GiGi’s Playhouse Wausau Youth Board
The GiGi's Playhouse Wausau Youth Board is made up of a dedicated and motivated group of high school students who see the importance of increasing awareness for individuals with Down Syndrome, as well as creating an environment that is accepting, generous and kind: the three fundamentals of the Generation G Pledge. The purpose of the Youth Board is to spread the message of Generation G through hosting events for members of the community and GiGi's Playhouse families and encouraging other high school students to commit to signing and carrying out the Generation G Pledge.
Meet Our Youth Board
Alexis Cleland - Youth Board Advisor
Hello everyone! My name is Alexis Cleland, I am the Youth Board Advisor as well as a school psychologist and barre instructor. I joined this role to encourage youth in the surrounding school districts to challenge themselves in a leadership role within their communities and within an organization with a mission of acceptance for all and changing the way the world views Down Syndrome. I am excited to see the board reach our goals and support the community.
Elin Nielson, Board President
Hi! My name is Elin Nielsen and I am a sophomore at DC Everest Senior High School. I enjoy playing tennis, skiing, traveling, and involving myself in school clubs & activities. I joined the GiGi’s Youth Board about six months ago. I heard about GiGi’s through another board member, Cassidy Lackey. My favorite part about the youth board is being able to collaborate and create ways to spread inclusivity. I also love working with the youth board—giving back to our community each month!
Aidan Gavrila, Vice President
I am a junior at D.C. Everest senior high. I play soccer throughout the year and enjoy skiing with my family in the winter. After positively interacting with the Down syndrome community at my middle school I realized I needed to do more to make a difference, thus I joined GiGi’s. I enjoy volunteering at GiGi’s as there is a great atmosphere that fosters irreplaceable friendships. As well, this is the organization that enables me to make the strongest impact in my community.
Zoey Yang, Board Member
My name is Zoey Yang and I am a Junior at the DC Everest Senior High. My interests include volunteering for GiGi’s Playhouse, helping in the community with Peytons Promise, Girl Scouts, participating in Swim Team at my school, theater, dance, being with friends and family, and so much more. I am so happy to be a part of GiGi’s Playhouse Wausau’s Youth Board and have a place for people to hang out and be accepted, as well as to be able to make a change for the better.
Hi, my name is Geneva Michlig and I am a junior at Wausau East. I am on the swim and basketball teams, and I also enjoy reading and writing in my free time. I joined GiGi’s after hearing about its work in the community and I hope to help make a difference while getting to know other teens interested in this organization. I enjoy volunteering and I’m excited to be a part of GiGi's!
Hi! My name is Anna Jacobson, and I’m a sophomore at the DC Everest Senior High. Within my school, I am involved in DECA, Student Council, and performing arts. Outside of school, I enjoy traveling and concerts with my friends and family. I am so excited to be a member of the Youth Board this year and am looking forward to creating a positive impact in our community.