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 11th 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 11th 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.

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Carter is in 11th 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.

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My name is Ean and I am in the 5th 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 9th 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 8th grade.  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 7th 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 8th 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.

YAC Member Julia

Julia H.

“I’m in 12th grade at Hopkins High. I do ballet and play violin in the school orchestra. I was a Girl Scout from 1st grade to 9th.  I also love to read. This is my 6th 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; Julia P.

Julia P.

I go to Vandenberge Middle School and am in 7th grade. My favorite subjects are math and English. 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; 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.”

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Kinzie is in 11th 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.

Youth Advisory Council; Murray


Murray is in 5th 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.”

Youth Advisory Council; Nate


My name is Nate. I am in the 12th 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; Noah


Youth Advisory Council; Olympia


I am in the 6th 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.

Youth Advisory Council; Parker


Parker is in 9th 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.”

Youth Advisory Council; Rachel


I am in 9th 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.

Youth Advisory Council; Ryleigh


I began snowboarding when I was 3 years old and have done it ever since!  I also enjoy playing soccer and lacrosse.  Theatre is also something I participate in as well.  I joined YAC  because I have been in and out of the hospital for the past year and wanted to help better the experience for other kids.

Youth Advisory Council; Sophia


I’m Sophia. I am in the 9th 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.

Youth Advisory Council member Yesica


Yesica is 17 years old and in the 12th 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.