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Alissa Hsueh

California in Region IX
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Alissa is a freshmen at UC Berkeley in Berkeley, CA. Born and raised in Japan and Taiwan, Alissa’s connection to these island countries and their earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters taught her the importance of preparedness at an early age. She is the founder of Northwood High School’s Teen Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and a member of the Red Cross Club. Through Teen CERT, she works closely with school leadership to update and replenish emergency backpacks and lockdown kits for all classrooms. In addition, she has a passion for advocacy and has represented her high school in front of legislators in Sacramento, the California State Capital.

During her time on the council, Alissa would like to create a Teen CERT or Preparedness Club start-up guide. She believes this would benefit any high school students interested in starting and running their own club, and would provide students and teacher advisers with lessons learned, action plans for campus activities, and ideas for outreach, events, and fundraising. She hopes to gain exposure to local and national organizations where she can learn from the successes and failures of other programs.