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Youth Voices Matter

From the beginning of our initial summit gatherings, we learned how vital youth are to the success of the Alliance. Teens took leadership and facilitation roles in the summits, shared feelings about growing up on Bainbridge Island, and contributed ideas for change. As an outgrowth of our shared conversations, the BHYA Teen Council was formed, with representatives from our local schools. The Teen Council is a voting member of the Leadership Council and its members participate fully in Leadership Council meetings.

In 2017, our Teen Council created a Gratitude Wall, collecting and displaying notes of gratitude for every teacher and staff member at Bainbridge High School. They also designed and created a series of Brain Breaks,  short, fun surprise activities that create connection and decrease the stress of the school day. They also helped create a focus group of teens that influenced changes in substance abuse prevention education.

2017-2018 Teen Council Members

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  • Garret Aichele
  • Rose Bandrowski
  • Spencer Mark Bispham
  • Kiera Blackford
  • Julia Footh
  • Lindsay Franznick
  • Avery Johnson
  • Noelle Lipshutz
  • Emma Measer
  • Lauren Quesada
  • Adres Rovato
  • Emma Russell
  • Erica Sprott
  • Madeleine Swietlik
  • Olivia Zachariah