Youth Advisory Council Member Profiles

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

Alex - Youth Advisory Council member


I am in 11th grade and love to ski. I joined YAC because I wanted to help make being a Children’s Minnesota the best experience possible for patients and their families.

Andrew - Youth Advisory Council member


I am in 10th grade at Minnetonka High School. I enjoy spending time outside with friends as well as helping with the Special Olympics at my school. I also enjoy watching the Twins every summer. I wanted to join YAC because I have spent a lot of time at the hospital and I look forward to making it a better place for others.

Cari - Youth Advisory Council member


I am in 12th grade. I play volleyball and softball. I have been coming to Children’s Minnesota since I was a kid, and some nurses I am close with told me about Youth Advisory Council. I always wanted to help kids be as comfortable and safe as I feel here. That is why I joined YAC – to make a difference.

Dahlia - Youth Advisory Council member


I am in 5th grade at Blake School. I love reading, playing tennis and horseback riding. I joined YAC because I wanted to make other people’s hospital experiences better. Especially for my little brother who inspired me to join.

Youth Advisory Council; Elizabeth E.

Elizabeth E.

I am in 12th grade at DeLaSalle High School. I enjoy reading and art. I play Ultimate Frisbee, and I like dogs. I wanted to join YAC because I think it’s really important to have patients’ perspectives when improving the hospital.

Elizabeth S.

I’m a junior and I love to work with animals – I’m a zoology nerd. I also love to swim. I wanted to join YAC to help make the hospital a better place for all.

Emmily - Youth Advisory Council member


I am in 12th grade at Apple Valley High School, where I play volleyball, tennis and golf. I joined YAC because I wanted to help other patients at Children’s Minnesota have a positive experience here like I was able to have.

Hashim - Youth Advisory Council member


I am in 9th grade. My interests are playing spots. I play basketball. I joined YAC because my mom told me it was interesting.

Julia - Youth Advisory Council member


I am 15 years old and a sophomore at Elk River High School. I love math and science. I am a figure skater at the Elk River arena. I started fundraising for Children’s Minnesota when I was seven. My favorite relaxing hobbies are reading, cuddling with my cats, and watching movies with my family. I was once a patient at Children’s Minnesota when I was five and my stay and experience had a big impact on me. I wanted to give back as much as I could so I started fundraising. When someone contacted me and my family about YAC, I was so excited for such an amazing opportunity to help continue making Children’s Minnesota a better place.


I go to Totino Grace. I’m in 10th grade and I like to play tennis. I joined the Youth Advisory Council to try to make the hospital more fun.


I am in 8th grade. I enjoy listening and reading books. I am not a huge sports person but I do robotics at my school. I joined YAC because I wanted to help the hospital and help make the patients’ stay better.


I like bowling, video games, piano, Boy Scouts, Bible camp, and animals that I’m not allergic to. I joined YAC because I wanted to improve hospital visits for siblings of patients. My older brother is a patient that goes to Children’s Minnesota. I am in 10th grade.


I’m Olympia, I’m in 9th grade. I spend lots of time with my friends and family. I love to play volleyball, play violin, swim, bike and stay busy and active. I like to cook, and like to bake with my family. On weekends, I really enjoy trying new coffee shops around the Twin Cities, and going to the dog park. I wanted to join the Youth Advisory Council because I regularly visit Children’s Minnesota, and I really enjoy working with a group of positive, smart youth all working towards the goal of making the hospital environment more enjoyable and convenient for patients. Hospitals aren’t a place you like to spend your time, but it’s important to have a good, safe environment for youth who need to be spending time in the hospitals and clinics.


I am in 11th grade this year. I like to play football, baseball and fencing, and enjoy reading, math and science. I play trombone in band. I also have three dogs. I want to help kids that were struggling with their cancers or sicknesses. I know what it feels like and I want to help kids get through it.


I am a junior this year. I enjoy Arial Circus, acting, singing, dancing, and Nordic skiing. 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.

Ryleigh - Youth Advisory Council member


I am a junior at St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. My favorite subject is science and I love film, music and dance. I wanted to join YAC because Children’s Minnesota was the place to validate my disorder and help me to begin treatment. I felt that it was important to give back and I love discussing the hospital from a youth’s perspective.

Youth Advisory Council; Sophia


I’m Sophia. I am in the 11th grade at St. Agnes in St. Paul. My favorite subject is choir. I have many interests. I play centerfield and short stop 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.

Westen - Youth Advisory Council member


I am in the 7th grade and like drawing, football and hockey. I joined YAC because I wanted to make the time spent at Children’s Minnesota better for kids.