MEET OUR TEAM
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We come from different high schools and we work together to inspire and support each other and overcome our own personal experiences of loss and grief with the hope of helping other kids and teens.
Hi, I'm Milan and I'm a Junior in high school in Phoenix, Arizona. Outside of creating Boxed Up Project, I have been a competitive tennis player since I was 11 and my dream is to play college tennis. I also love music, playing the piano and expressing my feelings through song. Being a competitive tennis player has taught me resilience. I have learned not to get discouraged when I lose and to keep working hard to overcome obstacles in my sport. Piano brings me joy. Whenever I am sad or stressed, sitting at the piano and letting the music take over lifts my spirits. When I started Boxed Up Project, resilience and joy were two of the emotions that fueled me to help kids. When struggling with grief, loss, sadness, anger and loneliness, it can feel like life will never get better. I want to help kids realize how resilient they can be so they discover all the things in life that bring them joy.
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Hi, I’m Elina, a junior in high school in Phoenix, Arizona. With more than 12 years of classical ballet training, I have excellent focus and discipline and a strong combination of technical, creative, and improvisational skills. For me, dancing and music have been tremendous outlets throughout my life and a constructive way to work through and recognize my emotions related to a big loss I experienced. I believe there has never been a more important time to help kids and teens deal with loss and am so proud to be a part of the Boxed Up Project.
My name is Sinclaire and I am 16 and a sophomore in high school in Phoenix, Arizona. I love animals and have lots of pets, dogs, chickens, a frog and a tortoise. I also love soccer, and have played since I was five. When Milan asked if I wanted to help with this project, I was so happy. I have been wanting to do something to help kids handle grief better. I hope we can help kids who are going through this difficult journey and we can play a small part in helping them heal.
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UTAH CHAPTER PRESIDENT
Hi, my name is Hannah Lutzker and I am a senior at Park City High School in Park City, Utah. Currently I am a cadet for the United States Air Force JROTC. With a military career ahead of me, I have a high respect for our veterans and active duty military. I can only imagine how children, including those from military families, feel when they lose a loved one. I see Boxed Up Project as an incredible opportunity to help grieving children and provide them with amazing tools in their time of need. I value close friendships and relationships, and I strongly feel that no one should have to suffer alone. Milan’s story has inspired me and working together I know how strong of an impact can be made in children’s lives.
Hi, my name is Maddy, and I’m a high school student in Edmonton, Alberta. I am a competitive tennis player and have been playing tennis since I was six years old. I have two dogs named Molly and Bree and a cat named Zeus! I met Milan through tennis, and I am so grateful that she asked me to join The Boxed Up Project. I joined this organization because I love helping people and want to make a difference in kids' and teens' lives by assisting them in processing grief. I'm excited to be a part of the Boxed Up Project and reaching out to as many kids as possible.
IOWA CHAPTER PRESIDENT
Hi, I am Maizy Mintzer. I am a senior in highschool in Des Moines, Iowa. My pronouns are she/her/hers. I live with my family of five and two pets, Nutmeg and Harlow! When I am not working at the local cupcake shop, I love to spend time with my family and friends! When school is in session, you can often find me behind many books! I wanted to be a part of the organization because I love helping people! My life’s dream is to become an elementary school teacher because I love giving back to the community!
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My name is Emery Voss and I am a sophomore in high school in Phoenix, Arizona. I love to run track at my school and when I’m not doing that you can catch me in my free time running, going on bike rides, cooking and playing with my three dogs! The Boxed Up Project is so important to me because I lost my grandpa to cancer at 11 years old and I know how hard and confusing it is to process those losses. And also more recently I lost three of my dogs in the same year which was very hard to go through and process all the emotions I was feeling after losing them. I believe that the Boxed Up Project is helping so many kids and teens process their grief and I look forward to continuing to help the Boxed Up Project to reach as many kids and teens as we can to help process their grief
Hi my name is Georgi Mesnick, I'm a junior at Chaparral High School, and I have had the honor of working for some of the best people. Milan and her friends let me be a part of the Boxed Up community, one that cherishes helping others. Being able to pack up stuffed animals and books is something I love, and knowing others will love it too lights up my world. To know that children and teens who are going through hardship can feel warmth and love through these boxes is truly mesmerizing. Through this community I have learned so much and gained so many tools, and I will forever be thankful!
My name is Dani Dyer and I am a junior at Xavier College Prepatory from Phoenix, Arizona. I met Milan through tennis and was so happy when she asked me to be a part of the Boxed Up Project because it is a great organization that helps so many kids who are going through hard times.