Youth Advisory Council

Youth Advisory Council: Youth At the Center

The Youth Advisory Council is a leadership opportunity for youth leaders to effectively develop their own power and empower others to affect change. UP’s YAC also advises UP for Learning and co-creates programming. YAC members are in a position to activate youth-adult partnership and learner agency statewide. We are middle and high school youth that represent teams engaged in participatory action research and educational equity across Vermont.

Brody Brown

Youth Advisory Council

Brody is a junior in the graduating class of 2022 at Williamstown Middle High School. His personal interests are recreational running, spending time with friends and family, and eating!

As a new member of the Youth Advisory Council, Brody is looking forward to the work in kindling, fostering, and supporting youth and adult partnership in reimagining the educational system to encompass equity of all stakeholders.

Maisie Franke

Co-chair, Youth Advisory Council

Maisie Franke joined UP for Learning in the spring of 2020. She is a junior and student school board representative at Harwood Union High School. She is looking forward to this year when she has the opportunity to co-teach a leadership class at her school that prioritizes student voice and dialogue based learning. She hopes to use this class as a venue to have conversations around racism and our education system, two topics she’s passionate about along with climate change and the environment.

She joined UP as a youth facilitator with Cultivating Pathways to Sustainability and is continuing that work this year along with being the youth board member, and a Youth Advisory Council (YAC) co-chair. Maisie strongly believes in the power of youth adult partnership and is working towards bringing those ideas into other aspects of her life. 

Maisie loves to ski and spends as much time as she can out in the wilderness exploring new trails and searching for fresh powder with friends, teammates, and family. She runs cross-country in the fall and is excited to be a nordic captain this winter! 

Ana Lindert-Boyes

Youth Advisory Council

Ana Lindert-Boyes is a senior at Twinfield Union School and is enrolled in the Early College program at Goddard College in Plainfield. At Twinfield, she has been actively involved in advocating for education reform, youth activism, and antiracism as a representative on the School Board, a member of their Student Voice group, Equity team, and more. This year, she is excited to be co-teaching a class centered around examining equity through a restorative practices lens.

First as a participant of Transforming School Culture Through Restorative Practices, then later as a co-facilitator, Ana has been working with UP since her freshman year. During her time as a youth partner, she has become a member of UP’s Youth Advisory Council, connected with Vermont Learning for the Future, and planned and facilitated in a number of different contexts, including the Power 2 summit for several years.

In her free time, both playing and listening to music bring her joy, as well as reading, writing, and traveling.

Erubey Lopez

Youth Advisory Council

Erubey Lopez is a senior at Lamoille Union High School. His passion for education reform began with his introduction to UP for Learning in his freshman year.

Since then, he has served on a steering committee to create a new program called EPIC Academy, which puts youth in charge of their learning through passion projects. He also represents his school by serving as their student council President. He has spoken on both state and national levels presenting the importance of youth-adult partnership and learner centered education.

In his free time, he’s a Nordic skier, a runner, and a food lover.

Evelyn Monje

Youth Advisory Council

Evelyn Monje is a new employee of UP for Learning as of 2021. She is a current senior at Winooski high school and is enrolled in the Early College program through the Community College of Vermont.

Evelyn is an active advocate for antiracism and equity in her community. She is passionate about collaborating with youth and adults to further the understanding of both antiracism and equity through restorative practices.

Evelyn enjoys working on Bread and Butter Farm year-round as an educator. She loves to be outdoors and to embark on adventures with her friends.

Mira Novak

Youth Advisory Council

Mira Novak is an 8th Grader at Shelburne Community School.

In her free time, Mira likes to cook, bake, do arts and crafts and watch Parks and Recreation!

She is passionate about social and environmental justice of all kinds and loves being part of UP for Learning and creating change!

Galen Reese

Co-chair, Youth Advisory Council

Galen Reese is a junior at Lamoille Union High School.

Believing that youth should have a voice regarding any issue that concerns them, he has been a passionate advocate for education reform on both the local and state level. He represents the students of his school on his district school board and is a vocal member of both his school YATST team and Student Council.

When he isn’t involved in youth activism, he enjoys skiing, playing guitar, and traveling.

Alex Smart

Youth Advisory Council

Alex Smart is a senior at Montpelier High School. She loves being involved in making youth voices heard.

She is the coordinator of the Voices for Vermont’s Children’s Youth Council, a member of the Vermont Networks Sexual Assault Crisis Team, and is a member of Montpelier City council’s Homeless Task Force.

When she has free time (which is rarely as you can imagine) she enjoys painting, theatre, playing tennis and field hockey, and being with her loved ones. Alex is very excited to be a member of the UP for Learning board!

On the Waterfront:
YAC members share more about their experience in Town Meeting TV's "On the Waterfront" with Melinda Moulton.