V'IBD Teens Advocates

Who Makes a V'IBD Teens Advocate?

Uplift others and make a difference

Our V’IBD Teens Advocates are teens and young adults who do not have Inflammatory Bowel Disease  but want to support those who do by promoting awareness about the disease. They understand the angst of fitting in that already exists among teens and that the lack of understanding about the disease from others can be an additional pressure to face when dealing with this chronic illness. Our V’IBD Teen Advocates educate themselves, their schools and communities and are there to support their friends by promoting awareness and inclusion.

Some of the things we do as V’IBD Teen Advocates:

Meet Our V'IBD Teens Advocates

Sage

V'IBD Teens Director of Youth Advocacy
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Sacha

V’IBD Teen Advocate
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The Shea Welsh Institute of Jazz

V’IBD Teen Advocates
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Youthanize

V’IBD Teen Advocates
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Eliza

V’IBD Teen Advocate
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Sage

V'IBD Teens Director of Youth Advocacy

Hi! My name is Sage, I’m in the eighth grade, and I am the president of a club at A.E. Wright Middle School called The Awareness Society. The goal of my club is to spread awareness throughout our school and community regarding obstacles individuals face in their day-to-day lives. I would like to help as many people and organizations as I can in order to benefit the welfare of our community! One of the causes The Awareness Society and I would like to devote our time and energy to is the IBD community. We intend to not only support our fellow peers living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, but also inform those in our school and community who aren’t familiar with the disease and the various impacts it has on their peers’ lives. I am more than happy to be a part of the V’IBD Teens community as an advocate for people living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Sacha

V’IBD Teen Ambassador

Sacha Carlson is a professional actor and musician from San Luis Obispo, California. He lives breathes, and sleeps rock n’ roll and blues. He often jokes that he may end up marrying his guitar as she’s the only consistent woman in his life.

Sacha met Elie on the set of “A Christmas Story Live” and it was one of the best experiences of his life. It wasn’t just the actual job of being on set that he loved so much, but also his cast mates like Elie that made the experience truly special.

It was an amazing time and they’ve stayed buds ever since.

More recently Sacha is part of the Netflix show “Julie and the Phantoms” and is continuing his acting career.

He is constantly inspired by Elie’s guitar playing and his incredible acting. Sacha is excited to be part of the V’IBD Benefit Concert raising awareness for an amazing cause and to play some music for you fine folks.

The Shea Welsh Institute of Jazz

V’IBD Teen Ambassador

The Shea Welsh Institute of Jazz empower talented and diverse youth to flourish through the study and performance of America’s original art form, Jazz.

Guitarist Shea Welsh brings his experience and expertise as a renowned international performing artist, producer, and educator to lead Los Angeles’ Westside destination to study jazz at tan elite level. It is open, by audition, to highly motivated and dedicated middle school and high school aged musicians interested in a small group intensive immersion experience in the study of jazz performance, theory, and repertoire.

The Institute participates in many local performances along with national and international concerts and competitions. Highlights include: Four Top Prizes in the Downbeat Student Music Awards (2019, 2020 and 2021), performances at The John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival, North Carolina (2019), and the Panama Jazz Festival (2020). For more info: SheaWelsh.com

The Shea Welsh Institute of Jazz is honored to participate in IBD Strong’s V’IBD Benefit Concert to Fight Crohn’s and Colitis in hopes to support and raise awareness and critical funds for research for children living with these conditions and to promote positivity and awareness.

IBD Strong’s V’IBD Benefit Concert is Shea Welsh Institute of Jazz performing band members:
Elie Guitar/vocal
Zachary Guitar
Jonas Violin/piano
Lola Piano
Samantha Bass
Cash Bass
Jackson Drums
Lia Tompkins Violin/voice

Youthanize

V’IBD Teen Ambassador

Youthanize is an 80’s/Classic Rock cover band. Although they are small in size, they are big in sound.

At the tender ages of 12-16, they play and perform like seasoned professionals. They have taken the stage at places such as House of Blues, Rainbow Bar and Grill, The Viper Room and DiPiazza’s to name a few.

Watching these musicians captivate their audience will leave you confident that rock music is still very much alive.

Youthanize are dedicated to rehearsing and mastering their craft by studying under some of the entertainment industry’s leading “it” guys. They are just getting started. Please follow along on this wild ride!

They are excited to perform for you at our V’IBD Benefit Concert to Fight Crohn’s and Colitis in support of children living with these conditions.

Eliza

V’IBD Teen Ambassador

Eliza began her journey in the entertainment industry performing at various venues, from local coffee shops to Six Flags and House of Blues. Her big break came in TV/Film when she landed a lead role on Netflix’s Team Kaylie.

In the same year, Eliza was cast as a member of the a cappella group Acapop! KIDS, formed by the creators of Pentatonix. Acapop! KIDS performed live on The Kelly Clarkson Show and has released numerous covers on YouTube and all streaming platforms. Eliza is also a member of the Calabasas High School a cappella group, Unstrumental.

Other TV credits include Alexa & Katie (Netflix), Truth Be Told (Apple TV+), Puppy Place (Apple TV+) and Raven’s Home (Disney). She is no stranger to the big screen. Eliza played Zelda in the feature film Spinning Man alongside industry veterans Minnie Driver, Guy Pearce and Pierce Brosnan. She has also brought her talent to the voiceover and motion capture world as Sherry Birkin in the remake of the popular video game Resident Evil 2.

She is excited to perform for you at IBD Strong’s V’IBD Benefit Concerts to Fight Crohn’s & Colitis in support of children and young adults living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.