The YES! Asheville office welcomes five new youth staff! They are passionate and energetic leaders and are dedicated to creating change in their communities. They have already identified several policy issues that they would like to work on including the achievement gap in schools, sexual violence prevention, suicide prevention, LGBTQ+ rights, reproductive justice, and racial equity. Learn more about these incredible changemakers below.
Hi everyone! My name is Isabelle and I am a rising senior at Asheville High. I am very passionate about social justice and improving my community and YES! is the perfect opportunity for me to channel those interests. I am particularly excited to work on sexual violence prevention and gender equality issues through YES! When I am not working at YES! I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, volunteering at local nonprofits, and traveling as much as possible.
Hello! I’m Clay. I go to school in Asheville and I just started with YES! I’m passionate about helping out in the community especially when it comes to environmental issues. I started at YES! because I wanted to work with other youth on empowering NC for the better and seeing real change. I look forward to starting new campaigns and learning even more about the issues that impact us all. I love finding a good book to read and always up for a bike ride.
Hello, my name is Lily. I am a high school student and an athlete. I play basketball for both my school and a travel team. My favorite things to do are travel and spend time in the ocean. I joined YES! because I wanted to be involved in my community and create change among other passionate youth.
Hi! I’m Sorin. I’m a multimedia artist and musician. I’m passionate about LGBTQ+ issues, harm reduction, and gentrification. I am a peer-to-peer sex ed teacher and an assistant teacher at Aspire High. I joined YES! because I feel a strong need to make activism and advocacy the focal point of my career. I am excited to learn how to make systemic change happen in a hands-on way.
My name is Lizzy and I am a junior at SILSA. I found out about YES! through my school and immediately signed up when I heard “Racial equity.” As a young black woman in today’s society, I feel as if it is very important to educate others and help diminish injustice in my community. While working at YES!, I hope to learn how to handle situations respectfully and safety. I also hope to bring awarness to sex and human trafficking in North Carolina and sexual assault awarness.