The SAC acts in an advisory capacity to the planning of the 2018 Youth for the Environment and Sustainability (YES) Conference. Student Advisory Council members represent the youth voice in the San Francisco Bay Area community. The Council members contribute different skillset, come different regions of the Bay Area, and are passionate about the YES Conference.
Alicia Rosales is a junior at American Canyon High School in American Canyon. She has been in her school leadership for three years as well as part of the staff at 4-H camp. Alicia is also in Link Crew and loves helping others and making a change for the better.
Alyssa Goldfield is in 7th grade at Lincoln Middle School in Alameda and has a little sister. Her favorite past time is to read fiction books while listening to music. She sometimes write stories that she thinks of but then never finishes. She also plays tennis and does some swimming. Alyssa has attended all 4 of the past YES Conferences.
Brittney Tran is a senior at Monte Vista High School in Danville. She loves cooking and food but her real passion is plants and the environment. She also enjoys the outdoors and reading.
Kiran Rachamallu is a junior at Saratoga High School in Saratoga. He is treasurer of his school's environmental club and volunteers regularly at tree plantings and nature events. Kiran loves to teach others about the environment and feels honored to help plan the 2018 YES Conference.
McKenna Smith is a junior at St. Francis High School in Mountain View and this is her third year working on the YES Conference. McKenna presented her research on mercury toxicity and removal in the bay for the last two years. She is passionate about the environment and her dream is to work as a professor and lead research projects on ecological restoration.
Peyton Siville is a senior attending Clayton Valley Charter High School in Concord. She discovered the Spare the Air program through a non-stop effort to find new ways to involve her and her environmentalist high school club, "Team Blue", a voice and strong activism she thought this world so desperately needed. Peyton plans on studying Biology and Chemistry to find new ways to combat climate change. Fun Fact: Peyton lives by the quote, "I'm not perfect. But I'll always be real." - Tupac Shakur.
Richard Ma is a rising junior at Lynbrook High School in San Jose. He enjoys badminton as a form of competitive gameplay and exercise, along with basketball and track. In his free time, he plays all sorts of games, from the computer to pen and paper. He is an avid anime fan, and recently, a kdrama enthusiast. He hopes to meet new people and experience more of the world.
Stella Kaval is a freshman at Menlo-Atherton High School in Menlo Park. Stella is quietly confident, out-going, curious, empathetic, and young. Stella is a member of the Menlo Atherton Varsity Golf Team, and she enjoys reading, watching slam poetry, and listening to classical music in her free time.