Meet our Austin, Texas Young Advocates

Khalid Alexander

Why did you join the Young Advocates Program? I joined the YAP with the purpose of surrounding myself with motivated peers from diverse backgrounds in order to improve my skills of advocacy. As a young advocate, I hope to further my understanding of the obstacles my fellow young adults face in such a time of health insecurity and political polarization for the inexperienced.

Luis Babiak

Why did you join the Young Advocates Program? I joined the YAP to become a leader in my community as a way to give back to the people that have made sacrifices to provide me with privileges and opportunities within society.

Rubesela Benitez

Why did you join the Young Advocates Program? I joined the YAP to help others become more aware and to use my voice for the greater good. I have struggled with health care problems and racial injustice in my family so I am very excited to work as an advocate for Young Invincibles.

Nickoli Benkert

Why did you join the Young Advocates Program? I am passionate about health care access and providing opportunities to marginalized communities in America and am honored to be working with the YAP on these key political issues. I aim to pursue higher education and work with Young Invincibles in order to be able to impact the world in a positive way and lift up the voices of the unheard in our communities.

Emma Bittner

Why did you join the Young Advocates Program? The YAP has given me an opportunity to challenge the problems that young adults face head on, as well as advocate for change. I am extremely passionate about being able to give others a voice who feel as if they are unheard. Young Invincibles allows me to help those 18-34 not only feel heard, but be heard.

Karishma Cordero

Why did you join the Young Advocates Program? I joined the YAP because I wanted to learn more about public policy and become more educated about the problems young Texans face daily. I am excited to be further educated on the issues of higher education, healthcare access, and civic engagement. By actively learning, I hope that she can serve as an advocate in order to help others in my community.

Jasmine Di Diego

Why did you join the Young Advocates Program? I saw a student debt presentation at my workplace and it was really inspiring to see the blatant relief in all my coworkers’ faces. When I saw that Young Invincibles was bringing on new members of the Advocates program, I was interested in being a part of the movement. I want to contribute the knowledge that I personally have living as a young adult who has graduated and is in the workforce to help other young adults in America.

Stephania Garcia

Why did you join the Young Advocates Program? I joined the YAP to make a change through policy reform and advocacy. I hope to learn the skills necessary to help those who are unjustly impacted by policies whether it be in healthcare, civil rights, higher education or the workforce.

Osh’shalee Handy

Why did you join the Young Advocates Program? I wanted to be a part of the YAP to help bring awareness to the young adults in the state of Texas. This is especially important to me as I am a young mother and college student trying to achieve her dreams of economic security.

Hadja Diallo

Why did you join the Young Advocates Program? I joined the YAP to learn more about the health care system and find out ways I can contribute to my community.

Evan Jordan

Why did you join the Young Advocates Program? I have seen firsthand the inequality perpetuated by unequal access to higher education, and I hope to use my position to create better outcomes for students before, during, and after college. In my service year position I have the opportunity to serve students directly, and now I am thrilled to have an opportunity to be an advocate for education as well.

Joscelyne Lee

Why did you join the Young Advocates Program? I am compelled by Young Invincibles’ focus on student-parent issues and reproductive health care access and seek to learn more about these issues while contributing my personal knowledge to advance Young Invincibles’ mission to amplify the voice of young adults.

Mikayla Mondragon

Why did you join the Young Advocates Program? I joined the YAP in hopes of hearing a diverse group of people’s stories regarding health care, higher education, and the workforce, so I can tell their stories in a way that persuades people to listen.

Perla Ortiz

Why did you join the Young Advocates Program? After hearing about Young Invincibles from a friend I did my own research and really took YI’s vision to heart and saw that it aligned really well with my own sentiment of social justice. I saw in YI an opportunity to represent and speak up for my community in policy matters that are definitive to our everyday living; a real platform to be valued and make a difference.

Josue Orozco

Why did you join the Young Advocates Program? I became a young advocate to continue this pursuit of justice and to increase my skills in advocacy, communication, and community engagement. As a young person who is currently uninsured, I hope to expand health care access across Texas for young adults like myself.

Sofia Pratt

Why did you join the Young Advocates Program? I’ve always been an advocate for social justice and equality, but it wasn’t until I joined Young Invincibles that my vision started to align with tangible action. Through YI, I am optimistic about creating positive change to young adults facing health care, higher-education, and workforce barriers.