Youth Board Members
All about YOUTH: CCWF's Youth-Led Blog
CCWF is pleased to announce the launch of its youth-led blog, All About YOUth! This blog, led by CCWF's two Senior Youth Board Members Maddie Wadington and Briana Collins, is a forum for youth and young adults to become more ENGAGED and CONNECTED to the work of CCWF and ICDP. We would love for you to comment and share your thoughts! Click the link to visit the blog!
Pictured: Caroline, Ross, Briana, and Fatimah
Xenia Jessica Kozlov, Youth Board Member
Xenia, ethnically Ukrainian, spent the most part of her life in Moscow, Russia. In 2002, earned Bachelors degree in Russian language and Russian literature at Moscow State Pedagogical University. In 2005, got Masters degree in Russian literature, thesis “Modern typologies of the artistic consciousness”. She has worked as a journalist, author and editor. In 2009, she attended Moscow Gestalt Institute but had to interrupt because of moving to the United States in 2011. In 2015, she entered New England College and in 2018, got BA in Psychology. Currently, the proud student of Adler University, Chicago, studying Psychology with focus on Gender and Sexuality.
Vision of the Youth Board Member Position:
Changing Children's Worlds Foundation seeks to positively impact children’s environments through empathy-based violence prevention. With the incorporation of the Youth Board Member Position, CCWF seeks to involve youth and young adult members of the community as representatives of their age group (15-18 and or 18-25) to become informed and engaged as youth advocates. As such, a CCWF youth advocate is an individual who becomes involved with the inter-workings of the Organization. This involves 1) incorporating our work of preventing violence, 2) bettering children's ecology with an emphasis on Social-Emotional Learning, and 3) improving children's overall support systems, into their everyday lives.
Mission of the Youth Board Member Position:
Our mission is aligned with that of CCWF to strengthen children’s rights to positive development and well being, ensuring protection from violence. The Youth Board Member Position will remain true to that, specifically aiming to deepen connection and involvement with youth ages ranging from 15-17 (Junior Youth Board Member) and 18-25 (Senior Youth Board Member).
Past Board Members
Briana Collins, Senior Youth Board Member
Junior at Loyola University Chicago, pursuing a B.A. degree in International Studies. Briana is taking a variety of classes within the fields of political science, international relations, and sociology. Briana is an experienced foster child mentor, which has enabled her to truly understand the value of a stable support system. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in the legal field that will demonstrate her passion for social justice, education, as well as the betterment of family and support system dynamics.
Caroline Henrichs, Senior Youth Board Member
Caroline is a Senior at Elmhurst College, studying English Literature and Language as well as minoring in Communications. She is a passionate advocate for social issues and is the current Editor for the Middle Western Voice at Elmhurst College.
Emely Flores, Youth Board Member
Emely Flores is currently a senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago, majoring in Economics and minoring in Finance and Public Policy. As a strong advocate for children and education, Emely hopes to pursue her MEd in Educational Policy and J.D after graduation. Her long-term goal is to start a non-profit organization in Boca del Monte, Guatemala (where her family is from) that provides resources and support children deserve to continue their education. She is thrilled about the opportunity to intern with CCWF, where she hopes to support their mission as well as learn more about the nonprofit sector.
Heaven McCoy, Youth Board Member
Heaven graduated early from Batavia High school this past December, and has currently finished her first semester at Waubonsee Community College. She hopes to pursue psychology, developing a career in assisting teens facing difficult situations and guiding them towards positive change.
Madeline Wadington, Senior Youth Board Member
Senior at Colby College, pursuing a B.A. degree in Psychology and Child Development. She has vast experience working with children of all ages and she is interested in experiencing another facet of child advocacy that allows for a deeper understanding of healthy child development.
Tabatha Burgett, Youth Board Member
Tabatha is a first generation college student completing her Bachelor of Science in Public Health and minor in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University. Prior to transferring to NIU, she grew passionate working with those who have special needs during her time with the Disability Support Office. Her passion has driven her to explore helping those in the community who are in need of extra assistance. This passion has led her to become an intern for Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation during her final semester prior to graduation. In pursuit of connecting with the community surrounding the Foundation, she has become a youth board member for CCWF. After graduation she plans to continue the relationship she has built with CCWF along with embarking on her own adventure to change the world one community at a time through public health and ultimately, prevention.
Zach Ward, Junior Youth Board Member
Zach is a recent graduate from Newark Community High School. He was an honor roll student and took part in many different clubs and extracurricular activites including Band, National Honor Society and sports. Next, Zach plans to attend Joliet Junior College to major in the Culinary Arts. Although new to this particular field of work, he is eager to help support the lives of children as well as the organization.