlon. Additionally, she is involved in National Honors Society and the California Scholarship Federation. Outside of school, she volunteers with Tech Tutors at Sea Country Senior and Community Center and tutors her peers at the library.
Lauren Chou is a junior at Aliso Niguel High School. She is involved in Key Club, Leo Club, Red Cross, and UNICEF. She participates in various volunteer opportunities offered by each club. Lauren loves volunteering and giving back to the community and she is very excited to be a part of the Youth Committee so that she can give back even more.
Emily Guilfoyle is a junior at Laguna Hills High School. She is a member of Model United Nations, and has received awards such as the Outstanding Delegate in Empowering Women Award. She also volunteers at the Laguna Niguel Library and tutors younger students with their homework.
Bella Leibovitz is currently a senior at Aliso Niguel High School. There, she is in the theatre company as an assistant stage manager. She is also involved in the Academic Decathlon where she competes in testing and speeches. Outside of school, Bella is a Recreation Leader with the City of Laguna Niguel, where she works closely with youth in camps and special events. Bella is excited to involve more children and teens in the community with activities and events.
Skylar Neeve is a junior at Dana Hills High School. He is a member of the California Scholarship Federation where he is an active member serving the community. Additionally, Skylar is the President of the local Lions Heart Chapter. Outside of school, Skylar strives to become an Orange County Lifeguard.
Zoe Neeve is a freshman at Dana Hills High School where she is a member of the student government. Outside of school, Zoe is the Secretary for the local Lion’s Heart group, focusing on community clean-ups. She also volunteers as an OC Junior Guard assistant. Zoe is excited to work on projects and make holiday events as magical as possible for the younger residents.
Andrew Nesson is currently a freshman at Dana Hills High School. He is excited to be a part of the committee so that he can work with other teens and represent the City of Laguna Niguel. Andrew is a member of the Baseball Performance Academy where he is a team captain and competes in the Junior Olympics.
John Reid is a junior at Dana Hills High School where he is the President of the Junior Class. He also volunteers at the Laguna Niguel Library’s Homework Help program where he helps younger students with their studies. John wishes to pursue a career in astrophysics in the future.
Kyle Wade is a senior at Dana Hills High School. He is on his school’s robotics team and is a member of National Honors Society and California Scholarship Federation. While he tutors students in math and actively participates in community recycling events, he also loves playing the piano. Because of his affection for music, he was the innovator of our Songs for Seniors program.
Amanda Zidron is a freshman at Aliso Niguel High School. She is currently a PAL member and a Girl Scout. Additionally, she is a YMCA Board President and a member of the Student Senate. She also performs a great deal of volunteer work with the Botanical Preserve and church functions. Amanda is excited to work events and give back to the community.