TAM Youth

Josh Plasterer
Youth Advisor
Josh is entering his senior year. He doesn't have a favorite social media platform, although he does use Youtube and Discord for academic and educational purposes. He wants to learn about and connect with the people involved in responsible technology policy and mental wellness, as they are the cutting edge of an incredibly important field for modern social interaction, digital businesses, and technology ethics. He also does leatherworking!
Kelly Janssens
Youth Advisor
Kelly is a rising senior. Her favorite form of social media is Snapchat, which helps her feel connected to other people during quarantine. Being on people's private story that she is close with and seeing what they do everyday allows her to relate during these harder times to stay connected. The TAM program last year allowed her to connect with teens in her state with similar interests, science, research and who were very motivated at school. TAM also helped her learn soft skills like being courteous on a video call, or talking to researchers professionally. Kelly helped with the Connect-19 TAM project (PI: Megan Ranney).
Siena Perna
Youth Advisor
Siena is a high school senior. She's excited to learn more about research as a potential aspect of her career. She also wants to pursue a career in public health, so research has always been in the back of her mind!I Siena has been learning French since she was 5.
Bella Red Owl
Youth Advisor
Bella Red Owl is entering 10th grade. Her favorite social media platform is Instagram, where she can repost posts on her story and watch other stories or posts. Through participation in TAM, Bella wants to meet new people and hear what they have to say. She loves to play piano.
Alexandra Saffman
Youth Advisor
Alexandra is entering 9th grade. With TAM, she hopes that she will be able to meet new people, both experts in the field and students like her, and share insight. She thinks that this is a really unique opportunity to learn how we all see and interact with technology in different ways. Technology poses unique challenges and possibilities for all of us, and she thinks that through the communication of our experiences, work can be done to make sure that technology holds an engaging, productive, and safe space in each of our lives. Alexandra also owns a "pet" cactus named Spiky, who is about two years old.
Tess Purin
Youth Advisor
Tess is entering 11th grade. Her favorite social media platform is Snapchat because she loves being able to text and send videos and pictures to her friends all in one place. She's excited to get to see relevant research being done, as well as getting the chance to learn more about the research process in general. Tess read the Harry Potter series for the first time this summer, and if she were at Hogwarts she would definitely be a Ravenclaw!
Sydney Trinrud
Youth Advisor
Sydney is entering her junior year. Her favorite social media platform is Instagram, where she can republish content she is passionate about, including current events, and can spark up conversations about those topics with my friends. She is hoping to gain more research experience and team work skills with like-minded people, and hoping to meet others who are passionate and interested in similar topics such as adolescent health and wellness.
Jared Lemminger
Youth Advisor
Jared Lemminger is entering his junior year of high school. His favorite social media platform is VSCO because it doesn't possess the social overhead or expectation of likes and followers; it's just a creative space to share images and thoughts, allowing others to enjoy them. Jared is hoping to gain more insight on how certain social media can positively impact adolescents and help be part of the development of a mental health aid to help those struggling. From there, he thinks, we can take those ideas and supportive products and aid in the implementation in our communities to ultimately provide each other with resources on achieving and maintaining a positive mental well-being.
Jessica Lee
Youth Advisor
Jessica is entering 11th grade. She's excited to learn more about psychology and mental health, but is open open and receptive to anything presented at the colloquium! To be surrounded by many well-knowledged people with similar or different interests and opinions will be a great experience, and she looks forward to meeting everyone virtually. Jessica is a daughter of Canadian immigrants whose parents also immigrated.
Babayosimi (Simi) Fadiran
Youth Advisor
Simi is entering 12th grade. From the TAM program and participation in the colloquium, he is hoping to gain insight on how to do scientific research, as he is interested in a career in medical research. Simi also plays cello and the piano.
Summer Knowles
Youth Advisor
Summer's favorite social media platform is Amino. Xe loves jumping into a group chat that’s live and being able to hear the host’s voice. If xe's up for it, Summer can chime in with xir thoughts, too, so it’s really interactive and exciting. Xe loves to meet researchers and doctors involved in neuroscience. Summer is also eager to befriend members in the program who share xir interest in improving the longevity and mental health resilience of the Gen Z population!
Arielle Geismar
Youth Advisor
Arielle Geismar is in her first year of college at George Washington University. She is passionate about Instagram, and her favorite way of using it is for self care check-ins that she tries to do every day. For these check ins, she asks people how they're doing in different self-care aspects. She's excited to get to know the colloquium participants better and share resources and knowledge. Arielle also does embroidery projects!