Teen Advisory Board
Learn More About Emily
At Naperville North, Emily is involved in a variety of different sports and clubs. In the fall she plays golf and plays lacrosse in the spring. She loves being on a team and supporting her teammates. Emily is also involved in National Honor Society, French Honor Society and Youth and Government. Outside of school, she continues to give back to her community at her church where she volunteers and mentors younger kids as well as participates in the annual youth summer mission trip. This will be her third year on the SAB board and she is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities presented to her. Never hesitate to ask her anything as she loves meeting new people and helping them out!
Learn More About Alexa
Alexa is a senior at Naperville North. She runs cross country and track and is so excited to be a cross country captain for this fall season. Alexa enjoys being involved in clubs such as Youth and Government, Community Outreach Club, and DECA. She also loves giving back to her community through Spanish National Honors Society, and she is the on the executive board of National Honors Society. In her free time, Alexa enjoys reading, volunteering, and spending time with friends. She is very excited for her third year on the TAB because she loves working with the others involved in the Alive Center, all of whom are passionate about the well-being of the community!
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Learn More About Ria
Ria Chugh is a Sophomore at Naperville North High School. She loves being part of many sports and extracurricular activities including competitive swimming and water polo at North. She loves being involved in school clubs such as Future Problem Solvers. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling to new places, and meeting new people. Ria enjoys being a member of the student advisory board at the Alive Center and looks forward to engage with others to make a difference in the community.
Learn More About Kelsey
Kelsey is a sophomore at Naperville North. She loves to run cross country, play softball, and hopes to do CEC this year at Naperville North. She worked as a teachers assistant for visually impaired second and fourth graders this summer, as well as an umpire for the Lisle Park District. She is also a leader at Camp Compassion-a summer camp for girls. She is very excited to be on the student advisory board, and looks forward to a great year of fundraisers, meetings, and events!
Learn More About Sameer
Sameer is a Junior at Neuqua Valley High School. At Neuqua, he’s involved
in Youth and Government and the school’s music program. He also frequently
engages in community service in and outside of school, and enjoys playing
tennis and spending time with friends in his spare time. Sameer’s looking
forward to staying involved at Alive for another year, and serving as
secretary of TAB this year!
Learn More About Caroline
Caroline is a senior at Naperville Central High School. She participates in student council, DECA, swim team, and BPA. At Alive, Caroline is the Art Committee Lead! She is super excited to be on the board and the new year!
Learn More About Ishan
Ishan, a Senior at Naperville North High School, is a growth-oriented individual constantly striving to make an impact on society. He only partakes in activities in which he can direct his full attention and dedication towards. Some of these activities include DECA, running a business and playing an Indian Classical Instrument- Tabla. In his free time, he loves to spend time with family and friends, create digital media, and volunteer at his local Hindu Temple. As a Student Board Member at the Alive Center of Naperville, he hopes to work towards leaving a legacy of giving more back to the community than he originally received.
Learn More About Maizie
Maizie is a senior at Naperville North High School. She is a part of varsity dance team and Orchesis. She also a part of National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and peer tutoring. In her free time she enjoys volunteering at Marianjoy Hospital. She is excited to continue being a part of TAB and is looking forward to many new opportunities!
Learn More About Grace
Grace is involved in a variety of activities including cross-country, water polo, Red Cross club, National Honors Society, and more. She loves being apart of a team atmosphere and cheering on her teammates. In her free time she enjoys playing guitar, hanging with friends, and playing with her Golden Retriever Honey. Grace is super excited to be apart of this year’s Student Advisory Board and can’t wait to meet new people and try new things as the year progresses.
Learn More About Izzy
Izzy is a junior at Naperville North High School, involved in orchesis, student government, and the dance team. She is also a Link Crew and Adaptive PE leader. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at Dupage PADS and participating in retreats at her church. She is very excited to participate in her second year on the Alive Teen Advisory Board!
Learn More About Neha
Neha is a junior at Naperville Central and is very involved in the Naperville Community. Passionate to create a change in her school, she is an ambassador, part of student advisory council, a member of several honors society, and a girls tennis captain.
Learn More About Adi
Adi is a sophomore at Naperville North High School. I am part of the basketball team at North and I’m active in clubs like speech and DECA. I’m also involved in extracurricular activities like playing the violin and programming. In my free time, I like playing with my dog, playing basketball, and hanging out with my friends. I’m on the STEM board at the Alive Center and look forward to being more involved in clubs and events at the Alive Center in the future.
Learn More About Maya
Maya Knotts is currently a senior at Neuqua Valley. I am the teen lead for the STEM committee, as well as one of the leads for Girls Who Code. I’ve always been interested in computer science and am dedicated to spreading my passion to other kids!
Learn More About Olivia
Olivia is a junior at Naperville North High School. At Naperville North, Olivia is on the golf team and she is a Bridging the Gap mentor for minority middle school students. She is also part of the Black Student Leadership Association and Link Crew. On the weekends, Olivia is involved with Golf for Christ, an organization that exposes minority kids to the game of golf. In her free time, she loves to find great food trucks and restaurants to eat at. This will be Olivia’s second year on the TAB and she loves to get involved and contribute to the Alive community!
Learn More About Sarina
Sarina Betjemann is a sophomore at Naperville North High School. She on the swim and water polo team for North and participates in the club Future Problem Solvers. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing with her dogs, and travelling to new places. She is excited for her second year at the alive center student board and can’t wait for the new experiences it will bring!
Learn More About Brianna
Brianna is a junior at Naperville Central. She has started the Girls Engineering Empowerment Sessions, Girls STEM Camp, Rocket Science Club, and founded the Girls Who Code Club. At school, she is involved in activities like Speech Team, Student Advisory Council, School Ambassadors, Spanish Honors Society, and Cross Country. Outside of school, she is a WorldChicago Youth Diplomat and plays classical guitar. Her hobbies include photography and filmmaking.
Brianna is honored to be apart of the Teen Advisory Board and cannot wait to make a difference in the community!
Learn More About Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn is a very involved member of the Naperville community. At her school, she serves as the editor-in-chief of The Essence as well as a captain of Science Olympiad. In her free time, she likes to draw, play the violin, and further find ways to better the community. Kaitlyn is looking forward to becoming a member of Alive’s TAB, and she hopes that she will be able to benefit the Naperville community more.
Learn More About Emily
Emily is a junior at Neuqua Valley High School. She is passionate about literature, film, art, history, philosophy, and linguistics. Some of her favorite writers and poets include Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Salman Rushdie, Mikhail Bulgakov, Fernando Pessoa, and Jenny Xie. At school, she is involved in the Speech Team, SkillsUSA, Rho Kappa Social Studies Honors Society, and the MAWI Leadership Initiative, among others. She also volunteers at Good Samaritan Hospital and serves as an editor for Polyphony Lit. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry and painting. Her work has been nationally and internationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize, and the PTA Reflections Program, and some of her latest poems are forthcoming in Sooth Swarm Journal and Eunoia Review. She is looking forward to empowering youth voices in her community through Alive.
Learn More About Payton
Payton is a senior at Naperville North High School. She loves running and spending her falls being apart of Norths track team. Payton also loves attending Norths Feminist Roundtable, as she is an advocate for equality among everyone. She is on Snowball Staff as well, Youth 360’s ATOD (alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs) prevention retreat. In her free time, Payton loves to hang out with friends, read, spend time with family, and write. Her biggest passion is photography, and she loves taking her friends portraits. She is also a School of the New York Times alumni for photography. Payton is very excited to begin leading Mental Health Mondays and start a conversation about mental health to end the stigma. She loves meeting new people and trying new things, which makes the Alive Center the perfect place for her!
Learn More About Anusha
Anusha is a junior at Neuqua Valley High School. She is the Vice President of her school’s UNICEF club and also is the city lead for a nonprofit named USK4W. She is also a member of her school’s Model United Nations, Youth and Government, Business Professionals of America, and Social Studies Honors Society clubs. Anusha is also currently one year away from earning her bachelor’s degree in Hindustani classical singing from a university in India. In her free time, Anusha enjoys dancing, reading, and spending time with her friends and family. Anusha is very excited to be a member of the student advisory board and hopes to make a difference at the Alive center!
Learn More About Helen
Helen is a junior at Neuqua Valley High School. At Neuqua, she is a part of Student Council CEO, science olympiad, and math team. She also loves being on the court, and has been a varsity badminton player since her freshman year. Outside of school, Helen enjoys art, reading, and listening to music. She hopes to make a difference in her community and is looking forward to a great year with the Alive center.
Learn More About Zoe
Zoe is a senior at Naperville North. She is on the STEM Committee on the Teen Advisory Board and the leader of Sustaining the Future, an environmental initiative at Alive. In her free time, she enjoys playing trumpet in numerous ensembles at her school. She plans to pursue biology in the future.