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Oregon SBHC Statewide Youth Advisory Council (SYAC)
Meet the members of the Statewide Youth Advisory Council
Skye Garrett, Operations DirectorSkye Garrett has been a devoted SBHC advocate since 2011 at Milwaukie High School and is now serving on the Statewide Youth Advisory Council as the Operations Director. Her passion for the organization derived from having volunteered at the non-profit organization CHAP. Skye wanted to make a difference in the lives of those terminally ill children by supporting the School Based Health Centers. She recently graduated from Milwaukie High School in June of 2013 and is now balancing the duties of the organization and two jobs. Through a highly selective class, she was able to intern in various departments of Providence and Kaiser hospitals, which has inspired her to start her pre-requisites for nursing in the winter in hopes of becoming a nurse in the operating room, and continuing her education and becoming a Surgeon's First Assistant in the future.
Terina Keller, Youth Engagement Specialist
Terina is joining the Network for a six month internship from Northeastern University, where she is a second year student studying sociology with a minor in health science. As a former student at Madison HS in Portland, Terina served as a member of the SBHC Youth Advisory Council for 2 years. Terina arrived at the Network straight from Italy, where she studied the language, culture, and healthcare system. She plans to pursue a career in public health after graduating, and is excited to obtain experience in the health field through her internship at the Network.
Richard Liang, Statewide YAC Advisor
Richard has been devoted to SBHCs since his sophomore year of high school. Driven by his passion in helping others, Richard has lent a big portion of his time as a part of H.O.P.E (Milwaukie High School's Youth Advisory Council), and the Statewide Youth Advisory Council. Now, as a student at Linfield College, Richard wishes to continue his involvement in student health and push to expand the youth advocacy across the State.
Toby Rubel, Communications Director
Toby Rubel is a Junior at Ulysses S. Grant High School and serves as a Communications Director for the Statewide Youth Advisory Council. He grew up in Durango Colorado and moved to Oregon when he was 13 years old. His passion for health care stems from his own experiences as a chronically ill teen, as well as his childhood in which he was raised by a frequently ill mother. He plans to attend college for marketing and views the SYAC as an opportunity to explore his interests. In his free time Toby enjoys downhill skateboarding and writing in the 3rd person.
What is the Oregon SBHC Statewide Youth Advisory Council?
Youth advocacy has always been a part of the Oregon School-Based Health Alliance efforts, and in 2010 these efforts came into a sharper focus with the creation of the Statewide Youth Advisory Council. Today OSBHA has the pleasure to offer this ongoing leadership opportunity to many who are interested in becoming a voice not only for their own health, but the health of their peers and community.
Students involved in SYAC have the great opportunity to plan, facilitate, and participate in many different events and outreach activities. A variety of leadership opportunities include planning statewide conferences, speaking publically about many different health and youth wellness topics, and more. Statewide Youth Advisory Council leaders serve as representatives for the OSBHA in a number of different settings, including peer-led trainings, advocacy campaigns, presentations, and more. The Network serves as an advisor to the council, helping with logistics and sharing the Statewide Youth Advisory Council views and projects to local, state, and national partners.
What does a Statewide Youth Advisory Council member do?
- Advocate on behalf of school-based health care!
- Organize statewide events and trainings for youth and community members.
- Lead statewide marketing campaigns to promote adolescent health
- Attend meetings, phone conferences, or web conferences.
Who can apply to be a Statewide Youth Advisory Council member?
All youth ages 15-22 who have experience with their local school-based health center can apply! Although the Network is based in Portland, we welcome students from across Oregon to participate.
Can't make it to meetings in Portland? The Network can help connect you with the SYAC remotely via Skype or conference call.
Want to get involved?
You can become a Statewide Youth Advisory Council member!
Just fill out an application and parent/guardian permission form and send to Terina Keller, Youth Engagement Specialist at: email@example.com. Or, mail it to the Network: 310 SW 4th Ave., Ste. 905, Portland, OR 97204.