Youth Link Board

The Youth Link Board was formed in 1991 by the City Council. Its purpose is to promote diversity, unity and equity for high school youth in Bellevue, representing the youth voice to leadership in our community. Bellevue Youth Link Board is a catalyst for responding to the interests and concerns of young people by engaging the entire community. The Youth Link Board envisions Bellevue as a city where all young people are involved, valued, respected and listened to; where all youth feel safe and are safe; and where they can have fun. Ultimately, the impact of the Youth Link Board is to enhance the quality of life for all members of the community.

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Ongoing Projects

  • Gumbo Night
  • Unity through Diversity Event
  • Youth Link Community Leadership Awards
  • Youth Involvement Conference
  • Youth Link Robotics Club
  • Youth Link University

Past Projects

  • Bellevue Skate Park
  • Bellevue Youth Court
  • Kids Care Coat Drive
  • Outspoken Newspaper
  • Teen Closet
  • The Club Teen Center (fka Ground Zero Teen Center)
  • TRACKS Action Team


The Youth Link Board consists of 6 to 12 high school youth members and a maximum of 12 high school youth members (up to age 21), and up to 6 adult members. All Board members are appointed by the City Manager, with two ex-officio positions representing the Bellevue City Council and the Bellevue School District Board. Members serve two-year terms, September through August, with the possibility of one re-appointment.

Current Members

  • Adults:
    Joydeep Hazra, Co-Chair, term ends 8-31-21
    Michelle Bomberger, term ends 8-31-21
    Yan Li, term ends 8-31-21
    Darrel Tsukiji, term ends 9-30-19
  • Youth:
    Phillip Wang, Co-Chair, term ends 8-31-19
    Amanda Li, term ends 8-31-20
    Jessie Liu, term ends 8-31-20
    Emily Mather, term ends 8-31-20
    Ton Bodin, term ends 8-31-19
    Ananaya Jain, term ends 8-31-19
  • Ex-Officio:
    Francine Weist, Bellevue School District Board Liaison
    Janice Zahn, Bellevue City Council Liaison
  • Youth Liaisons:
    Amanda Li, Eastside Pathways
    Jessie Liu, Eastside Pathways

Parks & Community Services Department

Shelley McVein
Shelley Brittingham
Toni Esparza
Patrick Alina
Cecilia Martinez-Vasquez


Youth Link Board currently meets the second Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at City Hall, Room 1E-120.

Starting in the Fall 2019, the Board will meet the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at different locations throughout the City of Bellevue (includes community centers and high schools). Meeting locations for 2019-2020 will be announced.

The Youth Link Board does not meet in July or August.