Meet our Teen Advisors

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I came to this group because my sister told me about it. I thought this group would be a place to hang out, but it’s way more than that. This group has showed me what hard work is. One day I want to be a heart surgeon to help people. Right now, I am helping people by volunteering to make our community more inclusive.

13  years old

BETHEL

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I am from Eritrea. I care a lot about my community and the people around me. I am involved in The Eli’s Park Project because I know that people’s voices deserve to be heard. I enjoy sleeping and catching up on my sleep. I am good at making new friends, making people feel comfortable and being kind to one and all.

15 years old

KISSEHANET

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I moved to Seattle from Louisiana. My friends and family are very important to me. I’m involved in The Eli’s Park Project because I really like making everyone feel included. I think making people feel welcome feels really good. I am a powerful leader so I have the responsibility to lead.

17 years old

LAVANCIA

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I’m Ethiopian-American. The reason I am involved in The Eli’s Park Project is because I see a lot of problems in our world and I realize we have to build a world where everyone feels comfortable and safe. Starting in our own community is the first step. Seattle itself has a lot problems we choose to ignore, so we’re making a place where people can come and enjoy their differences. As a minority in a mostly white community I can provide a lens for a lot of people to see the world differently.

15 years old

MEKLIT

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I am a proud African-American female. The reason I am involved in The Eli’s Park Project is because I have seen the way my neighborhood is and I have noticed so many things that I would like to change. I want to get involved in my community because it represents me in a way and I want to be presented in a positive way. I want to make an impact on our younger generation. I want to provide them with the support they need to make our world a better place.

15 years old

NATALINA

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I was born in Louisiana. Our Teen Advisory Group is inclusive and all about people. We are striving to make our community a better place for everyone no matter what race, gender, disabilities and challenges they may have. I bring responsibility and leadership to the group. I hope The Eli’s Park Project will become a movement not just for our community, but for everyone. We all have the chance to change our community and make it a better place to live.

15 years old

TRENESIA