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.

Current YAB members are:

Gems of Hope Board

  • Kris Sargent, Mercy Hospice
  • Kathie Cink, Retired Educator

Want to join YAB?

Area Schools

Center Pointe-Urbana

  •  Mitchell McCauley


  • Veena Venkatesh


  • Shelby Dubishar


  • Tyler Reid
  • Erin Hassenstab
  • Chase Wertzberger
  • Emily O’Rourke


  • Jenna Griffith


  • Anna Klein

Linn Mar

  • Sam Dibel