As the Youth Council Representative to the AAACF Board of Trustees, Elena Garcia-Schroeder has full voting privileges and provides a perspective on the needs of youth in Washtenaw County. She is a senior at Skyline High School and serves on AAACF’s Youth Council. Elena is an accomplished musical & theatre performer, including with Encore Musical Theatre Company and Skyline Blues, which took second place at the International Championship of High School A Cappella. Elena believes that "having youth voice represented in a large organization such as this one is very important because development in early stages of life is a large determiner of future success. Helping younger generations improves our, and the world’s future." She is committed "to making changes to make the world a happier, safer, healthier place – and working with an organization that can fuel that with financial backing is unreal."