Youth Board Makes a Difference on the North Shore

  Amanda Zhou, a senior at Lake Forest High School, is President of the North Shore United Way Youth Board and truly a community leader. Amanda, Youth Board Vice President Katie Schott, and Youth Board members are organizing Lake Forest’s first Cross-Town Classic, an ice hockey game between the Lake Forest High School Scouts and Lake Forest Academy Caxys at 5:30pm on January 22 at the Winter Club of Lake Forest. Here’s what Amanda has to say about this exciting event, and being a part of the United Way family. “This Sunday is going to be the First Cross-Town Classic Ice Hockey Game United Way and Lake Forest has ever hosted. I absolutely cannot wait to see the finalized event — it will be a culmination of the hard work of many people. The members of the Youth Board have made a huge effort to put this event together, just as the community has really opened up to support the Cross-Town Classic. The Youth Board has grown to be a significant part of my life. I admit, I’m in a lot of different activities, but none of them are as rewarding as United Way. United Way presents me with an opportunity to make impact in my community. Few activities, related to school or not, give students the occasion to completely plan a fundraiser from conception to completion. I don’t think many students are aware of just how many details have to go into planning an event, but the Cross-Town Classic has given us a taste of the real world. United Way has given my peers and me a fun, enjoyable way to help our community. I am so thankful and proud to be a part of United Way. I find that it is extremely easy to get wrapped up in the “Lake Forest Bubble” and forget that there are bigger problems in life than what to wear to school, your grades, or the drama amongst your friends. Being in United Way brings about a sense of perspective on my life and gives me the opportunity to give back to the community. The Cross-Town Classic is our first major event for this year, which we hope will be a successful beginning to a wonderful year.” The Youth Board is a student-run committee dedicated to service projects for local non-profits, and fundraising to support the Jean Youngs Baddeley Fund. Students get first-hand experience on reviewing and providing grants to programs addressing the needs of youth in crisis in the North Shore Region. Throughout the year, the Youth Board organizes special fundraising events including a spring community Walk-a-thon. In addition to leading the NSUW Youth Board, Amanda swims for both club and varsity high school teams and plays the cello. She participates on the Math Team, Scholastic Bowl and Science Olympiad. To purchase tickets for the Cross-Town Classic, click here.

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