Irene Once



Irene serves as the secretary for Let Youth Lead (LYL) – a youth advisory think tank for Waterbury Bridge to Success (BTS) Community Partnership.

In her role, they are responsible for centering young people’s lived experiences and expertise to generate new ideas that push forward the BTS mission & vision to ‘Build, Transform & Sustain’ Waterbury’s children, youth, and families in school, career, and life.

It is Irene’s vision for LYL to be recognized and expand statewide to advocate and implement change to social issues. Irene is a Waterbury Public School student. In their spare time, they like to listen to music, play tennis, and bake.

Hear from Irene

“I am a part of Let Youth Lead (LYL) because I want to make a change in the community and ensure that youth have the tools to create an impact.”

Meet Let Youth Lead

Our talented team of dedicated youth come from diverse backgrounds, skill sets and strengths. Together, they are dedicated to generating new ideas to build youth power in Waterbury.