With one teen currently serving, young people encouraged to apply to community boards


Leona Teten is a 17-year-old senior at the Bronx High School of Science, the specialized school known as Bronx Science. The Spuyten Duyvil resident isn’t old enough to vote for president, or even her local councilmember, but she can vote on her local community board.

Teten is the youngest community board member currently serving in the Bronx, according to Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson’s office.

“The thing that most appealed to me was getting my voice heard,” Teten told the Bronx Times. “Because, I mean, I can’t vote. And it was just an avenue in which I could actually speak up, and speak about issues that affected me, and actually have an impact, which I wouldn’t really get if I was, I don’t know, tweeting.”