YLC Members

Check out the latest updates from BTE sites around the world in YLC’s August 2022 Newsletter.
Previous editions: May 2022 Newsletter.

Meet the 2022 BTE YLC Members!

Current YLC Members

Faith YLC 2022   Faith MagatselaBTE Tswelopele, South Africa 2021-2022

What do you enjoy doing?
I love spending time with family and friends. I love meeting new people. I enjoy doing sports and I also love drawing.

What are you really good at?
I'm good at dancing and treating people with kindness and respect.

What makes you happiest?
I am happiest when I receive gifts, as I love gifts. Also long road trips.

What helps you stay motivated when you feel sad or if you find something challenging?
When faced with a challenge I tell myself that everything in life happens for a reason. I review my goals and my goals motivate me more. I will overcome the challenges I'm facing and I will succeed at the end.

Pranav YLC 2022   Pranav JainBTE Franklin, NJ, USA 2021-2022

What do you enjoy doing?
I love hanging out with my friends, playing video games, and surfing the internet.

What are you really good at?
I'm really good at table tennis, badminton, and math (calculus and algebra).

What makes you happiest?
Something that makes me really happy is having my family around me and spending valuable time with them gives me joy.

What helps you stay motivated when you feel sad or if you find something challenging?
By constantly reminding myself of a quote that my aunt taught me: "Fake it till you make it." I use this to stay on track. The quote really means that by faking the confidence, optimism, etc., you will eventually be able to embrace them in a way that seems natural to you.

Manny YLC 2022   Manuel de Jesús SánchezBTE Nigua, Dominican Republic 2021-2022

¿Qué es lo que le gusta hacer?
Mi pasatiempo favorito es escuchar música, cantar, pasar el momento con amigos, ir a la playa y ver películas.

¿Qué puedes hacer bien?
Me hace feliz compartir con la familia, ir de paseos, las sorpresas, ir de compras, comer mi plato favorito, y estar con mis amigos para hacer cosas divertidas y locas.

¿Qué te hace más feliz?
Algo que siempre diría que se me puede dar bien es hablar con personas que tienen impedimento para avanzar como persona o como también ayudarlos un poco para que puedan resolver sus problemas de sentimientos o cualquier otro. Me destacó bien en el baile, la decoración, cantando, y escogiendo combinación de ropa para cualquier ocasión.

¿Qué le ayuda a mantenerse motivado cuando puede sentirse triste o si encuentra que algo es un desafío?
La manera que me ayuda a crear más la motivación es siempre iniciar con una canción por qué siento que es la mejor manera de pensar en todas las cosas que hay a mi alrededor y preguntarme si es lo que quiero o que como me veo yo en años, quiero convertirme en alguien y buscar ese camino que llegue a mi destino y salir adelante como persona y ayudando a mi familia y a las personas que me necesitan, cada día me despierto con el pensamiento positivo para levantarme de la cama a estudiar y siempre poniendo adelante el esfuerzo, la responsabilidad y mantenerme enfocado para así llegar lejos y ser la persona en la cual quiero convertirme.

Nalah YLC 2022   Nalah McBride (Alumna)BTE New Brunswick, NJ, USA 2021-2022

What do you enjoy doing?
I like to work out, paint from time to time, and spend time with friends and family.

What are you really good at?
I’m good at planning, researching, and working with others.

What makes you happiest?
I am happiest when I am eating a Jamaican dish or food in general while watching a good movie.

What helps you stay motivated when you feel sad or if you find something challenging?
What helps get myself out of a funk is to give myself a new topic to research or investigate something that might be useful in the moment. Finding some sort of answer helps give me back some of that confidence in my abilities.

Grace YLC 2022   Grace GanserBTE Warsaw, IN, USA 2021-2022

What do you enjoy doing?
I like to play my instrument (viola), make necklaces and earrings, watch YouTube, read books, listen to music, and perform in theatre productions.

What are you really good at?
I'd say that I am good at compromising, public speaking, and playing my viola.

What makes you happiest?
I feel happiest when I am with my friends, listening to music, and when plans come together successfully.

What helps you stay motivated when you feel sad or if you find something challenging?
When faced with a challenge I don't really tell myself anything. I just don't like to let anybody down or fail.

Kahlina YLC 2022   Khalina CharliesBTE Lancaster, PA, USA 2021-2022

What do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy reading manga, cooking, watching anime/Asian dramas, and I especially enjoy listening to different types of music genres.

What are you really good at?
Math, since I was really young, and also drawing.

What makes you happiest?
I can be my happiest when I am by myself, but at the same time being with friends and family makes me quite happy. Also, just enjoying watching TV and just having some downtime to myself.

What helps you stay motivated when you feel sad or if you find something challenging?
For me personally a lot of the times when I am in a challenging situation, I struggle to find my outlet. To help me through my situation I always turn back to my mother and how she cares about me and how I will make it through those difficult moments.

Valeria YLC 2022   Valeria Domínguez AmaroBTE Puebla, Mexico 2021-2022

¿Qué es lo que te gusta hacer?
Me gusta escuchar música pop, regeton, un poco de todo, me gusta cantar, bailar, hablar con mis amigos, salir con mis amigos, pintar, comer chocolate y yogurt, me gusta mucho ir a comprar ropa , grabar videos, visitar lugares nuevos, me gusta escalar lugares altos porque siento adrenalina, me gusta estudiar y pensar en como se ve mi futuro , logrando todo lo que quiero, también me gusta mucho jugar con mis mascotas.

¿Qué puedes hacer bien?
Cantar las canciones que ya me aprendí, aprender ingles.

¿Qué te hace más feliz?
Comer chocolate, gomitas , yogurt, galletas, ver películas, patinar con mis papás, salir con mis amigos, hablar con las personas que quiero mucho, escuchar música, bailar en fiestas familiares , ir a la escuela, jugar con mis mascotas, Dormir con mi perro y gato aveces, ir a brincolines, cuando no entiendo algo de matemáticas veo videos y finalmente le entiendo me pone muy feliz, estar con mis abuelitos, festejar mi cumpleaños, cuidar a un bebé, ver videos o películas en inglés.

¿Qué le ayuda a mantenerse motivado cuando puede sentirse triste o si encuentra que algo es un desafío?
El pensar que no puedo rendirme porque mis papás están haciendo un grandioso esfuerzo por darme lo mejor, y no me puedoo fallar a mi porque igual me estoy esforzando, También me motiva mi mascota, mi familia, y el pensar que tendré lo que quiero me ayuda a mantenerme motivada.

Emily YLC 2022   Emily RodriguezBTE Trenton, NJ, USA 2021-2022

What do you enjoy doing?
Clothing has always been a passion of mine so thrifting is high on my list for things I enjoy, as well as traveling and learning about new cultures.

What are you really good at?
Leadership roles have always come easy to me and managing stress under pressure.

What makes you happiest?
I am happiest when I am blasting music on a late night drive.

What helps you stay motivated when you feel sad or if you find something challenging?
During the hardest times in my life I stay motivated by realizing that the struggle will not last forever and that everything happens for a reason so pushing through will only make me stronger.

Mariah YLC 2022   Mariah Rohan (Alumna)BTE North Plainfield, NJ, USA 2021-2022

What do you enjoy doing?
I love spending time with my family, whether we are going to see a movie for the 3rd time or shopping in the mall. Their company always keeps me at my best.

What are you really good at?
I am good at finding solutions. I am a perfectionist, so I love discovering new ways to do things and I am inspired by innovation.

What makes you happiest?
Achieving goals that I have set for myself and watching myself grow. I also don’t mind a Chick Fil A Spicy chicken sandwich 🙂

What helps you stay motivated when you feel sad or if you find something challenging?
Oddly enough, my failures. Knowing that failure exists, and I have experienced it, keeps me motivated because I have been able to overcome obstacles, so I know that failure is only a state of mind, not a reality.

YLC Advisors

Noor YLC 2022   Noor KhanBTE High Wycombe, United Kingdom 2021-2022
My name is Noor Khan and last year, I completed Sixth Form, Year 13, and participated in the YLC representing the High Wycombe, UK, site. 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 hope to provide the new YLC members with guidance from my experience. I will help youth to feel more comfortable in situations they may face and know how to deal with hardships and mental health. 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.

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!

Downloadable Materials

  YLC Newsletter May 2022
YLC-Newsletter_May-2022.pdf
Youth Leadership Councilmembers share updates and photos from each BTE site around the world for the first half of 2022.
  BTE YLC 2021 Wellness Webinar Presentation (English)
BTE-YLC-Wellness-Webinar_Final-Presentation_05.23.21.pptx
A powerful presentation created by the 2021 BTE YLC covering topics including mental health, coping skills, fitness, nutrition, time management and more!
  BTE YLC 2021 Wellness Webinar Presentation (English)
https://youtu.be/HvLyJZeQXw0
A powerful presentation created by the 2021 BTE YLC covering topics including mental health, coping skills, fitness, nutrition, time management and more!
  BTE YLC 2021 Wellness Webinar Flyer (English)
Wellness-Webinar-Flyer_English-1.pdf
Check out this year's BTE YLC's Wellness Webinar designed for BTE youth! The YLC has organized an English session for Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 10am EDT. Link to the webinar included in the flyer.
  BTE YLC 2021 Wellness Webinar Flyer (Spanish)
Wellness-Webinar-Flyer_Spanish-1.pdf
Check out this year's BTE YLC's Wellness Webinar designed for BTE youth! The YLC has organized a Spanish session for Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 10am EDT. Link to the webinar included in the flyer.
  2021 YLC Quarter 1 Reflection
YLC-2021_Q1-Update.pdf
A review of the 2020-2021 YLC first quarter activities and outputs.
  July 2020 YLC Quarterly Newsletter
YLC-Newsletter_July-2020_Final.pdf
A review of BTE site activities taking place between April - July 2020.
  April 2020 YLC Quarterly Newsletter
YLC-Newsletter_April-2020_Final.pdf
A review of BTE site activities taking place between January - March 2020.
  BTE YLC Wellness Webinar (English)
BTE-YLC-Wellness-Webinar_English.pdf
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 (English)
https://youtu.be/HvLyJZeQXw0
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)
BTE-YLC-Wellness-Webinar_Spanish.pdf
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.
  BTE YLC 2021 Wellness Webinar Recording (English)
https://youtu.be/HvLyJZeQXw0
On May 23, 2021 the BTE YLC hosted a Wellness Webinar for all BTE participants globally. In this recording, the BTE YLC members break down mental health and provides various means of coping with the stresses of life from a youth perspective. The YLC members share tips on various coping skills and strategies, some of which include: self care, fitness, nutrition and time management.

Application Introduction

Process overview and explanation of eligibility.

Application Documents

Applications for the 2023 YLC are now open! All active BTE participants and alumni are encouraged to apply, including previous applicants! If you’re interested in participating in the 2023 YLC, simply complete a brief online application. Applications close Friday, December 2, 2022.

Online Forms