Applications are now closed for the advisory council.
Students with the following qualifications were considered for the council:
- 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 3rdTuesday of a month (a minimum of 4 times a year) at 4:00 PM.
Belle Skelton, 17, is a rising Junior 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.
Chloe Sims, 16, is a rising junior at Atlee High School. She lives in Mechanicsville with her parents and two older brothers. Chloe loves cheerleading and participates on the competition and sideline cheerleading teams at Atlee High School. Chloe served as the cheer captain her sophomore year at Atlee. Chloe loves to help others and always be someone they can come to for advice. She also loves to just lend a listening ear to anyone who needs to talk to someone. Chloe is a part of the SpeakUp club at Atlee and has been volunteering at the SpeakUp 5k for a few years. Chloe is very excited for her opportunity to sit and serve on the Youth Advisory Council for HCSS.
Jack McGann is 15 and a rising sophomore at Atlee High School. He lives in Hanover County with his parents, a sister, a dog and a brother who is his inspiration for his desire to help and advocate for people within the special needs community. He is very active in Challenger Basketball through Cool Spring Baptist church serving as a buddy for several years and most recently as a coach. Jack was a member of the TILT group at CMS and on the steering committee for the formation of the program at Atlee. He served as a buddy for Mechanicsville Little League Challenger baseball. At church, Jack volunteers to work with young children for Sunday morning bible study, has volunteered at VBS and has been a mentor to peers with special needs. He is the first to offer help or support to these kids. He is looking forward to and is very excited to share his passion for advocacy as a member of the HCSS Youth Advisory Council.
Jordan Bridger is 16 years old and a rising junior at the high school formerly known as Lee-Davis High School. She lives in Hanover county with her mom, dad, and 3 cats. She has always been a buddy to anyone who needs her help. She has volunteered for miracles in motion and special olympics. At school, Jordan is involved in several clubs including Beta, Interact, SODA, and Tri-M. She is also enrolling in the full IB program and a member of the all girls show choir. She is also a part of Girl Talk which is a peer mentoring program for younger girls. Jordan is looking forward to being a part of the Hanover Youth Advisory Council this year to help more people and work with new friends.
Kathleen Miller is 16 years old and a rising junior at Atlee High school. She lives in Hanover county with her parents and two brothers. She loves to spend her time with her family and friends and her chocolate lab. Kathleen has been apart of the varsity soccer program at Atlee and plays soccer for Richmond Strikers on a travel team. She has volunteered with Challenger basketball for two years and has been a buddy with VBS for two years as well. She has volunteered as a councilor with Camp Hope for two years and hope many more once everything is safe to do so! Kathleen has grown to have a special connection with the Cameron K. Gallagher foundation/ Speak Up 5k. She has volunteered and run the race since 2015, when the organization was started. She works as a lifeguard at her neighborhood pool and as a nanny to a family. Kathleen has always had a place in her heart for helping people in her community and she cannot wait to be apart of this Advisory Council!
Libbie Payne is 15 years old and a rising sophomore at Atlee High School. She resides in Hanover County with her parents and younger sister. She serves as a buddy for Challenger Basketball, Challenger Soccer, and Challenger Baseball. She also attends Young Life Capernaum and Atlee Young Life. She was a member of the TILT homeroom as an eighth grader at Chickahominy Middle School. Libbie has a passion for helping others, working with children with special needs, and being an advocate for mental health. She is beyond excited to have the opportunity to sit on the Youth Advisory Council and will use this experience as a chance to continue to serve and improve her community.
Madilyn Herskovitz is 17 and a rising junior 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 16 years old and a rising junior 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 6 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, SODA, serving as SCA Treasurer, SADD club, 7th Up, and 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.
Serena Dean is a rising junior in Hanover County Public Schools. She is involved with many clubs at her school including a general body member of the SCA, Co-Prom Chair on Junior Class Council, and in the Tri-M music club. Serena is also involved with many extra curricular activities such as Show Choir, theatre productions, and dance team. She helps out with the children's choir at her church where they sing and put together skits to perform in front of the church. Serena has helped out with Challenger baseball, and danced with the special needs students at her school in pep rallies. She loves helping out in the community anyway that she can, especially through mission trips at her church.