Youth Advisory Council Member Profiles

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

Youth Advisory Council; Abbey


I am in 12th grade at Albany High School.  With Special Olympics I enjoy track, bowling, and swimming.  I also love to go horseback riding and enjoy reading.  I joined the Youth Advisory Council to make Children’s MN a more comfortable place for patients, families, visitors, and staff.

Youth Advisory Council member Angelina


Angelina is in 12th 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.


I am currently in the 10th grade.  Some school activities I enjoy are volleyball, softball, and mock trial.  I wanted to join the Youth Advisory Council because I want to be part of something that is important in bettering Children’s MN and making children feel comfortable here.


My name is Ean and I am in the 6th grade. I love trains, nature, learning about animals and horticulture (plants). Some things I enjoy are riding my bike and playing baseball! I am also in the “Lend A Hand” club at school, which focuses on kindness in schools and projects around the community. I decided to join the Youth Advisory Council because I want to help other kids have a positive experience during their stay at the hospital. I also feel it is important to share new ideas.

Youth Advisory Council; Elizabeth E.

Elizabeth E.

I’m in 10th 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.

Elizabeth S.

I am in the 9th grade and enjoy riding horses, swimming, and reading.  I joined this group because I wanted to help make change in the hospital.  By joining the Youth Advisory Council I hope to make a difference.

Youth Advisory Council member Finn


I go to South View Middle School and am in the 8th 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; Huda


I am in 9th grade this year.  I love photography and photoshop.  My favorite class is media literacy because I love to make videos and take photos!  The reason I joined this group is to help improve the hospital for all people.


I am in 8th grade at VandenBerge middle school and my favorite subjects are science and Algebra 1.  I am also in Honor Society and am a WEB leader.  Outside of school I am a figure skater and I fundraise for Children’s MN! 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; Karenna


Karenna is in 12th grade this year.  She enjoys volunteering, reading, and volunteering with children.  Karenna also plays the violin and viola.  “I want to be a child life specialist and joining the Youth Advisory Council was a way for me to have a voice and impact patients’ lives while I am still in high school.”

Brunette girl smiling at camera


Hi!  I’m Kinzie.  I’m in 12th grade and I joined the Youth Advisory Council to help kids have a better stay at the hospital.  In my free time I work at a coffee shop.  I also helped to start one at my school.


I am in 8th grade at St. John the Baptist.  I am in Boy Scouts and enjoy tennis and basketball.  I joined YAC to make it a better experience for others at Children’s MN.


Murray is in 6th grade and loves to build with LEGOS!  “I have something called CF and I want to help other kids with CF and anyone else that has to come to the hospital.”


I go to Jefferson and pride myself in being dedicated to my academics (B+ and higher).  I am on the varsity bowling team.  I am also in band and play the trombone as well as the piano.  I really like science.  I joined YAC because my brother has medical stuff and I wanted to help improve the hospital.


I’m in the 7th grade.  I play the violin and enjoy playing volleyball.  In the summer I am on a swim team.  I enjoy cooking and spending time with friends and my dog.  I have been to the hospital a few ties and thought joining YAC was a way to make the hospital experience better for everyone.


Parker is in 10th grade this year. He likes to play football, baseball and fencing, and enjoys reading, math and science. He plays 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 wanna help kids get through it.”



I am a softmore in 10th grade. 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.


I go to the St. Paul Conservatory for the Performing Arts where I study guitar.  I love snowboarding, playing lacrosse, and of course music.  I decided to join the Youth Advisory Council because I love Children’s MN and wanted to give back.

Youth Advisory Council; Sophia


I’m Sophia. I am in the 10th 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.


I am in the 5th grade and love BMX and playing football.  I joined the Youth Advisory Council to help others.