2017 Junior Ambassadors

Jaycee Barber, 2017 California State Junior Ambassadress

Jaycee is 9 years old and attends Baymonte Christian School in Scotts Valley. She loves to sing, dance and act. Jaycee has been a student at The International Academy of Dance in Santa Cruz since she was 3 years old and currently takes Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Tap. She also loves theater and has been in several musicals in the Santa Cruz area. Her favorite roll was Annie. She has been invited to sing the National Anthem for several sporting events including the Santa Cruz Warriors and has been cast for the 2018 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk commercials. She is a part of the Santa Cruz Dance Guild Company and performs at local events throughout the year. Jaycee has always enjoyed entertaining people and seeing how happy it makes everyone feel. She knows she can help spread the word that Youth Focus helps build confidence in kids and gives them an opportunity to build on their own strengths.


Ishwari Diwan, 2017 Golden State Junior Ambassadress

Ishwari is 12 years old and attends Kennedy Middle School in Cupertino. She is in 6th grade and is part of her school’s choir group. Ishwari enjoys singing, reading, martial arts and tennis and also attends the Mock Trial Club at Kennedy Middle School. In April, 2017, she earned a 2nd place trophy at the Youth Focus California State Talent Competition.


Austin Dicker, 2017 California State Junior Ambassador

Austin is 10 years old and attends Central Elementary School in Belmont. A good student, Austin achieved all “3” ratings (on a scale of 1-3) on his 3rd and 4th Grade Report Cards. He was the Oak Meadow Golden Star Student, awarded to 1 student per class each year who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and exemplary character. He was selected to participate in the the Central Elementary Conflict Manager Program, a volunteer program where selected students help younger students (in 1st thru 3rd grade) resolve conflicts on the playground. Austin enjoys reading, playing football, tennis and baseball and creating videos for his YouTube Channel and loves accompanying himself on the Ukulele. He has attended Youth Focus events for many years. Austin would like to go to elderly centers and visit the elderly along with Youth Focus friends, and tell other friends about Youth Focus and see if they would join him.