Ambassadors and Chapter Leaders

What is a Chapter Leader? Chapter Leaders pledge to bring our ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY into their classroom/student organization. They also join at least one event during the year (virtual or in person), attend our annual meeting, and sign up for public speaking, community organizing and event planning, legislative action, content creation or graphic art on social media, and/or art activism. Chapter Leaders have first access to speaking opportunities and be able to run for the AYR YOUTH BOARD at the Annual Meeting.

What is an Ambassador? Ambassadors join at least one event during the year (virtual or in person).

Click here to sign up as an Ambassador/Chapter Leader

Olivia Oberliesen, Chapter Leader

“In my spare time, I enjoy reading, art, playing the piano, and learning more about politics. I love AAPI Youth Rising and its mission because the organization makes it easier for young people to become involved in their communities and have their voices be heard on important issues, which I believe is extremely important.”

NJ, Class of 2024

Athena Alexander, Chapter Leader + Social Media Director

“Hey, I’m Athena! Being apart of the AAPI community has been such a great experience. I enjoy horseback riding and spending time with my friends. I think it’s incredibly important for youth to speak up because we are the next generation, and change is all at our fingertips!”

Redwood Day School, Oakland, CA, 8th Grader

Tenzing Gyamokhang, Chapter Leader

“Hey y’all I’m Tenzing! Okay so my favorite song as of this moment would have to be Sleepwalking by Modest Mouse. My favorite food basically a compilation of a lot of different foods based on what I’m feeling. I love salmon sashimi, Indian food food, 20 PIECE CHICKEN NUGGETS, and the list goes on! I really admire how AAPI Youth Rising’s goal is to create change within schools and youth!”

Albany High School, Albany, CA, Class of 2026

Isabel Shen, Chapter Leader

“My name is Isabel Chia-Ai Shen, and I attend the Head-Royce school in Oakland, California. I’m a Chinese-American feminist and debater and have won several awards as a member of the HRS debate team. I aspire to be a journalist, and I value social change and reform. AAPI Youth Rising has amplified the voices of our most revolutionary youth and allows our dreams and ambitions to come into fruition. By empowering our youth, we are giving the next leaders of our generation a say in the mechanisms of our world. As Gandhi once said, ‘Be the change that you wish to see in the world.'”

Head-Royce School, Oakland, CA, 8th Grader

Alexis, Chapter Leader

Alexis is so proud to be a Chapter Leader and Ambassador for AAPI Youth Rising! She has South East Asian and American Asian heritage and values the importance of culture. Outside of speaking up, Alexis plays club volleyball as a libero and is a loud and key player on the court! She doesn’t have any favorite songs, but is always up for classical/pop music. Alexis’ favorite food is ramen, and she will gladly talk to you about the best types. Her favorite thing about AAPI Youth Rising is the environment it fosters to encourage us to speak up for what we want and deserve. She believes that it’s important for youth to speak up because we have great ideas and we need to advocate for our rights!

Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School, Saratoga, CA, 8th grader

Mimi Tuden, Chapter Leader

Mimi is really into art and advocating for what is right. Mimi shares: “I was adopted from Taiwan when I was younger so I really find it important to stay in touch with the culture. I presented at the national restorative justice conference on mental health for adoptees and foster youth. I really enjoy advocating for things I find important and that is why I want to join AAPI Youth Rising. It sounds like a great organization and I would love to be a part of it. I do crew as my sport and I love anything art related!

Skyline High School, Oakland, CA, Class of 2026

Mia Fung, Ambassador

Mia is really into art, graphic design. She enjoys learning more about the community and other people, hearing other’s perspectives, making new friends, and meeting new people!

Presidio Knolls School, San Francisco, CA, 8th Grader

Maile Koidin, Ambassador

“AAPI Youth Rising is important because it represents a new generation sharing new ideas and impacting the world. In my free time, I enjoy drawing and designing art for my sticker shop and reading YA novels set in post-apocalyptic America.”

Presidio Knolls School, San Francisco, CA, 8th Grader

Madison Guan, Ambassador

“I love drawing and painting because it’s my way of expressing myself. I find it really interesting and amazing that this program was created for young teenagers who want to speak out, and I think it is really impressive that this whole organization is run by teenagers. Speaking out is important to me because it allows me to express my opinions.”

Albany High School, Albany, CA, Class of 2026

Magdalena Sambajon Mercado, Chapter Leader

“I enjoy singing as while inspiring young, striving women through musical expression, building brother/sisterhood with the people that surround me, and making use of my voice to educate our common populace on societal topics that I, and others, are greatly concerned about, in hopes they’ll gain acknowledgement within our world, create stronger communities, and make change.”

Phillips Academy Andover, Boston, MA, Class of 2026

Ashanna Garcia, Chapter Leader

Ashanna is interested in speaking out and having conversations, meeting new people, dance and music, jewelry making, crochet.

Raleigh Charter School, Raleigh, NC, Class of 2024

Mihika Deshpande, Chapter Leader

“Hi! My name is Mihika and I enjoy creating art, debating, programming, and dancing (specifically Kathak, an Indian classical dance) among other things. I also love traveling to different places and learning about the cultures and traditions that originated there. I believe it’s important for youth to speak up because today’s youth will someday lead this world and it’s important that they have an opportunity to speak out, help drive changes that are key to reducing hate, and understand and appreciate various cultures.”

Irvington High School, Freemont, CA, Class of 2026

Angely Xiong, Chapter Leader

“I love traveling, badminton, reading, and video games! I’m passionate about public speaking and writing and I also enjoy gardening and volunteer work. I believe it’s extremely important for youth to speak up so our voices can be heard, especially during a time where it may seem like our voices are insignificant. I founded the Asian Pacific Islander Students Association at my school and would love to continue to get myself and my community more involved to create social impact as AAPI Youth Rising has done.”

Nicolet High School, Milwaukee WI, Class of 2023

Annie Huynh, Ambassador

“I’ve been keeping up with AAPI Youth Rising for a couple of months now and I love the dedication that goes into their work. I want to learn more about my community and how we can combat certain global issues. I also am trying to push myself this year to get out of my comfort zone.”

Impact Academy of the Arts and Technology, Hayward, CA, Class of 2025

Arpita Guha, Chapter Leader

Arpita Guha is a youth activist who is motivated and passionate about helping the AAPI community. She shares that as a Bengali-Hindu she has seen firsthand what my community has gone through first hand and the hate crimes and she shared news articles about protests at her temple. Arpita serves on the Shelby Township youth advisory board and has held numerous leadership positions. She loves public speaking and is the President of her Model UN Club.

International Academy East, Troy, MI, Class of 2023

Kristie To, Ambassador

“In my free time, I enjoy playing percussion, volunteering, traveling, and spending time with family! I was immediately drawn to AAPI Youth Rising for the organization’s mission to make positive change in our communities by their various accomplishments such as establishing the ONE/180 pledge and organizing a Stop Asian Hate rally of over 1,200 people.”

Irvine, CA, Class of 2024

Sean, Ambassador

“I like listening to music, reading, talking to his bird and hanging out with his family. I hopes that through AYR, multiple young voices will be able to spread diversity in the world and make it a better place.”

Montessori School of El Cerrito, El Cerrito, CA, Class of 2027

Johann, Ambassador

Johann is passionate about AAPI Youth Rising activities. In his free time, he enjoys participating in Robotics competitions and building Legos.

Stanford Online High School, Class of 2026

Nahla, Ambassador

As our youngest contributor, Nahla created a video presentation for her class about speaking up and standing up for what you believe in. We are inspired by you Nahla!

Black Pine Circle School, Berkeley CA, 6th grader

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