Meet our Colorado Young Advocates

Lalitya Andaloori

Why did you join the Young Advocates Program? I joined the YAP to develop my advocacy skills and to engage in policy work related to mental health and higher education for young adults.

Paulina Castle

Why did you join the Young Advocates Program? I joined the YAP because policy is the most effective way to create institutional change. All of our stories are different, but many of our struggles are the same; when we pass legislation that addresses one problem, we help thousands of people.

Sharai Conde

Why did you join the Young Advocates Program? I decided to join the YAP 2020 cohort to further develop my skills in advocacy work, politics, storytelling, and community organizing.

Katalina Garcia

Why did you join the Young Advocates Program? I joined the YAP because I am interested in developing policy recommendations and influence systems change through multiple approaches on the local, state, and national levels.

Alisha Khanna

Why did you join the Young Advocates Program? I joined the YAP to be able to represent me and my peers in the political process and make changes to students’ lives in Colorado. I am so fortunate to have had this opportunity and meet such incredible, young, powerful people!

Destynee Martinez

Why did you join the Young Advocates Program?  I joined the YAP because while I was extremely passionate about wanting to improve the mental health of young adults, I didn’t know where to start or even begin to look. I originally joined with the intent to focus on mental health but instead have the opportunity to pair it with higher education affordability. I knew I not only wanted but had to do something — I had to get involved, and being a Young Advocate has proven to be the right path of being able to do everything I wanted to.

Johny Nguyen

Why did you join the Young Advocates Program?  Being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, I joined this program not knowing where It would lead me, however with the help of the YAP, and their past alumni, I was given an opportunity to gain a voice; not just for myself, but for those those around me who don’t have the ability to speak in the political process. With the ambition for being the sole role model I needed when I was younger, I thrive to end the growing stigma that is mental health.

Matin Sanaei

Why did you join the Young Advocates Program? I decided to join the YAP based on my interest in engaging in the legislative processes and expressing inherent student issues.

Kim Tolchinsky

Why did you join the Young Advocates Program? I became a Young Advocate so I could elevate the voices of my peers and increase youth representation at the Capitol. Working here has provided me with a systems-thinking approach to including young adults in policies around healthcare, financial stability and college affordability.

Rebecca Turner

Why did you join the Young Advocates Program? I joined the YAP because of its emphasis on policy influence and addressing mental health.

Dhivahari Vivek

Why did you join the Young Advocates Program?  I joined the YAP to promote the policy interests of our state’s youth, to gain political experience, and to leave behind a more equitable and accessible Colorado.