Youth Council Bio
Hello all! My name is Summer Wilke. I moved to Monterey County in 2006 when I was about ten years old. Five years later I was placed into foster care of my own accord because I wanted a better life for myself. I wanted to be different than my parents and the environment I grew up in. Shortly after being placed in my first foster home I got involved in CYC where I made some lifelong friends and gained a support system. The longer I spent in the system the more I realized how badly reform was needed. Now at 22 years old, I’m at a place where I feel like I can use my experience to help others. I hope that by being a support staff at the Epicenter that I can make a positive impact on the youth of my community as a role model. Currently, I am taking a break from Hartnell, but plan to return soon so that I can transfer to CSUMB where I will obtain a degree in Business and Accounting. After my fiancé, Gunnar, and I are done with school we plan on becoming foster parents.
“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” – Henry David Thoreau
Hi, my name is Amairany but I go by Amy. I am 17 years old and I am a mom to a baby boy. Some things I really enjoy doing are arts and crafts, reading, and playing my guitar. How I heard about the Epicenter was at an event I was attending. When I got the opportunity to be a part of this team I was excited. I want to be able to make a difference in someone’s life, and I would like to learn new skills that will be able to help me in my life. While being at The Epicenter I want to learn how to write professional emails, improve my public speaking skills, and advocate for those who can’t seem to find their voice. I’ve been in the Monterey County foster care system since the age of 9. Growing up in the system has changed my life in many ways. It has given me many opportunities to grow, change, get an education, and meet many people. I hope the youth who come to the Epicenter utilize all the resources that are available and apply them to their daily lives.
“ Every flower must grow through dirt “
In keeping with the vision and values of the Epicenter, it is essential that youth input and feedback be weaved into every aspect of our programming. The Youth Council allows the opportunity to pair this feedback mechanism with a clear leadership development opportunity. Youth Council receives mentorship from the Epicenter Youth Advocates.