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Texans Standing Tall
Texans Standing Tall attracted and selected a stellar group of youth leaders to work in partnership with TST, to prevent alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. Each Youth Leadership Council member is actively involved in numerous leadership opportunities to create healthier and safer communities while building upon their leadership skills. Throughout the year, members are required to complete a prevention project in their community and help prepare about presentation for TST's 2017 Statewide Summit. The members serve a one-year term from October through September.
Please welcome Texans Standing Tall Youth Leadership Council Members!
AJ Cortez has been in the Youth Leadership Council for four years. He is sophomore studying social work at Our Lady of the Lake University. AJ joined the YLC because he cares about the well-being and safety of others and hopes to change people’s perception of alcohol in his community. He is a mentor for the Leadership Initiative for Freshman Excellence, a Resident Assistant and a member of the Worden Social Work Organization.
Andrea Marquez is a second-year Youth Leadership Council member and is a junior at Loretto Academy High School. She joined the YLC to because she wants to become more informed on underage drinking and how she can make a difference in the underage alcohol consumption rates. She is a part of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Junior Leadership, HOPE Club, LEAP Club and Teen Advisory Board.
Jesus Cabrales is a third-year Youth Leadership Council member and a sophomore at University of Texas- El Paso. He joined the YLC to increase the knowledge about the dangers of underage drinking and how to decrease youth access. Jesus is a member of the IFC, VP of external affairs, SGA member and a choice member at his church. Jesus is getting a double Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and Political Science. He plans to work in law enforcement or running for a legislative position.
Ahmaris is a second-year Youth Leadership Council member and a senior at Jefferson High School. She joined the YLC to get enough knowledge about underage drinking to make a difference in her city. She is a member of Teens in the driver’s seat and crime stoppers. She plans to take everything she learns this year back to her community and educate her peers and making a change.
Joey Smith is a second-year Youth Leadership Council member and a senior at Ingleside High School. Joey joined the YLC because he wants to fine tune his leadership skills and increase his knowledge of alcohol policy and advocacy to change the perception of alcohol in his community. He enjoys learning about new things and working new people.
Nathaniel Fomby is a third-year Youth Leadership Council member and a sophomore at Concordia University. He joined the YLC because he wanted to expand his knowledge on policy and the effects of alcohol. He is the vice president of CTX Alive, a consultant for Say What!, and a volunteer/ intern for Extreme Youth Leadership. He hopes to educate his collegiate peers about the risks of underage and binge drinking. Nathaniel loves theater, music, and is currently working toward being a math teacher.
Nikolai Petty is a first-year Youth Leadership Council member and a senior at Chapin High School. He joined the YLC because he hopes to gain knowledge about youth, alcohol, and how he can make a difference in his community. He is a teen advisory board member for Teens in the Driver’s Seat, and a drill team commander and Brigade Sergeant Major for the JROTC. He hopes to one day become chief of police of a major metropolitan city in Texas.
Samuel is a first-year member of the Youth Leadership Council and a junior at Broaddus High School. He joined the YLC in hopes of learning more about prevention so that he can be leader in youth making positive choices. He is a member of 4H, Athletics, FFA. Spanish Club, Gifted and Talented, National Honor Society, Dual College Class Credits, FFA Quiz Team, UIL, History Club, Honor Roll, and is a NASA High School Areospace Scholars for 2016-2017. Same plays varsity basketball, varsity track, varsity cross country and is a first degree black belt in ATA.