What is the Youth Advisory Council?

The YAC is a structured opportunity for high school students to serve in a leadership capacity within KHK, lending youth voice and perspective to our organization.

What do members of the YAC do?

The YAC meets on a regular basis (at least twice a month) to plan upcoming projects and quarterly ambassador meetings. Members of the YAC represent KHK at public relations events and demonstrate initiative, responsibility, and commitment to the core values of KHK.

 

Being a part of the YAC is like being a piece in the puzzle. All the YAC members are different, but we all bring ideas and opinions to the table.

Who is on the YAC?

Biyeni Eusebio

Lauralton Hall, Junior in High School

Hello, my name is Biyeni Eusebio, and I have been with Kids Helping Kids for five years. My favorite Kids Helping Kids project is the Handled with Care Dress Boutique because I love how this project can help other people feel as excited for dressy occasions as I do! Before my time with Kids Helping Kids, I was never the person who would do things outside of my comfort zone, but now I am always trying my best to be outside the box. I have also learned how to work with many different types of people to try and solve a common goal using our diverse ideas. If you have any questions about the Handled with Care Dress Boutique, KHK in general, or the YAC, please email me at yac@kidshelpingkidsct.org.

Tyler Marzen

Greens Farms Academy, Senior in High School

Hello, my name is Tyler Marzen and I have been with Kids Helping Kids for about seven years. I am the lead ambassador for the Birthday Bash, and I started the project Tech Time with the Carver Center in Norwalk. Kids Helping Kids has really allowed me to explore my passion for technology. Whether it be in a project of my own or working with the back-end database, KHK has encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and engage in activities that I enjoy. If you have any questions about KHK, sparking a project, or the YAC, please don’t hesitate to email me at yac@kidshelpingkidsct.org.

Ava Maubert

Westhill High School, Junior in High School

My name is Ava Maubert, and I have been with Kids Helping Kids for six years. My favorite project is the annual Bread Bake because it is such an interactive experience. Through my work with Kids Helping Kids, my ability to work with others and speak publicly has improved. I have learned how to share my ideas with a large group of people in a way I didn’t know how to prior to joining KHK. If you have any questions or just want to talk, please contact me at yac@kidshelpingkidsct.org.

Tori Mihok

Saint Joseph High School, Senior in High School

Hello, my name is Tori Mihok, and I have been with Kids Helping Kids for two years. My favorite project is definitely the Birthday Bash because it is such a special time, not only for the kids attendig, but also for the volunteers! Through my time with KHK, I have gained experience in public speaking, and this is something that I have always struggled with. Working with Kids Helping Kids has made my journey to become a better speaker very easy. If you have any questions or just want to talk, please contact me at yac@kidshelpingkidsct.org.

Micaela Rivera

Sacred Heart Greenwich, Junior in High School

My name is Micaela Rivera, and I have been with Kids Helping Kids for about two years. My favorite Kids Helping Kids project is the Gift of Giving because I really enjoy the holiday season, so I love watching the children have an opportunity to enjoy and celebrate too. A skill I have gained while working with KHK is accountability. In the YAC, I am partly responsible for making sure all of our cornerstone projects and ambassador meetings run smoothly. When I am given a task, it is important that I follow through on my responsibilities because I have a group of people depending on me. If you want learn more about the YAC, you can email me at yac@kidshelpingkidsct.org.

Kayla Rocha

Greenwich Academy, Junior in High School

My name is Kayla Rocha, and I have been with Kids Helping Kids for about nine years. My favorite KHK project is the Gift of Giving because I love to take the kids shopping and give them the opportunity to give gifts to their families. Since joining KHK, I have become much more comfortable with speaking to a big group of people and sharing my ideas. I was very shy, but Kids Helping Kids has taught me that if I speak up, I can make a huge difference. If you want learn more about the Gift of Giving or the YAC, you can email me at yac@kidshelpingkidsct.org.

Elizabeth SanFilippo

Lauralton Hall, Sophomore in High School

Hello, my name is Elizabeth SanFilippo, and I have been involved with Kids Helping Kids for five years. My favorite project is the Gift of Giving. I love it because it is a great way to give back to the community by helping other pick out gifts for their family members around Christmas time. Through this and all the projects at KHK, I have been able to learn to communicate with others. If you want to hear more about me, please email me at yac@kidshelpingkidsct.org.

Julia SanFilippo

Lauralton Hall, Senior in High School

Hello, my name is Julia SanFilippo, and I have been involved with Kids Helping Kids for five years. My favorite project is the Birthday Bash! It is such a joy to see kids do something we probably all take for granted… celebrating our birthday in a special way! They have so much fun playing games, eating cupcakes, and dancing, and I love being able to experience this special day with them. During my time with the YAC, I have developed my public speaking and confidence skills, and through my work with Kids Helping Kids, I have learned the valuable skill empathy. If you want to hear more about my time with KHK, please email me at yac@kidshelpingkidsct.org.

YAC in Action