Young Advocates Council

YAC Group

We are thrilled to introduce the North Texas Food Bank's Young Advocates Council! This opportunity engages dedicated and entrepreneurial high school students at the premiere hunger-relief organization in North Texas.

Join our Board of Directors, Young Professionals, NTFB's Executive Leadership, and your peers from across North Texas as we work toward closing the meal gap in the Metroplex. Your gift of time and effort will not only help you to perfect valuable skills for college and your career, but you will have a profound and lasting impact on your North Texas neighbors.

NTFB Thanks the Young Advocates class of 2024!

This year we a glad to share that there are 77 student leaders representing 34 high schools in North Texas.

These dedicated students will spend time learning about food insecurity, food banking, advocacy, fundraising, and much more! They will also serve their communities through volunteer opportunities at NTFB and participating in canned food drives and fundraisers.

We are honored to work alongside our youngest leaders in North Texas.

YAC 2024 Leadership Board

The following students ran for office and were elected to their positions.

  • Co-President: Quinn Graves – Senior at Greenhill School
  • Co-President: Daniella Woodhouse – Junior at Episcopal School of Dallas
  • Secretary: Deniz Gurun – Hockaday School
  • Communications Manager: Rachel Jennings – Plano West Senior High School
  • High School Club Co-Manager: Jace Mehta – Wakeland High School
  • Canned Food Drive Co-Manager: Ethan Strauss – Greenhill School
  • Fundraiser VP: Gisele Enrico – Parish Episcopal School
  • Fundraiser VP: Yasmeena Khalife – Wakeland High School

Interested in becoming a Young Advocate next year?

If you will be in the 9th - 11th grades for the 2024-2025 school year, we want to hear from you! Seniors will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Next year’s application process will begin May 1, 2024 and the deadline to apply will be June 30, 2024.

If you have any questions, please reach out to


Kick-off Orientation
Volunteer Experience - September 9, 2023.

Meeting 2
October 7, 2023

Meeting 3 
Volunteer Experience - November 11, 2023

Meeting 4
December 2, 2023

Spring Fundraiser


Raise critical funds to provide access to nutritious food.

Help NTFB prep food for distribution through volunteer experiences.

1 in 8 of our friends and neighbors are food insecure. We need your help to secure new funding, sources of food, and new advocates.






Active Citizenship

Building Relationships



Persuasive Writing

Public Speaking

For a complete schedule and more information about the YAC program, feel free to download the calendar and 1-pager below.

Check out our Young Advocates!

The Young Advocates fundraisers and Instagram can also be found here, or @ntfb.yac.

Young Advocates