our volunteers help to create a community of future leaders

Young adults face one of life’s biggest milestones, marking an important step to becoming an adult with greater emphasis on independence and self advocacy. DTBY leverages community leaders and develops support systems to help nurture the resilience of these young adults.

Rachel Shadidstudent ambassador

food truck fundraising event

Join us again on May 15th at Nickel Brook

our volunteers

community youth council (cyc)

Rachel Shadid

community liaison team

    Jana Elhadary

    community liaison team

      Matthew Hamel

      co-chair team

        Alexa Fairfield

        co-chair team

          Kassia Vrhovnik

          secretary / treasurer team

            Ashiana Pater

            secretary / treasurer team

              Rebecca Roberts

              community youth council

                Charlotte Tice

                community youth council

                  Weseley Powell

                  community youth council

                    Martyna Trela

                    community youth council
                      our volunteers

                      program facilitators & peer mentors

                      Stephanie Hall

                      workshop facilitator & mentor

                        Amelia Lamb

                        workshop facilitator & mentor

                          CYC Peer Mentor

                          coming soon

                            CYC Peer Mentor

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                              CYC Peer Mentor

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                                CYC Peer Mentor

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                                  CYC Peer Mentor

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                                    our volunteers

                                    Community Engagement & Fundraising Committee

                                    Teresa Baerg

                                    communications & outreach co-ordinator

                                    Jennifer Buchalter

                                    public relations associate

                                    Pat Broughton

                                    photographer

                                    Nicole Kenny

                                    fundraising coordinator

                                    Barb Guilfoyle

                                    fundraising committee
                                      community ambassadors

                                      Walk off the Earth

                                      “If I could go back and share one piece of advice with my younger self, it would be to stop worrying so much about things that are out of my control. This sort of recurring anxious behavior is something that many of us struggle with, and we’re fortunate to be at a point where the public conversation on mental health is more out in the open than ever.”

                                      “If you’re currently dealing with depression or anxiety issues, please know that you’re not alone. Don’t be afraid to open up to a friend or family member about it, and be sure to look inward as well. Taking the opportunity to regularly check in with yourself and create moments of mindfulness every day is incredibly valuable, and is something that I really didn’t understand the value of until I was into my late 20s. If only I’d had someone tell me about it back when I was in high school!”

                                      student ambassador

                                      Rachel Shadid

                                      “I was privileged enough to receive the grand honor of being Corpus Christi’s Valedictorian of 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. And when I was writing my speech, I thought about the advice I would like to share with the current students and future graduates. I want to start by congratulating them on their strength, resilience, and bravery during this unprecedent time, but I also wanted to motivate them to be even better than they are now.”

                                      “One of my favorite quotes from Disney’s Cinderella is to “see things not for what they are but for what they could be.” This means that when you are faced with times of trouble or uncertainty, don’t see it just as it is, but see it for something that is going to make you better. Is going to make you stronger. Is going to make you brilliant. With that being said, if you are a future high school graduate, or a teacher, or a parent, my advice to you is to simply accept the hard times, learn from them, and keep your eyes forward and focused on the beautiful life ahead of you.”