Youth Advisory Board
Carter Jenkins – President and Founder
Carter is a Sophomore at USC studying at the Price School of Public Policy. He founded Students For Safe Water to positively impact the lives of those living without access to safe water and basic sanitation and is passionate about ending this world crisis. He is a founding member of GuysGivNback and three time Gold Medal Presidential Volunteer Service Award recipient.
James McDonough – Health and Hygiene Director – Latin America
James is a graduate of University of California, Irvine, having majored in pharmaceutical science. He is currently a medical student in California. He initiated the Latin America health and hygiene initiative within Students For Safe Water and has worked tirelessly to improve lives. In addition to his work with the organization, he volunteers at a hospice and with social services.
Jake Hira – Co-Health and Hygiene Director – Africa
Jake is a senior at Tesoro High School, carries a 4.5 GPA, and is a 3-year competing member of the Honors Academic Decathlon. He leads Students For Safe Water’s Africa Health & Hygiene outreach and is president of the Operation Smile club at Tesoro. He is a dedicated Clinic in the Park volunteer and aspires to attend medical school to become a surgeon. Jake has also served as Captain of his club soccer team for the past 6 years.
Maddiy Limb – Co-Health and Hygiene Director – Africa
Maddy Limb is a straight-A sophomore at Rockland Academy. After a medical mission trip to Rwanda, she was moved to found The Clear Vision Project which provides recycled eyeglasses and funding for Vitamin A supplementation to prevent childhood blindness. She joined Students for Safe Water through partnership with Best Family Rwanda, providing clean water to many of the families she met on her trip. Maddy is a violinist, serves as Director of Communications for Joyful Noise Project and volunteers at the Genesis House, a transitional home, teaching music to children. Maddy is also a competitive sabre fencer and loves to bake and make homemade pasta.
Lexi is Sophomore at Georgetown University studying International Health. She is an accomplished dancer and pianist. She is Co-President of the Heart for Dance Club whose mission is to educate kids about health and nutrition. Her passion is to save lives through education and awareness and she believes students working together will make a difference.
Ryan is a straight-A student at Crean Lutheran High School. She is also co-founder of Step Into Their Shoes, a youth service organization. A writer, she earned a gold key for her portfolio of poems and two national silver keys from Scholastic. Her work was published in Best Teen Writing of 2014. She is passionate about improving literacy and is a three-time Presidential Volunteer Service Gold Medal and Ben Carson Award recipient. She is dedicated to improving the lives of people in need. Ryan is a national fencing champion.
Morgan is a Sophomore at Crean Lutheran High School with a 4.2 GPA. She has had numerous pieces published in the Los Angeles Times and earned several Honorable Mentions in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. She is a competitive fencer and former National Champion. Co-founder of Step Into Their Shoes, she believes empathy is inspired through service. She is an advocate for Bully Busters and tireless community volunteer. A 3-year recipient of the Presidential Gold Medal for Service and Ben Carson Award winner, she is honored to lead within Students for Safe Water.
Grace Dennis – Director of Reforestation
Grace is an honor student at Santa Margarita Catholic High School where she participates in MUN and is a Student Ambassador. Founder and president of SFSW Club at SM, she initiated expansion into reforestation and has led the St. John’s Episcopal School recycling program for five years. She is a three -time Presidential Volunteer Service Medal and two-time Ben Carson Award recipient. A Lion’s Heart Torchbearer Award winner, she is a member of the Wounded Warrior and Pink Ribbon Clubs. This scholar-athlete is a setter on her JV SM and A4 Club volleyball teams.
Jack is a straight-A eighth grader, Student Body President and Headmaster’s Award recipient at St. John’s Episcopal School. A member of Lion’s Heart service organization, he is a two-time Carson’s Scholar and a High Honors Award recipient from John’s Hopkins Talented Youth. Jack’s athletic endeavors include club basketball where he was named MVP & Defensive Player of the Year. Participating in SFSW allows Jack the opportunity to raise student awareness and help others. As a President’s Volunteer Service Award recipient his goal is to make the world a happier, healthier place for all.
Anita is a Senior at Pacific Palisades Charter High School. She is an honor student and active member of the student body. She is the founder of a campus club that rescues and assists abused animals and is a volunteer with numerous organizations that help the homeless, including #lunchbag. She is passionate about helping others, accompanied SFSW on a service trip in 2015 and is a valuable addition to Students For Safe Water’s Youth Advisory Board. In addition to academics and humanitarian outreach, Anita is a competitive saber fencer and avid photographer.
Julia carries a 4.2 GPA as a Junior at San Clemente High School and dreams of becoming a doctor. Inspired by her 2015 SFSW service trip to Nicaragua, she founded a SFSW chapter at SCHS and serves as its president. She is also an active member of the Capistrano Valley Assisteens and organizes the annual Hunger Walk team. She volunteers on various projects to combat local hunger and homelessness issues. A Presidential Volunteer Service Award recipient, Julia is committed to raising awareness about the water crisis. She is also a nationally ranked saber fencer who loves to travel and cook.
Bailey is an A student at West Ranch High School and an active volunteer. In addition to serving with Students For Safe Water, she founded the school club, For the Love of People. An advocate for the homeless, Bailey has raised funds for Box City and spent nights in a box at public parks to raise awareness. She also assists the SVC Food Pantry and distributes food to her neighbors in need. An accomplished singer and musician, Bailey regularly performs for the elderly at convalescent hospitals and for youth at the YMCA and Boys and Girls Club. She hopes to use her many talents to change the world.