Sonya Chaudry, of Redwood City, a senior at Summit Preparatory Charter High School, joined the San Mateo County Youth Commission in the Fall of 2007, and from her first moments showed the initiative of an articulate and passionate leader. She was eager to volunteer for opportunities to get involved and to share her thoughts and was elected Vice-President of the commission in her first year. Sonya immediately became a leader in pushing forward the voice of youth in the County and following up on the Adolescent Report of 2007. She became one of the key committee members of focusing on the development of more job training programs for youth who are not on a college path and also took on the leadership role of guiding the action steps and planning process, as she possesses the unique ability to motivate her peers to step up to higher responsibilities. Last year when the San Mateo County Youth Commission renewed its relationship with the Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council, Sonya was selected to take on this coveted position. She also helped present the results of the Youth Commission project concerning Comprehensive Sex Education and More Job Training for Youth recommendations for 2007 to the Board of Supervisors. As Executive Board president of the Youth Commission in her second and final year, Sonya has worked diligently on the groundbreaking Bill of Rights for Youth and Children on San Mateo County. This resilient young woman is also a member of the foster care system and has continuously demonstrated impressive fortitude and courage. By her passion and commitment we can see but a glimpse of what will certainly be a bright and promising future of contributions to our community and our world.