International Youth Advisory Board
Thousands of youth serve with YVC each year, and a small group of them are asked to serve YVC on a larger level on the International Youth Advisory Board (IYAB). The board meets in person at the YVC Summit in October then has monthly conference calls. IYAB focuses on providing a youth perspective to YVC Headquarters while also bringing new ideas back to their local YVC programs.
2016-2017 International Youth Advisory Board
Payton Beaumier – Sioux City, IA
My name is Payton Beaumier. I live in Sioux City, Iowa, and I will be a junior at West High School. I am the Vice President of my school’s student council, and I am a member of our National Honor Society and mentoring program. I do football cheerleading and am involved in my town's Mayor's Youth Commission. I have just been accepted into the State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council, and I am in the process of working with the ALS Association Iowa Chapter to form a youth council in Iowa. I enjoy planning events, watching Gilmore Girls, and reading everything and anything. This has been my first year with YVC, and I am extremely excited to serve on the IYAB.
Kailyn Brown – Charleston, SC
Greetings from Charleston, SC. My name is Kailyn Mariah Brown. I was born on June 27th, 2002, to my lovely parents Larry and Keishei Brown. I'm 14 years old. I'm a rising freshman at James Island Charter High School. GO JI!!! I have one older brother whose name is Latrell. My favorite colors are purple and teal. I enjoy singing, dancing, reading and shopping. I’ve been dancing since I was four years old (ballet, tap, hip hop). I'm very active in my church and my community. I'm a member of the youth choir and praise dance team. I’ve been active with YVC for one year, and I really enjoy serving. I received an award for the most volunteer hours. I adhere to the spot-on motion that you should "Always Believe in Yourself." I'm always contributing to the well-being of others by caring, helping and talking.
Sammie Buschman – Cedar City, UT
Hey I am Samantha Buschman, though I like to go by Sammie. I live in the small town of Enoch City, Utah, just minutes away from the amazing Cedar City YVC that I serve with. I will be beginning my freshman year at Canyon View High this August. This August will also mark the beginning of my fourth year serving with YVC. This is my first year serving with IYAB and I am so excited to do so. I enjoy playing the violin and the cello as well as writing, reading, hiking, fishing, spending time with my family and traveling.
Katie Dotson – St. Joseph, MO
My name is Katie Dotson. I live in St. Joseph, MO, and I will begin my sophomore year at Central High School this coming fall. I enjoy playing sports such as volleyball, swim and track. My favorite thing to do is volunteer. I volunteer every chance I get and love getting to help someone in need. I have volunteered with the safety council and have been to several leadership summits. I have volunteered four years with YVC, served two years on the Youth Advisory Board of St. Joseph (one year as Vice President), and this will be my first year serving on the International Youth Advisory Board.
Ian Gimino – Corvallis, OR
My name is Ian Gimino. I live in Corvallis, Oregon, and I am going to be a freshman at Crescent Valley High School. I am aspiring to become a falconer. I like birds in general, but my favorite types are hawks and owls, which is partially why I want to become a falconer. Along with falconry, I like to do wrestling, play piano and play baseball, which is my favorite sport. This is my second year volunteering with YVC and my first year on IYAB.
Sam Hamil – Muskogee, OK
Hello, my name is Samantha Hamil. Most people call me Sam or Sammie; I will answer to both so you can choose the one that's easier for you. I'm from Muskogee, Oklahoma, and go to Oktaha High School where I'm starting my senior year. Not part of any groups in school but when you see me outside I am either doing one of four things: YVC, Girl Scouts, Aikido (a martial art), or hanging with my friends and family. If it's not one of those things, I am either drawing or reading. This is my first year on IYAB and I'm looking forward to a great year!
Mason Jackson – Manhattan, KS
My name is Mason Jackson, and I am a sophomore at Manhattan High school in Manhattan, KS. I love playing football, baseball and basketball. I got involved in YVC in 2015 to make a positive change in my community. Since I have joined YVC it has made a large impact on my social life. It helps me communicate better with my classmates and my teachers. I have also made a lot of new friends through YVC. I can’t wait to be a part of IYAB and help make a change on a larger scale.
Laura Jarriel – Anderson, SC
Hello! My name is Laura Jarriel, and I’m a senior at T. L. Hanna High School in Anderson, SC. I enjoy singing with my high school chamber choir (even at Carnegie Hall) and playing the harp for my family and in therapy settings for children and senior citizens. Volunteering in the community has brought true joy to my life. Whether it’s building a wheelchair ramp, delivering Meals on Wheels, or helping a patient in the hospital, I have been richly blessed by helping others. I’m looking forward to meeting old and new friends at the Philadelphia Summit this fall!
Brandi Manning – Alpena, MI
I'm am a senior at Alpena High School. I plan on going to Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI, when I graduate. I've only been in YVC for about 2 years and already have almost 600 hours. I love to fish, as you can tell, hunt, and being with people who share my interests. This is my second time on the IYAB and I'm super excited to get even more experience and to help when I can!
Martina Min – Calgary, AB
My name is Martina Min and I'm from Calgary, Alberta. I currently attend St. Jean Brebeuf Junior High School, where I will be in grade 9 in the 2016-2017 school year. I love reading and am involved in my school's book club. I enjoy reading YA fantasy and contemporary books. I also love music; I play the piano, violin, and guitar. I have been volunteering for about one year, and it has already become one of my favorite things to do! This is my first year on IYAB and I'm excited to be on the board!
Katie Nelson – Corvallis
Hi, my name is Katie Nelson. I was born in Dublin, Ireland, and I currently live in the college town of Corvallis, Oregon. I attend Corvallis High School, and I am about to start my sophomore year. I am on the High School and Club soccer teams, and have been volunteering in the community for the past four years. I achieved the Gold President’s Service Award in 2015 and 2016 for volunteering at YVC and at the Boys & Girls Club. I love to travel, sew and I have 6 chickens. I have an older sister and a twin brother, and we enjoy volunteering in the community together.
Korrine Nelson – Danbury, CT
Hello, my name is Korrine Nelson. I live in Danbury, CT, although I was born and raised in Redmond, Oregon. I have been a part of the Youth Volunteer Corps of Western Connecticut for three years and have about 300 hours. I was awarded the Gold President’s Service Award for the second time this year. I am also very passionate about my studies and hope to get into a pre-medical program after graduating Danbury High School in the year 2018.
Christian O'Neal – Alpena, MI
Hi, my name is Christian O'Neal, and I'm from Alpena, Michigan, where I attend Alpena High School. I am about to start my senior year. I have volunteered with my YVC for the past 3 years. I love to do anything outdoors. Some of my favorite activities include sports, running, working out and kayaking. I listen to all types of music from rock to piano, but my favorite is punk. My favorite band is the Red Hot Chili Peppers. When I get older I want to be a political science professor.
Kandace Peroramas – Calgary, AB
Now in her senior year, Kandace has served with YVC of Calgary, hosted by Youth Central, since starting high school. Motivated to explore the world through community involvement, she has since been a member of three Youth Central committees, and also volunteers with YVC at food shelters and local events. Kandace also performs in musical theatre shows and with her school choir, loves to read, travel with her family, and roam Calgary with friends. She knows being on IYAB in her final year is an ideal way to keep grounded while thinking about what to do after high school. No matter where future plans take her, volunteering is something she intends to keep doing.
Elizabeth Potterf – Kansas City, MO
My name is Elizabeth Potterf. Most people I know just call me Elizabeth, but I will probably answer to anything. I am currently living in Kansas City, Missouri, and I attend Liberty North High School, where I am about to start my Junior year. I have been a part of the debate program at my school for the past two years. Along with debate, I enjoy music, concerts, getting caught in the rain, and talking. This is my fourth year volunteering with YVC, and my first year on IYAB.
Zhaoying Qin – Des Moines, IA
I am Zhaoying Qin, a Chinese girl who came to the U.S. five years ago, who currently lives in Des Moines, Iowa. English is not my native tongue so please forgive me, and correct me if I make any silly mistakes! Central Academy and Lincoln High School are the schools that I’m currently enrolled in, and I will be a senior this upcoming year. I enjoy playing golf even though I am not good at it, and I love doing art and handcrafts in my spare time, as well as listening to some music whenever possible! This is my first year in both YVC and IYAB.
Angelica Reyes-Garcias – Philadelphia, PA
My name is Angelica Reyes Garcias. I am 16 years old. I live in Philadelphia, PA. I love school and I would like to study medicine in order to become a doctor. I love having fun with my friends. They have helped me and have always stood by me when I needed them most. Along with volunteering I also have other after school programs like OST guitar class, and I was also a member of student government. My goal is to participate in more projects with YVC since this is my first year with them.
Mila Serefko – Omaha, NE
My name is Mila Serefko. I will be starting my senior year at Gretna High School. My school is just outside Omaha, Nebraska, where I live. I enjoy being around kids, so I nanny and babysit as often as I can. I participate in choir, show choir, golf and musical performances at my school. This is my first year volunteering with YVC and first year on IYAB because the Omaha branch was just established. I am excited for the year to come!
Joana Shehu – Philadelphia, PA
My name is Joana Shehu. I was born in Tirana, Albania, but moved to Philadelphia when I was 4 years old. I currently attend Julia R. Masterman High School and will be a senior in September. I love volleyball and have been playing for four years. I also love music and psychology, and plan to become a psychiatrist. This is my first year as a member of both YVC and IYAB, but I absolutely love the organization and look forward to another year with YVC!
Julia Slack – Kansas City, MO
My name is Julia Slack. I live in Kansas City, Kansas, and will be junior at Blue Valley Northwest High School this fall. I enjoy running cross country and am involved in the Categories team and rock-climbing club at my school. I also am a huge soccer fan and have been playing for almost 12 years now. This upcoming year will be my fifth with YVC and I am honored to be participating in my second year on IYAB.
Roman Vomacka – Calgary, AB
Hi! I'm Roman Vomacka. I am 13 years old currently going into my second year of Junior High (going into grade 8.) I am from Calgary, Alberta, which is part of Canada! I have a strong passion for volunteering! I volunteer for several organizations including Calgary's YVC Program! I have over 500 hours and have been volunteer for just over a year! I am sooooo exited to work with the IYAB team and am looking forward on seeing what IYAB brings to me! Besides that, I love listening to music and I think my favourite genre would be... pop or hip hop!
Alex Whitten – Baton Rouge, LA
My name is Alexandria Whitten. People normally call me Alex. I live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and I will be a senior this coming school year at St. Joseph's Academy. I have been a part of Youth Advisory Board for my local YVC for two years and have been volunteering through YVC for three years. This is my first year on IYAB. At school I also volunteer my time as a peer consultant in our Writing Center. I also am a part of various clubs in school. Outside of school and volunteering, I enjoy traveling, trying new things, and watching plays and musicals.
Jenny Wu – Bay City, MI
Hello! My name is Jenny Wu and I attend Bay City Central High School in Bay City, Michigan. I will be a senior next year (which is crazy!), and I enjoy knitting various scarfs and hats. I play on our school's varsity tennis team and also JV golf. I'm not always a part of our band, but I do play the clarinet and I always look forward to meeting new people!