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Mutual Ground Announces Inaugural Student Advisory Board

Jan 25, 2019 01:12PM ● By Hannah Ott

Kane County - Mutual Ground of Aurora announces the formation of a Student Advisory Board to allow young people the opportunity to support the agency’s mission of providing life-saving services to those experiencing domestic or sexual violence. 

At the Student Advisory Board’s first meeting on January 16, thirty students from twelve area high schools came together to begin the planning of the board’s activities. Students ranged from high school freshman to seniors.

Students from Batavia High School, St. Charles East High School, St. Charles North High School, Geneva High School, Kaneland High School, East Aurora High School, West Aurora High School, Rosary High School, Oswego High School, Marmion Academy, St. Francis High School and Neuqua Valley High School were present.

Student Advisory Board President, Sonika Menon from Neuqua Valley High School led the meeting and said, “We wanted to create an opportunity for students from our area high schools to come together to promote understanding of issues surrounding domestic violence and brainstorm ways that we can help. We will be doing community service projects to support the mission of Mutual Ground and even a small fundraiser in the future.”

“It was truly inspirational to see the outpouring of support we had from the young people at these high schools. We expected an initial board of about ten students, so to have thirty kids – both girls and boys – come to the first meeting was amazing. They were very engaged.” Said Kathy Melone, Mutual Ground Advancement Director.

The Student Advisory Board meets once a month with the goal of giving young adults a leadership opportunity and a way to support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and to promote the mission of Mutual Ground. 

“With community issues like teen dating violence and sexual harassment being very real, having these students participate in our mission is a huge step forward. We look forward to the awareness they can bring to their high schools and their student body”, said Michelle Meyer, Mutual Ground Executive Director.

About Mutual Ground: Mutual Ground supports victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Kendall and Southern Kane counties by providing counseling, education, shelter, court advocacy, hospital advocacy and family services. More information regarding Mutual Ground's mission and services can be found at

Source: Colleen Galloway 
630-499-8793 ext. 1111