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What Are We About?

As we all know and remember, the teen years are filled with challenges of self-identity, body-image, confidence, and confusion about the future. Teenagers are navigating the (sometimes turbulent) waters leading from childhood to adulthood, and for most that time can be difficult with no other external stressors present.

Teenagers facing physical or mental health challenges have an especially difficult time coping. In effect, the combination of normal teenage stressors plus the impact of chronic illness, abuse, or neglect on self-esteem can make the normal transition to adulthood either difficult, delayed, or impossible.

Wish Upon a Teen was founded in 2011 to make a difference in the lives of these challenged teens one life at a time. Our mission is to provide resources, time, and opportunities to teenagers dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or recovering from injury or chronic illness. Through creative and interactive social and educational events, these teens will rediscover and rebuild their self-esteem as they continue their journey to adulthood.

Have You Heard? Wish Upon a Teen has a Teen and Young Adult Advisory Board!

This group is made up of 22 dedicated youth that meet together monthly to help plan events for our teens, volunteer at our programs, and spread awareness in the community. Make sure to join our TYA at our Bowling FriendRaiser on Saturday, September 27th at Bowling IQ in Sterling Heights Michigan.

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This group of committed teenagers is spearheaded by a phenomenal TYA Executive Board:

  • President: Brooke Willard
  • Vice President: Mayah Wheeler
  • Secretary: Vivian Xu
  • Treasurer: Kristen HooSang
  • Alternate Officer: Abby Bernard

Committee Chairs:

  • Teen Events: Dana Giddens
  • Community Events Co Chairs: Natalie Butler and Gabby Giddens
  • Fundraising: Hevhynn Jackson
  • Community Engagement and Public Relations: Taylor Squicciarini

Wish Upon a Teen’s TYA meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Wish Upon a Teen office. For more information on TYA or if you have a teen who is interested in joining, feel free to email jamie@wishuponateen.org.