Adopteen Leadership Committee

Being undeniably awesome, all the time...

The Adopteen Leadership Committee is the driving force behind everything we do. Adopteen is run by teen and young adult adoptees, for teen and young adult adoptees. The main responsibility of our Adopteen Leaders is to serve as Camp Counselors during our Adopteen events throughout the year, but also to organize and plan each event.

Claire
Adopteen Wilmington Head Committee

Claire

Hey ya cool cats! Quick question for you all: how much does a polar bear weigh?

Enough to break the ice! Hi, I'm Claire, nice to meet you!!

I'm so excited to be a part of the 2017 Adopteen Committee and cannot wait to see you all in Denver and Wilmington! I've been with Adopteen since the very beginning so this will be my ninth year, third year on the committee, and 10th and 11th conferences overall. If you couldn't tell, I love Adopteen, as it has played such a huge role in my life. I am 20 years old and a third-year student at Colorado State University currently studying social work. I love hiking, biking, paddle boarding, and every other outdoor thing that you can do in Colorado. I also love to play volleyball, kickbox and play with my two cats and one dog. I cannot wait to meet you all this summer!!

Jenny
Adopteen Denver Head Committee

Jenny

Hey everyone!!! My name is Jenny Trenchard and I'm going into my junior year at Colorado State University. I am double majoring in social work and dance. I'm always looking forward to the summer but mainly because Adopteen is one of my favorite places to be! I spend most of my time dancing, hanging out with friends, and eating. Seriously, I'm always hungry. Please feel free to bring me food when you see me:) Can't wait to see everyone at the Denver conference!!

Sarah
Denver Committee

Sarah

Hey y’all!

My name is Sarah Anthony! I’m going to be a senior in high school (super pumped to graduate in 2018) at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts. I study musical theatre, dance, and vocal performance. Any type of music is my jam, as well as watching good movies and hanging out with a crowd. One of my favorite things to do is meet new people! Adopteen is a great opportunity to meet others who share some of your interests! I’ve met some of my best buds through this camp, and look forward to meeting many more amazing teens!

Hannah, my sister, was the first person to introduce me to Adopteen. My first Adopteen camp was in 2013 in Denver, Colorado. This year will be my sixth year with Adopteen; my second as an Adopteen Committee Leader. Last year, my first year as a committee leader in Vancouver, Canada, was an amazing experience! I’m positive this year will be even better!

Pema
Denver Committee

Pema

Hi, i’m Pema!

I am 18 years old and live in Austin,Texas! I love to sing, cheer, take photos, hang out with friends, and play with my golden-doodle, Luna. I am currently involved in the Amala Youth Innovation Council, which encourages diversity, leadership and self-awareness. I enjoy traveling around the world, meeting new people and participating in community service activities. I first found out about Adopteen in 2014, and participated in my first midpoint in Texas. After that, I was completely hooked. I’ve returned to China several times, including a service trip with Adopteen (AGBOST) and a cultural exchange program with Austin’s sister city Xi Shuang Ban Na. I cherish the friendships that I have made through Adopteen. Some of my best friends have come out of this experience. We’ve bonded over our shared beginnings and have supported each other for years. This organization has helped me become the person I am today and I can’t wait to make new memories with y’all at camp!

Kristin
Wilmington Committee

Kristin

Hi everyone!!! My name is Kristin and I’m from Los Angeles, but currently residing in Philadelphia for college. I am currently a Sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania. Woo!! Go Quakers!! Fun fact is that I’m actually not a Chinese adoptee, but a domestic adoptee! On my free time I like to eat good food, travel, and search up pictures of dogs I can’t have. My first Adopteen experience was back in 2015 in San Diego, and Wilmington will be my 5th Adopteen experience!! I can’t wait to meet and have a fun time with all of you!!

Chloe
Denver & Wilmington Committees

Chloe

Hi everyone, my name is Chloe and I can't wait to see you all in Denver and Wilmington! These will be my 6th and 7th conferences but my very first time on committee and I couldn't be more excited! Adopteen is a great place to meet new people and be in a comfortable environment but at the same time have fun. I am sixteen and will be heading into my junior year of high school this next year. In my spare time I love to go on runs, play volleyball, and hang out with friends. I can't wait for this summer, see you soon!!

Ali
Denver Committee

Ali

Hi everyone! My name is Ali. Home for me is Omaha, NE, however, I am currently a student at Syracuse University located in upstate New York. I enjoy exploring and my favorite kinds of parties are food parties.

My first experience with Adopteen was this past summer (2016) when I participated in the Adoptees Giving Back Orphanage Service Trip. The people I met during the trip continue to hold a special place in my heart. Afterwards, I knew I wanted to become more involved in Adopteen’s amazing-ness so I am thrilled to be on the Leadership Committee for the Denver Camp Conference - can’t wait to meet you!

Lily
Wilmington Committee

Lily

Hi! I’m Lily, and when I was in eighth grade, I joined this exciting, adventurous community of Adopteen. From my first conference in Dallas Texas, in 2014, I have attended six more as well as our Adoptees Giving Back Orphanage Service Trip. I live in Houston, Texas, and I’m so enthusiastic about life, especially sports. I love to play some volleyball, soccer, basketball, or anything! But whether we get into a game, talk about life, or anything at all, I’m so excited to meet and get to know you!

Erica
Denver Committee

Erica

Hello! My name is Erica, I am 19 years old and am going into my sophomore year at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. I am studying art with a concentration in graphic design and plan on adding a business minor. I was adopted from Hunan Province and have gone back twice! Once to get my little sister and the other time on a heritage tour. I enjoy creating art, listening to music, being with friends, and exploring the outdoors. I have attended two Adopteen conferences, one Adoptstronauts, and went on the AGBOST summer 2015 trip. I am really excited for this summer and can’t wait to meet you all.

Ruby
Wilmington Committee

Ruby

Hi! My name is Ruby.
I hail from Yunnan.
Now I live in Georgia
With my father, sis, and mom.

I play the flute and oboe.
My favorite color's red.
I like to use hip slang and say,
"Our best days are ahead!"

Around the conference week,
I'll be turning seventeen.
My gotcha day, oh by the way,
Falls on Halloween.

The coming fall, around the bend,
Will be my senior year.
And looking farther down the road,
I'll be an engineer.

Can't wait to meet with all my friends,
The old ones and the new,
To laugh and eat and celebrate
In Wilmington, whoo hoo!!

Emma
Denver Committee

Emma

Hey everyone! My name is Emma Schintz and I'm from Denver, Colorado. I am currently going to school in Washington at the University of Puget Sound, hoping to be a psychology major, but we’ll see. In the little free time I have, I love exploring Seattle and playing on the ultimate frisbee team.

My first Adopteen camp-conference was back in 2013 and since then I haven't been able to stay away! Adopteen has become a huge part of my life and it has been amazing being a part of it over the past couple of years. It is truly a unique program that is continuously changing the way I look at adoption. What I love most about Adopteen is making new connections every single time I go to an event which is why I can wait to meet all of you!

Gerald
Denver Committee

Gerry

Hey I’m Gerald! I'm 17 and I currently live in Pensacola, Florida and l am in the IB program at my school. My biggest passions in life are John Green, ramen noodles, and spending time with friends. I first heard about Adopteen in 2015 when my mom had me fill out an application for AGBOST. At first I was skeptical that I would enjoy the experience because many of the other adoptee programs I had attended were disappointing. However AGBOST 2015 was one of the best experiences of my life. I got to work with kids in an orphanage I was from, experience Chinese culture, and meet great people. I later attended the DC camp-conference in 2016 and had another wonderful experience. Adopteen has given me the opportunity to meet so many amazing people and I can’t wait to meet even more!

Gracyn
Denver & Wilmington Committees

Gracyn

Hi, my name is Gracyn Travitz and I was born in 1999 in Hubei province. I am going to be starting college this fall and I'm super excited for that chapter of my life to start. I also play lacrosse at my school and used to Irish dance for about 8 years. I've been involved with Adopteen since the AGBOST trip in 2015 and I was a committee leader for the Washington, DC conference last summer. I'm super excited for this year and to meet everyone and hopefully make some long lasting memories!

Meghan
Denver Committee

Meghan

Hey guys!! I'm Meghan and I'm excited to be on the committee for Adopteen 2017! I'm from Denver Colorado and currently a freshman at the University of Colorado Denver. When I'm not doing homework or napping I like to eat, travel, and try new things. I also practice Kung fu, but I mainly teach the little ninjas. I also love taking pictures of my cat and dog when they're playing together. I am looking forward to meeting you all!

Check out the awesome people working behind the scenes - our Executive Team - as well!