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Based in the Bay Area, the Youth Public Policy Institute aims
to give students the resources and initiative to make change

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Fully led by students with the help of mentors, we aim to fight for causes closest to us.

Diverse Issues

Housing five operational commissions, we are working towards a variety of issues we are passionate about!

Hands On Approach

We make concrete change in our areas of interest, whether through drafting policy resolutions, backing projects, or presenting to school boards.

Dedicated Team

Consisting of students across the Bay Area, our team works together to make our community a better place.

Our History

Founded in 2018 by students in Sunnyvale, YPPI took off under the sponsorship of former Sunnyvale Vice-Mayor Nancy Smith. YPPI was integral in many projects, most notably the instating of the HAERT Program, a preventative mental wellness curriculum, within Lynbrook High School.

With each new cohort, YPPI re-evaluates policy priorities to continue to speak up for issues relevant to youth.

Our Commissions

Our Commissions

With five commissions and counting, our student groups are working toward change in multiple categories

Mental Health

Our Mental Health commission aims to change the stigma around mental health through projects within school districts.


The Environmental commission focuses on drafting and supporting policy resolutions regarding our environment.

Senior Advocacy

The Senior Advocacy commission works to maintain and bolster community connections with senior citizens.

Project AAR

Project AAR aims to raise awareness surrounding student sexual misconduct and reform Title IX education.

Social Justice

Our Social Justice commission seeks to break down racial barriers through projects within schools.

Meet Our Team

Get to know our group of dedicated high school students along with supportive mentors and sponsors!


Nancy Smith



Alan Jian

President, Environmental Chair


Allison Hsu

Vice President


Aneesh Ramanathan



Kimaya Pantvaidya

Environmental Chair


Ruhee Jain

Mental Health Chair


Ritu Belani

Senior Advocacy Chair


Victoria Senderzon

Social Justice Chair


Sanjog Dhillon

Tech Officer


Richard Lim

PR Officer


Nickol Georgy

Mental Health Chair


Sara Tatke

Project AAR Chair

Madhavan Anbuchelvan
Former YPPI President, 2019

"The day I attended my first orientation at YPPI I knew that the people I would be working with share the same passion for helping the community as I do"

Kaushik Tota
Former YPPI President, 2020

"My experience at YPPI from being a policy advocate to serving as president has taught me the importance of being involved in my community"

Aditya Manikonda
Former YPPI Vice President, 2020

"Being a part of YPPI has given me so many skills in writing and advocacy that I plan to use for the rest of my life"


Check out some of the articles on our commissions!


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Vice Mayor, Sunnyvale Youth Join Forces To Protect And Ensure Funding For At Risk Seniors During COVID-19 Lockdown

New club aims to reform sexual assault education

Project AAR hopes to expand FUHSD's sexual harassment and assault education...
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Sunnyvale Youth Public Policy Institute raises awareness about mental health

Group’s new podcast, Uncertain Tips, discusses maintaining mental health during a pandemic.

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Contact Us

We are always looking for new members, partnership opportunities, and guest speakers! Feel free to email us with inquiries!