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Amanda Aziz, Toronto, ON, Age: 19

Amanda Aziz

Hailing from Canada, Amanda has been a Youth Advisory Board member at Ypulse for over four years now. She enjoys reading, writing, watching films, and being a volunteer for and a street team member for MTV’s A Thin Line. What she does not like, however, is writing about herself in third person.

Mike Beard, Las Vegas, NV, Age: 15

Mike Beard

Mike is in 10th grade and is an aspiring filmmaker and entrepreneur who's started multiple businesses in school. He loves to travel, write, and is very creative. 

Vinnie Cassidy, Las Vegas, NV, Age: 15

Vinnie Cassidy

Vinnie is a 10th grader focusing on the study of film and how it is created. He is an avid viewer of reality television, especially the show "Big Brother" on CBS and likes to critique television. He is on the inside to what people like and don't like, especially for television.

Sydney Coates, Toronto, ON, Age: 13

Sydney Coates

An American citizen, Sydney currently lives and studies in Canada. She reads…a lot! The good news is that Canadians are generally polite and friendly and don’t seem to mind when she causes mayhem as a result of her nose being permanently attached to a book. That doesn’t mean that an international conflict of “War of 1812″ proportions couldn’t happen as a result of Sydney’s time in Canada. While svelte and diminutive, she’s more than capable of generating disproportionate impact…

Andrew Cothren, Brooklyn, NY, Age: 24

Andrew Cothren

Andrew Cothren is a writer currently living in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, NY. He was born and raised in Upstate New York, and received his BA in Creative Writing at Binghamton University. In his spare time, he is a passionate Knicks fan, junk food connoisseur, and trivia expert.

Ruben Cuevas, Vestal, NY, Age: 11

Ruben Cuevas

Ruben Cuevas is an aspiring musician, programmer, and business man. He loves team swimming and keeps up with the latest internet memes.

Alexis Donitz, New York, NY, Age: 19

Alexis Donitz

Alexis is a freshman at New York University who picked up and moved from the sunny and relaxing Los Angeles, CA, to loud and crazy NYC. She has displayed her love for writing and magazine design through her role as Editor-in-Chief of her high school yearbook and her internship at exclusive Los Angeles Magazine, Angeleno. She was also published in two literary magazines in high school. Creative writing has always been a favorite for Alexis, but she also enjoys writing based on observation. Her favorite blogs to read are food blogs, although she enjoys indulging in gossip blogs as well. Alexis uses her opportunity of living in two amazing cities as an inspiration for her writing.

Laura Edelman, New York, NY, Age: 19

Laura Edelman

Laura is a freshman at NYU planning on studying Art History. Originally from Baltimore, MD, Laura is loving the city and is constantly pursuing her ideal “Sex and the City” lifestyle of shoes, girls nights with her sorority, visits to museums, attending Broadway shows (she recently met Miranda), eating exotic meals…and shoes. Though she’s partial to topics on fashion and art, Laura always has an opinion and wants it to be heard. She wants to make a difference in the world through her writing, volunteering, and hopefully curatorial work, so she hopes her readers come away with a little something!

Skyanne Fisher, Utica, PA, Age: 18

Skyanne Fisher

Skyanne was the girl skipping school in fourth grade to stay home and write. She loves traveling more than anything else and has goals to visit every continent in the world and every country in Latin America and now, after graduating high school, she is taking a year off to travel. Her second passion is volunteering and she hopes to spend time in developing countries, particularly places like Ghana and Cambodia, to work with children. Skyanne hopes to attend UC San Diego to major in Political Science and International Relations. She is obsessed with “Vampire Diaries” and never passes up a chance to fangirl over Ian Somerhalder. She can be found on Twitter @skyvsworld and on her travel blog, Sky vs World (

Danielle Gizzo, Hoboken, NJ, Age: 24

Danielle Gizzo

Danielle is an innovative marketing communications professional who earned her B.S. in Advertising and Graphic Design from Rider University. This New Jersey native has since been learning the ropes of the corporate retail world through her experience with Macy’s Merchandising Group. Learn more about Danielle by following her on Twitter @Danielle_Gizzo.

Gloria Malone, New York City, Age: 22

Gloria Malone

Gloria is a freelance writer, social media consultant, speaker, political advocate and young parent. She enjoys writing about social justice issues, life as a teen mom, and being a student. After obtaining her bachelors in public affairs from Baruch College, she plans on pursuing a masters in public policy. Gloria can be found taking her daughter to and from dance classes, hanging out with friends, or adventuring around the city (and world) with her pensive six year old. To learn more about Gloria you can visit her website.

Caleb Hearon, Chillicothe, Missouri, Age: 18

Caleb Hearon

Caleb is a senior at Chillicothe High School, Home of the Hornets! He is involved in Student Council, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Key Club, and of course Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Caleb is serving National FCCLA as their Vice President of Membership. Student, leader, Young Democrat of America, friend, and human rights champion; Caleb considers himself to be very opinionated and passionate. Politcal awareness, the power youth hold in today's world, and social matters are all things that Caleb is excited about.

Molly Horan, New York, NY, Age: 22

Molly Horan

Molly is a freelance writer who's covered everything from Wrock concerts to classic lit, though she specializes in geeky lists and book reviews. An aspiring YA author, when not writing she can normally be found reading the latest contemporary YA novel or re-reading Harry Potter. Born and raised in Bristol, CT, she now lives in New York City and while she loves the excitement and the culture, she sometimes misses Connecticut's trees.

Matt Hursh, Brighton, MA, Age: 21

Matt Hursh

Matt has finally ventured into his first year of post-graduate life, which he will be spending in the greater Boston area teaching tennis and literacy to children in Boston public schools. His four years at Hobart College taught him that we can be certain of nothing other than the fact that we exist, and to cherish any day in which the weather tops 40 degrees. A sports fanatic, he loves to share his opinions about anything and everything media related, particularly the influence the media has on public opinion.

Nygel Jones, New York, NY, Age: 14

Nygel Jones

Nygel is a 9th grader who enjoys astronomy and studying Greek mythology. He also enjoys writing fiction and playing video games. Nygel is passionate about discussing politics and debating current issues. He aspires to be a politician as well as an entrepreneur. He is an avid Star Wars fan and is among the top 5 students in his class.

Nathaniel Prince Lewis, Freeport, Bahamas, Age: 22

Nathaniel Prince Lewis

Nathaniel is a Bahamian film producer, screenwriter, actor, social-entrepreneur, and author, born in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas. Having a passion for the arts (mainly film and theater) and advancing positive global change from a very young age, he’s been involved in many local theater productions in The Bahamas and has served as a motivational speaker and leadership trainer at events and seminars throughout North America, including in The Bahamas, Canada, and the United States. He also participated in the Bahamas National Youth Parliament 2009 and was elected Deputy Speaker by his peers. Nathaniel has successfully authored his first book “Triumph: Poetic Expressions of Success,” produced the award-winning short film “Politicking in Paradise” (which won best short at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival on Location: Grand Bahamas Island), and is now the Executive Producer and host of the upcoming web series “The Prince’s Lounge.” In his spare time, he enjoys theatre, traveling, nightlife, and public speaking.

Maddie Flager, Coral Springs, FL, Age: 18

Maddie Flager

Madison is currently a freshman at Loyola Marymount University, majoring in Communication Studies. She writes and copy edits for the LA Loyolan and is active in community service on campus. She plans to pursue a career in journalism and hopes to write for Time Magazine and Entertainment Weekly one day. In high school, Madison was editor-in-chief of The Prowl, vice-president of Key Club, and active in both marching and concert band. In her spare time she enjoys reading fashion magazines, watching The Office and exploring the city of Los Angeles.

Caroline Marques, Geneva, Switzerland, Age: 19

Caroline Marques

Caroline is a first-year at Wellesley College. This is her fifth year serving on the Youth Advisory Board. She is currently interested in studying Political Science and Cinema. Her international background (born in Brazil, grew up in Switzerland) fostered her love for traveling and speaking various languages. In her free time, she enjoys kick-boxing, hip-hop, writing, and reviewing books, TV shows and concerts. An aspiring YA author, she hopes to one day read a book review of her own novel.

Marissa Monyak, Cleveland, Ohio, Age: 18

Marissa Monyak

Marissa is a freshman at Cuyahoga Community College and plans on studying Psychology. She enjoys dancing, traveling, painting, and of course, reading and writing. You can usually find Marissa at the local coffee shop with her nose in a book. She has a passion for music, technology, and pop culture. She hopes to make a difference through her writing.

Camilla Nord, London, UK, Age: 22

Camilla Nord

Camilla is a returning YAB member who finished her undergraduate degree at Oxford, where she studied physiology, psychology, and philosophy, and also has a Master's in neuroscience from University College London. She currently works in neuropsychiatric research, which involves meeting patients, scanning brains, and statistical analysis. When she’s not studying the brain, she is probably painting, practicing Bikram yoga, cooking vegetarian food, or thinking about manatees. When she IS studying, her favorite neurotransmitter (those chemicals that shoot around the brain sending signals) is dopamine. The recent involvement of neuroscience techniques in product development and marketing has driven her interest in Ypulse, coupled with a lifelong love of writing — and, of course, a healthy obsession with pop culture.

Jordan Orris, Henderson, NV, Age: 19

Jordan Orris

Jordan, 19, is a determined freshman at Auburn University in Alabama, where she is majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies, emphasizing Marketing, Journalism, and Spanish, with a minor in Leadership and Ethics. She hopes to combine her studies with her interests in politics and writing someday, and could see herself working anywhere from Seventeen magazine to The White House. In high school, Jordan was active in Speech and Debate, Class Government, and community service. She founded GVoice, the school's first online literary publication, which receives hundreds of international hits per day, and continues to be a creative outlet for literary expression at her high school.

Jaclyn Rosen, Great Neck, NY, Age: 19

Jaclyn Rosen

Jaclyn is a sophomore at the University of Florida (Go Gators!) studying Public Relations and Business. Originally from New York, Jaclyn is torn between her love for the infectious energy of big cities and natural beauty of Florida’s beaches. Amid her busy schedule, this vegetarian, self-proclaimed Buddhist believes in the importance of balance, and makes time every day to go on long runs, paint, and enjoy college adventures with her friends. Jaclyn has been a voice for the Millennial generation through her internships for MTV, Do, and OneSixtyFourth, and represents her peers on campus as a Student Body Senator, Vice President of her sorority, and only student member of the Provost’s Academic Assessment Committee.

Medha Satyal, Williamsburg, VA, Age: 20

Medha Satyal

Medha is a junior at the College of William & Mary, where she studies Neuroscience. She is interested in social perceptions and interpersonal and intergroup interactions. In her spare time, she frequents art museums and eateries, and watches an unhealthy amount of television.

Emily Smucker, Harrisburg, OR, Age: 22

Emily Smucker

Emily is happiest when she is drinking tea and reading a book in a sunny room. She is 22 years old and currently a sophomore in college. Majoring in communications and minoring in elementary education, Emily spends her spare time doing theater, blogging, and designing clothing. Her first book, titled “Emily,” was published in 2009, and she hopes to publish more books in the future. If you would like to read Emily’s blog you can find it at

Bryan Spencer, Nanjing, China, Age: 23

Bryan Spencer

Bryan is a Kansas native who, in early 2011, hopped on a plane to China in search of a new challenge and hasn't looked back since. He currently resides in Nanjing where he serves as the head of China operations for Millennial Marketing Partners, Inc., a California-based marketing and consulting company. Previously, he spent time at ClickHere (Chick-fil-A, Travelocity, GameStop, Amstel Light) and Archrival (Nebraska Book Company). Bryan has been a contributing writer for publications such as AOL and China Daily, as well as a book written in Chinese, "Impression of China," (Nanjing University Press, 2012). He graduated from the University of Kansas with a BA in Communication Studies and is currently a Master's candidate at Nanjing University, where he was awarded a full scholarship for graduate studies by the Chinese government. Learn more about Bryan by following him on Twitter @bryanspe.

Julia Tanenbaum, Claremont, CA, Age: 17

Julia Tanenbaum

Julia Tanenbaum is a senior at Claremont High School in California. She has been on YAB for three years, and is excited to be back. Like most teenagers, she spends a lot of time on schoolwork, but she also enjoys playing video games, particuarly Japanese role playing games, volunteering, and watching Doctor Who and anime. She spends a considerable amount of time online, and loves internet culture, whether it’s Tumblr, music discussion forums, or Memebase. She also loves reading, especially Manga, other comics, and any kind of science fiction. 

Rachel Voorhees, Hudson Valley, NY, Age: 20

Rachel Voorhees

Rachel is currently a Communications student at Adelphi University with a concentration in Journalism. After she graduates she plans to work in media, specifically for music promotions and/or non-profit. In her free time, you can catch Rachel singing and dancing with friends at a concert in New York City or doing volunteer work. She has a serious passion for pop culture and raising awareness about social issues both locally and globally. With her writing, Rachel hopes to keep readers informed about what's happening in pop culture and how they can volunteer their time to a worthy cause. To learn more about Rachel, check out

Christopher Walcott, Trinidad and Tobago, Age: 23

Christopher Walcott

Christopher graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Computing and an associated degree in General Business from the University of the Southern Caribbean. There, Christopher became passionate about being a social entrepreneur. From a young age, he has been involved in an active youth group called Pathfinders, and has aided in building shelters for the poor, clean-up campaigns, anti-drug marches, and being a positive male role model in society. His love for youth work, and his ambition and enthusiasm got him nominated to be a Youth Member of Parliament to promote the youth voice. During his tenure, he was involved in the Common Wealth Heads of Government Youth Forum (CYF) 2009 where he was one of the founding members of the Trinidad and Tobago Youth Economic Society. With his continuing involvement and development in youth activities, he was selected by the British Council to represent Trinidad and Tobago at the first ever Latin America and Caribbean Youth Summit (LACYS) 2010, in Rio, De Janerio Brazil. You can learn more about Christopher on his blog:

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