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Youth Advisory Group

Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing

Our Stanford Center’s Youth Advisory Group is a group of young people who represent diversity across race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, lived expression, ability and socio-economic status. They are passionate about affecting change and connecting with other youth to increase access to mental health care.

Meet our Southern San Mateo County Youth Advisors

Why were you interested in getting involved?

Pogisa
she/her/hers

I was immediately drawn to Southern San Mateo Youth Advisory Group because of its mission to aid youth in my community who are highly impacted by mental health issues. As an advocate for mental health, I am motivated to help other youth access resources to allow them to heal and grow.

Rachel
she/her/hers

I heard of this group through StarVista HAP-Y program I'm a part of and would like to continue the advocacy and education work I've done with mental health to reach as many people as possible and change the stigma around mental health so people can get the help they need.


Everardo        
he/him/his

I really enjoy being able to help people and helping them fell less afraid of learning more about themselves and I thought it would be a great idea to join Youth Advisory Group in order to try and do that.


Salote
she/her/hers

I really love this program’s mission. What drew me to the Southern San Mateo Youth Advisory Group specifically was their aim to encourage youth to seek help early. This is a message that I align and agree with completely, and I am so excited to be a part of a group of people who are doing the work that needs to be done for mass healing.


Farrah
she/her/hers

I heard about the opportunity to join the Southern San Mateo County Youth Advisory Group through a connection at StarVista. Once I browsed through the different projects listed on the website, I knew I had to join - There's something so powerful about a team of youth working together to address issues related to mental health!


Melissa
she/her/hers

I was intrigued to join the Southern San Mateo Youth Advisory Group because I want to continue the fight for the de-stigmatization of mental illness and health. It is important to talk to other teens, spread awareness, and educate older generations on what mental wellbeing truly is. And through this advisory group, I think there is an exponentially better shot at creating a safe space for talking about mental wellbeing for everyone!


Samantha
she/her/hers

I was drawn to the Youth Advisory Group because I am interested in learning more about mental health and the issues that impact and are important to youth. There is a lot of stigma around mental health, even though it is an important topic that affects everyone's daily lives. I think that this is an opportunity to change the mindset around mental health and an opportunity for me to contribute back to my community and to be a part of positive change.


Emma
she/her/hers

I've been super passionate about mental health from a young age, and I thought it would be an amazing way to become more involved in addressing and trying to solve issues surrounding mental health in our community.


Yvette
she/her/hers

HAP-Y is something similar and our coordinator told us about it, so I was really interested in getting involved.