Generation G Youth Board


The Generation G Youth Advisory Board is made up of a group of volunteer teens who are passionate about spreading the word of GiGi’s Playhouse Raleigh and helping to show that we are all #morealikethandifferent. Our goals are to:

  1. Build Awareness
  2. Serve as Program Volunteers
  3. Support Fundraising

Board Structure: The Youth board is led by a group of Teen Officers and Adult Advisors who facilitate activities throughout the school year. The group meets twice a month, typically the 2nd and 4th Mondays.

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Awareness: With board members from all over the Triangle area, we are able to connect with a larger community through our outreach endeavors. We host High Five Challenge events at local Universities to focus on educating students, community members, and alumni about Down syndrome and how they can be a part of our mission for global acceptance.  We have also hold community events such as a Bingo Nights and Car Wash fundraisers.

Volunteering: Youth Board members average over 300 hours of service at The Playhouse annually. In addition to the standard expectations for volunteers, we handle more responsibility as co-leaders of certain programs and consistent volunteers for many of the Playhouse programs and Events. We have also hosted events such as a Fall Fest, Family Fun, Bingo Night, and more. Each member of the GenerationG Youth Board volunteers for at least 30 hours a year!



“I have been a part of GiGi’s Playhouse Raleigh for 4 years now and what I love most about it is the feeling of community right when you walk through the doors. Every person that comes into GiGi’s feels loved the entire time they are there and I was fascinated by it, so I decided to join Gen G youth board a year ago to see what it was like behind the scenes. Gen G is so special because it is a whole board just for teens to help spread the word about GiGi’s and get involved leading and participating in programs. Every program I attend I see someone do what they thought they were never able to do, with a smile on their face at the end saying “I did it.” That is something special that will always leave a mark on you.” -Wilson Furr, Co-President

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“Generation G Youth Advisory Board is amazing, I had the opportunity to work with Whitney Kahn 5 years ago to develop and start the Board. This is an awesome experience for others. I love being involved because this is a great way for High Schoolers to develop into leaders”- Matthew Schwab, Co-President

“I love every part of volunteering at GiGi’s -- from the laughs and fun conversations with participants to the warm welcomes from volunteers and leaders at every program. I was eager to be a part of the Generation G teen board as soon as I heard of it because I wanted to meet other teens in the GiGi’s community that loved the Playhouse as much as I did. Through the board, I’ve been able to help bring GiGi’s Playhouse out into the Raleigh community through events such as the high five challenge. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such a great group!” - Sarah Thomas, Vice President

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Virtual Meetings take place on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 6:30-7:30pm.

If you have any questions feel free to email the GenG Youth Board Advisor, Whitney Kahn at