Youth Council

In keeping with the vision and values of the Epicenter, it is essential that youth input and feedback be weaved into every aspect of our programming. The Youth Council allows the opportunity to pair this feedback mechanism with a clear leadership development opportunity. Youth Council receives mentorship from the Epicenter Youth Advocates.


Youth Council Bio


Summer Wilkie

Hello all! My name is Summer Wilke. I moved to Monterey County in 2006 when I was about ten years old. Five years later I was placed into foster care of my own accord because I wanted a better life for myself. I wanted to be different than my parents and the environment I grew up in. Shortly after being placed in my first foster home I got involved in CYC where I made some lifelong friends and gained a support system. The longer I spent in the system the more I realized how badly reform was needed. Now at 22 years old, I’m at a place where I feel like I can use my experience to help others. I hope that by being a support staff at the Epicenter that I can make a positive impact on the youth of my community as a role model.

Currently, I am taking a break from Hartnell, but plan to return soon so that I can transfer to CSUMB where I will obtain a degree in Business and Accounting. After my fiancé, Gunnar, and I are done with school we plan on becoming foster parents.

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” – Henry David Thoreau

Alexa Villalobos

Hi, my name is Alexa Villalobos. I was born in Salinas, Ca and grew up in both Salinas and Greenfield. My sister and I were placed in foster care in 2005. We did not have a very good experience in the system, we lived in about five different homes. Meanwhile, my parents were both fighting for custody. In 2011, my mom won full custody of my sister and I. As of right now, I am 17 years old going to Hartnell College to get my General Ed done. I plan to transfer to either San Jose State, Sacramento State or Christian University called William Jessup University. I want to become a Speech Pathologist and specialize with who have autism.

Rosa Anaya, a founder of the Epicenter, was who brought my attention to working here. I am part of the youth council; basically what we do is educate, uplift, and empower any youth who may need it. A goal I intend to accomplish is to help families who don’t get the help they need for their children with autism. As I grew older I realized I wanted to help people in as many ways as I can because of the childhood I had. Another important goal I want to achieve is to become a missionary. Becoming a speech pathologist I believe will open the doors for me to travel to places where unfortunately children don’t get the proper care.

For I know that thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. -Jeremiah 29:11