SafeSpace Youth Action Board

For Youth, By Youth

Find the 2022-23 application here

SafeSpace Youth Action Board empowers young people to engage with their local communities by promoting mental health awareness, reducing the stigma of getting help, and developing solutions to improve the lives of all young people. These youth driven activities prevents isolation and fosters human connections.

Currently SafeSpace Youth Action Board members collaborate with numerous public, private and charter high schools and middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area working with school administrators and faculty to spearhead mental health initiatives at their schools and communities. In addition, our SafeSpace Youth Action Board cultivates numerous community partnerships, produces mental wellness videos and opportunities to get help through our digital portal.

Meet Our Members

AlexaD

Alexa D.

Alexa D.

Aragon High School, alum

I joined SafeSpace because I know first hand how hard it is to deal with mental health struggles such as depression and anxiety. Because of this, I wanted to find a way to help my peers with their struggles. I wanted others to know that they are never alone and always loved. At SafeSpace, I can help my community feel accepted and understood.

Fun Fact: I love to bake! Over quarantine I have had the opportunity to grow my love for baking, especially learning all the ins and outs of sourdough bread baking. I’ve found it to be a really affective way to de-stress and enjoy the moment.

AlexaH

Alexa H.

Alexa H.

Menlo School, Grade 10

I joined SYAB because I wanted to create conversations with other people and work on projects on a subject matter that matters to me. Mental health is an extremely important and relevant topic, especially because of the pandemic, and I really wanted to help fight the stigma around it and make sure that everyone is able to feel comfortable reaching out and sharing their stories.

Fun Fact: In my free time, I am a very active person and love to figure skate, dance, and play tennis. I also enjoy singing as a hobby.

AllisonC

Allison C.

Allison C.

The Athenian School, Grade 11

Favorite quote: “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” - Charles Dickens

Alyssa

Alyssa G.

Alyssa G.

Menlo School, Grade 9

I joined Safespace so I could make my school a safer environment for kids struggling with mental health. I enjoy playing with my dog and going to the beach.

AnnabelleH

Annabelle H.

Annabelle H.

Woodside High School, Grade 12

I joined SYAB because I understand how hard mental health can be and I see my friends struggle to find help or to get people to understand them. I want to help raise awareness and create safe and welcoming environments at my school and other places I encounter.

Fun Fact: I love to act!! I have been doing theatre for 12 years and I find it so interesting getting to play different characters with a ton of different backgrounds. In the future I hope to be a pediatric occupational therapist because I love biology. I am also learning ASL 🙂

AnouschkaB

Anouschka B.

Anouschka B.

Nueva School, alum

I joined SYAB to share my mental health journey and encourage others to likewise find a voice to share their own stories.

Fun Fact: In my free time, I love diving into all things creative—painting, reading, and writing especially!

Favorite Quote: Being positive isn't pretending that everything is good — it's seeing the good in everything."

AnoushkaK

Anoushka K.

Anoushka K.

Nueva School, Grade 10

I joined SYAB because I have seen the impact mental health has on my life and the lives of people I care about, and I've realized how the stigma surrounding mental health has prevented many valuable discussions that could positively impact the way we view and treat it. Through SafeSpace, I hope to help validate people's stories and encourage more open conversations about mental health.

Fun Fact: My favorite thing to do is to look at the sky! I always love watching sunrises, sunsets, clouds, and stars 🙂

Favorite Quote: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." -Maya Angelou

AnushkaG

Anushka G.

Anushka G.

Irvington High School, Grade 10

I joined SafeSpace because I wanted to help raise awareness about mental health in my community. Many students and youth struggle with their mental health, yet the stigma surrounding mental health makes it difficult to receive necessary resources. I hope that I’ll be able to make an impact and normalize talking about mental health.

Fun Fact: I like to paint, read and draw in my free time. Currently I’m writing a graphic novel.

Favorite Quote: “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” — Joshua J. Marine

AnthonyM

Anthony M.

Anthony M.

Foothill High School, alum

Mental health, emotional wellbeing, and self-care are vital elements that need more resources and attention. Joining SYAB gives me the opportunity to make an impact in this space by empowering young adults, colleagues, and peers. I want to educate and encourage others, helping to create more comfortable spaces and support networks for those around me.

Fun Fact: I became an Eagle Scout in December 2019; my project involved designing and building a touch table at a local community nature center.

Favorite Quote: "There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for." -J.R.R. Tolkien

AriyaK

Ariya K.

Ariya K.

Menlo School, Grade 9

I joined SYAB to use my own experience with mental health challenges to assist youth who are struggling through similar difficulties. I want to work towards destigmatizing mental health in the Bay Area specifically among teenagers arising from the pandemic.

Fun Fact: In my free time, I enjoy running cross country, exploring the field of science, and traveling the world with my family!

Favorite Quote: “It’s not about the failure, it’s about the recovery.” Carla Harris

BrodieG

Brodie G.

Brodie G.

Castilleja School, alum

Favorite Quote: “It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” - Rocky Balboa, Rocky

CameronL3

Cameron L.

Cameron L.

Menlo-Atherton High School, Grade 11

I saw SYAB as a great opportunity to spread awareness about mental health, a subject often overlooked by many. As mental health continues to be a growing issue on the national level, I saw joining SYAB as a means to provide others with tools to combat their mental health issues.

Fun Fact: In my free time I love to play soccer, and my favorite soccer team is Arsenal.

Favorite Quote: “Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise.” - Frank Ocean

CharP

Char P.

Char P.

The Nueva School, Grade 12

I joined SYAB because I'm interested in teen mental health, especially because of my own struggles with anxiety.

Fun Fact: I'm on a robotics team (FRC team 4904) and I'm interested in theater.

ChloeL

Chloe L.

Chloe L.

Menlo-Atherton High School, alum

I joined the SafeSpace Youth Action Board because raising awareness about youth mental health is very important. SafeSpace is unique in that it empowers students to develop projects that offer direct support to our peers. My personal experiences have shown me how valuable having the support of others is and I hope to make this support easily accessible to all youth.

Fun Fact: In my free time, I love to dive, read, and spend time with family and pets!

ChristineZ

Christine Z.

Christine Z.

The Nueva School, Grade 11

I’ve become very passionate about mental health advocacy for myself and my community, especially coming out of the pandemic this year. I joined because SafeSpace's mission of destigmatizing mental health deeply resonated with me, and I wanted to be a part of this change.

Fun Fact: I have a golden doodle named Tahoe!

ClaireC

Claire C.

Claire C.

Castilleja School, alum

I joined SafeSpace to help support other teens with mental health issues and to let them know I understand. They are not alone!

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Claire W.

Claire W.

Castilleja School, Grade 11

I joined SafeSpace because I care deeply about advocating for mental health and breaking down the stigma surrounding it. Mental health has always been a very personal and important topic to me, and I would have given anything in my darkest days to have a friend my age to lean on. I hope that SafeSpace will help teens who are struggling with their mental health to find support and reach out, and to those of you who may be silently struggling and reading this under the covers of your bed like I did: there are people out there who truly care about you.

Fun Fact: I am also a theatre kid, so chances are I'll find some way to reference a musical if you meet me in person.

Favorite Quote: "The things that make you strange are the things that make you powerful." - Ben Platt

DeloresM

Delores M.

Delores M.

Sacred Heart Prepatory, Grade 10

I struggled with my mental health without a firm support system and healthy coping mechanisms. My journey and the loss of my close friend to suicide sparked passion to learn and educate others on how to take care of their mental health.

Fun Fact: In my free time I enjoy writing poetry, drawing, singing, roller-skating, reading, and makeup art 🙂 One extra fun fact is that I write down every inspiring quote I read in my journal ❤️

Favorite Quote: “Through compassion we choose to enter into the world of those who suffer and to become involved with their lives because, having undergone suffering ourselves, we know what suffering does to a person. And because we know the deliberating defects of suffering, we do not want them to suffer alone.” -Thich Nhat Hanh

DesireeR

Desiree R.

Desiree R.

Menlo School, Grade 11

SYAB seemed like a wonderful place to spread knowledge on mental health and show others its impact. Safe space felt like a wonderful place to share my experience with mental health and to help get rid of the stigma around it, especially in underrepresented communities.

Fun Fact: I enjoy baking lots of desserts, especially lemon flavored ones! Additionally, I like to cook foods from my culture such as empanadas and picadillo.

Favorite Quote: "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." - Dr. Seuss

Elle

Elle M.

Elle M.

Woodside High School, alum

I joined SYAB because I saw an opportunity to be active in my community and make a difference in people's lives, and hopefully contribute to the destigmatization of mental health.

Fun fact: I have 5 cats!

Gigi

Gigi P.

Gigi P.

Woodside High School, alum

I joined the SYAB because life should be worth living for everyone. I want to live in a world where mental health is discussed and destigmatized, and where treatment is accessible regardless of socioeconomic class.

Fun fact: I love black licorice, blue cheese, ghost pepper, and many other controversial foods.

GraceF

Grace F.

Grace F.

Nueva School, Grade 10

I joined SYAB because of how passionate I am about mental health education and awareness. I've struggled with mental illness my whole life, and I hope to use my experience to help decrease stigma around topics of mental illness and mental health.

Fun Fact: I love arts and crafts, and I picked up a hobby of crocheting during quarantine.

HeeseoJ

Heeseo J.

Heeseo J.

Gunn High School, Grade 10

I joined SafeSpace because middle school was a time when I struggled the most; few of my friends talked or noticed much about mental health, and although I had strong support elsewhere, I continued to feel alone among my friends. As a high schooler at a school where mental health education is more accessible, I want to give younger kids the same resources that I currently have!

Fun fact: I love cloudy days because they provide a great opportunity to have hot cocoa and wear fuzzy socks.

IsabelaD

Isabela D.

Isabela D.

Menlo-Atherton High School, Grade 10

I joined SYAB to show others that help is accessible and encouraged.

Favorite Quote: "Worrying is like a rocking chair, your moving but not getting anywhere."

JuliaB

Julia B.

Julia B.

Sacred Heart Preparatory, Grade 10

I joined safe space to help break the stigma and fight for equal access to mental health services after having my own struggles with mental wellbeing.

Fun fact: I love everything to do with the outdoors; hiking, camping, backpacking, you name it!

Favorite quote: “I am my own soulmate.”

Kai

Kai D.

Kai D.

Menlo-Atherton High School, alum

This year is my fourth year involved with SafeSpace. I joined because we need to start the conversation about mental health in our communities. Mental illness has affected my life and the lives of so many people I care about; it’s time to eradicate the stigma and make help more accessible.

LeoK

Leo K.

Leo K.

Menlo-Atherton High School Alumni, Web Designer, Photographer

I joined SYAB my junior year of high school, looking for a community of people that shared my similar passion for mental health. SafeSpace is beyond what I could have ever imagined I’d be a part of! I continue to work with SafeSpace into my college career, because they are such a family to me. Now, I have the privilege of combining my own creative and technical skills to help expand our voice to an even greater community.

Visit leokalotihos.com for more.

Libia

Libia B.

Libia B.

San Mateo High School, Grade 11

I joined SYAB to help my friends and community in tough times and to help teenagers who are struggling with their mental health to get the resources and help that they need.

Fun fact: I love to sew, play soccer, and make jewelry!

Favorite quote: “There are bright places even in dark times” -Virginia Wolf

Lila

Lila M.

Lila M.

Menlo-Atherton High School, Grade 11

I joined SYAB because I wanted to learn more about how to deal with mental health, and wanted to become a leader advocating against the stigma for mental health. Mental health issues is something that is very prevalent in society today, and I joined in order to meet new people who also want to create positive change regarding mental health!

Fun fact: I like to play the piano, hang with friends, eat healthy foods, and exercise!

Favorite quote: “Compassion is the greatest form of love that humans have to offer."

Lucinda

Lucinda S.

Lucinda S.

Menlo School, Grade 9

Fun fact: My quarantine hobby is gardening! I've spent a lot more time outside in general, and I encourage everyone who can to spend time outside. It's really helped my mental health.

Maggie

Maggie P.

Maggie P.

Sacred Heart Preparatory, Grade 10

I joined SafeSpace because I care a lot about mental health, and helping others. I love learning more about it and talking with others who also struggle with mental health.

Fun fact: I love to watch sports, play, and cheer my favorite teams.

Favorite quote: “You change the world by being yourself."

Manisha

Manisha K.

Manisha K.

Woodside Priory School, alum

Mental health has always been a big part of my life and has shaped me into the person I am today. From a young age, my parents, as doctors, have taught me techniques to deal with mental health. Yet, as advanced as the Bay Area is, many teens don't have the same awareness about mental health as the select few and I do, simply because schools and parents don't prioritize eliminating the stigma around the subject by normalizing mental health issues and informing young people. Ultimately, I joined SYAB to help spread positive awareness about mental wellness.

I love learning about biology and medicine. I spend my free time working in the lab, taking portrait photography, and watching Wes Anderson movies.

Favorite quote: "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony,” - Mahatma Gandhi.

MedhaM

Medha M.

Medha M.

Gunn High School, alum

I joined SYAB because along with myself I see people all around me struggling with mental health: peers, friends and family. I want to help people have access to/feel comfortable getting the resources they need, remove stigma surrounding mental health, and learn better how to help others who struggle with mental health.

MeganC

Megan C.

Megan C.

Mountain View High School, Grade 12

I joined SYAB to help destigmatize and spread awareness about mental health in my community. I hope that in the near future, conversation around mental health will change for the better.

Fun fact: I help my grandma change her passwords on a weekly basis.

Favorite quote: “a hero is one who heals their own wounds and then shows others how to do the same." -Yung Pueblo

MelanieG3

Melanie G.

Melanie G.

The Menlo School, Grade 10

I joined SafeSpace to help make a difference in my community for people of all ages that need help.

Fun Fact: I am the middle of 5 siblings.

Favorite quote: "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning how to dance in the rain"

MichaelS

Michael S.

Michael S.

Summit Tahoma High School, alum

Favorite quote: "Spread love where ever you go" -Mother Teresa.

MiraD

Mira D.

Mira D.

Menlo School, alum

I joined SYAB because I have struggled with my own mental health, and I wanted to learn how to help myself and others going through similar things. I think that reducing stigma is the first step to solving any problem, so I really aligned with SafeSpace's mission statement.

Fun fact: I love ketchup; I used to eat ketchup with watermelon

Favorite quote: "You got into Harvard Law?" "What? Like it's hard?" - Elle Woods from the movie, Legally Blonde.

MiraDeb

Mira D.

Mira D.

The Nueva School, alum

I joined Safe Space to educate myself about mental health and become a better mental health advocate. I think Safe Space's ideas of encouraging others to speak up, supporting one another, and seeking resources are very important and I am excited to be a part of a warm community!

Fun fact: In my free time, I love going to the beach with my dog, trying new restaurants, and wakesurfing.

NamyaK

Namya K.

Namya K.

Gunn High School, Grade 9

I joined SYAB because I believe that mental health is a topic that needs to be destigmatized and awareness of it is important.

Fun fact: When I was younger, I could name all the presidents of the United States and what president number they were.

Favorite quote: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

NetaG

Neta G.

Neta G.

Palo Alto High School, Grade 10

I joined SYAB because I want to learn how to help others with mental health and spread awareness about mental health issues.

Fun fact: I can speak Hebrew, and I love photography and playing the guitar.

Novak

Novak C.

Novak C.

Crystal Springs Uplands School, alum

I joined Safespace because I was really struggling with my own mental health and wanted to know I wasn't alone. By being a part of Safespace, I learned to empower myself and be proud of my journey, and I gained a community of motivated kids with their own unique experiences, coming together to make real progress in teen mental health awareness!

Phoebe Mota-Judges

Phoebe M-J.

Phoebe M-J.

Gunn High School, Grade 10

I joined SYAB because I believe that mental health is an important topic that needs to be talked about more. I wanted to be a part of a community where I could share my experiences and help others.

Fun Fact: In my free time I enjoy reading and spending time with my friends and pets.

Favorite quote: "Hope, it is the only thing stronger than fear." - The Hunger Games

PurviJ

Purvi J.

Purvi J.

Burlingame School, Grade 11

I joined SafeSpace because there is so much stigma around mental health and I want to help and voice to others in our community know that struggling with mental health is more common than you think, and that you are not alone. I struggled with my mental health a lot over the past few years, and I felt my lowest when I didn't have the courage to reach out for support because I was embarrassed. By joining SYAB, I hope to make sure other people don't feel alone, and know they can ask for help.

Fun Fact: In my free time I like to read and crochet.

ReeseG

Reese G.

Reese G.

Menlo School, alum

I joined Safespace because I want to help destigmatize conversations surrounding mental health.

Fun fact: I have two sisters who are also involved in SafeSpace!

ReeseW

Reese W.

Reese W.

Menlo School, Grade 10

I joined SYAB because I think mental health is something that impacts everyone to a certain extent, but too many people are lack knowledge of how to manage it.

Favorite Quote: “You are entirely up to you.”

Reza

Reza N.

Reza N.

Menlo-Atherton High School, alum

I joined SafeSpace during a dark time in my life, and at the time, I didn't know that there was help out there. Every day felt like it was getting harder, and I continued to suffer by myself. It took a lot of time and hard work to get to where I am today, and yeah, it was really tough but it was so worth it. Now, I share my story to help spread awareness about mental health. I share my story to help kids like myself reach out for help. I share my story to remind myself that I will have bad days too, but I'm strong enough to overcome them. Everyone has a story to tell. What's yours?

RheaN

Rhea N.

Rhea N.

Menlo School, Grade 9

I joined SYAB because I want to help educate my community on mental health and make resources more readily available. I believe that a conversation can make all the difference and I want to be a part of it.

Fun Fact: My favorite food is french fries.

Favorite quote: "My vibe is like, hey, you could probably pour soup in my lap, and I'll apologize to you." - John Mulaney

RileyC

Riley C.

Riley C.

Castilleja, alum

I joined Safespace because I understand the stigma that can often exist around mental illness. Safespace enables me to work with other individuals who are passionate about opening the conversation about mental health.

Fun fact: I absolutely love spending time with kids, I attribute it to the fact that I consider myself to have a mental maturity level of about 7 years old.

Favorite quote: "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent" -Eleanor Roosevelt

RileyG

Riley G.

Riley G.

Menlo-Atherton High School, alum

I joined SafeSpace to become more involved with this great community and advocate for improvements surrounding mental health and stigma.

Fun fact: I share a birthday with my sister who was born three years after me!

Favorite quote:"The way I see it, if you want a rainbow you have to put up with the rain." -Dolly Parton.

RushiM

Ruchi M.

Ruchi M.

The Menlo School, Grade 9

I joined SYAB because I wanted to aid in their incredible progress for mental health advocacy. I hope to increase education on culturally appropriate mental health resources and fatphobia with this organization.

Fun fact: I have a cat named Hobbes!

SaanviJ

Saanvi J.

Saanvi J.

Burlingame High School, Grade 11

I have seen the stigma of mental health in my community and in my peers around me and the effect that has on people. I decided to join Safespace to help bring awareness to mental health issues because the more they are talked about the more people will feel like they can get the help they need.

Samer

Samer B.

Samer B.

Hillsdale High School, alum

I joined SYAB because I wanted to break the stigma around mental health at my school and in the larger community. I struggled with my own mental health and I overcame it. I also have a passion for helping other people, and I am able to do that through SafeSpace.

Fun Fact: I love Starbucks and I am a proud Palestinian!

Favorite quote: "Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you doesn't mean you can, should, or need to do it alone." -Lisa Olivera

Samina

Samina K.

Samina K.

Castilleja School, alum

Fun Fact: I am an east coaster at heart! I grew up in New York City and Boston and hope to go back there someday... I just love the seasons!

Sarah P

Sarah P.

Sarah P.

Lydian Academy, alum

Mental health is important to me because I have personally dealt with mental health issues in the past. I have seen how mental health can impact not only my life but the lives of those around me.

Shannon

Shannon C.

Shannon C.

Menlo-Atherton High School, Grade 11

I joined SafeSpace to help bring more awareness to mental health issues in teenagers. Having struggled with anxiety and depression myself, I know how lonely and hopeless it can be and I hope I can help others find the resources to feel less lonely and desperate.

ShaylaD

Shayla D.

Shayla D.

Aragon High School, Grade 11

I joined SYAB because I've dealt with my own fair share of mental health issues and I understand how isolating it can be. I hope to help others feel more comfortable asking for help, and create open conversations in which people feel empowered to share their own stories to help others.

Fun fact: I play underwater hockey!

Favorite quote: "Bake someone happy."

Sierra Shaw

Sierra S.

Sierra S.

Menlo School, Grade 10

I joined SafeSpace because I care a lot about mental health, and I want to spread awareness and help others who struggle with mental health.

Favorite Quote: "Big journeys begin with small steps."

Somerset

Somerset G.

Somerset G.

Cañada Middle College, Grade 11

Favorite quote: "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" from Mary Oliver's poem, The Summer Day.

SophiaH

Sophia H.

Sophia H.

Hillsdale High School, alum

I joined SYAB because I wanted to be apart of a community with shared values, goals, and experiences.

Favorite quote: "I want to live in a world where people become famous because of their work for peace and justice and care. I want the famous to be inspiring; their lives an example of what every human being has it in them to do act from love!"

SophiaM

Sophia M.

Sophia M.

Ocean Grove High School, Grade 11

I joined SafeSpace to make a positive impact in my community.

Favorite Quote: "You are worth more than what you can give to other people."

SoniaC

Sonia C.

Sonia C.

Castilleja School, Grade 11

I joined SYAB to learn about how I can become a better mental health advocate and support the youth in my community struggling with their mental health.

Fun fact: I love reading, walking with my dog, and taking care of my succulents!

Favorite quote: "Choosing authenticity means cultivating the courage to be imperfect." - Brené Brown

Suditi

Suditi D.

Suditi D.

Homestead High School, Grade 12

I joined SafeSpace because I was inspired by the high schoolers in SafeSpace taking matters into their own hands to destigmatize the conversation around mental health.

SydneyS

Sydney S.

Sydney S.

San Mateo High School, Grade 12

I joined SYAB because I want to improve the conversation and change the stigma around mental health within our community!

Fun Fact: In my free time I enjoy to read, play volleyball, and hang out with my friends.

TuesdayJ1

Tuesday J.

Tuesday J.

Burlingame High School, Grade 10

I joined Safespace because I have personally dealt with and watched as my loved ones struggled with mental health. I always wanted to help and understand why this was going on. I joined Safe Space not only to help my understanding or my family's, I joined to help our entire community understand the importance of mental health.

Fun Fact: I love music and I play three different instruments!

Favorite Quote: "If you can dream, you can do it" -Walt Disney

WillM

Will M.

Will M.

Menlo School, alum

I joined Safespace in order to help generally destigmatize mental health as well as help other guys that may be struggling.

Fun Fact: In my free time, I enjoy playing sports and spending time with my dog.

WillW

Will W.

Will W.

Nueva, Grade 12

I joined SafeSpace because I wanted to continue to learn about mental health and promote it to help myself and those around me. My school has vast resources in this area, and I hope to share it with our larger community.

Fun Fact: I play both piano and guitar.

Favorite Quote: "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." -Robert Louis Stevenson

XamaraC2

Xamara C.

Xamara C.

Woodside High School, Grade 11

I decided to join Safespace because mental health is something everyone deals with and it's a super important topic not talked about enough. I've seen a lot of people struggle with their mental health and it's become an issue I'm really passionate about.

Fun Fact: My favorite animal is a butterfly because they go through different stages of life, and similarly we do too.

Favorite Quote: “There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.” ― Colleen Hoover, It Ends with Us