Meet our National Youth Advisory Board

 

Aijalon Payne

University of Memphis

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? To make an impact on higher education and to be a voice for those who feel as if they don’t matter.

 

Andréa Foster

Winston Salem State University

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? I joined YAB so I can be an addition to the voice who speaks on the behalf of students like myself. It is best that those in their respective places hear from the direct population.

 

Cameron Vigil

Regis University

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? I joined YAB to ensure young Americans continue to have a voice and fight for progress.

 

Carolina Espinal

Syracuse University

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? Millennials are equated with the “Selfie Generation” – a label falsely representing a cohort dedicated to advocacy and change. I joined the YAB to share firsthand experience of how issues are plaguing young adults, in hopes of affecting policymaking, empowering other millennials and refuting stereotypes.

Deidra Rogers

University of South Florida

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? Just to be further involved and to learn more about their organization and the things you all do.

 

Deja Reid

Winston-Salem State University

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? I am extremely passionate about education.

 

 

Gerald A. Bridges

Georgetown University

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? To help effect change for our generation and the next when it comes to higher education and affording college.

 

Johneice Rockett

University of Memphis

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? I join YAB to be the voice of young adult students in my community.

 

 

Josue Rodriguez

University of St. Thomas – Houston

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? I joined YAB because it empowers young adults to strategize, evaluate, and develop public policies that positively impacts our generation.

 

Kernard Jones

Texas Southern University

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? To fight for legislation to improve the lives of young people around nation.

 

 

Lakrista Cummings

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? I joined YAB because I wanted to share my story and contribute to making a difference in today’s society!

 

Lujain Al-Khawi

George Washington University

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? I joined YAB because I thought it was important as a young activist to work in the frontline of an organization that actively works for millennials’ issues.

 

Margie Ramirez

University of South Florida

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? I joined YAB because I feel like now is one of the most important times to get involved and fight for the values my generation believes in.

 

Matthew Thompson

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? I joined YI to ensure that concerns relating particularly to Black millennials are included in policy conversations and strategies for solutions. I also joined to learn what concerns of others are so that we may work towards solutions that will benefit us all.

 

Pablo Pratt

University of Texas – Austin

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? I was part of Young Invincibles intern program this past summer and wanted to continue learning and helping other through YI.

 

Shannon Jones 

California State Polytechnic University

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? I joined YAB because I want to obtain more knowledge on how I may better engage my community around inequalities and initiatives related to health care, higher education, and job workforce.

 

Tyra Westbrook

Howard University

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? To get more involved in politics and contribute something to my community.