WYO's Youth Board

Within our space we encourage teens to be leaders, whether it is with an internship over the summer, sponsorship of a senior project, or through our youth board. Most of our regular teens join the youth board as they progress through high school to help get the next group of students involved, and to provide insight to our program administrators about what sorts of programs to offer. Each semester the Youth Board elects officials to manage social service projects, publicity events, fundraising efforts and the board as a whole. These positions provide students the freedom to excel, and it is often in students that take these leadership roles that we see the most growth.

The Youth Board Mission is to uphold the WYO’s mission by developing program ideas, recruiting new members, publicizing WYO events and being a positive representative of the WYO to the general community.

Meetings: The Youth Board is required to meet every second & fourth Monday of each month at 6:30pm-7:30pm. Located at the Winnetka Youth Organization.

Benefits: Develop and enhance your professional, social, and networking skills; gain hands on experience with business marketing and fundraising; attend professional development workshops; and foster new relationships with professional adults and like-minded peers.

Eligibility: Membership is open to all high schools students in the North Shore. Members must be full-time students and at least 14 years of age. No person will be treated differently with regard to any personally held identity, including but not limited to the following: race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, political beliefs, socioeconomic status, height, weight, and/or mental or physical ability.

Youth Board Open Positions Still Available!

 Students needed for the following committee’s:

  • Music Event Chair & Committee
  • Cultural & Diversity Committee
  • Social Service Chair & Committee
  • Advocacy Chair & Committee

 

Please contact the Winnetka Youth Organization’s Program Director,
Mary Komlofske, at
maryk@winnetkayo.org to learn more about the application process.

2017-2018 Youth Board Leadership

 

Nina VanPopering

Nina VanPopering

President

Grade: Senior at New Trier High School

Why I love being apart of Youth Board: It’s a great opportunity to give back to the community and work on my leadership skills. You also make close bonds with your co-board member, which enables for really great projects to come to life.

What I’m hoping to gain: Leadership skills that make a difference in the community!

Current Hobbies: Hanging out with friends, watching Netflix, and going to animal shelters.

Favorite Sport Team: Blackhawks!!

Nicole Metropoulos

Nicole Metropoulos

Vice-President

Grade: Senior at New Trier High School

Why I love being apart of Youth Board: I love to give back to my community and help out as much as I can. I also get the opportunity to work on my leadership skills, which is very important for my future!

What I’m hoping to gain: Leadership skills and social skills with everyone!

Current Hobbies: Going out with friends, hanging out with family, and watching Netflix.

Favorite Sport Team: Chicago Cubs

Ellie Palivos

Ellie Palivos

Treasurer

Grade: Junior at New Trier High School

Why I love being apart of Youth Board: I love being a part of the Youth Board because it gives me a great opportunity to give back to my community. I also love socializing and meeting new people, and the Youth Board helps me make new friendships through the different activities and fundraisers we host!

What I’m hoping to gain: I am hoping to gain more awareness of the community and the people within and throughout.

Current Hobbies: Playing soccer, for both the school and a club team! In addition, I enjoy painting and participating in various extracurriculars.

Favorite Sport: Soccer!

Christina Kafkis

Christina Kafkis

Secretary

Grade: Senior at New Trier High School

Why I love being apart of Youth Board: I have the opportunity to bring new experiences to the community surrounding me. To me, being exposed to new and different things is a wonderful thing and through the YB I get to share that with others.

What I’m hoping to gain: More grounded relationship with some people in my community that I may not otherwise interact with very often.

Current Hobbies: Reading, cooking, doing yoga, and as always, being involved in tennis.

Favorite Sport: Tennis

Renee Affinito

Renee Affinito

Communications Chair

Grade: Junior at New Trier High School

Why I love being apart of Youth Board: It’s a fun way to give back to the community and is also rewarding to see the work we do paying off through the joy of other teens.

What I’m hoping to gain: Experience with a position on a board, handling responsibility and practice bringing positivity to the community.

Current Hobbies: Soccer, track, and working at Hartigan’s Ice Cream Shoppe.

Favorite Music: Anything country!

Chloe Ziomek

Chloe Ziomek

Communications Committee Co-Chair

Grade: Junior at New Trier High School

Why I love being apart of Youth Board: I love being in touch with other youth in the community and give back to an organization that is so important to our community!

What I’m hoping to gain: A better sense of the diverse youth. Also experience with volunteering opportunities within our neighborhood. I have gained the love of volunteering through this.

Current Hobbies: Dance team; Rush Hospital Board; Lifeguarding; and working-out.

Favorite Music: Anything country!

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Winnetka Youth Organization

620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka, IL. 60093

847.446.0443

Winnetka Youth Organization