Youth Advisory Board (YAB)

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:

Gems of Hope Board

  • Kris Sargent, Mercy Hospice
  • Kathie Cink, Educator

Want to join YAB?

Area Schools

Center Pointe-Urbana

  • McCauley Mitchell


  • Veena Venkatesh


  • Katie Neal
  • Kelsey Levi
  • Vijay Kamalumpundi



  • Kate McCartan
  • Erin Hassenstaub
  • Chase Wertzberger