Michigan's statewide youth advisory council on sexual health!
What is MY Voice?
MY Voice is the youth advisory council that MOASH coordinates. MY Voice exists to inform the services, programs and materials created for youth by MOASH and other community partners. In addition, MY Voice members are involved in various youth advocacy efforts throughout the year and use their voices of experience to improve services for youth across the state. MY Voice members have the opportunity to be trained on a variety of sexual health topics, undergo leadership development, gain communication skills and work on advocacy efforts. Members are typically 16-21 but younger youth can be accepted on a case by case basis. The council meets monthly, often in Lansing but also occasionally in other areas of the state.
Applications for the 2020-2021 MY Voice council are now open! Interested to be part of next year's council? Click the button to the left to be taken to the online application and get a sense of what you'll need to prep for next year. We'll let you know when applications open back up!
Meet our 2019-2020 MY Voice members:
Xander Bailey is a sophomore at Michigan State University majoring in the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science at Lyman Briggs College. He is heavily involved with speaking to education professionals on how to be more accommodating and responsive to trans youth. He became involved with MOASH in 2017. Along with advocacy his interests include public speaking, reading, and cooking. He can be reached at BaileyA944@gmail.com.
Sky Bodenmiller (they/them & xe/xem): Sky Bodenmiller will graduate from Churchill High School in 2020. During their time in high school, Sky has been able to dedicate their time to National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, and Spanish Honor Society, as well as being part of ASL club, Cooking club, and Gender-Sexuality Alliance, with leadership roles such as NHS Vice President, NAHS Co-President, and SHS Historian. Sky has taken ten AP courses during high school through the Math Science Computers program offered to only 30 students per graduation year. Sky played competitive soccer for 13 years, but after ACL and Meniscus surgery two years in a row, they stepped away from contact sports, allowing time for a job (or two!): Sky is currently a server in Livonia, serving on the MY Voice council, and on the MOASH Board of Directors. Although it can be rare, when free time is available, they enjoy writing and performing spoken word poetry, painting, and creating graphic art.
Alice Johns (she/her/hers) is a bisexual activist from Ypsilanti, Michigan, and is a senior at Washtenaw International High School. She is the co-president of her school’s Gay-Straight Alliance, which is how she first got involved with MOASH in 2019. This prompted her to become a MYVoice member later that year. She is passionate about LGBTQ+ rights, intersectionality within social justice groups, and equal access to education. She looks forward to working with MOASH to promote better sexual health to teens across Michigan, and is hopeful that she will be able to make a change during her time with MYVoice. Her interests include social justice, Michigan basketball, writing, watching bad TV, and spending time with her two dogs. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grayson Old (he/him/his) is a senior at Berkeley High School who is involved in his school’s Diversity Council and is president of the Environmental Science Club. He has been involved with MOASH for a year, serving on the MY Trans Voice and MY Voice boards. MOASH has given him amazing opportunities to find his passion for public health and becoming an advocate for inclusive education whether it is acknowledging LGBTQ+, disabled, or different social-economical backgrounds.
Graceanne Powell (she/her/hers) is a senior at Yale high school. She hopes to help the youth in her community get easier access to resources and help people learn more about sexual health. This is her second year being involved in MY Voice. She hopes to make a career in the engineering or medical field. In her free time her interests includes reading, being in nature, and volunteering in her community. She is passionate about being open and helping people get through tough situations. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Hi, my name is Sampoorna Ravikanth (she/her/hers) and I am a freshman at the University of Michigan. I grew up in Ann Arbor and attended Pioneer High School. Through my high school’s student council and my role as senior class president, I was able to develop a sexual assault and rape culture awareness program for both Pioneer and the Ann Arbor Public School community. This got me involved with many advocates for adolescent and sexual health in and around the Ann Arbor area and lead me to join MyVoice this year so I could become more involved in my community as I begin college. My interests are spread far and wide, but all in all, I love to help others and plan to pursue higher education in public health and policy. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Divya's main interests are advocacy and social service based around sexual and mental health. She currently attends Williamston High School and her favorite hobbies are dance and listening to music.
Daniel Rossmiller (He/Him) is a junior at Rockford High School, with an interest in psychiatric studies and improving equal access to health care. Through opportunities and education provided by MOASH, he has developed a passion for using his voice to create positive change in his community. Daniel communicates often with administration/staff members at school to continue a conversation about LGBTQ+ inclusivity, and is an avid supporter of accurate and inclusive sex education curriculum in public schools. In addition to MY Voice, Daniel is a member of MOASH's MY Trans Voice advisory council, and Peer Educator for Planned Parenthood in GR. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
LeeAnn Tincher-Garay is a student at Eastern Michigan University majoring in Women and gender studies with a minor in human sexuality. LeeAnn's ultimate goal is to work in sex education and/or become a sex therapist. LeeAnn joined MYVoice because she wants to be a change in the world.
Mae Zurita is a freshman at Davenport University, currently getting a Master of Business. She also plays for the Esports at Davenport. Currently sitting along with Sky on the MOASH Board. She is a transgender activist with a focus on creating policy increasing and defining students' rights. She refuses to be talked down to and responds to problems with actions. She loves a busy lifestyle and can never have too much on her plate. She is a natural leader and is trained to work in groups in norms of collaboration. She plans to have a career as an LGBT+ focused business owner and political office. You can find contact info on most social media platforms @DuarfS.