The WRTL Teen Board

The Wise Readers to Leaders Teen Board is an opportunity for exemplary Junior Literacy Leaders (JLLs) from our summer program to continue to be engaged in leadership, development, programming, and planning for Wise Readers to Leaders throughout the school year. The Teen Board meets several times during the year to oversee many of the important year-round activities of Wise Readers. This year we have 25 Teen Board Members!

The Teen Board is divided into five Committees, each with its own unique responsibilities and Executive Chairs who lead their committee. In addition to the committee responsibilities, Teen Board Members help plan events and lead Junior Literacy Leader interviews and training.

Clara – Executive Chair of Recruitment

Clara is a senior at Viewpoint School and the chair for the Recruitment Committee. Clara joined Wise Readers to Leaders 5 years ago and loves working on the Teen Board because of how interactive it is, which makes it easy to bond with the scholars. She also enjoys seeing the improvement and excitement from the scholars who come back each year! In Clara’s free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, cooking, dancing, and rock climbing.

The Recruitment Committee works on recruiting new teen volunteers for the summer and our other various programs, by liaising with local high schools, going to community service fairs, and utilizing social media for marketing.

Annie – Executive Chair of Scholar Engagement

Annie, a senior at Brentwood School and the chair of the Scholar Engagement Committee, began volunteering at Wise Readers to Leaders 2 years ago. She loves working with our scholars and watching them learn and progress over time! She enjoys being able to work on the Teen Board because it allows her to keep the connections to WRTL during the year and not lose the relationships she has made with scholars. At Brentwood School, Annie is the Editor-in-Chief of the school’s newspaper. She also swims, plays waterpolo, is a sailing instructor, and loves to scuba dive!

The Scholar Engagement Committee keeps our scholars involved throughout the year by staying in touch with scholars and families as well as sending out hand-made birthday cards to our scholars.

Lily – Executive Chair of Events

Lily is a senior at Harvard-Westlake and is a Chair of the Events Committee. She started working at WRTL during the summer of 2018 and is so excited for her fourth year in the program! She loves WRTL because it allows her to share and explore important, valuable, and engaging childhood experiences with each scholar. Lily’s favorite part of WRTL has been the connections made with LLs, JLLs, and scholars throughout the years, as well as the leadership skills and experience she has gained from the program. Outside of WRTL, she plays field hockey, explores her interests in science, and listens to lots of music.

The Events Committee plans and executes seasonal events for scholars and the Teen Program such as the annual Fall Event, Holiday Party, and more!

Talia – Executive Chair of Events

Talia is a senior at Harvard-Westlake and a Chair of the Events Committee. She first joined WRTL in the summer of 2019 as a JLL, then joined the remote reading program, and has been doing both ever since! Talia loves WRTL because it allows her to make a difference in scholars’ lives by helping them with their homework, bonding over Percy Jackson, creating art together, and everything in between! In her free time she enjoys playing soccer, bass guitar, reading.

The Events Committee plans and executes seasonal events for scholars and the Teen Program such as the annual Fall Event, Holiday Party, and more!

Ella – Executive Chair of Enrichment

Ella is a senior at Palisades Charter High School and is a chair of the Enrichment Committee. She has been part of Wise Readers to Leaders for two years now and served on the board for that time. She is excited to be back in person and engage with other JLL’s and scholars! Ella loves Wise Readers to Leaders because she can give back to her community and help improve the literacy gap in children. Ella’s favorite part about Wise Readers to Leaders has been seeing the growth in a scholar’s reading from the beginning of the school year to the end. In her free time, Ella plays soccer, basketball, bakes, and engages in civic involvement with Youth and Government.

The Enrichment Committee engages with scholars bi-monthly on Zoom through activities that allow scholars to explore a variety of interests and skills. Some previous enrichment lessons include ASL, bingo, dance, trivia, and more!

Anya – Executive Chair of Enrichment

Anya is a senior at Marlborough and is a chair of the Enrichment Committee. She began volunteering with Wise Readers three years ago! She loves working with the scholars and getting to see their improvement firsthand. Through Wise Readers she has made incredible connections with scholars and is warmed by the excitement scholars have each time they meet with her. Anya is also captain of her debate team, Editor-in-Chief of her newspaper, and is highly involved in politics. She also loves kayaking, crafting, and journaling!

The Enrichment Committee engages with scholars bi-monthly on Zoom through activities that allow scholars to explore a variety of interests and skills. Some previous enrichment lessons include ASL, bingo, dance, trivia, and more!

Cassandra – Executive Chair of Fundraising

Cassandra is a senior at SOCES High School and is a chair of the Fundraising Committee. She is a former scholar and has been part of Wise Readers to Leaders for nine years! Cassandra loves how much WRTL helps improve scholars’ love for reading and helps them have fun during summer while still enriching their minds. Outside of WRTL, Cassandra enjoys reading, playing guitar, baking, and binging her favorite tv shows!

The Fundraising Committee plans and leads seasonal fundraisers to help support our various programs. Previous fundraisers include supply drives, bake sales, and book drives!

Cate – Executive Chair of Fundraising

Cate is a Senior at Palisades Charter High School. She has been a part of the WRTL Program for 5 years, and has loved every moment she’s been a part of it! Cate loves Wise Readers to Leaders because it’s like one big family, and she loves bonding and connecting with the scholars to help them achieve great things! For Cate, being a part of the Teen Board is an awesome extension of the summer program WRTL offers,  because she is able to continue being an active mentor and also an organizer that can raise money not only for the continuation of the program but also for the scholars themselves. Outside of WRTL, Cate enjoys singing, playing lacrosse, listening to all different kinds of music genres, and reading!

The Fundraising Committee plans and leads seasonal fundraisers to help support our various programs. Previous fundraisers include supply drives, bake sales, and book drives!