Originally founded at the 2016 USA National Brain Bee, the International Youth Neuroscience Association is led by a group of dedicated, passionate high school and undergraduate volunteers. Meet the individuals who are working hard to inspire and enable the next generation of neuroscientists.
The IYNA Executive Leadership team, headed by the CEO, is responsible for managing committee activities within the IYNA and ensuring that all of our day-to-day activities serve our long-term goals. IYNA executives work closely with the Board of Directors to develop and implement long-term plans to make the IYNA as impactful as possible to its members and supporters.
Currently, very few students have the chance to study neuroscience before entering universities. The IYNA seeks to change this through its Modern Youth Education, Leadership, and Inquiry in Neuroscience (MYELIN) initiative by developing a high-quality, free-to-access neuroscience curriculum. We hope to develop a set of materials that teachers around the world will be able to bring into the classroom to introduce students to the exciting field of neuroscience.
The IYNA Journal provides a forum for scientifically-inclined students to write and publish neuroscience-related articles. Our team of editors provides individualized feedback to each writer, allowing them to develop both their research and scientific communication skills. All editions of the IYNA Journal are published for free online, giving both our members and the general public an engaging way to learn more about neuroscience
The Outreach Committee of the IYNA is dedicated to increasing awareness of our organization both among interested students and the public. Our social media team works to share exciting content with all followers of our page in a manner accessible to teens. Furthermore, our publicity team is reaching out to news organizations and other publishers to spread awareness of our mission.
Pursuing neuroscience in high school can be confusing, but the IYNA’s mentorship program was developed to make this process easier. Members of the IYNA will be paired with undergraduate, graduate, and professional mentors, who will help them develop their own educational and career goals in neuroscience.
The IYNA was founded to promote neuroscience in the context of individual communities, and the mission of our recruitment team is to do just that. Our fast-paced Chapter Development team is organizing the IYNA’s national chapters and creating a wide range of materials to help local-level chapters succeed in all that they do.
Keeping our organization running is a challenge, requiring not only the dedication of our volunteer staff, but also financial resources. Our fundraising team is working to secure grants and donations to help support our existing programs and make new ones. The ultimate goal of the fundraising committee is to help the IYNA find the resources it needs to do more for students.
The Web Development department is responsible for the design, development, deployment, maintenance, and security of the IYNA website. We utilize advanced cloud computing tools and frameworks to make the IYNA website as good as it can be.