Mayor's Youth Leadership Council (MYLC)

MYLC Website under construction ....



We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility.

It's easy to say " Its not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem."

Then there are those who see the need and respond.

I consider those people my heroes.

Fred Rogers

The mission of the Mayor's Youth Leadership Council (MYLC) is to promote safe schools and communities. It is one of the largest youth activism organizations in Connecticut.

MYLC uses three approaches to address social issues: public awareness activities, volunteer programs and social change campaigns. Through this model to educate and, if necessary, confront people and institutions about oppression, injustice and/ or human indignity.   We have 3 MYLC chapters at Stamford High School, Westhill High School and AITE.

Public Awareness & Activism Activities- Educate the public and sharpen member's advocacy skills

Volunteer programs- Adds real faces to our work and must support one of our social issues.

Social Change Campaigns- influence policies, laws and/or the way people think about an issue.

MYLC Issues 

Mental Health

Sexual Harassment/Assault

Teen Dating Violence


Rights of Immigrants


Mental Illness- A diagnosable illness that affects a person thinking, emotional state, and behavior as well as disrupts the persons ability to work or carry out other daily activities and engage is satisfying personal relationships.

  • Nearly 1 in 5 (20%) children & youth are affected by a mental disorder.
  • Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for all young people
  • Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for all young people, more than cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza and chronic lung disease combined.

For more information, please contact:

Bob Kocienda

Program Coordinator

Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council @ SHS

Stamford Youth Services Bureau

888 Washington Blvd.

Stamford, CT 06901


Justin LaBaire

Special Projects Coordinator

 Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council @ WHS

Stamford Youth Services Bureau

888 Washington Blvd.

Stamford, CT 06901


Laurie Graziano

Program Coordinator

Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council @ A.I.T.E

Stamford Youth Services Bureau

888 Washington Blvd.

Stamford, CT 06901

Who to talk to if you or someone you know is dealing with a mental health condition.

1. Talk to a family member or friends.

2. Talk to a teacher, guidance counselor, administrator, school nurse, coach, or one of WHS, SHS, and AITE school social workers or psychologists.

Mental Health Resources:


Theresa TelescoPsychologistWHS-Freshman
Jeanne CarrilloSocial WorkerWHS-Freshman
Juan PazminoSocial WorkerWHS-Freshman
Judy QuinnPsychologistWHS-Raynor
Mary CurleySocial WorkerWHS- Raynor
Alexis SchwachSocial WorkerWHS-Raynor

Jen Devito

Social WorkerWHS-Student Based Health
Barbara BollerPsychologistStamford High

Rachel Bria

PsychologistStamford High School203-977-5045

Dominika Pellegrini 

PsychologistStamford High

Leslie Chapman

Social Worker

Stamford High

Megan Holz

Social WorkerStamford High

Christine Viala

Social WorkerStamford High

Jim Cooney

Social WorkerStamford High
Linda WielandPsychologistA.I.T.E
Dana WestrupSocial WorkerA.I.T.E

What to Do In an Emergency?-Call 911

Call 911 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger. Notify the operator that it is a psychiatric emergency and ask for an officer trained to help people with a mental health condition.


Suicide Prevention Lifeline- 1-800-273-Talk (8255)

24 hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. You call is routed to the nearest crisis center in that national network of 150+ crisis centers.


Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS) Crisis Intervention Services- Call 211

2-1-1 is a toll-free, confidential service connecting people to the health and human services they need. When you call 2-1-1 for help with a youth in crisis, you will be connected with EMPS Crisis Intervention Service.


Crisis Text Line- Send text to 741-741

You text 741-741 when in crisis. Anywhere, anytime.

A live, trained crisis counselor receives the text and responds quickly.

The crisis counselor helps you move from a hot moment to a cool calm to stay safe and healthy using effective active listening and suggested referrals- all through text message using Crisis Text Line’s secure platform.


Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

The helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention and recovery in English and Spanish.