Youth leadership and governance is central to the Mythos Challenge. The council works on competition creation, judging, community outreach, and event planning. The Mythos Challenge is by youth and for youth digital design challenge.

The Youth Council will host several "Meet the Mythos Council" events in Spring for youth to join the Council.  We will launch the Challenge in Summer with game jams and workshops, and in Fall, we have our big Awards Party to play games, apps, and stories.

Enroll here!

May 21st, 1-3pm: Join the 2017 Youth Council

For students grades 7-12. Please RSVP online

Each year, the Mythos Challenge invites Oregon youth to create a digital app, story, or game inspired by a theme. Meet the Mythos Youth Council and join to become a leader in digital innovation, community building, and social change with the 2017 Mythos Challenge.

  • Learn about the Challenge and invent a theme
  • Play winning games, stories, and apps from prior Mythos Challenges
  • Free pizza and drinks
  • Learn about social justice through art works from your Portland Art Museum collection
  • Tour the Object Stories exhibition to discover techniques for highlighting community voices with Kristin Bayans, Manager of Interpretive Media.

If you can't join us Sunday, apply to become a Council Member online: http://www.mythoschallenge.com/youth-council/ or by email.

2014_15 Youth Council

Founding Members of the Mythos Youth Council

(Bottom) Mia, Jocyln, Lucy, Maggie, Monica, Jarren  (Top) Priya, Denise, Wolfie, Noah, Teresa

The Current Youth Council

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Aidan Lopez

Age:15
Role: Youth Council Member

What's something you're passionate about?Programming
What kind of music do you like?
Pop, hip hop, musical theater songs.
What's your favorite animal?
A cat.
What's your favorite game?
The Legend of Zelda.
What's something most people don't know about you?
I’m ambidextrous.
Why do you work on the Challenge?
Because it looks like a gateway to many opportunities, and also looks fun.

Allen Jennings

Age: 15
Role: Youth Council Member

What's something you're passionate about?
I am passionate about the advancement, accessibility and overall quality of new technologies. 
What kind of music do you like?
My favorite type of music is electronic, because I find the diverse, plethora of artists interesting. 
What's your favorite animal?
My favorite animal would have to be a dog, because they are loyal. 
What's your favorite game?
My favorite types of games are strategic. Some examples of these include Monopoly and Clue. 
What's something most people don't know about you?
Something most people do not know about me is that I am for the most part a self taught programmer. 
Why do you work on the Challenge?
I wanted to work on the Mythos challenge to help other youth improve their technological skills.

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Max Fu

Age: 16
Role: Youth Council Member

What's something you're passionate about?Science.
What kind of music do you like?
Instrumental, electro swing.
What's your favorite animal?
Corgi.
What's your favorite game?
League of legends.
What's something most people don't know about you?
I love cooking.
Why do you work on the Challenge?
It felt interesting.

Mia Dalton

Age: 16
Role: Youth Council Member

What's something you're passionate about?Political science.
What kind of music do you like?
Sort of a mix of everything... mainly classic rock with a bit of alt & pop.
What's your favorite animal?
Definitely the peregrine falcon. did you know they are the fastest organism that we know of? over three times faster than a cheetah when they dive to catch prey!
What's your favorite game?
Pirateer because my family loves to get really into it even though it's really only a very simple board game.
What's something most people don't know about you?
I ice skate!
Why do you work on the Challenge?
Because the STEM fields are expanding as technology improves and by encouraging kids, particularly girls, to get started on this career path, we are shaping what the demographics of this occupation will look like. As coding is relatively new, perhaps this will give us a chance to help create a job where there is equal pay for women (not to get political, but you must have read my first answer to get down here). Additionally, it's great to see kids of all genders, as well as backgrounds, come together to create something that is purely for having fun: a game.

Monica Lopez

Age:16
Role:Youth Council MemberWhat's something you're passionate about?

I enjoy reading, and baking.
What kind of music do you like?
I like a variety of music including, classical, jazz, and indie pop.
What's your favorite animal?
I love dogs, hedgehogs, and everything furry and cute!
What's your favorite game?
My current favorite game right now is Animal Crossing New Leaf. I've been playing games from that series since I was five.
What's something most people don't know about you?
I play oboe in my school's Wind Symphony.
Why do you work on the Challenge?
I like watching everything come together over time. It's really interesting to see ideas transform into concrete events.

Noah Hildebrand

Age:16
Role:Youth Council Member

What's something you're passionate about?
I am passionate about my art.
What kind of music do you like?
Instrumental.
What's your favorite animal?
Sloths.
What's your favorite game?
Zelda.
What's something most people don't know about you?
I took fencing classes when I was 14.
Why do you work on the Challenge?
It is fun to hang out with friends to create something together.

Semeredin Kundin

Age: 17
Role: Youth Council Member

What's something you're passionate about?
I'm passionate about helping others and assisting the community in anyway I can.
What kind of music do you like?
Blues/Jazz, and Hip Hop.
What's your favorite animal?
Cheetah.
What's your favorite game?
Assassin's Creed Unity.
What's something most people don't know about you?
I enjoy reading.
Why do you work on the Challenge?
The objective of the challenge is for youth to implement their creative thinking into an entertaining story or game, and developing the challenge allows me to be civically active in the community while positively influencing youth.

Youth Adult Facilitators

Jarren Jennings

Age:21
Role:Youth Adult Facilitator

What's something you're passionate about?
I'm really passionate about my stories. I have a lot of characters, stories, and worlds, and I want to make them into games or other media.
What kind of music do you like?
Recently I've been very into Soft Hip-Hop.
What's your favorite animal?
Bees! (please save them)
What's your favorite game?
Undertale is my favorite game right now. But I play a lot of games, so that will probably be contested sooner or later.
What's something most people don't know about you?
I've tried a lot of musical instruments and lessons in the past, but none of them really clicked and I eventually dropped out of using them. I'm really interested in the idea of learning to make music, but I haven't yet found the time, patience, or medium to get me to stick with it. (One day...)
Why do you work on the Challenge?
I want to help kids inspired by games, make games, and keep creating those games for years to come. That's what the Mythos Challenge is about at it's core, and I want to help that vision become a success.

Jude Perez

Age:25
Role:Youth-Adult Facilitator

What's something you're passionate about?
On my spare time I volunteer, bike, go on nature adventures, and spend time with my pup and loved ones.  I'm very passionate about accomplishing personal growth while helping as many people as I can.  
What kind of music do you like?
Right now some of my favorite musicians include Grimes, Emery, and Kali Uchis.  It really depends on what I'm in the mood for and what I can sing along to.
What's your favorite animal?
My pup, Haunter!  Yes, he's named after the Pokemon.
What's your favorite game?
It might always be a tie between Bioshock, Journey, and Kingdom Hearts.  
What's something most people don't know about you?
Some people don't know that I used to have a pet squirrel when I was a kid.
Why do you work on the Challenge?
I'm very committed to youth leadership.  They are our future and we have so much to learn from them.