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Youth Correspondent Program

NOYS thanks State Farm for its generous support of Youth Correspondents.

Youth Correspondents are youth between the ages of 15-21 who creatively use multimedia and communication skills to share safety messages with their peers. Participation in the program gives Youth Correspondents valuable experience creating published work, expanding skill sets, working in a remote team, and building new friendships.

Learn more about the Youth Correspondent program.

Youth Correspondent Advisors serve as peer leaders, working with teams of Youth Correspondents, managing the development of digital portfolios, and receiving exclusive leadership training and professional development opportunities.

NOYS empowers these Youth Correspondent Advisors with financial support from NHTSA.

Meet our 2017 Advisors

Melat Eskender, Ohio
Senior, Olentangy High School
Affiliations: Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY), Asian American Journalists Association 

I love to read classics and historical fantasy. I also am a journalist who has covered a wide array of topics ranging from political pieces to local stories. I am excited to be a youth correspondent advisor because I deeply care about issues affecting youth… Read more

Alexis Hutchison, Ohio
Senior, Trumbull Career & Technical Center
Business Professionals of America (BPA)

Hi, my name is Alexis Hutchison. One of my favorite things in the world is traveling with my family. What interested me about the Advisor role is all the experience that Advisors get and how they use their training to help the correspondents on their teams create… Read More

Khadijah Iscandri, Texas
Senior, Dubiski Career High School
Business Professionals of America (BPA)

Hi, my name is Khadijah Iscandri. One of my favorite things in the world is psychology. I love networking and collaborating with individuals of diverse backgrounds, especially in a cause or organization like NOYS that strives to… Read More

Massen Kunerth, Minnesota
Junior, Fulda High School
Affiliations: 4-HBusiness Professionals of America (BPA); Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

Hello, I’m Massen Kunerth. I’m thrilled to have been chosen to be a Youth Media Correspondent Advisor because it gives me the opportunity to strengthen my leadership and communication skills, and to meet new lifelong friends. I’m excited to start motivating and creating…Read More

Chantalle Lopez, Arizona
Freshman, American University
Affiliations: Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) 

Hi, my name is Chantalle Lopez. Two of the things I love most in this world are beaches and dogs. I’m from Phoenix, Arizona, but am currently a student at American University in Washington, D.C.As a Tread Wisely Ambassador, I have had the opportunity to work on a campaign that focuses simply on educating youth…Read more

Jack Parker
Sophomore, Cuyahoga Community College
Affiliations: 4-HBusiness Professionals of America (BPA), Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)

Hey, I’m Jack Parker. I am passionate about creating good content. One of my favorite things in the world is working on creative projects with others, and bringing all our perspectives together into something greater.I was most interested in the Advisor role because I would like to help lead my own team create good content… Read more

Abigail Pogatshnik, North Dakota
Sophomore, University of North Dakota
Affiliations: Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)

Hi everyone, my name is Abby Pogatshnik. I’m a very motivated person and have found a passion competing in beauty pageants.What interested me about being an Advisor is being able to work with, and make an impact on students around the country. I like being able to hear different perspectives …Read more

Andre Ragel, Massachusetts
Freshman, University of Massachusetts – Lowell
Business Professionals of America (BPA)

Hey everyone, my name is Andre Ragel. One of my favorite things in the world is trying new food. I am a very outgoing and adventurous person. Everyone benefits from being a Youth Correspondent: The agencies and organizations who see and use the deliverables that Youth Correspondents produce; the advisors who grow as leaders; and the Youth Correspondents themselves who make a difference in the world by making a simple project, which can in turn connect them to internships and positive lasting relationships…Read more

Seneca Ransom, Ohio
Junior, Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT)
Affiliations: Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY), Youth in GovernmentBusiness Professionals of America (BPA), Global Scholars for the Columbus Office on World AffairsTeen Ambassador Board for the Ohio Attorney Generals OfficeAffinity Magazine

Hi, I’m Seneca Ransom. School is my life, and it keeps me pretty busy. I act like the mother hen to my friends. I always want to help everyone do their best! My favorite thing in the world is family gatherings. Every holiday, my whole family gets together, and we eat lots of good food. It’s the best. The advisor role interested me because it involves using aspects of leadership to work as a team. The advisor role is not limited to being just an authority figure or boss of sorts. In the youth correspondent program, advisers work side by side …Read more

Annika Sidhu, Minnesota
Sophomore, North Dakota State University
Affiliations: Honors Society

Hi, my name is Annika Sidhu. I feel so grateful to have this position. I’m really excited to empower youth with positivity and safety messages. Some of my favorite activities are listening to music, singing with my friends, and watching football with my family. I wanted to become a Youth Correspondent Advisor because I am passionate about the safety of others…Read more

Gabriel Szymoniak, Illinois
Junior, Roycemore School
Affiliations: Community Service, R.A.P.S.

Hi, I’m Gabe Szymoniak. I’m Polish. I love photography. I work hard, and I’m passionate about the things I choose to do.  I love exploring Chicago and traveling to other places. For “down time” you’ll find me taking my dog on long walks. I wanted to be a Youth Correspondent Advisor because of the campaigns chosen this year. I’ve struggled with some of these things and would love to give back…Read more

Lucy Wesley, Ohio
Senior, West Clermont High School
Business Professionals of America (BPA), National Honors Society

Hi everyone, I’m Lucy Wesley. One of my favorite things in the world is watching movies and television shows of all genres. I was a Youth Correspondent last year and loved hearing different and creative ideas from the students on my team. I wanted to become an Advisor because of the leadership opportunity. I believe in what NOYS stands for and I hope to be able to share that with others across the country…Read more



4 Comments, RSS

  • Kieran Talley

    says on:
    May 3, 2016 at 11:14 am

    I was wondering how I could get involved as a high school student entering his junior year. I was also wondering how I could get my student council involved with the organization activities and what not as well. Thank you please let me know.

    • Tiffany Aurora

      says on:
      May 3, 2016 at 11:47 am

      Hi Kieran,

      Applications for the fall Youth Correspondent program will be released at the end of this month. I will also email you some more information. Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to working with you and your student council!

  • Joseph Williams

    says on:
    July 13, 2017 at 8:28 am

    I would like to get involved as a youth correspondent this year but I am having a hard time finding the application. Is it already closed?

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