YAC Membership

Where Youth Come Together to Support and Advance Public Transportation in the Greater Philadelphia Area
Meet Current MembersLearn How to Join

YAC Officers

Benjamin Aitoumeziane

Benjamin Aitoumeziane

Chair - he/him

  • B.A. Economics, B.A. Political Science, Temple University, Class of 2020
  • Member since December 2019
  • Hometown: Rogers, AR
  • Interested in transit equity, sustainable cities, and public policy.
Leah Martino, EIT

Leah Martino, EIT

Vice-Chair - she/her

  • Temple University, B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Class of 2020
  • Member since August 2020
  • Hometown: Doylestown, PA
  • Interested in green cities, sustainable infrastructure, and urban equity. Focuses on the importance of sustainability from a triple-bottom-line lens: environmental, economic, and social sustainability.
Herveline Auguste

Herveline Auguste

Executive Secretary - she/her

  • Villanova University, B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Class of 2022
  • Member since January 2021
  • Hometown: Lansdowne, PA
  • Interested in transportation planning, intelligent transportation systems, universal design/ inclusive design, sustainable urban environments.
Jonathan Szeto

Jonathan Szeto

Member-At-Large - he/him

  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A. Earth and Environmental Science, B.A. Political Science, Class of 2022
  • Member since August 2020
  • Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Interested in indoor and outdoor air pollution, environmental/public health, and sustainable transportation.
Dariana Garcia

Dariana Garcia

Member-at-Large - she/her

  • Community College of Philadelphia, A.A. Liberal Arts, Class of 2021
  • Member since October 2020
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
  • Interested in urban equity, communications, and journalism.

YAC Members

Nile Ward

YAC Member - he/him

  • Drexel University, B.S. Mechanical Engineering
  • Member since November 2017
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
  • Interested in vehicle engineering/sustainability
Markus Bowie

Markus Bowie

YAC Member - he/him

  • Parkway Center City High School, Class of 2017
  • Member since October 2016
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
  • Focuses on the City Transit Division vehicle procurement and logical service planning.
Frankie Silvers

Frankie Silvers

YAC Member - they/them

  • Haverford College, B.S. Astrophysics, B.A. History, Class of 2022
  • Member since March 2019
  • Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
  • Focused on outreach to and accessibility for marginalized communities, sustainability projects, and working with urban policy and movement building initiatives.
Liam McGrath

Liam McGrath

YAC Member - he/him

  • Drexel University, B.S. Civil Engineering, Class of 2023
  • Saint Joseph’s Prep, Class of 2018
  • Member since November 2019
  • Hometown: Havertown, PA
  • Interested in transit infrastructure, transit operation & maintenance, railroad history, and historical preservation.
Melody ✨

Melody ✨

YAC Member - they/them

  • Tech & Equity Advisor
  • Member since July 2016
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
  • Designs and develops ideas and digital tools to spread awareness for transit throughout the community.
Miles Taylor

Miles Taylor

YAC Member - he/him

  • University of Pennsylvania, Urban Studies, Class of 2022
  • Member since September 2018
  • Focused on improving bus service through intelligent redesign and scheduling, as well as enhancing SEPTA’s online presence to be more accurate and user-friendly.
Jason

Jason

YAC Member - he/him

  • Temple University, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2022
  • Member since January 2022
  • Hometown: Collegeville, PA
  • Interested in transit and urban equity, transit infrastructure, as well as transit and regional planning methods and policies.
Jemille Duncan

Jemille Duncan

YAC Member - he/him

  • Multicultural Academy Charter School, Class of 2022
  • Member since January 2022
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
  • Experienced government and public policy professional, campaign policy advisor, and writer.
Bradley Garber

Bradley Garber

YAC Member - he/him

  • Drexel University, B.S. Civil Engineering, Class of 2025
  • Member since January 2022
  • Hometown: Mays Landing, NJ
  • Interested in transit vehicle design, route planning, pedestrian safety, and ease-of-use for riders

Join the YAC!

The YAC is looking for dedicated young adults who will enjoy connecting high school and college students to the region’s public transit network!

 

We invite you to submit an application if you feel strongly about transit, are interested in representing young riders ages 14 – 22, and meet the following qualifications:

 

  • Be at least 16 years of age and no older than 23 years of age
  • Be a permanent resident of, a student in, or an employee working in, Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware or Chester Counties.
  • Provide proof of residence, enrollment, and/or employment in an eligible college (as applicable)
  • Have a commitment to collaborative engagement
  • Demonstrated experience with community volunteerism
  • Able to commit to attending weekly electronic meetings, monthly/quarterly in-person meetings, and to working on YAC Initiatives
  • Have an interest in visiting college campuses to engage students, distribute flyers, surveys, and SEPTA promotional materials
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Caution!

Don’t Lose Your Data! – Fill out the application in a text editor (such as Word, Notepad, or TextEdit) and copy/paste your responses. Doing so will ensure you don’t lose your work if you accidentally press the back button.