Meet the Steering Committee

“I am excited to serve in the steering committee because I'm excited for new experiences. Also, to hear a lot of people’s ideas and thoughts”. 

 

Samantha Leyva Gonzalez

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“I am excited to serve because there needs to be more youth and people of color taking part of budgeting in our communities. I want to be part of change and something beautiful”.

Elexis Moyer

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“I am excited to be a part of bringing resources to assist young people in SE Portland. Hoping for days our young people can be held up by their community”. 

Kimberly Cortes-Martinez

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“I’m excited to serve on the steering committee this summer to get a bigger insight into how our state handles budgeting and to become more financially literate”. 

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Karol Wai

“I come from a community of Myanmar immigrants and refugees who are not often represented in spheres of decision making. I am excited to serve on the Steering committee to voice the real-time challenges our marginalized youth have and currently face amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and to propose novel interventions and projects to help improve the quality of life for all”. 

 

Lillyanne Pham

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“I think it’s about time that youth have the power to be direct decision makers in East Portland”.

Xochitl Carrasco Garcia

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"I’m excited to get back into community engagement and advocacy. It is exuberant experience to know youth will have the opportunity to lead a committee to bring positive impact and power to our communities”.

Yaquelin Garcia

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“I am delighted to serve on this committee because I get the opportunity to advocate for communities that may not otherwise have advocacy or voice in decision-making, especially when it comes to the distribution of public and federal funds”.

Kofi Franklin

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“One reason why I am excited to be on the committee is because I love helping my community and I think that this is a good way to give back. Another reason why I am excited to be on the committee is because it will be nice to hear other people's perspectives on different topics”.

 
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Natan Hagdu

“I am excited to serve in this committee because I will gain essential experience that will help me in my later life as well as it will be fun to interact with other people who want to do this job”.

Diego Garcia

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“I am excited to serve in the steering committee because I'm excited for new experiences. Also, to hear a lot of people’s ideas and thoughts”. 

Jack Petty

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“I am excited to be on the Committee because I want to help my fellow students. I also like it when kids have impact on the rules that kids will have to live by”.

Aquene Briggs

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“I’m excited to be able to be a voice within my community, to grow my civic leadership, organizing skills, to engage in our community, and to enjoy the process of rebuilding, and reconnecting communities”.