Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Serving Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties
Romell is from Philadelphia and lives in Strawberry Mansion. He has nurtured a life-long fascination of freight trains and is passionate about anything railroad. He is a liberal arts major at Community College of Philadelphia with plans of transferring to Drexel University to pursue a bachelor's and master's degree in mechanical engineering. He would like to improve the nation's rail system. His employment goal is to work for Amtrak. Romell joined the YAC to help young riders increase their knowledge of SEPTA and improve their riding experience.
Chelsea Carman, from San Francisco, CA, is a senior English major and Elementary Education minor at Ursinus College, planning on a career in speech pathology. Chelsea feels that it is important to be connected with the community one lives in and tutors students in Norristown as a result. She enjoys being in the city and learned to use the SEPTA system as a way to become familiar with Philadelphia. By joining the YAC, she hopes to help other suburban students see how accessible the SEPTA system truly is.
Kaitlyn is a sophomore at Drexel University in the Engineering Technology program. Through her studies she has strengthened her problem solving, communication skills, and the ability to work together as a team. She found commuting to school this year on the Warminister Line very convenient. There are no worries, no driving and no need for gas money, not to mention the money saved by not living on campus. As a member of the YAC, Kaitlyn sees an opportunity help promote the actual conveniences of public transportation. She is a volunteer for Drexel Red Cross and the Engineering Technology Association. She works from home part time doing drafting/engineering work for Swagelok/Penn Fluid.
Moran is a senior at John Bartram High School. He is a Cadet 2nd Lt. in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) West Philadelphia Composite Squadron 1006. He has demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities and good citizenship by achieving the VFW Cadet Officer of Year Award, the Union League of Philadelphia Good Citizenship Award and the General Billy Mitchell Award. He is active in his community by participating in community service with the Civil Air Patrol. He depends on SEPTA to get him to school, CAP meetings and community events. As a member of the YAC he will contribute ideas on ways SEPTA can attract more youth riders.
John is from Olney in Philadelphia. He is a senior at Ursinus College where he is a biochemistry and molecular biology major. He has proudly presented research at the American Society for Microbiology. He believes that SEPTA is a safe, efficient way of traveling and wants to reach out to those unfamiliar with its services and benefits.
Will is a sophomore at Great Valley High School in Malvern. He is an Eagle Scout and is active in Model United Nations, Future Business Leaders of America, and his school's television studio. Outside of school he is an avid rail fan and train enthusiast. Will believes that public transportation is the key to unlocking our region's economic potential and would like to improve the accessibility of SEPTA services for all youth. He plans to enroll in a Civil or Computer Engineering program upon completion of High School.
Jesse was born and raised in Philadelphia and currently resides in Haddington. He is a recent graduate of the All-State Career Institute and has taken public speaking and writing courses at Community College of Philadelphia. He is interested in geography and transportation. Whether it's trucks, trains, planes or ships, Jesse enjoys them all. He is interested in roadway, port and infrastructure improvements. He believes that having the right tools in place will help make a quality transit network. Jesse joined the YAC because it provides the perfect forum to connect with others sharing an interest in transit education and improvement.
Jeff, a Philadelphia area native and long-time rail fan, has spent many years traveling on SEPTA, four of which involved commuting to Science Leadership Academy, a magnet high school in center city. His experience comes from a multitude of sources, including interning for Amtrak, working on a variety of public transportation improvement projects, and frequent ridership of public transportation both locally and afar. Hoping to lead the next movement in transportation, Jeff is currently a student in the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology at the University of Pennsylvania, studying Systems Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and a joint-study of Business Economics & Public Policy and Operations & Information Management in The Wharton School.
Sharon hails from Houston and is currently a senior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Marketing and Operations with a minor in History. At Penn, she is actively involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Wharton Women. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, biking, exploring cafes, and cooking. Sharon looks forward to serving on the youth council by bringing the perspective of someone who grew up without extensive public transportation and who seeks to get youth excited about environmentally and budget friendly travel.
Marcus is from Philadelphia and compassionate about public transportation. He enjoys exploring Philadelphia and can easily advise people how to get where they are going using the different modes of SEPTA transportation. He is an education major at Chestnut Hill College and wants to connect youth riders and geography - helping students experience things they may not have noticed in their own backyard, using public transportation to do so. He serves on the YAC because he wants to be involved with improving the relationship between public transit and youth riders.
Salomon is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Urban Studies and Political Science. He is from Amherst, MA but Philadelphia is the first and only city he's ever truly known. He wants to promote the use of public transportation amongst Philadelphia's youth as a vehicle for cultural, social, and civic engagement with all of the resources the city of Philadelphia has to offer.
Nicholas was born and raised in South Philadelphia. He is a long-time daily SEPTA rider and wants to encourage public transportation use among youth riders as a member of the YAC. He is an avid Philadelphia sports fan and the Phillies are at the top of his list. His goal one day is to serve Philadelphia working as a Philadelphia or SEPTA police officer.
Anna is from California's Bay Area. She is a University of Pennsylvania junior, majoring in English with a minor in Journalism. She is a member of the student acappella group Dischord and Sigma Kappa sorority. Both groups are actively engaged in fundraising for charity. Anna feels the importance of public transportation cannot be stressed enough within the communities served. The Youth Advisory Council position at SEPTA is a perfect fit for her because it integrates her interest in leadership, environmental activism, and civic duty.
YingYing Shang is a senior at Conestoga High School in the suburbs of Philadelphia along the Paoli-Thorndale line. She is passionate about youth leadership as Girl Advisor to the Board of Directors at Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania. She is also a blogger for SPARK Summit and Teen Advisor to the United Foundations Girl Up. She enjoyed riding the train into Philadelphia for her summer internship at City Hall. She observed how the train puts diverse people together in a greener, more interactive way.
Max lives in Penn Wynne and is a junior at Hill Top Preparatory School, Rosemont, PA. He is an avid bus and rail transit fan; from the buses to the trolleys to the trains, he loves them all! Needless to say his favorite transit system is SEPTA. He joined the YAC because he felt that he could truly help encourage youth to ride public transportation. In a couple of years he wants to work for SEPTA as a bus operator, and later operate light rail vehicles.
Jackie grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan. She is a rising junior at Bryn Mawr College, majoring in Growth and Structure of Cities. She has been involved in a number of groups on campus such as Bryn Mawr's NAACP Chapter and Sisterhood, serving as a member on the executive board in the position of Public Relations Chair and Black History Month Coordinator. Jackie also works as a graphic designer for the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Haverford College. With her experiences with advertising and marketing Jackie wants to help strengthen the relationship between SEPTA and colleges in the Main Line area through raising awareness and promoting the use of public transportation. As a Cities major Jackie is very passionate about the planning of cities and the intricacies of a city's layout, including its transportation systems. She believes the Youth Advisory Council position at SEPTA will provide a great opportunity for her to utilize her promotional skills and explore her interests of public transportation.
Anna is a junior at Temple University studying Anthropology and History. She believes in the pursuit of education as well as the importance of keeping balance in life by relaxing through hobbies and volunteering. Anna volunteers for the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). Her life goals include traveling, research and teaching at the university level.
Drequan is a senior at Science Leadership Academy (SLA). Freshman year at SLA was his introduction to public transportation. Since then, SEPTA has become his primary source of transportation for school and a variety of recreation activities. He joined SEPTA's Youth Advisory Council (YAC) because he had an interest in how public transportation worked and wanted others to understand the convenience and value of public transportation. The YAC is an opportunity to work with other young people who feel strongly about public transit.
Gary is from Philadelphia and attending Community College of Philadelphia to pursue his interest in technology. He commutes to college on SEPTA and wants to promote transit use among young riders.
Jonathan lives and breathes Philly. One can often find him wolfing down a cheese steak on South Street or taking in the fresh air at LOVE Park. He believes that the easiest way to share these Philadelphia treasures and more with the rest of the city is through SEPTA. As part of the YAC, Jonathan hopes to make riding SEPTA contagious. Jonathan is a sophomore Engineering student at the University of Pennsylvania.