Youth Seat/Advisory Council

The application process for the Youth Advisory Council is now closed! Details are below:

When applications are open the following are requirements for 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 Youth Advisory Council typically meets on the 3rd Tuesday of a month (a minimum of 4 times a year) at 4:00 PM.

P.O. Box 1594

Ashland, Virginia 23005

Please contact Ashley White at awhite@kwcps.k12.va.us with any questions regarding the submission of your application.


Hanover Community Support Services Youth Seat

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

 

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.

 

 

 


Requirements for Applicants

When applications are open the 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.

P.O. Box 1594

Ashland, Virginia 23005

 

Please contact Ashley White at awhite@kwcps.k12.va.us with any questions regarding the submission of your application.


Past Youth Seats

Megan Blaum 2017-2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past Youth Council Members

 

Jamie Hughes 2019-2020

Kyla Roerty 2019-2020

Sydney Deringer 2019-2020