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City of Laredo Youth Council is a great way to have fun, get involved in the community and make a mark on the world.
The Council is made up of middle and high school youth with support from an adult advisor.
The Council provides members with the opportunity to build life and leadership skills and to implement meaningful hands-on service projects, locally, nationally and globally.
Our mission is to inspire, prepare and unite youth to take action that changes the world and themselves through service.
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2017 - 18 City of Laredo

Parks & Leisure Services Dept.

Youth Council Members

Name: Cristian Ruiz – President (3rd Term) - Junior at Alexander High School

What are your plans after high school? Attend College outside of Texas in order to be in a new environment

How would your family and friends describe you? Loving, outgoing, dedicated, a leader

What youth issues are you concerned with or advocate for? Drug abuse

Fun Fact: I’m a great dancer.

Why is the Youth Council important to you? Gives me a platform to do what I love which is helping others. It has helped me to become a better leader and better person.

Name: Jennifer Arredondo – Vice President – Senior at United High School

What are your plans after high school? Attend college to get a Bachelor’s Degree

How would your family and friends describe you? Funny, outgoing, determined and hardworking

What youth issues are you concerned with or advocate for? Mental Health Issues

Fun Fact: I can pop my wrists

Why is the Youth Council important to you? It has helped me to become a better person. In helping others, I am able to grow individually.

Name: Nathan Hernandez – Sargent at Arms (5th term) Senior at United High School

What are your plans after high school? I plan to attend college and get a degree in Business.

How would your family and friends describe you? They would describe me as calm, friendly and determined.

What youth issues are you concerned with or advocate for? I’m concerned with bullying. Its everywhere and needs to be stopped.

Fun Fact: I won Bowler of the Year for Laredo, Texas and I’m the youngest player to do so.

Why is the Youth Council important to you? It’s important for me because we help others. By doing so, the group grows together and we accomplish things to benefit others.

Name: Krysta R. Villarreal – Community Service Projects Coordinator – Junior at Alexander High School

What are your plans after high school? My plans after high school are to attend a good college in Texas and obtain a degree related to medical/criminal justice.

How would your family and friends describe you? They would describe me as unique, charming, lovable, and determined.

What youth issues are you concerned with or advocate for? I am a strong advocate for our entire community and for our youth to be drug free.

Fun fact: I love being outdoors and staying active.

Why is the Youth Council important to you? The Youth Council is important to me because it gives me the opportunity to assist my community and to become more aware of our community’s issues.

Name: Brianna Rose Longoria – Public Information Officer – Junior at Alexander High School

What are your plans after high school? I plan on attending college and studying to be an elementary teacher.

How would your family and friends describe you? As an outgoing, friendly, supportive, determined, and a hardworking individual.

What youth issues are you concerned with or advocate for? Teen Suicide

Fun Fact: I compete in pageants and currently hold one title.

Why is the Youth Council important to you? It’s a safe place for me to come and talk to my peers about relatable struggles. We also get to help out the community.

Name: Irma G. – Team Leader – Junior – Home School

What are your plans after high school? After high school, I will enter pharmacy school and receive my Pharm. D from Texas A&M University at Kingsville. During the preparation for my pharmaceutical career I will start gathering everything necessary to form an organization, which I plan on naming The Mandala Project, centered on promoting a universal tolerance of our ethnic, racial, and religious difference throughout the United States and the world along with the promotion of a proper education and embrace of literature and writing in low-income communities in this country and impoverished countries world-wide. This organization will be built upon the values of seeing the good in others inside a captivation of ethos in the search of oneself in the face of others in cultural immersion and service to others. In order to create a more perfect union of humanity and reestablish the basic principles of respect towards one another in a bridge into the future past our prejudices which keep humanity from advancing. I also plan on receiving an internship at Bayer Health Care in Germany in the research facility.

How would your family and friends describe you? My family and friends would describe me as someone who is educated, intellectual, and thoughtful.

What youth issues are you concerned with or advocate for? I am concerned about the full potential of youth being oppressed by others, discouraging them on their ability to change the world. Because their opinions are often unheard, they may later be discouraged to act in different situations and present their concerns.  

Fun fact: I enjoy reading, visiting museums, writing, learning, doing universal Sudoku, crypto quotes, and crossword puzzles and talking to other people. 

Why is the Youth Council important to you? The Youth Council is important to me because I see it as an opportunity to advocate different ideas and concerns I believe in.

Name: Andrew David Gonzalez – Team Leader – Junior at Alexander High School

What are your plans after high school? I will pursue a career in mechanical engineering at MIT.

How would your family and friends describe you? They would describe me as an intelligent and athletic person.

What youth issues are you concerned with or advocate for? I am concerned about cyber bullying.

Fun Fact: I love to play ping pong and swim.

Why is the Youth Council important to you? It really pushes me to be the best person I can be every day. It gives me courage to inspire and better the lives of the community and myself.

Name: Seth Pena – Team Leader – Junior at Alexander High School

What are your plans after high school? I want to attend UTSA and pursue a degree in the Medical Field.

How would your family and friends describe you? They would say I’m hardworking and humble.

What youth issues are you concerned with or advocate for? I’m concerned with bullying and feel it’s a huge issue with all ages.

Fun Fact: I like to write.

Why is the Youth Council important to you? I want to help the community and we are allowed the opportunity to do so in the council.

Name: Cesar Neira – Team Leader – Senior at United High School

What are your plans after high school? I plan to attend UTSA for 2 years and attain my associates then transfer to UT Austin, Oregon University or Texas Tech to complete my Bachelor’s Degree.

How would your family and friends describe you? As caring, studious, sarcastic, selfless and humorous.

What youth issues are you concerned with or advocate for? I’m concerned with the communication gap between youth and adults.

Fun Fact: Favorite color is green

Why is the Youth Council important to you? It has allowed me opportunities to give back to the community and has developed me into the young man I am today.