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Our Youth Advisory Board

About Our Youth Advisory Board

Local youth who work with CAH pose for picture

The Center for Adolescent Health is fortunate to have a talented, insightful, and energized Youth Advisory Board (YAB) to guide our work.

The YAB meets twice monthly to provide feedback on our mission and research.

YAB Projects

Community member gibes cooking demo as part of YAB Granny Project

YAB members run their own exciting projects in the Baltimore community. 

For example, YAB members launched the award-winning Granny Project in 2019, which was created as an innovative and fun way to address food insecurity.   

Originally designed to be an in-person cooking class, the project went online due to the Covid-19 epidemic. During the online sessions, a local “granny” demonstrates how to cook a meal using ingredients provided by our team. The participants included local families who received ingredients packages to cook at home.  

Since developing the program, our amazing partner, CASA, has joined us to provide sessions to hispanic immigrant communities.  

Meet Our Youth Advisors

Don McClain

Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

"To be or not to be... Not!" - Beyoncé

Zion Pittman

Immediate Past-President
Western High School

"When you let go and be free, happiness and peace will come."

Jada Johnson

Heartsmiles Mentor (Heartbeat)

"Action is the oxygen to your success."

Kamri Moses

Spelman College

"You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously."

Myth (Shaine) McClain-Wees

Baltimore City College High School

"No one knows yourself better than you"


Vera Enwerem

Baltimore City College High School

"The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you." - B.B King


Kaele Channel Queen

PORT VLP at Digital Harbor High School

"The truth will set you free, but first it will upset you!"

Gregory J. Simmons

Baltimore City College High School

"For the youth, by the youth."

Raquel Baraka

Kenwood High School & Sollers Point Technical High School

“Anything that ain’t growing is dead, so we best be changing” - Lauryn Hill

Roman (Aaris) Wharton

Baltimore City College

“If it won’t matter in five years, don’t spend more than five minutes on it”