Ally is in 8th grade. She enjoys swimming, reading, drawing, and anything related to dogs. In fact, she was so inspired by the Therapy Dog teams at Children's, that she is currently training her own dog for therapy work. After spending a lot of time at Children's, Ally hopes to help make Children's a better place for the children who have to visit here.
Aly is a high school junior this year. She is on the dance team at her high school. Aly likes to hang out with friends and bake. She joined the Youth Advisory Council because she had such a great experience at Children's when her brother and sister were in the hospital. "Everyone was so nice and helpful." Aly wants to help everyone to have that same experience.
Daniela is in 9th grade this year. She is athletic and enjoys basketball, soccer and loves science. Daniela joined the Youth Advisory Council to help Children's be a better place for children to stay when they need to come to the hospital.
Espen is a 6th grade student and unicyclist in Circus Juventas. He speaks German and Norweigian (in addition to English!), and likes to draw and read. "I want to help make a stay at the hospital more enjoyable for others."
Jacob is in 12th grade this year. He enjoy Legos and collecting cards. Jacob loves playing video games and hanging out with friends. He enjoys baseball and hockey. Jacob joined the Youth Advisory Council because he wanted to help kids in need in the hospital. He has a lot of experience as a patient here and wants to make it better for future patients. "I want to make sure the kids here have a fun time."
Jacob's favorite quotes from his life are: "Work hard, play hard." and also, "Always look look at your glass half full and not half empty."
Katelyn is a senior in high school. She enjoys soccer, basketball, and loves to read. Katelyn is involved with Student Council. She is the president of the National Honor Society at her school. She is also part of Student Mentors. Katelyn also started a foundation called Blankets for a Brighter Day that provides blankets for patients at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in Minneapolis. "I joined the Youth Advisory Council so I could help make other patients stays a little more fun, and less stressful."
Mark is in 12th grade and enjoy watching football and baseball. He is also interested in medical careers. "I joined the Youth Advisory Council to make Children's a better hospital for everyone who comes here." Mark's favorite quotes in his life were :"The only place where success comes before work, is in the dictionary" and "Live every day on this earth like it's your last." as well as "When life gives you lemons, you make apple juice. This quote doesn't make sense and neither does life."
Mason is 13 years old and attends Central Middle School in Eden Prairie. He has been in a Spanish Immersion program for the past 7 years. He wanted to be part of the Youth Advisory Council to share the sibling perspective of care at Children's. His little sister Katie, was born extremely prematurely. She wieghed just 1 pound and was hospitalized for 99 days. Mason is in his 2nd year with YAC and enjoys making a positive difference for patients and families served at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. I also did my Eagle project for Scouts at Children's Hospital.
Mike is in the 9th grade this year. His interests and hobbies include magic, engineering, and golf. Mike joined the Youth Advisory Council to help make the hospital a less scary place for kids. Mike's favorite quote when he was in the hospital was "Tough times never last, but tough people do!!!" also, "Hey watch the hair-do, BALD IS BEAUTIFUL!!!!"
Oliver is in 9th grade this year. He plays soccer and would like to try lacrosse. Oliver likes video games and living life on the edge. "I joined the Youth Advisory Council to make the hospital a more comfortable place to stay."
Olivia is a junior this year! Her hobbies include playing adaptive soccer, floor hockey and softball. Olivia loves hanging out with my friends and family. "I joined the Youth Advisory Council because I've spent a lot of time in the hospital and I wanted to make it better for everyone else who comes here to Children's."
Tafari is in 8th grade. He likes to read Greek mythology. Tafari is in his school's choir and is in the National Junior Honor Society. "I'm looking forward to sharing my ideas with the hospital."
Taly is 14 and from Roseville. She is in 8th grade this year. Taly loves science, tennis, and theater. Her favorite smell is a newly opened can of tennis balls! "It means a lot to me to be part of the Youth Advisory Council. I want everyone to have the best stay possible! When I can help by sharing about my time spent here it makes me very happy to dedicate my time here. I want everyone to see Children's and think of it as the only place they would want to take their child. I believe that the Youth Advisory Council helps make that happen.
Will is in 10th grade. He enjoys playing soccer and basketball as well as tennis after school. He also plays Ultimate Frisbee!!! Will joined the Youth Advisory Council to be part of a group to help other people.
Yesica is in 6th grade this year. She really likes to write poetry and dance. Yesica enjoys volunteering here at Children's and other hospitals to help children in need. She joined the Youth Advisory Council because it sounded fun and she wanted to give back to the children here.