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AAACF Youth Council 2017 Graduating Seniors

AAACF Youth Council 2017 Graduating Seniors

June 21, 2017

Youth Council consists of ~25 diverse students from Ann Arbor public, private, and independent high schools who work together to better the lives of youth in Washtenaw County. At the 2017 Youth Council Year-End Reception, we celebrated the graduations of six of our Youth Council members.


Charles Butz

Charles Butz, Greenhills School

Years on Youth Council: 4

What did you learn on YC: Youth Council has taught me to always value and consider the perspectives of others. It has taught me about the discrepancies in my community and the world. It has taught me that I have the power to make a difference.

Next Year: University of Michigan


Alex Drain, Washtenaw International High School

Years on Youth Council: 3

Favorite Grant: Universal Access Playground grant. The size and scope of the grant maximized our impact on the community in a tangible result, for a cause that is eternally right.

Next Year: University of Michigan, LSA Honors Program


Naseem Othman, Skyline High School

Years on Youth Council: 3

What did you learn on YC: I’ve been able to see how the need for the services that nonprofits provide stem directly from the failures of government. Seeing youth who don’t have the opportunities and things that I take for granted has definitely played a part in my decision to study public policy next year. In the future I’d like to help to solve the problems that many nonprofits have to address.

Next Year: George Washington University


Lawrence Rowley, Huron High School

Years on Youth Council: 3

Favorite Grant: Friends of the A2 Skatepark. Encouraging girls to learn to skateboard is such a unique program and we were able to see how successful it ended up being.

What did you learn on YC: YC has made me much more aware of the types of things our community needs. It has improved many skills of mine such as problem solving, debating, and public speaking, as well as taught me how powerful teen voices can be in the community.

Next Year: Emory University


Yasmeen Shakour, Community High School

Years of Youth Council: 2

Favorite Grant: Adapted Bike Camp, by LightUp Shine Now. It gives disabled kids the opportunity to be independent, which would feel amazing. I know I personally love being independent.

Favorite YC Memory: Pizza dinner with Youth Council!

Next Year: University of Michigan


Sam Talsma, Greenhills School

Years on Youth Council: 4

Favorite Grant: Universal Access Playground grant

What did you learn on YC: Youth Council has taught me how to interact with people of different ages, backgrounds, and priorities. Engaging with the other members of the YC has taught me to be aware of my perspective and the perspectives of others.

Next Year: Colorado College


We wish our Youth Council 2017 graduating seniors the best of luck in their bright futures!



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