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 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.

2018-2019 Youth Board Leadership

 

Renee Affinito

Renee Affinito

President

Grade: Senior 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!

I aspire to be: A leader within my community to learn how to help others as I move through my education and the rest of my life.

Katie Dickman

Katie Dickman

Secretary

Grade: Senior at New Trier High School

Why I love being apart of Youth Board: I love giving back and meeting new people in the community. I enjoy going to new places and experiencing different volunteer opportunities. Truly, it’s very rewarding to see how you have affected the community.

What I’m hoping to gain: New leadership and responsibility that will help me in the future. Through volunteering events, I hope to interact with different people and build new relationships.

Current Hobbies: I love to read interesting stories, exercise through rowing or crossfit, and I like to listen to all genres of music.

Favorite Sport Team: The Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Cubs!

I aspire to be: Someone who challenges themselves and who tackles problems no matter how difficult that obstacle might be.

Wells Meyer

Wells Meyer

Member / Rainbow Committee Representative

Grade: Freshman at New Trier High School

Why I love being apart of Youth Board: I get to meet new people and contribute ideas that I think are helpful to the discussion.

What I’m hoping to gain: Experience being a part of a board and working with others.

Current Hobbies: Playing the flute, piano, reading, drawing, and learning new languages.

Favorite Song: I’m Fine By BTS

I aspire to be: Someone who helps others and is able to enjoy life.

Chloe Ziomek

Chloe Ziomek

Vice-President

Grade: Senior 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!

I aspire to be: A successful business woman!

Chrissa Katsamakis

Chrissa Katsamakis

Communications Chair

Grade: Freshman at Glenbrook High School

Why I love being apart of Youth Board: I love giving back! It’s a great chance for me to offer my perspective and learn how to get involved in shaping a community. Plus, I am excited to meet new people and achieve new goals together.

What I’m hoping to gain: A better understanding of teamwork, responsibility, and leadership. By getting involved I will learn to work with new and different people on exciting projects and learn to take initiatives and not be afraid to try new things.

Current Hobbies: Dancing and ice skating. I’ve been doing both since I was five years old!

Favorite Song: Simple By Flordia Georgia Line

I aspire to be: In the field of medicine or fashion.

Madeline Sheedy

Madeline Sheedy

Member

Grade: Freshman at New Trier High School

Why I love being apart of Youth Board: I like to be a part of something that can help organize events or help a group of people I care about.

What I’m hoping to gain: Experience with planning and working behind the scenes in an organization.

Current Hobbies: Singing, writing, dancing/making choreography, drawing art, and sign language.

Favorite Song: The Truth Untold By BTS

I aspire to be: A sign language interpreter or something in the medical field.

Maggie Cao

Maggie Cao

Treasurer

Grade: Junior at New Trier High School

Why I love being apart of Youth Board: It allows teenagers like me to take initiative in helping improve the community and allows for direct participation in enriching the lives of those around us.

What I’m hoping to gain: Valuable experiences of working with new people and bringing change to my community for the better.

Current Hobbies: Debate, violin, and fencing! I also love traveling, meeting new people, and experiencing new cultures!

Favorite Sports Team: The New Trier Trivians! I’m not a big sports gal but you bet I have team spirit!

I aspire to be: A doctor one day, so I can continue to help those in need and do everything in my part to better our community.

Sarah Steinway

Sarah Steinway

Communications Co-Chair

Grade: Junior at Deerfield High School

Why I love being apart of Youth Board: It gives me a chance to be involved with the general community and particpate in fun, new events that I might not typically experience.

What I’m hoping to gain: To feel like I can successfully give back to the community and feel like I have made a difference in other people’s lives.

Current Hobbies: I figure skate 5 days a week. I also participate in BrightStars, which is a program at the Northbrook Leisure Center through the NSSRA that helps special needs children and adults perform in plays with buddies to help them.

Favorite Sport Team: The Chicago Blackhawks!

I aspire to be: An architect and interior designer.

Aaron Lariosa

Aaron Lariosa

Member

Grade: Sophmore at New Trier High School

Why I love being apart of Youth Board: I love being apart of the Youth Board because it’s an opportunity to help people. It provides access to do volunteering work and projects that benefit the community.

What I’m hoping to gain: To use the future to help me and others.

Current Hobbies: Playing video games and watching TV shows.

Favorite Song: Plastic Love By Mariya Takeuchi

I aspire to be: I don’t know at the moment, but I’m searching for it. Hopefully by the time I graduate and leave the youth board, I’ll know.

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Winnetka Youth Organization

620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka, IL. 60093

847.446.0443

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Don’t miss one of the most popular parties on the North Shore! A beautifully catered event amid fabulous antiques, jewelry, and art. Buy a ticket to the Thurs. Nov. 1 Antiques + Modernism show Preview Party!

Here’s why: Proceeds benefit both the Winnetka Youth Organization and Winnetka Community House. A win/win! $30 of each ticket sold through the WYO goes directly to youth programming!

Tickets: $145/person. Purchase Deadline: October 26th

Checks must be made out to the Winnetka Youth Organization.

Drop checks off at: the Winnetka Postal Service Office – PO BOX 302, Winnetka, IL 60093 OR the Winnetka Youth Organization (during open hours).

Contact: Christina Gikas, Executive Director at christina@winnetkayo.org or call (847) 446-0443 for questions.