Current IYAB Members 2021-2022

Alison, Alpena, MI

Alison is a senior from the YVC program in Alpena, MI. This will be her first term serving on IYAB, but she has been involved in her local YVC since her sophomore year. Most of her time is spent taking college courses at her local community college and volunteering. When she finds free time, she often visits her family, does artwork, and watches TV. She is currently working towards getting her associates degree in business administration and hopes to become an entrepreneur afterwards. She is looking forward to the experiences she will have on IYAB and hopes to make a difference.

Emma, Ann Arbor, MI

Emma is currently a junior and a member of the Ann Arbor YVC Youth Advisory Council. She looks forward to making a difference with Youth Volunteer Corps and serving her second term on IYAB! Outside of these efforts, Emma is also involved with the local community through her work at a local educational nonprofit where she develops programs supporting disadvantaged youth. In her free time Emma enjoys participating in musical theater and cooking. She also enjoys reading and playing violin. Emma is so grateful to be a part of this YVC team and can’t wait for a great year!

McKenzie, Baton Rouge, LA

McKenzie is an 8th grade student at Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is a member of the Beta Club, as well as the volleyball and cheer team. She enjoys playing the ukulele and piano, drawing, dancing, reading, and volunteering. She has been volunteering with YVC for four years. This will be her first year with IYAB, and she is excited and honored to be a part of the team. McKenzie is committed to YVC and she hopes to continue helping others and her community even when she is well beyond her academic years.

Alex, Calgary, AB

Alex is a grade 11 student from Calgary, Canada. You can find Alex volunteering with YVC at Youth Central, helping younger kids at the local karate club, or working on her school work as an IB student. She is super excited and grateful to be part of the IYAB 2021-2022 team, and can’t wait for a great year!

Anannya, Calgary, AB

Anannya is a grade nine student from Calgary, Alberta. She has been volunteering with YVC for two years now and exploring her wonders through creating smiles and volunteering for those in need. She has organized a GoFundMe and raised $15,000 to help India and give back to the community there during the Covid-19 crisis. Anannya adores speech and debate and has won many medals through speech competitions. She is also a dancer and has been up on her feet dancing for over 10 years. She has also done over 6 years of piano and enjoys to play basketball and badminton in her free time. She enjoys spending her time volunteering for others and is really excited for her first year being a part of IYAB.

Neil, Calgary, AB – IYAB Co-Chair and Executive Team

Neil is ecstatic to be returning to the International Youth Advisory Board as a Co-Chair! He is from Calgary, Alberta, and is in his senior year of high school. When Neil is not volunteering he is usually participating in community theatre, dancing, singing, and acting. He cannot wait to see what this year has in store for YVC!

Apurva, Columbia, SC

Apurva is a senior in the Discovery Magnet Program at Spring Valley High School. She is involved in Mu Alpha Theta, SNHS, SVHS Girls Lacrosse, Circle of Friends, and other organizations that range from making a political impact in her state to environmental awareness. She enjoys volunteering with YVC because it allows her to gain new experiences and directly influence her society. In her free time, Apurva enjoys diving into the Music and Arts field, performing for the TASC Association, playing sports, being with friends and family, and much more.

Kate, Corvallis, OR – IYAB Executive Team

Kate is 17 years old and a senior in high school. This is her second year on IYAB; in addition, she has served three and a half years on her local YVC Youth Advisory Board and has been serving with YVC since 2017. Outside of YVC and other volunteering endeavors, Kate leads her school’s speech and debate team and newspaper, serves in student government, and will be a Drum Major for her school’s band this year, among other things. In her free time, Kate loves listening to music, reading (anything from nonfiction to high fantasy), hanging out with her friends, writing, and generally being as much of a nerd as the rest of this bio suggests.

Akilah, Hampton Roads, VA – IYAB Executive Team

Akilah is a senior from YVC Hampton Roads. She has served in YVC since the 6th grade, on her affiliate’s Youth Advisory Board since 2019, and on IYAB since 2020. During her free time she volunteers, serves as volleyball captain on her varsity team, and writes as an intern for her local newspaper. Akilah loves sharing her leadership skills and love for YVC through the YVC club at her school. She hopes that through her experience and love for volunteering she can get others involved in their communities as well.

Brianna, Hampton Roads, VA

Bri is a junior from YVC Hampton Roads. She enjoys playing field hockey, lacrosse, hanging out with her friends, and going to the beach. She has been a member of YVC for 5 years and is very excited to continue to serve. Her favorite subject in school is history. She is excited to be on this year’s IYAB, as she can now meet new people and help as many people as she can.

Shrihari, Joplin, MO

Shrihari is a senior at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School in Joplin, MO, and has served with YVC for over two years. Recognized as a leader within YVC Joplin, Shrihari even had the opportunity to be part of his local Youth Advisory Board, and he is looking forward to serving his first term on the International Youth Advisory Board this year! When he is not volunteering in his community, you can find him playing tennis or watching a good movie. All in all, through IYAB, Shrihari hopes to make a difference, while still having fun!

Caroline, Kansas City, MO – IYAB Executive Team

Caroline is an 11th grader from YVC Kansas City. She has been with YVC since her 11th birthday. Caroline’s favorite service projects involve working with the elderly, people with disabilities, and children. Outside of YVC, Caroline helps with adaptive sports and summer programs. Her favorite thing about YVC is forming relationships with her peers and community. She enjoys marching band, taekwondo, and playing with her dog.

Kaytlyn, Kansas City, MO

Kaytlyn is a senior in high school who is a part of the YVC program in Kansas City, and this is her first year on IYAB. Kaytlyn loves to spend time with her two dogs and go on walks with her family. At school, she is captain of her dance team, president of the chemistry club, and is a part of their student-led volunteering program. Outside of school she serves on the Food Equality Initiative Board, the Scraps KC advisory board, and is a teen council member on the Zero Reasons Why campaign. She is so thankful to get to serve on IYAB and has gotten the opportunity to prosper and grow as a leader.

Cadey, Muskogee, OK

Cadey has been volunteering with YVC of Muskogee since September of 2018. In her time of being a YVC volunteer, she has been awarded the Ethic of Service Award and multiple 100-in-1 awards. She is currently a senior at Hilldale High School and President of the NIKE Club. Her interests include reading novels, playing video games, spending time with her family, and traveling. After joining YVC, Cadey has become better equipped with helping her community. She looks forward to her second year on the International Youth Advisory Board!

Pranav, Plymouth, MI

Pranav is a sophomore at Plymouth High School. He has a family of 4, including himself and a younger brother who is 10. He swims and plays tennis for his school. Pranav likes to sleep and go outside (but mostly sleep). His favorite food is anything at Chipotle or Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

Rahul, Plymouth, MI – IYAB Executive Team

Rahul is a sophomore at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park. This will be his third year on IYAB as well as his second on the Executive Team. Rahul enjoys serving with YVC because he finds joy in meeting new people through service learning. He is also involved in Model UN and HOSA. Outside of YVC, you can find Rahul at the gym, playing baseball, or playing tennis. He also enjoys playing video games and hanging out with friends and family.

Shruti, Plymouth, MI – IYAB Co-Chair and Executive Team

Shruti is a sophomore at Plymouth High School, and she started volunteering with YVC in the summer of 2018. This year will be her third term on IYAB, her second term on the Executive Team, and first term as IYAB Co-Chair! In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing video games, spending time with friends and family, and going outside. She is also passionate about computer programming, web design, and, of course, volunteering. In the coming IYAB term, she is looking forward to meeting amazing new people and working with them to make our world a better place!

Ianne, Racine, WI

Ianne is a senior attending Case High School. After school, she takes part in various committees that are dedicated to supporting the school and its students. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano and reading fantasy and mystery novels. She wants to study International Business and Finance in college and hopes to travel the world as a financial consultant. Her passion is learning about other cultures and languages. She is currently learning Korean, Japanese, and Spanish, and takes interest in Italian and French as well. 

Magdelyn, Racine, WI

Magdelyn (Maggie) is a senior at The Prairie School in Racine, Wisconsin. She is the goalkeeper on her high school soccer team and won state her freshman year. Maggie also plays tennis for her school. She loves to do almost anything crafty, but her favorites are scrapbooking, photography, and knitting. She also loves to read a good book or do a puzzle. One of Maggie’s favorite types of volunteer work is at a nursing home, where she loves just sitting and talking with the residents. Maggie is the youngest in her family of five and has three cats. 

Elise, Reading, PA

Elise is a senior at Wyomissing Area High School and has been volunteering with YVC Reading since January 2017, where she serves on her local Youth Advisory Board. She is passionate about environmental justice and plans to research solutions for a more sustainable future on Earth. In addition to volunteering with YVC, her church, and Girl Scout troop, Elise loves being in nature with her friends: from hiking and skiing to playing tennis and dancing in the rain! She also loves to read fiction and play piano. Elise is so excited to serve this IYAB term!

Katie, Reading, PA

Katie is a senior at Wyomissing Area High School in Pennsylvania. Involved in several extracurriculars, she exhibits her passion and leadership as Service Club President, Editor of her school newspaper, chair on her Mini-Thon committee, Founder of Wyomissing’s Dance Club, four year player and captain of the varsity volleyball team, National Honors Society member, and Student Council representative. She is also a proud student cofounder of YVC Reading’s youth-led anti-racist group called Stand Together Against Racism (STAR). This past year, Katie has contributed over 100 hours with YVC and is excited to be a first year member of both the Reading Youth Advisory Board and the International Board!

Saishree, Reading, PA

Saishree is a senior at Exeter Township Senior High School. This will be her second year serving on her local YAB and her first year on IYAB. Outside of working with YVC Reading and the new Stand Together Against Racism group, Saishree can be found playing tennis, singing, or spending time with friends and family. She plans on studying computer science on a pre-law track in college. She is so excited to see what the IYAB can accomplish!

Elana, Springfield, MO

Elana is a sophomore at Central High School in Springfield, Missouri. She plays piano, flute, and attempts the piccolo. She also plays tennis and participates on her school’s debate team. In addition to volunteering throughout the community, she has been with her local YVC for the past year and loves the impact she’s made in the short time already. 

Keerti, Springfield, MO

“As cheesy as it sounds, the community is where my heart lies.” Keerti is a junior at Greenwood Laboratory School in Springfield, MO. Some organizations she is particularly partial to are Youth Volunteer Corps, where she has been on the Youth Advisory Board for nearly a year, and the Red Cross, where she takes on the roles of a Blood Drive Ambassador and is a part of the Disaster Relief action team. As an ESTJ on the Meyer Briggs personality test, she loves to meet new people and experience, well, new experiences. To sum it up, Keerti is honored and beyond thrilled to be serving on the 2021-2022 International Youth Advisory Board!

Sofia, Springfield, MO

Sofia is a multilingual senior at Central High School and has been volunteering with YVC for 2 years. She is the president of a newly founded environmental conservation organization, Environmental and Community Action of the Ozarks (ECA). Sofia plays on the Central Volleyball Team and enjoys volleyball, soccer, tennis, swimming, and traveling. Sofia has also been playing the piano for 12 years and is a cellist in the Central Advanced Orchestra. She has dedicated a part of her life to volunteerism and values working within her community.  

Genesis, St. Louis, MO

Genesis is a sophomore in high school from St. Louis, Missouri. This is her first term on IYAB, and she is extremely thrilled for the upcoming year. She has most enjoyed the YVC projects that have allowed her to connect with communities within St. Louis. Outside of volunteering, academics, and various clubs, she participates in varsity basketball, cross country, and track. In her free time, she can be found biking with her family or hanging out with her friends. Genesis is ecstatic to serve on the International Youth Advisory Board and make a difference this year!