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Texans Standing Tall
Texans Standing Tall attracted and selected a stellar group of youth leaders to work in partnership with TST, to prevent alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. Each Youth Leadership Council member is actively involved in numerous leadership opportunities to create healthier and safer communities while building upon their leadership skills. Throughout the year, members are required to complete a prevention project in their community and help prepare about presentation for TST's 2018 Statewide Summit. The members serve a one-year term from October through September.
Please welcome Texans Standing Tall's Youth Leadership Council Members!
AJ Cortez has been in the Youth Leadership Council for five years. He is a junior studying social work at Our Lady of the Lake University. AJ joined the YLC because he cares about the well-being and safety of others and hopes to change people's perception of alcohol in his community. He is a mentor for the Leadership Initiative for Freshman Excellence, a Resident Assistant, and a member of the Worden Social Work Organization.
Andrea Marquez is a third-year YLC member and a senior at Loretto Academy High School. She joined the YLC to become more informed on underage drinking and how she can make a difference in the underage alcohol consumption rates. She is a part of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Junior Leadership, HOPE Club, LEAP Club, and Teen Advisory Board.
Jesus Cabrales is a fourth-year Youth Leadership Council member and a junior at University of Texas - El Paso. He joined the YLC to increase his knowledge about the dangers of underage drinking and how to decrease youth access. Jesus is a member of the IFC, VP of external affairs, SGA member, and a choice member at his church. Jesus is getting a double Bachelor's in Criminal Justice and Political Science. In the future, he hopes to work in law enforcement or run for a legislative position.
Ahmaris is a third-year YLC member currently working for Mars Chocolate and leading teens in her church. She is passionate about talking to peers and adults about preventing underage drinking and making a difference in her community. She has been motivated through her work as a YLC member and sees how communities can change when people work together. Ahmaris hopes to see adults take underage drinking more seriously.
Joey Smith is a third-year YLC member who wants to help change the lives of youth. Joey joined the YLC because he wants to fine-tune his leadership skills and increase his knowledge of alcohol policy and advocacy to change the perception of alcohol in his community. He has a modest goal: seeing underage drinking in his community drop to zero percent!
Nathaniel Fomby is a fourth-year Youth Leadership Council member and a junior at Concordia University. He joined the YLC to expand his knowledge on policy and the effects of alcohol. He is a consultant for Say What!, and a volunteer/ intern for Extreme Youth Leadership. He hopes to educate his collegiate peers about the risks of underage and binge drinking. Nathaniel loves theater and music, and is currently working toward becoming a math teacher.
Nikolai Petty is a second-year Youth Leadership Council member and freshman at El Paso Community College. He would like to see his peers drinking less, and he hopes to use his position on the YLC to teach his peers about the dangers of underage drinking. He enjoys ice skating on the weekends and hopes to one day become chief of police of a major metropolitan city in Texas.
Samuel Albrecht is a second-year member of the Youth Leadership Council and a senior at Broaddus High School. He joined the YLC in hopes of learning more about prevention so that he can lead youth in making positive choices. He wants to play a role in decreasing teen alcohol and drug abuse in his county. He is a member of 4H, Future Farmers of America, UIL, Spanish Club, Art Club, National Honor Society, and enjoys basketball, fishing, hunting, and running track.
Amy Tang is a first-year member of the Youth Leadership Council and a senior at Lufkin High School. She is involved in the Angelina County Drug-Free All Stars, President Green Team, Breaking The Stereotype, American Sign Language Club, and Ignite. Amy is also the vice president of the National Honor Society and vice president of the student council. She wants to change her community's perspective on drug abuse and inspire others to become passionate about prevention.
Katy Turner is a sophomore at the University of Houston (Lufkin). She is a board member of The Coalition, Inc. in Lufkin. She is passionate about volunteering and youth alcohol and drug prevention. She hopes the skills she learns through the YLC will help her engage her community in more prevention efforts. She loves college and being a "dog mom."
Jessica Corona is a senior at the Center for Career and Technology Education (CCTE) in El Paso. She is a first-year YLC member and is also involved in Teens in the Drivers Seat, Student Council, and varsity cheerleading. Her community and peers motivate her to make contributions to help those who struggle. She hopes through her work with the YLC she will see a decrease in vandalism and minors in possession of drugs and alcohol in her community.
Emily Hottman is a high school senior motivated to help people in her community. In addition to joining the YLC, she is a member of the East Texas Teen Court, Angelina Drug-Free All Stars, Varsity softball, KYSSED (a local drug-free organization), and the National Honor Society. She hopes to help her peers prevent harmful behaviors - namely underage drinking and tobacco use - and hopes to see a decrease in underage drinking in her community.
Lauren Oliver is a senior at Zavalla High School, and this is her first year on the YLC. She is also involved in Teen Court, Future Farmers of America, KYSSED, the National Honor Society, cheerleading, and softball. Lauren is motivated to help members of her community steer clear of harmful substances and avoid the pain that substance abuse causes family members. She is also passionate about seeing a decrease in underage drinking in her community.
Samantha De La Rosa is a first-year YLC member and a junior at the Center for Career and Technology Education (CCTE) in El Paso. She enjoys singing, dancing, and spending time with friends. She is also involved in Teens in the Drivers Seat, Skills USA, and Crime Stoppers. She hopes to create a safer and healthier community by encouraging peers and adults to work together to put an end to underage drinking and tobacco use.
Daegan Smith is a freshman at Ingleside High School and enjoys being a member of the Ingleside Band, Student Council, the Principal Advisory Committee, and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). He sees too many of his peers abusing alcohol and other substances, and he wants to help them make healthier choices and avoid addiction.
Millenia German is a senior at the Center for Career and Technology Education (CCTE) in El Paso and a new YLC member. She is involved in Crime Stoppers, Teens in the Drivers Seat, Student Council, and a law enforcement program. She hopes to make her community a "non-alcohol" community where teens have fun at parties without alcohol or other substances. She also wants to make sure teens don't risk their lives by driving while intoxicated.
Kaileigh Wahl is a senior at Hirschi High School and first-year member of the YLC. She loves being around her friends and family, and she wants to be a medical assistant and pediatric nurse. She hopes to make a difference in her community by raising awareness about the effects of alcohol and substance abuse on the body. She also hopes to see a halt in the sale of tobacco and alcohol to minors in her community, and a drop in tobacco and alcohol use among her peers.