Meet Our Youth Advisory Council!

The School-Based Health Alliance’s Youth Advisory Council:

Andre Armour
Atlanta, Georgia

More about Andre
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

Andre Armour is a second year member of the Youth Advisory Council and an MBA Student at Albany State University. He continues to be involved in various clubs and organizations on and off-campus. One day he would like to have a career that allows him to serve the world. Andre has always had a passion to serve. Growing up he volunteered at numerous locations that focused on the well-being of his community’s youth. He also served as the Student Government Association President during his senior year at Albany State. Through these activities, Andre realized that his purpose in life was to serve others in the capacity needed.

Emma Bittar
Bradenton, Florida

More about Emma
“We need to find some way to ensure that kids across the country are getting the education and resources that they deserve.”

Emma Bittar is a second year member of the Youth Advisory Council and a freshman at Tufts University. Emma is undecided on her major but is interested in literature, law, government, language and culture, and social justice. For the past four years, she has worked with the Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County, a non-profit that works to peer educate youth on various health related issues. After witnessing the negative effects of a lack of health education and services in her county, Emma advocated for the addition of a School Based Health Center into one of her county’s high schools and served on the board working to implement it.

Audrey Gabriel
Peabody Massachusetts

More about Audrey
“There is no force greater than a generation of young people that recognizes that progress outweighs tradition.”

Audrey Gabriel is a second year member of the Youth Advisory Council and a sophomore at University of Massachusetts: Amherst. Majoring in Public Health and Microbiology, she is pursuing her studies on a pre-medical track with a concentration on racial injustice in healthcare and medicine. Audrey began her work in advocacy at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, where she was part of her school’s Youth Advisory Council, chairperson of the Student Advisory Committee, and held office as Class President and Secretary. Today, she continues her work at her university as a Senator in the Student Government Association, sitting on the Social Justice and Empowerment Committee, representing her class of over 5,800 students. She aspires to connect her love of science and medicine with her passion for social justice and advocacy in order to bridge the gaps of social inequality, in her academic career and extracurricular endeavors.

Chris Oshana
Novi, Michigan

More about Chris
“We are the future of society and should be acknowledged as such.”

Chris Oshana is a second year member of the Youth Advisory Council and a sophomore at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Chris is also involved in The Adolescent Champion Teen Advisory Council (TAC TAC), run through the Adolescent Health Initiative. Through his work on TAC TAC and with the School-Based Health Alliance, Chris has developed a deep passion for bringing youth voice into work surrounding adolescent health care. He has a passion for the Health Sciences field, and is majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience while minoring in Social Class and Inequality Studies. In the future, Chris aspires to go to dental school and become a dentist who works to solve health disparities.

Baila Salifou
Hagerstown, Maryland

More about Baila
“With more advocacy within the youth population, it stimulates a sense of motivation and familiarity.”

Baila Salifou is a second year member of the Youth Advisory Council and a Freshman at George Washington University. Baila has been involved with local hospitals, mentoring youth through Army Education, and promoting cultural awareness through her language immersion experiences. At GWU, she studies Global Health in hopes to understand how to improve healthcare discrepancies. After college, Baila plans to attend medical school. Through the YAC, Baila hopes to to learn more about the importance of advocacy and the possible application of school-based health centers on a global scale. After seeing the importance of a solid healthcare infrastructure, Baila made it her mission to advocate for healthcare equality. The Youth Advisory Council has posed as a great opportunity to connect her with like-minded peers as well as introduce her to new prospects.

Brooklyn Waller
Benton, Arkansas

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“Creating an environment that the student feels safe in is key in achieving any goal.”

Brooklyn Waller is a second year member of the Youth Advisory Council. She is a freshman at the University of Arkansas. Brooklyn is highly involved with student leadership organizations on campus and philanthropic efforts in her community. Brooklyn is considering a future in the medical or health services field. She earned the opportunity to observe orthopedic surgery through the Perry Outreach Program, as well as, hands-on lab experience using bone saws and power drills to repair ACL fractures on artificial bones. Brooklyn obtained her CPR certification and has gained vast knowledge through classes, cadaver labs, and athletic observations. She is a founding member of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) club at Bryant High School, and has volunteered her time to assist with physicals for more than 1,300 student athletes. Brooklyn is enthusiastic of helping others, and she is willing to serve in any capacity to enrich the overall health of those in both her school and community, focusing especially on childhood and youth related programs.

Gnogna Fathima Lye, SBHA Intern
Bronx, New York

More about Fathima
“It only takes one person to lead the way for change. If one is all it takes, imagine what more we can do together.”

Gnogna Fathima Lye is a senior at City University of New York, Lehman College. As a veteran YAC member turned School-Based Health Alliance Intern, Fathima Lye assists in leading the council by supporting youth development and telehealth initiatives, managing media marketing responsibilities, as well as participating in and facilitating the annual ‘Be the Change’ Youth Training Program. Outside of the alliance, She is a part of the Montefiore School Health Program (MSHP) Advisory Council and continues to maintain her connections to her local school-based health center’s through the MSHP. She has also showcased her leadership at her college through her involvement in the Lehman Bollywood Dance Club serving as the president and at the Lehman Wellness Center as a Wellness Coach. In addition, she dedicated her time volunteering at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore prior to the pandemic. Overall, she plans to continue using this platform to create more engagement, spread awareness, learn, and grow with the School-Based Health Alliance.


Gianna Forlizzi
Komal Oza
Nate Batiste
Anna Casalme
Nicole Carrillo
Cameron Estrada
New Mexico
Simone Bernstein
Tyler Lang
Jhana Parikh
North Carolina
Idalia Martinez
New Mexico
Katelyn Darrow-Eystad
New Jersey