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Teen Commission

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The Commission consists of nine members with the intention to include at least one person from each public middle school and public high school in Cupertino, if possible. Membership on the Commission is limited to Cupertino residents. Members may attend schools outside of the City limits, or be schooled at home. Commissioners must be in 8th through 11th grade. Teen Commissioners serve two-year staggered terms.

The powers and functions of the Teen Commission are to advise the City Council and staff on issues and projects important to youth (also see Municipal Code 2.95.080 Powers and Functions).

The Commission meets September through August, twice monthly (except December) on the second and fourth Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at the Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N. Stelling Rd. For more information, please call staff liaison Daniel Mestizo, 408.777.3134.

If you wish to send an e-mail to the Teen Commission, please use the following email address:

Teen Commission FY 2019-20 Work Program


Recruitment for the 2020-2022 term is CLOSED




What are the expectations of being on the Teen Commission?

The Teen Commission is the face for youth and teens in Cupertino. As such, the Commission is for students who have a deeply rooted passion for civic and community engagement.

Teen Commissioners…

  • Are required to be residents of Cupertino throughout their term.
  • Are required to be INCOMING 8th - 11th graders. Members may be in 12th grade during their term, but seniors are not eligible to apply.
  • Must be informed of City-wide issues, problems, and resources.
  • Should have a thorough knowledge of their school's resources and contacts. Being on ASB or student council is beneficial, but not a requirement.
  • Must have a genuine passion for serving as a representative of the Cupertino community.
  • Must promote Teen Commission and relevant City initiatives to their school population.
  • Have a desire to make lasting change for the City of Cupertino.
  • Must have the bandwidth to dedicate significant time to Teen Commission projects.
  • Attend various, assigned City Council and other City Commission meetings.
  • Attend all Teen Commission meetings, events, and other assigned meetings. Meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month unless canceled or a special meeting is called.
  • Be able to professionally defend your stance and collaboratively work with fellow commissioners.
  • Be easily accessible to respond to staff, constituents, and community.

Teen Workshops:  
Interested in teaching or leading a workshop for youth/teens? Submit your Teen Workshop Proposal Here.

Projects we've worked on and are working on:

  • Bobateeno
  • TEDx Talk with the Cupertino Library
  • <hack> Cupertino 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Social Host Ordinance
  • Addressing Teen Stress and improving mental health
  • Pizza & Politics - view video here.
  • Giving Tree, partnering with West Valley Community Services
  • YAC Attack   
  • Attending YES Conference in San Francisco

Meet your 2019-2020 Cupertino Teen Commissioners

Nitya Devisetti


Junior @ Cupertino

Term Ending: 8/31/21


  1. I love animals.


  2. I play basketball.


  3. My favorite food is chocolate.

Alden Gu

Committee Ambassador

Junior @ Lynbrook

Term Ending: 8/31/21


  1. I love backpacking, cooking, and coffee.


  2. I swim.


  3. I've been a Boy Scout for over 10 years.

Rushil Jayant

Vice Chair

Sophomore @ Homestead

Term Ending: 8/31/21


  1. I can speak 4 languages.


  2. I like technology.


  3. I want to make a difference in my community.


 Zehra Naqvi

Term Ending: 8/31/22







Samikshaa (Sam) Natarajan

Middle School Liaison

8th Grader @ Lawson

Term Ending: 8/31/21


  1. I think chocolate is disgusting.


  2. My favorite book character is Aelin Ashryver Galathynius.


  3. I have memorized 100 digits of pi.

Anagaa Nathan

High School Liaison

Sophomore @ Fremont

Term Ending: 8/31/21


  1. I love music and dance; they are a big part of my life.


  2. One of my favorite shows is Parks and Recreation.


  3. My ideal vacation spot would be somewhere tropical, like Hawaii or The Bahamas.


Maple Leung

Term Ending: 8/31/22







Alex Zhang

Term Ending: 8/31/22







Jay Yeung

Logistics Coordinator

Freshman @ Monta Vista

Term Ending: 8/31/21


  1. I love Minions.


  2. My favorite foods include curry rice and dumplings.


  3. I am a boy scout.


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