Teen Leadership Board

The Friendship Circle Inclusive Teen Leadership Board currently has 15 members with and without disabilities  from varying high schools throughout the community including: Collegiate, Deep Run High School, Hermitage High School, Glen Allen High School,  Miller School of Albemarle, Moody Middle School, New Community School, Patrick Henry High School and Sharei Torah of Richmond.

2020-2021 Ambassador Project

Each year, the ambassador project is designed and carried out by the leadership board members. The overall goal of these projects is to increase community involvement in Friendship Circle as well as strengthen the organizational and leadership skills of the teen board.

The goal of this year’s Ambassador Project is to promote inclusive language and Friendship Circle events, to provide information on disability rights and advocacy, and to draw in volunteers for Birthday Circle events and Friends@Home.  In order to attain these goals, the members of the Leadership Board have utilized Instagram as a form of communication and outreach.

’20-’21 Teen Leadership Board Officers & Members

President: Marissa Marczak – Senior at Patrick Henry High School

Vice President: Maia Zasler – Sophomore at Collegiate School

Secretary: Sofia Valle – Senior at Patrick Henry High School

Social Media Director: Julia Glasser – Junior at The New Community School


Maria Bonwell – Collegiate School

Macy Cafritz – Collegiate School

Sam Fromer – Deep Run High School

Basya Gunzburg – Shaarei Torah of Richmond

Alex Heyman – Glen Allen High School

Caleb Klinjstra – Post High School

Renee Maier – Patrick Henry High School

Jordan McEvoy – Deep Run High School

Kelly Patrick – Patrick Henry High School

Zoey Van Peppen – Miller School of Albemarle

Emmi Wells – Moody Middle School

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