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Why a teen advisory board?

Heroes In Waiting is on a mission to improve the mental wellness of kids, and we can’t do it without community. We’ve laid a solid foundation of awesome programming and supporters, and we’re so excited to continue building on it.

That’s where you come in.

We’re looking for a few young leaders to help make Heroes In Waiting programming the best it can be and amplify the Heroes In Waiting message across your community.

What does a teen advisory board do?

The Heroes In Waiting Teen Advisory Board meets once each month to imagine, collaborate, and amplify critical programming for kids. Here are just some of the impactful, life-changing initiatives you’ll contribute to:

Meet Cadan,

Teen Advisory Chair

"Heroes In Waiting's mission to prevent bullying deeply resonates with me. Empowering youth to create positive change and involving teens through an advisory board will amplify our voices, ideas, and insights, and foster a safer and more inclusive environment for everyone."

Imagine new ideas to help bring quality anti-bullying and peace-building resources to kids:

Help Heroes In Waiting reach everyone who needs to hear our message:

Who should apply?

Heroes In Waiting is looking for rising 9th-12th graders eager for an opportunity to develop leadership skills, think critically and creatively, and contribute to life-changing programming for kids of all ages who struggle with feelings of sadness, loneliness, and hopelessness.

Duties & Requirements

  • attend one one-hour meeting on the first Wednesday of each month in the Oklahoma City/Edmond area
  • provide regular feedback on Heroes In Waiting programming, initiatives, and merchandise
  • imagine, contribute to, and share Heroes In Waiting social content
  • be willing to facilitate Heroes In Waiting curriculum in a classroom or camp setting
  • be willing to attend a Heroes In Waiting assembly and provide feedback and ideas

Details & Timelines

The application period for our 2024-2025 Teen Advisory Board has ended. Board selection notifications will be sent on May 30, 2024.

2023-2024 Teen Advisory Board

Cadan Peters, board chair

2021 High School graduate

Edmond, Oklahoma

“Heroes In Waiting’s mission to prevent bullying deeply resonates with me. Empowering youth to create positive change and involving teens through an advisory board will amplify our voices, ideas, and insights, and foster a safer and more inclusive environment for everyone.”

Ava Buchanan
Ava Buchanan

Freshman, Bishop-McGuinness 

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

“I want to help people that are being bullied and to educate people so that they understand the damage bullying can cause, and how it can permanently affect people’s lives. We all have had different experiences in school, with friends and with our families. I think it’s very important for everyone to take other people’s opinions into consideration when trying to solve problems or come up with a plan.”

harper martin
Harper Martin

Junior, Heritage Hall H.S.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

“I love to make an impact on people who are having a hard time speaking up. In schools, bullying is a real issue, and I feel that if people knew how to approach it, it would make a huge impact. The topic of bullying is often avoided because it can be controversial, but having a complicated conversation can help bring light to the situation to help resolve it and prevent it from continuing.”

Calikae Peters
Cali-Kae Peters

Junior, Jones High School

Jones, Oklahoma

“I want to share my thoughts and opinions to help others and want to be a part of things that help change people and the world, in general, for the better.”

Cade Dortch

Junior, Edmond Memorial H.S.

Edmond, Oklahoma

“Joining a community like this can lead to positive changes. Some heroes are everyday people who show heroism in small but meaningful ways in their daily lives.”

 

Will Porter
Will Porter

Junior, Heritage Hall H.S.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

“I want to be a part of something that helps kids who are experiencing difficulties in school. Heroes In Waiting is on a mission that will help kids and change how people look at bullying.”

Channing Peters

Freshman, Jones High School

Jones, Oklahoma

“I have learned that putting yourself in other people’s shoes can really help everyone in the situation out. When I think of a hero, I think of someone who has helped guide you through rough patches in your life that you have had trouble with.”

Grae Zedlitz
Grae Zedlitz

Sophomore, Casady H.S.

Jones, Oklahoma

“I want to help the community. I think it’s important that no one gets bullied, discriminated, or treated differently regardless of anything…It might sound unorthodox but heroes haven’t given up when it’s gotten bad.”

Congratulations to our inaugural Teen Advisory Board members! We look forward to working together to amplify our message of empowerment and hope to the kids and communities who need it most.