TAM Youth Advisory Board

Babayosimi (Simi)
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.
Edward
Youth Advisor
Edward is entering 8th grade. He is very fascinated about careers in healthcare, mental health, and STEM fields. During this difficult time in the pandemic, his interest has sprung to learn more about a person’s well-being mentally and physically, especially when the use of technology plays such a critical role in students’ day-to-day learning. As a son of a psychologist and a child growing up as a bilingual learner, he is excited to learn more from renowned researchers and his fellow peers at TAM and share his experiences. He hopes that when he grows up, he will enter a profession that will benefit other people.
Jared
Youth Advisor
Jared 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
Youth Advisor
Jessica is entering her senior year at Windsor High School in California. She is interested in psychology and the effect mental health has on the way people think, feel, and act in their daily lives. She enjoys playing multiple sports and meeting new people. Jessica wanted to be a member of this program so she could connect with people involved in this field of study and learn more about research. She is excited to see what the TAM team will bring her in the future.
Jessica
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.
Josh
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
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).
Natasha
Youth Advisor
Natasha (she/her) is entering her senior year in high school. Her favorite form of social media is Instagram because it is a chronicle of pictures, videos, and memories from the past few years and a way to connect with her friends during the pandemic. Natasha is excited to combine her backgrounds in mental and behavioral health research and algorithmic justice and ethical technology advocacy at TAM and hopes to explore the positive impacts tech can have on adolescent mental health. She also hurdles and runs track & field and enjoys photography and travel.
Siena
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.
Soleil
Youth Advisor
My name is Soleil and I am currently a junior at Flower Mound High School in Texas. I am a cheerleader and love cheering at late night football games! I also enjoy volunteering with the American Red Cross and local food pantries! I am so excited to be a part of the TAM YAB this year and make an impact on mental wellness in youth! I look forward to being a part of research on adolescent technology use and mental wellness and gaining more research skills! An aspiration of mine is to become a Pediatric Neurologist and I believe doctors should be researchers, so I plan to carry the research skills I gain into med school and eventually pediatric neurology!
Summer
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!
Sydney
Youth Advisor
Sydney is entering her senior year of high school. 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 her 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.
Tess
Youth Advisor
Tess is entering their senior year of high school. Their favorite social media platform is Snapchat because they love being able to text and send videos and pictures to their friends all in one place. Their excited to get to see relevant research being done, as well as getting the chance to learn more about the research process in general.
Vakayla
Youth Advisor
Vakayla is entering 10th grade. Her favorite social media platform is instagram. She likes the fact she can stay in touch with people no matter where they are and see what her friends post. Vakayla wanted to be a part of this program because mental health is very import to her, and she likes how diverse the program is. She’s excited to hear the different point of views on technology and social media from everyone else involved.
Yeva
Youth Advisor
Yeva is entering 11th grade. Her favorite social media is Snapchat, as it helps her stay connected with people from different communities. She is excited to learn more about mental health on a psychological level. She enjoys playing multiple sports such as dance and golf. She is very excited to be part of the program and looks forward to getting to know everyone.

Alumni Youth Advisors

Alexandra
Alumni Youth Advisor
Youth Advisor: August 2020 - August 2021
Arielle
Alumni Youth Advisor
Youth Advisor: August 2020 - August 2021
Bella
Alumni Youth Advisor
Youth Advisor: August 2020 - August 2021