YCA established the Youth Advisory Council to focus on enhancing accountable space practices, programming and outreach, organizational policies, and overall YCA atmospheres. We carefully interviewed and selected eight young people to represent the demographic we serve. These individuals will be trusted to honorably implement change and voice the ideas and concerns of their peers.

The council will convene bi-weekly until August of 2022 to help spearhead the new direction of Young Chicago Authors.

Please email Kayla McGhee or Ana Wright for more information.

Use our contact form to send comments or questions.


China Smith

China Smith

Chair, Programming

Darius Burks

Darius Burks

Chair, Safe Space

Becca Anderson

Becca Anderson

Member, Programming

Kristal Moseley

Kristal Moseley

Member, Programming

Sam Noparstak

Sam Noparstak

Member, Programming

AJ Saleh

AJ Saleh

Member, Safe Space

Musa Reems

Musa Reems

Member, Safe Space

Isabella Anderson

Isabella Anderson

Member, Safe Space