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Introducing our Spring 2022 Texas Young Advocates

Emily Garcia-Espino
Austin, Texas

I am a first-generation student studying government at the University of Texas at Austin. I have been passionate about doing work in the public service sector ever since I reached the eighth grade, and I could not be happier to finally be able to do just that. Aside from my studies, I really enjoy cycling, journaling, and buying books I have yet to read. Of course, I also love spending time with my family, who supports all of my endeavors.

Naomi Cruz Ojeda
Austin, Texas

Naomi is originally from Jalisco, Mexico, but she grew up in San Antonio, Texas. She currently lives in Austin, Texas while attending UT Austin. At UT, she is a current senior majoring in Health and Society and Latinx Studies with a minor in Portuguese. Most of her passion points are centered around social justice, racial and educational equity, pathways to self-determination, prioritization, and restorative justice practices. In short [or not], she is committed to helping build a world that recognizes everyone’s humanity and operates to serve everyone in it with compassion, love, and real accountability. She wants BIPOC to have access to educational institutions, and public health resources that are equitable and don’t vary in resources, and she want that option to exist [emphatically and readily] for them to engage with if they so choose to because that is not part of the current reality and it should be. She hopes to learn activism skills that she can implement to my future career, and that she can share with the community to empower them to seek equality.

Omayma Chahbouni
Austin, Texas

Omayma Chahbouni is a Moroccan Muslim female studying as a second year in the University of Texas at Austin as a B.S. Biology major. She was born in Manhattan, New York but was raised the majority of her life in the heart of Dallas,Texas. After her own experiences through volunteering, joining various programs, and researching, she grew interested in wanting to grow her leadership development skills and to be actively involved with her community. Currently some of her biggest research interests are nutrition and how artificial ingredients affect the human body through time, generating better health care opportunities for people of lower income and minorities, and general research of various biology and ecological fields to study the effects of nature and how it can be connected to the developments of viruses and many other diseases. Omayma was selected to be a young advocate member of the YAP program in August 2021. This program was also one of interest because she saw it as an opportunity to learn and develop new knowledge of the different topics for advocacy in the general health care field which to her was vital to understand because it is a part of the medical path she looks to be involved in as she follows her Pre-Med track. In all, she continues to search for more opportunities of involvement and ways to grow as a leader and strong advocate.

Twee Shackelford
Austin, Texas

I’ve been attending protests since I was four. I’ve been a part of every major movement in the past two decades, and now as an adult I want to bring change to our government so that the American people can finally have their needs addressed. Scholastically I’ve been a part of model UN, student government, UT’s YCS fellows program, and ACC’s QEP committee.

Karime Romo Morales
Austin, Texas

My name is Karime Romo Morales. I am a second-year student at The University of Texas at Austin double majoring in Philosophy & Government on a pre-law track. I am passionate about learning about policies and how we can better them to create a more inclusive, equitable, and safer environment in Texas.

Hailee Mouch
East Texas

Hailee Mouch is currently enrolled at Stephen F. Austin State University, majoring in political science with a minor in public administration. Since attending SFASU, Hailee has been an active member within her school’s Texas Rising chapter. She is currently the president of the chapter and works to organize young voters in the state of Texas. Hailee was drawn to Young Invincibles because they advocate for issues that she has advocated for as well. She believes that this program will strengthen her advocacy skills as well as further provide attention to these various issues.

Hunter Evans
East Texas

Hunter Evans is the County Chair for his local Democratic Party. They are currently among the youngest County Chair’s in Texas, elected at age 20. Hunter ran using their first-hand experience of how hard finding health care is in rural communities. Their county lost its only hospital in 2014 and despite plans to rebuild it, the structure that used to be a full-service hospital is still just metal beams and concrete floors. Hunter is excited to be a part of the Young Advocates program and continue the fight for health care and hospital access in rural communities across Texas.

Trinity Altemeyer
Nacogdoches, Texas

Trinity Altemeyer is an undergraduate student at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches Texas, majoring in Political Science with a minor in French. She is originally from the Rio Grande Valley, where a majority of her activism took place stressing education and environmentalism. She enjoys hiking and being pretentious about coffee.

Isaiah Shaw
Nacogdoches, Texas

My name is Isaiah Shaw, I am in my senior year at Stephen F. Austin State University studying Finance & Accounting. I currently serve as the Vice President for Men of Achievement along with being an active member in a few other organizations. I plan to enroll in Graduate school once my time at SFA is complete and eventually work as a financial advisor. I am excited to join the Young Invincibles team and make an impact in my community.

Andie Ellis
Houston, Texas

I am a junior at the University of Houston, double majoring in Political Science and Computer Science. My experiences have made me passionate about utilizing the ever expanding technology industry to bridge the gap between the socioeconomically challenged, the disappearing middle class, and the upper class.

Dayana Iza
Houston, Texas

Hi, my name is Dayana. I am a first-generation Mexican American, and I am very passionate about social issues. I currently work for Mi Familia Vota here in Houston, TX. I hope to continue learning as I navigate through life in order to continue this beautiful and fulfilling work. I aspire to continue to teach our youth and community about the importance of civic participation. When I am not working or engaged in volunteer work, you can catch me going for a run, or spending time with family, friends, and my dog.

Drake Okeke
Houston, Texas

My name is Drake Okeke and I’m a political science major at the University of Houston. I have dreams of becoming an advocacy lawyer and that was one of the driving reasons for me joining the Young Invincibles.

 

Jahnari Ball
Houston, Texas

My name is Jahnari Ball. I’m from Houston, Texas. I graduated from Bellaire Highschool June 2018. During my years at Bellaire, I was engaged in multiple extracurricular activities as far as sports and I had my few lines in a few plays. I joined the YAP team to learn how to see things from other people’s points of view, and I wanted to change the bad habit of judging a book by its cover. I also stand for equality and with me being a Libra I think that what plays a big role in what I stand for. I played football, basketball, and I ran track and while I played those sports I made sure to keep the morals I stood for intact. I plan on being a financial advisor for the future, and I want to find a way to make medical care free for others down the line. My sole purpose to me is to be successful in my environment without doing the things that most people from my environment do to satisfy their success. The purpose may change, because I know I’m not god, and god is more in control than anything. I just want to spread good energy and see where it takes me.

Jarvis Thompson
Houston, Texas

Hi, my name is Jarvis Thompson from Houston, TX. Inside my current life journey, I have been involved in the SEA program, NSBE, and the Spirit Strong Scholars program. On a regular day, I like to workout, watch movies, and cook. I am very outgoing, but do like to spend time by myself. In the program, I am planning to really help other young adult learners who are wanting to be successful in job readiness, health care, and debt relief.

Jasmine Parish Moreno
Houston, Texas

Jasmine currently attends the University of Houston where she is part of the Honors College. She is majoring in Political Science and double minoring in Spanish and National Security. As a child of two immigrants from distinct backgrounds, Jasmine has witnessed first hand the struggles minority groups face in regards to discrimination, underrepresentation, and the lack of resources, funding, and opportunities available for these groups. Jasmine began working with United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the country, to fight for equality and justice through civic engagement and community organizing. Additionally, she interned in Houston City Hall with Council Member Karla Cisneros. Through her internship she was able to work directly with constituents from District H and help them get access to resources during the Houston winter storm, get access to COVID related care, and organize youth mentorship programs. Jasmine is excited to work with Young Invincibles to learn how she can best serve her community and achieve the changes she wants to see.

Javarhea Thompson
Houston, Texas

Hello! My name is Javarhea Thompson. I am currently a Senior at Texas Southern University majoring in Speech Communication. I’m on the World Renowned debate team and a TSU Shape Peer advocate as well. I plan to become a better advocate to young adult learners on world topics while bringing awareness of how it affects us and becoming part of the solution.

Pam Trevino
Houston, Texas

Pam Trevino attends the University of Houston-Downtown and is pursuing a degree in Marketing. She serves as an officer of Campus Activities Board where she helps with the marketing aspects, event planning, recruiting, and record keeping. Pam joined Young Invincibles because she wants to help communities who lack access to health care, higher education, and workforce opportunities. In order for her voice to bring change, she hopes to gain knowledge and skills through the program to better serve others. Outside of college life, she enjoys watching anime, trying new food places, and listening to podcasts.

Soufia Ali
Austin, Texas

Soufia Ali is a junior at The University of Texas at Austin where she is pursuing two majors in Radio-Television-Film and Health and Society. On campus, she is a member of the Moody College Honors Program, the external director for the Moody Communication Council, and an employee at the Moody College Equipment Checkout. Soufia is excited to be interning with Young Invincibles and is looking forward to being more hands-on in her community. She’s especially interested in learning how to utilize the power of storytelling to make a difference. Soufia’s hobbies include bothering her cat Moo, exploring new places in Austin with friends, and watching movies!