Meet Our 2016 Youth Advisory Council!

The School-Based Health Alliance presents our 2016 Youth Advisory Council:

Nate Batiste, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
“We are the bridge between adults and kids, and it is our job as health ambassadors to take the terms that adults give and put them into a way our peers can understand.”

Nathaniel Batiste III is a cheerleader and biomedical engineering major at Louisiana Tech University.  He remains involved in his community and with his peers as a member of his high school’s Student Advisory Council and its School-Based Health Youth Advisory Council. He dreams of one day becoming a biomedical engineer focused on bionics to help not only his community but others as well. Nathaniel watched many people struggle with health problems, both mentally and physically. Witnessing these challenges first hand, inspired him to become the young man that he is today. He hopes that one day he can inspire others to follow down the same path.

Nicole Carrillo, Omaha, Nebraska
“We are the RIGHT NOW. What we do now will shape the future, but we must also focus on today. We can change the lives of many today, and again tomorrow.”

Nicole Carrillo, originally from Omaha, NE, is currently a sophomore at Southern Adventist University. She has always been very involved in her school and community and has participated in clubs such as the National Honor Society, Student Council, Thrive, and Healthy Huskies. During the summer of 2014, she interned with an organization that supports school-based health centers (SBHCs). It was during this time that she learned about the Youth Advisory Council. She has been involved with the Council for three years and served as a presenter at the 20th National School-Based Health Care Convention. After she graduates in 2017 with a degree in international business management, Nicole hopes to pursue her Masters in Public Health and continue her work with school-based health centers.

Cameron Estrada, Roswell, New Mexico
“We all face similar challenges yet deal with them differently. When we engage with each other, listen and learn from one another, we become better leaders and champions for school-based health centers.”

Cameron Estrada is a freshman at Texas Christian University (TCU). She is the founder and president of IMPACT Teens, a group of young women who strive to improve their community and school by raising awareness about different health issues. The non-profit is sponsored by the school-based health center in Roswell High School, her former high school. In addition to her work with the School-Based Health Alliance at the national and local levels, Cameron is a Daniels Fund Scholar, a member of the John V. Roach Honors College at TCU, a member of Leaders 4 Life, a speaker at the National Honors Society convention in New Mexico, and an alumni of Hugh O’Brien Youth. With Hugh O’Brien Youth, she conducted a one-day seminar for high school freshman that focused on leadership and positive youth engagement. Cameron credits the Youth Advisory Council for providing her the skills needed to succeed in her many endeavors. She looks forward to this year, giving as much back in return.