Youth Advisory Board


Youth Advisory Board (YAB)
YAB members

Our youth advisory board is comprised of high school juniors and seniors from area schools. Their focus is developing our youth related programs and events, along with cultivating a higher level of engagement in Gems from the adolescence community through volunteering. The YAB group assists with our Cancer Really Sucks web site and forum. In 2014 the YAB started a sand volleyball tournament for Gems which helped to fund scholarships for graduating seniors who have been personally affected by their own cancer diagnosis or that of an immediate family member.

Results from the 2016 Volleyball tournament are:

  • 14 teams
  • $470.00 raised
  • ‘We’re setsy and we know it’  from Center Point Urbana placed 1st 
  • 2nd place, Jefferson
  • 3rd place, ‘Net Results’ from Xavier
  • 4th place ‘Blackout’ from Xavier

Current YAB members are:

Kris Sargent, Mercy Hospice, Gems of Hope Board

Kathie Cink, Educator, Gems of Hope Board 

Linn-Mar- Kinnari Karia
Prairie- Katie Neal
Prairie- Kelsey Levi
Prairie- Vijay Kamalumpundi
Washington- Emily Burke
Washington- Hannah Madsen
Xavier- Katie Janney
Xavier- Chase Wertzberger
Prairie- Kelsey Levi
Xavier-Kristin Collins
Xavier- Maddix Stovie
CP-Urbana- McCauley Mitchell

Want to join YAB? Download the application now! Membership Application