Meet our National Youth Advisory Board

 

Andréa Foster

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? I joined the NYAB to not only have a voice, but participate in the work behind the scenes so that our voices can be heard.

 

Alex Soltany

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? I joined NYAB to collaborate with a passionate group of like-minded peers on a wide range of initiatives that will improve the lives of fellow young adults across the country.

 

 

Lujain Al-Khawi

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? I joined YI’s NYAB because I work in healthcare, and I see the disappointing statistics of young people enrolled in health coverage. It is, therefore, my mission to help my peers have the resources they need to receive quality health coverage at an affordable cost.

 

Pablo Pratt

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? I am confident that YI will teach me how to become a better advocate for my community.

 

Samuel Watkins

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? Seeing the potential we’re losing from not having certain policy changes in our society, and how one small shift can have a huge ripple affect, you feel compelled to act. It’s like in the film “Good Will Hunting,” you have to give the guy moping the floor a chance to change the world, because I doubt it happens otherwise.

 

Kernard Jones

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? To continue to promote education for all and the ability for more young Americans to get access to healthcare

 

Josue Rodriguez

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? I joined the YI’s NYAB because it is a great opportunity to get an insight into YI’s federal work and meet other individuals from around the U.S. that are passionate and involved in YI’s policy initiatives.

 

AJ Titong

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? Young adults have the opportunity to change the face of American politics in 2020. With GOTV and Census work, young adults have the opportunity to mobilize and be engaged. While I already work on health policy issues on a national level, I want to be part of the young adult movement that shifts the political climate and advances communities of color.

 

Kaylyn Goode

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? All my life, I have been told that young people are the future of this country and this world; however, all my life, I have also been told that I am too young to have a serious opinion on the matters directly affecting me. I am ecstatic to have an opportunity for my voice to be heard and to work directly with like-minded, driven young people.

 

Keenan Coppin-Thom

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? As a founding member of the YI Northeast YAB I had a rare opportunity to network with thoughtful, dedicated students and young professionals, collectively strategizing around the shape and mission the board could have, while being exposed to a wealth of impactful professional development opportunities. I joined the NYAB in hopes of broadening this network, increasing my support of YI’s vision, and learning and contributing to solutions that address the core issue areas that this organization champions.

 

Eddy Encinales

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? I joined YI’s NYAB because I want to use my voice to raise awareness around the need for student loan relief programs as a way of ensuring young people can enjoy a stable financial future. I also want to use the many resources YI has put together to help educate high school students on how to make informed decisions when they choose their higher education paths.

 

Alyssa Casias

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? YI has been a part of my life for about two years now and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I have served on the Colorado YAB and I have felt a sense of pride since in being able to be a voice for my community on issues that affect their everyday lives. I can’t wait to be able to speak about issues and be a voice for my community on a larger, as well as collaborate with my peers across the nation.

 

Carolina Espinal

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? To advocate for policy decisions that serve and empower young adults.

 

 

Lakrista Cummings

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? I want to help advocate for better education, healthcare, and job opportunities for young adults.

 

 

Shannon Jones

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? I joined YI’s NYAB to provide perspective and elevate the voices of marginalized communities.

 

 

Tyra Westbrook

Why did you join the Youth Advisory Board? I joined the NYAB because I wanted to strengthen my political footprint by joining a group that is very active in politics. I also wanted to broaden my knowledge on politics because as a mechanical engineer major I don’t get much exposure to in-depth political conversations as often as I would like.