Education Justice

Wilmer is the CEO & Founder of Leaders Working, a non-profit organization that aims to help low-income students nationwide get into top colleges and become leaders in their community. At Leaders Working, Wilmer has devised a 1-on-1 mentoring program that combines resource accessibility, community engagement, and comprehensive mentoring that starts in high school, continues through college, and lasts a lifetime. Alongside Leaders Working, Wilmer serves on the National Board of the Quest Scholars Network where he works to create an unwavering network of support for thousands of low-income students.

Education Justice

Zachary studied political science at Columbia University. He was the co-coordinator of the Columbia Urban Experience pre-orientation program, a week-long program that introduced incoming first-year students to different communities within New York City through community service partnerships and critical academic discussion. He also served as a coordinator for the Men of Color Alliance, a multicultural community building organization. Zachary discovered his spark for political engagement while attending The American Legion Boys State of Kansas summer program, and he hopes to similarly inspire other Kansas youth. Uniting Zachary’s varied interests is a desire to build connections University people from diverse backgrounds and to facilitate growth in pursuit of a common goal.

Economic Justice

Zachary aspires to increase civic participation by making civic engagement more inclusive. Finding his roots in programs advocating for youth socioeconomic literacy and empowerment is devoted to the vision of empowerment through education and inclusion. His blueprint included a plan for the integration of a student voter-registration program at his home university; he aspires to practice law in a governmental role of advocacy. He studied physics and economics at The University of Wisconsin-Madison/La Crosse; has held numerous roles in community development programs and student advocacy, believing the best way to win change is through grassroots activism and policy. Originally born in Elizabethtown, KY, he found his home in Wisconsin, where his life was made possible by the warm-hearted, giving culture of the Midwest. So full of gratitude, he is driven to return the investment; he is an avid dreamer and runner, his favorite route being beneath the sunset of Wisconsin’s state capitol.

Racial Justice

Zakiya was a student at Oberlin College. They were one of seven board members for the Edmonia Lewis Center (ELC) for Women and Trans*. Their work there included engaging in creative programming to transform intersecting systems of oppression, including, but not limited to, racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, xenophobia, transphobia, classism, etc. Zakiya also volunteered through America Counts (math-focused tutoring) at the Boys and Girls Clubs, which is an after-school center that provided safety, food, and education to low-income and of color youth in grades k-8th.



Education Justice

Shon was the President of the Xi Eta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, an active member of the Wake Forest University Gospel Choir, the Protégé’ Mentoring Program, and NAACP. As a first-generation college student, Shon is passionate about tackling the numerous educational disparities within the American public schooling system as well as serving as an advocate for underrepresented demographics. Shon would like to establish a non-profit that focuses on providing resources for at-risk youth so that they can pursue higher education.


Tranard Harvin attended Claflin University where he studied psychology. He has a passion for working with underprivileged youth because he has experienced such conditions growing up. He understands the value of a quality education and seeks to instill the importance of community involvement in those who fail to realize it. Tranard is the founder of the Low Country Youth Enhancement Program (LCYEP), a youth-led outreach group that seeks to enhance the natural abilities of the youth in Williamsburg County, SC. He plans to move the youth in his native community by expressing the importance of self-investment and community awareness.

Education Justice

Sixto Cancel is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University who grew up in foster care. His is the founder of Think of Us, a commitment of action for the Clinton Global Initiative. Cancel also serves as a Youth Innovation Advisor to Dell and is a member of the Youth Thrive Expert Panel. Cancel has been named a Millennial Maker by BET and recognized as one of the Top 24 Changemakers under 24 in the country by the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council and Sparkaction. Cancel has been quoted on NPR’s “Tell Me More,” Fox News, and by the Huffington Post. Cancel presented issues facing black, LGBT youth in foster care at the White House’s Black LGBT Emerging Leaders Briefing.

Reproductive Rights, Health, and Justice

Born in the U.S. and raised in Mexico, Veronica came to the U.S. to pursue a major in philosophy with a double minor in religious studies and political science and would like to pursue a master’s degree in theology with a concentration in comparative religion studies and a Ph.D. in philosophy. She served as president of the Texas Freedom Network chapter at her university (UTPA) in Edinburg, Texas.

Native/Indigenous In Empowerment, Cultural Preservation, & Tribal Sovereignty

Stephanie is a Native American who has grown up on the Pueblo of Isleta, located in New Mexico, and she is also half Hispanic. She attended the University of New Mexico and majored in English and minored in religious studies. Once she finished her undergraduate studies, she intends to study law or criminal justice and eventually be a part of Isleta Pueblo’s government. Stephanie’s passion is her Native American culture and heritage and she is dedicated to the preservation of her culture. She once did a commercial with MTV about the importance of culture and how it keeps Native youth away from drug and alcohol abuse.