TAM Youth Advisory Board


Current Youth Advisors

Audrey
Youth Advisor
Audrey is a senior from the Bay Area, California. Her favorite social media app is Instagram where she can connect with her friends through a collage of photos and reels. She hopes to weave her unique perspective on coding, ethics, and algorithmic biases from her technology background as well as confidence and inclusion from her mental health advocacy to accelerate TAM's adolescent social media and mental wellness research. Her favorite self-care activities include writing calligraphy, journaling, or hiking in nature.
Azara
Youth Advisor
Azara is a senior at University School of Milwaukee in Wisconsin. Her favorite social media app is Snapchat to communicate with her friends. This year she is pursuing an independent science research program looking at how male and female athletes are portrayed differently in various social media posts, as well as whether users engage positively or negatively with those posts. She plans to pursue sociology in college and continue doing research on the interaction between technology and humans, especially as the use of AI increases in society. Azara also loves to play (field hockey) and watch (NBA) sports.
Edward
Youth Advisor
Edward is a sophomore at Tenafly High School, located in Tenafly, NJ. His favorite social media platform is YouTube, as it is both a source of information and entertainment for him. He is interested in STEM and hopes to pursue a profession in healthcare. As the son of a psychologist and college professor, he is excited to learn more from renowned researchers and his fellow peers at TAM and share his experiences with technology and social media. In his free time, Edward enjoys playing tennis with friends, working on coding projects, and practicing the violin.
Isha
Youth Advisor
Mia
Youth Advisor
Mia (She/Her) is a junior at B. Reed Henderson High School in West Chester, PA. She is very interested in engineering, health care and other STEM related disciplines and hopes to eventually gain research experience in a STEM related area. She is an avid supporter of girls and women’s rights and loves drawing and creating. She put these two passions together to create her own small business where she uses her original artwork depicting women in a positive light to sell tees, mugs and other items. The proceeds from her business goes to support various charities, one of which is the No More Secrets period poverty organization, which works to end period poverty by providing free menstrual products and education on health and hygiene for women and girls. Through her support of this charity, Mia learned about the significant mental health issues that period poverty can cause and how technology is an important tool in helping connect those in need to services and resources. She is excited to participate as a TAM youth advisor to share her experiences with technology and how it can benefit teen mental health in many different ways.
Neo
Youth Advisor
My name is Neo Hou, and I’m a senior in high school. My favorite social media is BeReal because of its casualness. My hobbies include listening to podcasts, video editing, research, and reading. Currently, I’m interested in mental health, mental illnesses, and human disease processes, and I aspire to pursue a career in medicine. I’m excited to work on the TAM YAB alongside like-minded people from around the country, and I hope to learn about the nuances of mental health and technology from my peers and mentors.
Princy
Youth Advisor
Shreya
Youth Advisor
Shreya is a junior from Austin, Texas. Her favorite social media app is BeReal because it gives her an authentic glimpse of her friends' lives without stimulating a compulsive need to refresh. Shreya hopes to utilize her experiences serving on the IDRA's YAB and her love of the written word to contribute to conducive conversations on the relationship between technology and adolescent mental health. Her favorite ways to practice self-care include painting, making jewelry, writing, baking, and reorganizing an extensive sticker collection.
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!
Sonja
Youth Advisor
Sonja is a sophomore in high school from Westchester, NY. Her favorite social media app is Pinterest, where she enjoys finding inspiration for fashion and art. Sonja's STEM interests revolve around biology and medicine, researching neurological disorders in her school's science research program. As part of the TAM YAB, she looks forward to using her knowledge of neuroscience and mental health to contribute unique perspectives on both technology's positive and negative impacts on youth. She is excited to learn from researchers and work with like-minded peers. Sonja hopes to pursue medicine in college, but in the meantime, she enjoys listening to music, volunteering at her local hospital, and playing volleyball.
Sruthi
Youth Advisor
Sruthi is a senior from Prosper, Texas. Her favorite social media platform is Pinterest, as it is a great source of inspiration for new art projects and photography. She hopes to make mental health resources more readily accessible through technology, and is excited to explore this field more in depth with her TAM YAB peers and mentors. In her free time, she likes to read mystery novels, watch Supernatural, and solve sudoku puzzles.
Vakayla
Youth Advisor
My name is Vakayla Davies, and I'm a senior in high school. My favorite social media platform is Instagram, because I can connect and talk to all of my friends in one place. My interest in being a part of the TAM YAB came from my interest in how we as a society can appropriately adapt to technology's rising place in the lives of youth; because whether we will acknowledge it or not the next generation of children is being raised surrounded by it. Even we were in a way, and people unfamiliar with it, look at that as a bad thing, but that's only if you make it “bad” in my opinion. My favorite thing about TAM is learning from the diverse perspectives that the other members hold, and I'm really excited to see what we can continue to teach one another.
Varsha
Youth Advisor
My name is Varsha and I am currently a sophomore at Verona High School in Wisconsin. My favorite social media app is Pinterest because it makes it easy to express yourself with your interests and connect with others who have similar interests. I like to volunteer at my local hospital, read a lot, and play cello. I am interested in psychology and oncology and I want to pursue a career in medicine. So far I really like the advisory board and love to hear different opinions about mental health!
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.

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Alumni Youth Advisors

Alexandra
Alumni Youth Advisor
Youth Advisor: August 2020 - August 2021
Arielle
Alumni Youth Advisor
Youth Advisor: August 2020 - August 2021
Babayosimi (Simi)
Alumni Youth Advisor
Youth Advisor: August 2021 - August 2022
Bella
Alumni Youth Advisor
Youth Advisor: August 2020 - August 2021
Jared
Alumni Youth Advisor
Youth Advisor: August 2020 - August 2022
Jessica
Alumni Youth Advisor
Youth Advisor: August 2020 - August 2022
Jessica
Alumni Youth Advisor
Youth Advisor: 2020-2023
Josh
Alumni Youth Advisor
Youth Advisor: August 2020 - August 2022
Kelly
Alumni Youth Advisor
Youth Advisor: August 2020 - August 2022
Natasha
Alumni Youth Advisor
Youth Advisor: 2020-2023
Siena
Alumni Youth Advisor
Youth Advisor: August 2020 - August 2022
Summer
Alumni Youth Advisor
Youth Advisor: August 2020 - August 2021
Sydney
Alumni Youth Advisor
Youth Advisor: August 2020 - August 2022
Tess
Alumni Youth Advisor
Youth Advisor: August 2020 - August 2022
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