Overview
New in 2019, the BRIDGES Youth Advisory Board provides perspective and input to BRIDGES’ adult staff in order to help shape the direction of the Bridge Builders program and the organization as a whole. The focus of the YAB is to strengthen and uphold the vision and mission of BRIDGES and to provide insight, share decision-making responsibilities, and increase youth voice internally.

YAB members are Bridge Builders who demonstrate a deep commitment to the mission and values of BRIDGES, are curious about how the organization operates, and are interested in developing skills in the area of nonprofit leadership and board service.

2021-2022 BRIDGES Youth Advisory Board

Co-Chairs & Communications Co-Chairs
Azana Bruce (she/her/hers), 12th grade, Whitehaven High School
Zaheen Chowdhury (she/her/hers),10th grade, Pleasant View School

Development Co-Chairs
Jana Elabiad (she/her/hers), 12th grade, Pleasant View School
Maitri Vijayanand (she/her/hers), 9th grade, Collierville High School

Members at Large
Caleb Ayers (he/him/his), 9th grade, Central High School
Chaz Bullock (he/him/his), 10th grade, Bartlett High School
Madalynn Campbell (she/her/hers), 8th grade, John P. Freeman Optional School
Hannah Faulkner (she/her/hers), 10th grade, Bartlett High School
Averie Howell (she/her/hers), 10th grade, St. Mary’s Episcopal School
Emmanuel Mosley (he/him/his), 11th grade, Brighton High School
Madisyn Richmond (she/her/hers), 12th grade, DeSoto Central High School
Salina Shamsuddin (she/her/hers), 10th grade, Collierville High School
Alaya Turner (she/her/hers), 9th grade, Southaven High School
Sara Weinstein (she/her/hers), 12th grade, Margolin Hebrew Academy
Ethan Yang (he/him/his), 12th grade, White Station High School

Meeting dates for the 2021-2022 school year:

  • Orientation: August 28, 2021, 10 am – 4 pm
  • September YAB Meeting: September 9, 2021, 4:30 pm – 6:15 pm
  • Working Meeting: September 23, 2021, 4:30 pm – 6:15 pm
  • Working Meeting: October 7, 2021, 4:30 pm – 6:15 pm
  • BRIDGES Board of Directors Meeting: October 21, 2021, 4:30 pm – 6:15 pm
  • November YAB Meeting: November 4, 2021, 4:30 pm – 6:15 pm
  • Working Meeting: November 18, 2021, 4:30 pm – 6:15 pm
  • December YAB Meeting: December 9, 2021, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • January YAB Meeting: January 13th 2021, 4:30 pm – 6:15 pm
  • Working Meeting: January 27, 2022, 4:30 pm – 6:15 pm
  • February YAB Meeting: February 10, 2022, 4:30 pm – 6:15 pm
  • Working Meeting: February 24, 2022, 4:30 pm – 6:15 pm
  • Working Meeting: March 10, 2022, 4:30 pm – 6:15 pm
  • BRIDGES Board of Directors Retreat: March 31, 2022, 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm
  • April YAB Meeting: April 14, 2022, 4:30 pm – 6:15 pm
  • Working Meeting: April 28, 2022, 4:30 pm – 6:15 pm
  • End of Year Celebration: May 12, 2022, 4:30 pm – 6:15 pm
  • Other dates to-be-determined

Requirements:

  • Have completed at least one full year of Bridge Builders COLLABORATE
  • Are in 8th-12th grade
  • Able to attend two monthly meetings (one at the BRIDGES Center and one virtual) from August to May, as well as be available for other periodic opportunities that arise throughout the year (such as interviewing potential staff hires and attending strategic planning sessions)