Youth Commission

The Youth Commission is a nine member volunteer board, appointed by the Board of Selectmen to advocate for the needs of the youth and families of Westborough. The Youth Commission created Westborough Youth and Family Services (WYFS), in 1984. Since that time, WYFS has provided mental health and substance abuse counseling, prevention and education programs, information about mental health and substance abuse issues, and referrals to appropriate service providers for the residents of Westborough. WYFS takes an active role in the coordination of mental health and social services for the town.

The Department is staffed by a full-time Director, two part-time Counselors, a part-time Administrative Assistant, and a summer Youth Activities Coordinator. The Youth Commission meets monthly with the WYFS Director to guide the direction of the Department. Meetings are usually the second Monday of each month, September through June, at 7:30 p.m. in the Youth and Family Services office, on the second floor of the Central One Federal Credit Union, 40 South Street.

Commission members commit to attending monthly meetings for about 1 to 1.5 hours, to discuss direction for the department. In addition, Members attended town meeting, and usually one Advisory Finance Committee meeting and one Selectman’s meeting during the budget season, in the spring or occasionally, as other meetings or projects arise.

Further information may be obtained by calling or emailing the Director, John Badenhausen.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
John Badenhausen Director (508) 366-3090 x5245

Commission Members

Name Title
Judith Tully Chair (2019)
Patricia Ainsleigh Adult Member (2018)
Tim Barton Adult Member (2017)
Jennifer Lencioni Adult Member (2017)
Lauren Schiffman Adult Member (2019)
Campbell Brown Youth Member (2017)
Evan Frye Youth Member (2017)
Jayati Anand Youth Member (2018)
Sarah Whitaker Youth Member (2018)
Natalie Baillargeon Associate Member (2017)
Luara El-Dine Associate Member (2017)
Paris Ghazi Associate Member (2017)
Wonjae Jang Associate Member (2017)
Mridhu Khanna Associate Member (2017)
Cassidy Sams Associate Member (2017)