Youth Leader Council
Meet the 2020-2021 BTE YLC Members!
Current YLC Members
Sinazo BongaBTE East London, South Africa (Alumna) 2020 - 2021
I am an 18-year-old girl who represents the East London BTE site in South Africa. I am currently in the last year of high school in Unathi Secondary School and also in the last year of the BTE programme. I am an exceptional leader and a hardworking individual who wants to undertake a career in Business Management and also start my own Company one day and be independent, as independence is the new norm these days. As a YLC member, I hope to learn more about leadership as the career path I want to follow is all about leading. I aim to obtain knowledge about all there is to learn and use it to better the lives of the next generation.
Jamila ChaddadBTE Limerick, Ireland 2020 - 2021
Hi, I’m Jamila Chaddad and I’m from the BTE site in Limerick, Ireland. This is my second year of BTE. My school is Thomond Community College and I’m in 5th year. This is the time when I have to start thinking on what colleges and courses, I want to do it’s really stressful! At least I have somewhat of an idea on what career I want to do. I’ve always been interested in starting my own business and becoming successful within the business world. I had this idea about doing a business course and a technology course and then combine the two together since technology is never going to die down its only going to get bigger! I’m a really creative person and always like to think outside the box, I’m a very driven person as well if I have a goal in mind or a task to complete I’m always determined to succeed., I’m a really outgoing person, very energetic and a people person. I’m good at motivating people, I always have their best interests at heart. Some of my Intrests are reading (my favourite book so far is Catcher in The Rye), and also drawing. When I have any sort of free time, I mostly use it up by drawing or reading. It’s a habit of mine I could be doing for example taking down notes and all of a sudden, I’ll just get this urge to start drawing! Also I’m really interested in animals and hopefully when I turn 17 volunteer at my local animal shelter, not only that I’ve always been Intrested in travelling to Japan and hoping to learn Japanese in the future, When I figure out what to start learning first !!!. Finally, what I want to accomplish as a YLC member is to improve Upon the students BTE experience with the help of the other YLC members. The reason why I signed up to become a YLC member was because I wanted to be the voice for my fellow classmates back in Thomond Community College. I knew my classmates all had different ideas on how to improve the BTE programme but some are very shy to speak out that’s why I decided to speak for them so they can get their opinions across, their ideas for the future!. I’m hoping with the help of the other members that we start to think how we can make BTE better, what would help the students a lot (such as going into college, Careers advice etc), what activities should we do. Once we established all of them, we’ll start to tackle each of them one at a time and when the end of the YLC is over to have ever single tasks we set for ourselves to be completed!
Allie ChangBTE Athens, Georgia, USA 2020 - 2021
Hi everyone! My name is Allie Chang, and this is my first year of being on the Youth Leadership Council. I represent my BTE site from Athens, Georgia, United States. I'm a junior in high school and 16 years old. My future career isn't really set as of right now, because there are so many options that you can choose from and no one can stop you when you put your effort and mind to the greatest power. My interests are in Social and Music. I like to hang out with my friends often because you can create stronger bonds even if you are best friends with someone already. I love listening to music, because it's like a healing session for me. Whenever I put those earbuds in my ears, I feel very relaxed. I don't really think about anything when I listen to it. What I am looking for to accomplish as a YLC member is to share what we do in YLC. This is my first time being in it, and I would like to share to my peers of how great this program is and what we do in this program. I would like to inspire change in mental health and to learn about the world right now. As everyone may know, COVID-19 has hit about every country in the world, schools, and colleges have gone online, and our mental health is getting a bit weaker. I would like to educate myself and others of how mental health has impacted us in negative and/or positive ways. Another thing I would like to contribute is promoting cultural awareness to help advocate for social and racial justice.
Melanie Gonzalez OlivosBTE Puebla, Mexico 2020 - 2021
My name is Melanie Gonzalez Olivos. I am 15-years-old and am studying in the 10th grade at COBAEP PLANTEL 18. I represent my BTE site, Puebla, Mexico, with great pride. My interests include reading, writing, and developing skills in acting. With the YLC, I love to attend each session, build myself, design incredible proposals, challenge myself everyday, and learn from each of my colleagues. I want to make an impact in society with the help of the YLC family and help each person and BTE program in whatever way we can.
Noor KhanBTE High Wycombe, United Kingdom 2020 - 2021
My name is Noor Khan and I represent the High Wycombe, UK BTE site, I am currently in my last year of Sixth Form, Year 13. I tend to be a person who likes to try and learn about new things and discover new skills whenever I can, editing and photography is an example of a few of them. by exploring new cultures and learning new languages around the world, currently teaching myself the language of Korean whilst knowing Urdu, English and a bit of Spanish from school. Dr Seuss once said "The more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." This year in YLC, I look forward to having the voices of the Youth all around the world heard, by creating a change in this world and learning about cultures and stories people have to share. I want to use this opportunity to take on roles and responsibilities whilst working both as a team and independently. I hope to create a change that will allow youth to feel more comfortable in situations they may face and know how to deal with hardships and mental health as especially in times such as now, during this pandemic, mental health is vital. I look forward to my time in YLC and cannot wait to bring forward my ideas and learn what's in store.
Trisha Prajapati, BTE YLC PresidentBTE Franklin Township, New Jersey, USA 2020 - 2021
Hi! My name is Trisha Prajapati and am a current member of the Global Youth Leadership Council of BTE and represent the Franklin High School site. I am currently 15 years old, and a sophomore at my high school, and am working hoping to become a cardiovascular surgeon. Some of my interests are dance, swim, and learning new things that help me work towards my future career goal!! As a YLC member, I hope to grow as an individual, and design projects to benefit BTE students worldwide. I am so happy and proud to be part of this amazing program and hope to be able to help students to voice their opinions and positively impact the future of the Global BTE program.
Marilyn Teutle CuautleBTE New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA (Alumna) 2020 - 2021
I am a former Bridge to Employment participant of the New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA site. I had the honor of being selected to participate in the first cohort for the Pathway to Success program - an extension of the BTE program for college students. I am currently a senior at Rutgers University pursuing an undergraduate degree in Materials Science & Engineering. Currently, I work at Colgate-Palmolive in the Research and Development (R&D) area and hope to continue in this field once I graduate in Spring 2021. As part of the BTE Youth Leadership Council, I hope to gain new perspectives and lessons from everyone. I also hope to share not only my story but also the stories of those on the council, so that others who may be in similar circumstances can feel inspired and encouraged. I am eager to learn from everyone and share my experiences with the aim of helping others find their own path.
Phetolo TshukuduBTE Tswelopele, South Africa 2020 - 2021
I am Phetolo Tshukudu, and I am currently a Youth Leadership Council representative. I am 16-years-old and I am doing my 3rd year at Tswelopele Secondary School. I represent BTE Tswelopele, South Africa. I have always been a person who likes to solve problems especially those that effect my community and my environment. I am an outgoing, talkative, loud, active, patient and kind person. I am a hard worker driven by inspiration. I grew up in a poor background where most of the success I have made has been through hard work and determination to change the situation at home and to also give back to the community. Attending programs like BTE, ABTS and currently YLC has given me the chance to explore new careers and grow to become a future leader. I wake every day, waking up to life challenges but none of that has stopped me from trying and giving it my all. I have been given a chance to be one of the eight learners worldwide who were selected to serve on the Youth Leadership Council. This has all been the product of hard work. My message to everyone is to never stop trying and know the reason why you want to succeed because the success you make is determined by the hard work you put in. Thank you!
Brenda MartinezBTE Mexico City, Mexico (Alumna) 2019 - 2020
Miracle MooreBTE Trenton, New Jersey, USA (Alumna) 2019 - 2020
Aliyah SaleemBTE Bound Brook, New Jersey, USA (Alumna) 2019 - 2020
Resources for YLC
The following resources and materials have been created by current and former YLC members. Please enjoy learning more about the BTE family!
2021 YLC Quarter 1 Reflection
A review of the 2020-2021 YLC first quarter activities and outputs.
July 2020 YLC Quarterly Newsletter
A review of BTE site activities taking place between April - July 2020.
April 2020 YLC Quarterly Newsletter
A review of BTE site activities taking place between January - March 2020.
BTE YLC Wellness Webinar (English)
A webinar series designed and facilitated by the 2019 - 2020 YLC. This webinar series focused on the power of a positive mindset, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, mental health, and self-care.
BTE YLC Wellness Webinar (Spanish)
The Spanish webinar series designed and facilitated by the 2019 - 2020 YLC. This webinar series focused on the power of a positive mindset, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, mental health, and self-care.
Process overview and explanation of eligibility.
Applications for the 2021 - 2022 YLC will open in August 2021. BTE participants and alumni are encouraged to check-in here for the online application. Previous applicants are encouraged to apply!
Recommendations for 2021 - 2022 YLC applicants will open in August 2021. Recommenders are encouraged to check-in here for the online recommendation form.