For the month of February, we are shining the RAWK Spotlight on
RAWK’s Youth Advisory Council
The RAWK Spotlight is a monthly series that celebrates folx who embody and serve the mission of empowering youth voices. Folx in the RAWK Spotlight can be anyone from staff, to volunteers, to Board Members, to community partners. They are chosen by the RAWK staff team by merit of their passion, dedication, and enthusiasm for serving local youth and their community!
Members of the Youth Advisory Council (left to right):
Naylah Lewis, Giuliana Bush, Alaina Suarez, Masha Canfield, Jahleel Fisher, Bjorn Nelson (not pictured), Janeya Willis (not pictured)
Keep reading to hear from our community members and RAWK staff team about their work at RAWK!
Hear what our community members have to say about the Youth Advisory Council:
The young people of the Youth Advisory Council have been instrumental to RAWK as an organization that exists to serve youth and their voices. They have made incredible progress on developing our storefront & Literacy Center, and have also planned & implemented events like the Youth Entrepreneur Pop Up Shops & our annual RAWK Reads party. I also deeply appreciate their feedback and openness to working with me and JaMeelah in developing a land & labor acknowledgment for RAWK, ensuring that our language and approach is accessible to young people. Every time I hear updates about the YAC or get to work with them in any capacity, I am blown away by their professionalism, insight, & wisdom. They are truly RAWKstars, and LEADERS in our community.Ynika Yuag (Engagement Coordinator)
I’m impressed by the depth of RAWK YAC engagement in our program development and planning. They are a committed and engaged group and serve a great example of youth insight and voice put to action. They even used well constructed survey research to inform their recommendations – how cool is that?!Bridget Timmeney
It has been such a joy to work with these amazing youth! Their innovative ideas, hopeful spirits, and positive energy keep continue to pour into my cup expand my capacity for this work. The future looks BRIGHT!Kandace Lavender
They are talented Youth striving in our community with their voices.Amy Hall (Program Coordinator)
I continue to be impressed and inspired by the thoughtful leadership of the RAWK Youth Advisory Council members. Their intentional engagement has and will continue to shape the growth of RAWK programs as well as how RAWK shows up in and for our community. I’m very excited to see how these incredible young people continue to grow together and as individuals. I have no doubt each of them will shape beautiful change at RAWK and beyond. THANK YOU ALL for sharing your time, energy, and heart with us.Victoria