Today’s youth are faced with unique challenges making it imperative for all youth to feel like they belong and can develop the skills necessary to thrive. Strengthening the bond between youth and their pets can promote youth thriving and improve youth physical and emotional well-being. My work aims to provide hands-on learning opportunities for all youth to learn how to become their pet’s advocate and, in turn, learn how to advocate for themselves and others in their community.
I wake up every morning energized because every extra moment of hard work and creativity directly impacts local Oregon youth. I love connecting youth to the questions animal scientists are asking in Oregon and around the world and igniting their spark for scientific learning.