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Youth Advisory Board

Nothing About Us, Without Us  

CYFA recognizes the social change efforts cannot happen without youth voice and active participation.  Young people bring knowledge, skills, awareness of issues and root causes, commitment, a sense of responsibility, and chances to act on passions through relevant, sustained actions.

CYFA’s Youth Advisory Board members play a critical role in helping to guide CYFA’s understanding of the most pressing opportunities, issues, and challenges facing Arlington County’s children and youth.  Each board member has the opportunity to provide insight and feedback on CYFA’s programs, initiatives, communications, and strategic planning and to analyze, guide, and engage on community-based proposals and initiatives. Additionally, for members, CYFA’s Youth Advisory Board is an opportunity to develop leadership skills and community voice, provide perspective on issues affecting young people, meet and collaborate with other youth interested in systems and social change, and to advance problem-solving skills.  
 
The Youth Advisory Board is open to middle and high school students residing in Arlington County.  The Board meets quarterly based on a schedule approved by its members.  
 
Please fill out the form below to apply to join CYFA’s Youth Advisory Board. 

Welcome to our Youth Advisory Board

Christine Lively, Volunteer Coordinator
Gabrielle Cordero

Gabrielle Cordero

I am a rising senior at Washington-Liberty as well as a lifetime Arlingtonian. I am engaged in various youth community service projects at my school such as the global health club and the Arlington Youth Philanthropy Initiative. I joined the CYFA Youth Advisory Board to learn more about how I can help my community in a political and legal court setting and spread that knowledge to teenagers who could benefit most from these programs. 
Elizabeth Rupert

Elizabeth Rupert

I attend Washington Liberty High School and I am a rising junior. I volunteer at my local library and I am in student government. I love sports and I am on the varsity track team at Washington Liberty highschool. 
Mya Hung

Mya Hung

I’m currently a freshman at Washington Liberty. I’m a coxswain on my schools crew team. I have a pet hamster and a dog. In my spare time I enjoy baking, reading, and spending time with friends.

Zack Dabrowski

Zack Dabrowski

I am an 11th grader at Arlington Career Center who is pursuing political science and anthropology. I love to help out my community in anyway I can, from community service to leadership positions. 
Ainsley Meck

Ainsley Meck

I am a rising senior at Arlington Tech high school who has a passion for law and forensic science. I love to be involved in anything that helps my community, and volunteer as much as I can.

Cheyenne Klapper

Cheyenne Klapper

I am a senior at Arlington Tech High School. I have a passion for law and public policy, and I hope to become a JAG Officer in the U.S. Army. I am a very active volunteer/volunteer coordinator, an EMT, and am president of my school’s Environmental Club. I love helping out my community as much as I can! 

Vic Hernandez

Vic Hernandez

I’m Vic, I am currently about to enter my senior year of high school at Arlington Career Center, I like to consider myself a hardworking person who enjoys listening to other and learning as many new things as possible. My hobbies include reading book and learning new songs on my guitar, as I join the team in CYFA my hopes are to make a change in the youth community and to learn new perspectives and experiences.

Taylor Walker

Taylor Walker

I am a senior at Washington-Liberty High School with plans to study economics/finance in college and pursue a career in public policy and law. As SCA President at WL and an active member in my community, I am passionate about community outreach and volunteer work. I am excited to get involved at CYFA, furthering my interest in the American justice system!

Matthew Hobbs

Matthew Hobbs

I’m a student at Yorktown High School who likes to help and connect with people in my
community and school. I’m a leader in Minority Men United, part of the Global Informed Citizens
and Mental Health Awareness clubs, and I regularly volunteer at the Arlington Food Assistance
Center. I also work as a youth sports referee and lifeguard. As a Youth Peer Court ambassador,
I hope to contribute to a fairer and more restorative justice system for teens in Arlington.

Biba Kaur

Biba Kaur

I’m currently a student at NCS with interest in public policy related to racial justice and equity.  I volunteer with the Red Cross and Service clubs at school and in my spare time, I like to play soccer, read, and listen to music.