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Cibola High School student selected for Governor's Youth Commission

CHS StudentCibola High School senior Angelo Villa was selected to serve in the Arizona’s Governor’s Youth Commission (GYC) for the 2023-24 school year. 

The GYC is a diverse body of Arizona high school students from across the state working to identify and address the greatest challenges facing Arizona’s youth through innovative community impact projects with young leaders across the state, and advising Governor Katie Hobbs.

“I am very excited to be selected for such an essential role in the Arizona Governor's Youth Commission,” Vila said. “I know it is hard to be recognized and get into. This makes me incredibly proud of myself and the people I have constantly around me; making sure I push myself. Being able to work alongside many like-minded young people who have a passion for wanting to impact Arizona and our community positively is a huge opportunity. I am truly honored and grateful to be able to contribute my ideas and skills to help shape policies that will benefit our youth and our community.”

Villa will serve in the Drug and Substance Abuse sub-committee and meet with fellow commissioners on a bi-weekly basis as well as Quarterly Commission Meetings.

“Angelo is a big picture thinker,” CHS School Counselor Andrea Hauck said. “He is an excellent communicator and enjoys hearing different perspectives on topics as they relate to his own life and the state of Arizona. I know his kind and relatable demeanor, coupled with his open mind, will serve this Commission authentically. There is no doubt he will represent Cibola High School and the City of Yuma in the most positive light.”   

Hundreds of students apply to join every year and only 40-50 are selected to serve as Commissioners.

“I'm looking forward to being able to help Arizona and my community, showing others what hard work can do for everyone,” Villa added.  “While in the substance abuse group, I can offer my perspective and gain new perspectives. By expanding my knowledge in subjects and areas, I need to familiarize myself with. I believe the commission will allow me to use my voice on the Substance Abuse sub-committee, which I am very excited about. I am eager to be part of a smaller group that will directly impact making positive changes.”


Christian Magana