Youth Seat/Advisory Council

The application process is now closed. Congratulations to our new youth seat, Belle Skelton! Read her bio and the bios of our NEW Youth Advisory Council below:


Belle Skelton, 15, is a rising Sophomore at Atlee High School. Belle lives in Hanover County with her parents and two sisters. Belle loves soccer and is apart of the varsity Atlee High School team. Even as a little girl Belle has always had a strong desire to help others.  Belle has the unique ability to relate and connect with everyone she meets. She has been involved with various programs such as TILT (Teens Interacting Learning Together), Challenger Sports, Mrs. Hanover Abilities, Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation, Teacher and Coaches Assistant to aid those with special needs, Vacation Bible School Camp Counselor.  Belle will be the Community Coordinator for Atlee High School for the 2019/2020 school year. Last, but certainly not least, Belle has received the prestigious honor to serve as the Hanover Community Support Services Youth Seat. Belle will also be leading the new youth advisory council. Her passion in life is to serve and help others, especially those with challenges. She is beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to serve her community.    

Youth Advisory Council

Jamie Hughes is 17 and is a rising senior at Patrick Henry High School. Jamie lives with her parents in Rockville in Hanover County. Her brother, Evan, attends Virginia Tech. Jamie is a coach for All-Star Basketball, participated in unified track, is a three year SODA rep, National Honor Society member, Beta member, key club member and Quill and Scroll member. She was also named Editor-in-chief of the school yearbook and was selected as a TV 99 Intern for the 2019-2020 school year. She is a three year starter on varsity basketball and softball and intends to play again this year. Jamie also has been a junior counselor volunteer for Camp Unplugged and a Big Buddy mentor for Comfort Zone Camp and also volunteers at the Hanover food ministry. She is working this summer at Carter Park Pool. Jamie is very excited to serve on the Youth Advisory Council for HCSS since she loves helping others and being involved in her community!


Kyla Roerty is a rising senior at Atlee High School. She lives in Hanover with her parents and two golden retrievers. From a very young age, Kyla was a part of the special needs community because of her medical condition, Cerebral Palsy. Having participated in many Challenger sports when she was younger, Kyla used her experiences and began volunteering with Challenger sports. Along with Challenger sports, Kyla has been involved with several other programs in the community such as Miracles in Motion, Miss Hanover Abilities, and Night to Shine. She also speaks on behalf of the Children’s Hospital at many events in the Richmond area. At Atlee High School, she is in the IB program and is a member of Class Council, SODA, Beta Club, Spanish Honor Society, and National Honor Society. In her free time, Kyla loves to travel with her family. Kyla is very excited to serve on the Youth Advisory Counsel because she wants to make a difference in the community. Kyla has a passion for helping others in any way she can. With this position, she hopes to carry out her passion.


Madilyn Herskovitz is 16 and a rising sophomore at Atlee High School. She lives in Hanover County with her parents, brother and three dogs. She is a buddy for VBS, Bridge Builders, Awanas, Challenger Basketball and Challenger Soccer through Cool Spring Baptist Church. Madilyn was a member of the TILT program while she attended Chickahominy Middle School. She has been a buddy for Miss Hanover Abilities and Night to Shine. She attends Young Life and Young Life Capernum regularly. Madilyn will be attending Camp Hope RVA again this summer where she will be a Leader in Training. She is also working as a lifeguard this summer at her neighborhood pool. Madilyn is very excited for the opportunity to sit on the Youth Advisory Council for HCSS.


Sam Matthews is 15 years old and a rising sophomore at Lee-Davis High School. He lives with his parents, an older brother, and a younger sister. From a very young age, Sam has shown love and care for others by volunteering in many ways. He has been a part of the Cool Spring Challenger Sports organization for the last 5 years, serving in many roles from assistant to a buddy for children with special needs. At church, Sam serves as a volunteer for the Bridge Builders Special Needs ministry, VBS, and SMAK Music Camp. At school, he maintains a busy schedule which includes the Madz Show Choir, The Lee-Davis Singers, Theater (currently working on High School Musical 2, to be performed in November 2019), serving as SCA Treasurer, SADD club, 7th Up, and Pre-IB classes. In our community, Sam has had the pleasure of being a part of Night to Shine, and the Miss Hanover Abilities Pageant. Sam is looking forward to being a part of the Youth Advisory Council and working with a great group of fellow students to find ways to serve others in our community.


Sydney Deringer is 17 and a rising Senior at Atlee High School. She lives in Hanover County with her parents and little sister. Sydney loves soccer and is apart of the Richmond Kickers travel league. Sydney was also apart of the indoor track program and the Atlee soccer team. She has always loved to help others and make new friends. Sydney has been involved with various programs such as being a Teacher’s Assistant for a special education classroom, the TILT (Teens Interacting and Learning Together) program at Chickahominy Middle School, Challenger Sports, Miss Hanover Abilities, the Speak up club, Night to Shine, Unified track, and All Star Basketball. She has also helped with the Big Feet Meet since 2015 and is apart of the Teacher Cadet program at Atlee High School. Last summer, Sydney also got to travel abroad and play soccer in Portugal with her travel team. She also works at a daycare during the summer and is a nanny/babysitter during the school year. Sydney is beyond thrilled to be apart of this amazing opportunity!!

Requirements for Applicants

This year the HCSS youth seat is open to rising sophomores and above who attend a Hanover County Public School. Students with the following qualifications will be considered for the youth seat:

  • GPA of a 3.0 or higher
  • Be a Hanover County Resident
  • Attend a Hanover County Public School (i.e. Atlee, Hanover, Lee-Davis or Patrick Henry High School)
  • Have community service or work experience with people who have developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, and/or substance use disorder
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation will be required and an essay
  • Please be aware the HCSS typically meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 5:00 PM.


Click Here to download the Hanover Community Support Services Youth Seat Application.

Applications must be submitted and postmarked by June 30, 2019. Please mail your completed application to:

P.O. Box 1594

Ashland, Virginia 23005


Please contact Ashley White at with any questions regarding the submission of your application.

Past Youth Seats

Megan Blaum 2017-2019