Youth Community Involvement Task Force

Name Appointed By:
Mackenzie Hochman  
Valentina Nicoli  
Devica Shah  
Kailey Nunez  
Pablo Perez  
Tess Anderson  
Veronica Sanjurjo  
Natasha Benzadon  
Carolina Branco  
Minnie Ruzycki  
Natalie Knecht  
Lorenzo Vinueza  
Ella Foxworthy  
Lexi Blackwell  
Gianna Hutton  
Annabelle Aquila  
Hamzah Bouhouj  
Connor Nicoli  
Joni Furtwaengler  
Robert Hoel, Jr.  
Julia Bernarde  
  • Council Liaison:  Mayor Karyn Cunningham
  • Staff Liaison: Fanny Carmona, Parks & Recreation Director


The Youth Community Involvement Task Force or YCITF (formerly Youth Community Involvement Board) was created for the purpose of reviewing issues to related to the quality of life and recreational needs of the youth of the Village of Palmetto Bay. The YCITF is an established board to the Village Manager and is not subject to the public meetings law. The scope of the YCITF is as follows:

  1. Advise the Manager as to the quality of life and recreational needs of the youth of the Village. 
  2. Assist in the planning, promotion, and implementation of programs and services for youth and teens of the Village.
  3. Participate in Village events such as the Village picnic, Earth Week, and sponsored events, including but not limited to Relay for Life, and other events as determined to be appropriate. 
  4. Foster a greater involvement of youth and teens in municipal government and community service.


The Task Force will meet the second Tuesday of the month at 5 pm.   Please see the linked calendar on the menu to the left for more details.

Please note that pursuant to the Village of Palmetto Bay’s Declaration of COVID-19 Virus State of Emergency Order No. 2020-11, all Village Advisory Boards, Committees, Task Forces, Charter Officers, and staff shall continue to meet virtually. All virtual meetings shall comply with the Florida Constitution, Florida’s Government in the Sunshine Law, and Chapter 286, Florida Statutes. All dates and times are subject to change and may be cancelled due to a lack of a quorum. If a Special Council Meeting is called by the Village Council which conflicts with a meeting date/time established herein, the meeting of the board, committee, or task force shall be cancelled and rescheduled for another date and time, which shall be voted upon by a majority of the members and shall not be in conflict with other scheduled meetings of the Village.


Palmetto Bay's Declaration of COVID-19 Virus State of Emergency Order No. 2020-11 has been lifted. As such, all advisory boards, committees and task force groups will resume in person meetings starting June 1, 2022. All meetings will be audio-recorded, and written minutes will be maintained by the Office of the Village Clerk.

Members of the general public may provide public comments by continuing to use the online Public Comment Form, which will be read into the record, or may appear in person to provide public comments.

The meeting dates will remain the same as previously established for all volunteer groups.

For more information about upcoming meetings, please visit our online calendar.


Initial appointments shall be announced at the September regular council meeting.   Appointments to replace any vacancies may be made as needed. The YCITF shall consist of twenty-one (21) school students who reside within, are home schooled, or who attend public or private schools within the municipal limits of Palmetto Bay. Membership shall be limited to less than age twenty-one (21) at the beginning of the school year and members may remain at the end of the school year. Each member of the Village Council shall appoint three (3) students to serve on the YCITF , including the Mayor and Vice Mayor. Each Charter Officer shall appoint two members. A quorum shall be eleven members.

Meetings and Reports

Members shall meet regularly with the Director of Parks and Recreation and/or Special Events Coordinator or designee(s) to address the matters as defined in its scope. Staff assistance to the YCITF  shall be provided by the parks and recreation department. The Mayor shall select the Chair and Secretary for the YCITF  from the 21-member body, who shall be responsible for providing a written record of the proceedings of the Council that shall be regularly submitted to the Village Manager. The YCITF  shall prepare and present to the Village Manager meeting minutes as part of is written reports as well as may submit recommendations to the Village Manager as they deem appropriate. Members of the YCITF  shall serve without compensation.


The YCITF  shall not engage in political activity or expression in Village of Palmetto Bay municipal elections. No member of the Village Council or candidate for Village office may solicit any member of the YCITF  to participate in any municipal campaign.