Smells Like Teen Spirit

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Noah Zylberberg 

Age: 16

High School: Junior at Spanish River in Boca

Program: Zylberberg’s nonprofit—Youth Advocating Pool Safety (advocatepoolsafety.org)—combines his passion for swimming (he’s on the team at Spanish River) with a desire to prevent the third-leading cause of death in children: drowning. To that end, he teams with a local doctor and firefighter on a presentation—like the one he’ll give in January at Addison Reserve—aimed at parents and grandparents. Zylberberg, CPR and lifeguard certified, focuses on childproofing homes that have pools and educating adults about how to monitor and protect young swimmers.

Laura Sky Herman

Age: 18

High School: Senior at Pine Crest inFort Lauderdale

Program: An accomplished ballet dancer, Herman created Bows Art during her freshman year as a way to help those families struggling to cover costs associated with the discipline—from lessons and pointe shoes to dancewear. The Boca resident did so by making and selling the handmade bows worn in ballet buns. What started as a thoughtful gesture has turned into a difference-making program. Between the money raised from her bows, the bonus contributions from customers, and the classes discounted by her ballet studio in Fort Lauderdale, Herman estimates that Bows Art has made a combined $4,000 difference in the lives of aspiring dancers.

Monica Aber

Age: 17

High School: Junior at Spanish River in Boca

Program: Inspired by Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, Aber launched her own outreach group—Youth Health Alliance (youthhealthalliance.org)—to promote the importance of nutrition and exercise at a young age. A dancer and soccer player as a child, Aber realized early on how diet played a role in her overall fitness. She’s also seen the impact that unhealthy eating habits and poor body image have had on some of her peers over the years. So Aber, currently on the swim team, directs her message at youngsters from pre-K through sixth grade, delivering interactive talks at schools like Advent Lutheran.

For more, pick up the December issue of Boca Raton magazine.