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Our Youth 

Most of our youth members range in age from 8-18, with some chapters having members a little younger or a little older. Many of our youth are medically complex or live with chronic or rare disease, though some do not have any diagnosed medical condition.  All are interested in having their voices heard by individuals, industry, and government agencies who can make a difference in pediatric healthcare.  


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Join iCAN

Interested in changing the world through medicine, science, research, and innovation?

Join an iCAN Chapter today.

Want to share your voice?

Head over to our Projects & Opportunities page to find a project that is the right fit for you.


The Experts of
Their Conditions

Meet Meghan, an iCAN Youth Member from KIDS Texas that is taking the world by storm through sharing her story of living with Spina Bifida Myelomeningocele and Hydrocephalus.  At 11 years old, advancing within 9th grade curriculum, Meghan is already thinking ahead to becoming a woman of science and showing that there are no boundaries to the possibilities that life offers!  We are so excited to share her journey and to spotlight Meghan!  

Meet Hannah, a 16-year old iCAN Youth Member from KIDS Michigan that joined in 2021 to help share her voice at the International Society of Pediatric Innovation (iSPI) PEDS 2040 to help the world better understand what it is like to be a kid living with a chronic condition that requires daily, even sometimes hourly, medical vigilance to stay healthy and well.  Hannah doesn't let anything get her down, but instead chooses to focus on making it better for herself and for other kids around the world. 

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The iCAN Youth Council is active in creating, overseeing, executing, and disseminating pediatric issues/topics through the unique perspective of youth throughout research, science, advocacy, technology, and medicine. This is done through public speaking of 'Sharing your story' to help support patient centered care, collaborative discussion, and quality improvement. This is a leadership role with iCAN for youth ages 8-18.