Michael is a native Houstonian and a current high school senior. He cares deeply for youth representation and voice. He has served on the UNICEF’s Child-Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) Youth Council, working to advance children’s rights and welfare and promote youth civic engagement in the city of Houston. Living in Houston poses unique weather-related issues, which prompted him and his fellow Youth Council members to create emergency preparedness materials that are accessible and understandable for youth and children in the city to educate and better understand disaster information, the risks posed to their communities, and how to prepare and respond to disasters, especially in vulnerable, underserved areas. In his leisure time, Michael enjoys spending time outdoors biking, working out in the gym, and detailing cars. He also enjoys cinematography and uses drones to capture sunsets, city skylines, and nature scenes.