Youth Advisory Council Member Profiles

Here are profiles of the kids currently on the Youth Advisory Council (YAC).

Youth Advisory Council member Abbey

Abbey

Hi my name is Abbey and I am in the 10th grade.  I like reading, swimming, track, and bowling.  I decided to join the Youth Advisory Council to help kids and families be comfortable in the hospital and with the staff.  Lastly, I want to help kids with illnesses be as comfortable as possible when here at Children’s.

YAC Member Andrew

Andrew

Andrew is a 12th grader who likes to snowboard and play golf. He joined the Youth Advisory Council so he could help the hospital with what they need.

Youth Advisory Council member Angelina

Angelina

Angelina is in 10th grade. She is into art, reading, and photography. She joined Children’s Youth Advisory Council to help kids feel more comfortable at the hospital since she knows how they feel.

Youth Advisory Council member Carter

Carter

Carter is in 10th grade. “I’m in high school. I’m in band, I play the trumpet. I enjoy swimming and I love history.” Carter joined YAC to make Children’s a more comfortable place for patients.

Youth Advisory council member Elizabeth

Elizabeth E.

I’m in 8th grade at Justice Page School. I wanted to join the Youth Advisory Council because I saw what you did and what you actually made happen.

Youth Advisory Council member Elizabeth S.

Elizabeth S.

I love swimming and horseback riding and am in the 7th grade.  By joining the Youth Advisory Council I hope to make a difference.

Emma - YAC Profile photo

Emma

My name is Emma.  I am in the 11th grade at Lakeville South High School.  My activities include adaptive sled hockey and swimming, as well as adaptive soccer and adaptive softball.  I decided to join the Youth Advisory Council to meet new people and help out any way that I can!

Youth Advisory Council member Espen

Espen

Espen is a 12th 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.”

Youth Advisory Council member Finn

Finn

I go to South View Middle School and am in the 6th grade.  I am in the school choir and like to read and write.  I joined YAC because I want to make the hospital a better place.

Youth Advisory Council member Isabeau

Isabeau

I am going to be a senior at Central High School, but I am a full-time PSEO student at St. Paul College.  I have been taking Chinese traditional dance since I was 3.5 years old.  When I graduate I hope to go to the University of Minnesota and become a premed student.  I love to travel whenever I can get the chance.  I’ve lived in New Zealand, China, Rwanda, Australia, and the USA.  I hope to add more to the list!  I have been a patient with Children’s off and on for the past 15 years of my life and I really wanted to see if I could somehow get involved with Children’s and give back to them.  I’ve volunteered at Children’s St. Paul location at their Welcome Center and now I’m excited to start helping Children’s in an even more internal and long-lasting way.  I heard about this opportunity from my aunt Kelley, who is a PACU nurse at Children’s Minneapolis.  She knew I wanted to get more involved with Children’s and told me to apply.  I immediately did that, and I’m so eager to get started.

YAC Member Julia

Julia H.

“I’m in 11th grade at Hopkins High. I do ballet and play violin in the school orchestra. I’ve been a Girl Scout since 1st grade and I love to read. This is my 5th year on the Council. I joined YAC after my 5th major surgery in the new CVCC at Children’s. I wanted to help other kids have good experiences even in tough times. “

Youth Advisory Council member Julia P

Julia P.

I go to Vandenberge Middle School and am in 6th grade. My favorite subjects are math and science. I really like to figure skate in my spare time! I joined the Youth Advisory Council because I thought it would be a fun way to meet other people that have been with Children’s before. What I really love about this group is that we get to meet so many people that are really important and get to be part of so many fun activities! I got to meet Bob Bonar, Erin Curtis, and even my doctor Stephen Kurachek! We got to go to the Capital and be on Kid’s Clubhouse with the Dude! Most importantly I love that we represent the kids voices here at Children’s Minnesota!

Youth Advisory Council member Kinzie

Kinzie

Kinzie is in 10th grade this year in River Falls, Wisconsin. She really likes pottery, archery and guitar. Kinzie loves to draw and read in her free time. She joined the Youth Advisory Council to help kids to have a better stay at the hospital.

YAC Member Mason

Mason

Mason is a 18 year old high school Junior at Eden Prairie High School.  He has been in a Spanish Immersion program for the past 11 years. “My favorite sport is football.” He plays linebacker and running back. 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 weighed just 1 pound and was hospitalized for 99 days. Mason is in his 7th year with YAC and enjoys making a positive difference for patients and families served at Children’s. “I also did my Eagle project for Scouts at Children’s Hospital.”

Youth Advisory Council member Nate

Nate

My name is Nate. I am in the 11th grade this year and enjoy baseball and basketball. I joined the Youth Advisory Council to help improve the hospital for not only patients but their families and friends visiting them.  I also heard about all the great things the council was doing in the hospital and wanted to be a part of helping out the hospital.

Youth Advisory Council member Olympia

Olympia

I am in the 5th grade.  I love volleyball, soccer, tennis, biking, jumping on my trampoline, reading, writing, socializing and playing my ukulele.  I joined because I like to help others and collaborate with people who are friendly.  I think people need to have a marvelous experience outside and inside the hospital.

YAC Member Parker

Parker

Parker is in 8th grade this year. He likes to play baseball and fencing, and enjoys reading, math and science. He plays Trombone in band. “I also have three dogs and one turtle. I want to help kids that were struggling with their cancers or sicknesses. I know what it feels like and I wanna help kids get through it.”

Youth Advisory Council member Rachel

Rachel

I am in 8th grade this year. I love singing, acting, reading and am at Circus Juventas. I joined the Youth Advisory Council on the encouragement of the nurses since I had been at the hospital for a while.  I wanted to have my input help the hospital.

Sophia - YAC Member profile

Sophia

I’m Sophia. I am in the 8th grade at St. Agnes in St. Paul. My favorite subject is Latin. I have many interests. I play pointguard in basketball, outfield and second base in softball. I enjoy ballet, drawing, painting, fishing, and waterskiing. My absolute favorite sport is downhill ski racing! I joined the Youth Advisory Council because Tom invited me after my three week recovery after a surgery. I said yes because I thought I would have good feedback because I’ve visited just about every department.

Youth Advisory Council member Yesica

Yesica

Yesica is 16 years old and in the 11th grade this year.  She loves dancing and learning about other people’s inspiring stories.  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 was her way of giving back because Children’s has done so much for her taking care of her with her type 1 diabetes.