STP – State Teen Panel

The State Teen Panel coordinates and attends military youth and leadership events in conjunction with Child and Youth Program Missions, as listed below. Additionally, they reach out to their respective communities in order to spread military awareness.

  • STP Summit and Conference Calls
  • Badger Yellow Ribbon Events
  • Badger Youth Camp
  • Month of the Military Child Events
  • Youth Development Conferences
  • Community Outreach Programs
  • Seasonal Camps
  • Military Family Connection Days
  • Specialized Camps
Meet the STP
Jaden Morris - President

Hello! My name is Jaden Morris and I am the President of the State Teen Panel for Military Youth of Wisconsin. My advisors, whom I work closely with, are Nick Harnish and Cameron Campbell. Jaclene Hanson is my Vice President and I am very grateful to have her along my side along with my other members. The State Teen Panel, or STP, provides empathy towards the youth with military relatives in an understanding of the emotional hardships. My organization plans and attends leadership events, such as Badger Youth Camp where we are advisors for the younger children.

I come from a military background as well as the rest of my members. My father had just retired as Senior Master Sergeant in 2011. My other brother and sister have also recently joined the Army and Air Force National Guard. I have struggled with the emotional wreckage of a close family member leaving for a long amount of time. This organization brings a sense of empathy towards youth.

I attend Central High School and am in my Junior year. My education is the most important thing to me — I hope to fulfill my education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. I am currently running nonstop in Cross Country and Track and Field which definitely keeps me busy. I very much appreciate speaking with young children to serve my state and do the very best I can.

I believe that the youth are going to run the world and we need to do our best to get them on the right track. The life skills are important to children in order to find a strategy to overcome the obstacles that will be thrown at them. In order to maintain progress, we will work together and do the very best that we can to serve those who have served for us.

Jaclene Hanson - Vice President

Hello! My name is Jaclene Hanson. I am the vice president of the State Teen Panel. I work with the president of the STP and am able to step in if she is unavailable. I also keep track of other members of the STP and make sure that they are doing what they are supposed to. I work with our coordinators to run Yellow Ribbon events along with breakout sessions at camps and retreats.

Being raised as a military child means that I know the difficulties of both deployments and daily life in a military family. Joining the State Teen Panel has given me the opportunity to help other military youth all across Wisconsin. After joining the STP, I have been able to run and participate in activities for various programs aimed towards military kids.

As a counselor at Badger Youth Camp, I worked at Operation Christmas and facilitated multiple Yellow Ribbon Program events for military kids with deployed family members. I also completed the pilot program for military teen resilience training through working with the State Teen Panel in 2015. Outside of the STP, I enjoy playing and listening to music, spending time with friends, and finding any excuse to be out on the lake in the summertime.

Mileana Burmesch - Secretary

Hello! My name is Mileana Burmesch. I am the Secretary of the Wisconsin State Teen Panel for Military Youth. I am a Junior in high school from Ozaukee County, WI. My father was in the United States Navy Reserve. I have attended several military youth camps throughout my lifetime. I now enjoy returning the favor by helping out with them. I personally have many skill sets including resilience, leadership, a kind heart, communication, and teamwork.

Every day, I strive to shift my mentality no matter what is thrown my way. I think of the quote, “You are the Shift. This is about YOU changing your life. YOU, the shifthead, coming to terms with the fact that YOU have complete control of your life starting right now.” – Jennifer Powers

When I am not helping out with military youth camps or doing other STP duties, you will find me out on the softball field playing my heart out. I also have a passion for performing in the theatre, planning and prioritizing projects, volunteering, and helping out in my community. On a daily basis, you will see me smiling and sharing my talents with others. Always remember to stay positive.

As the Billy Ocean song goes, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

Alex North

My name is Alex North and I am a from Middleton, Wisconsin. I am 18 years old and I attend Middleton High School as a senior. Throughout my life, I have followed my dad’s military career, moving a total of nine times, and been through four deployments. I joined the STP after moving to Wisconsin because I wanted to connect with the military youth of Wisconsin.

Peyton Berberich

My name is Peyton Berberich. I’m originally from Onalaska, Wisconsin but now I live in Edgerton. I have moved around a lot due to my mom’s job with the Wisconsin National Guard. One interesting place my family moved to was Nicaragua. I’m currently attending Edgerton Middle School and I’m in the 8th grade. What I like about school is seeing my friends and playing on the basketball team? I joined the STP to learn more about myself and how to work within a team environment.

Benefits
  • Opportunity and recognition for service to the National Guard youth community
  • Documentation of skills and performance for resume
  • Development and enhancement of leadership skills, interpersonal skills, communication skills, and organization skills
  • Self-Satisfaction
  • Fun and a sense of belonging
  • Being a part of an outgoing, dedicated youth leadership team

Qualifications:

  • Preference is that the applicant is part of a family unit that has a member of the Wisconsin Army and/or Air National Guard. However, if you are part of a family unit that has, or had, a member in the military you will still be considered. (Look up)
  • Fall within the age of 14-17 and/or currently enrolled in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.
  • Maintain a grade point average of “C” (or the equivalent grade point on a 4.0 grade point scale) or better in school.
  • Have a desire to mentor other military youth and learn alongside them.
  • Must be willing to grow as a leader.