Youth Leadership Training
Nathanel Lowe is the Community Engagement
Coordinator in the Democracy Project, where he mobilizes
and educates voters to empower and lift up the voices of the
Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community.
Most notable among his accomplishments for Advancing Justice -
LA is the work he did in November 2012 to recruit, train, and
manage nearly 300 bilingual and culturally competent volunteers
to participate in non-partisan voter engagement activities.
Together, they educated voters, helping to pass Proposition 30
to fund education and public services.
Prior to joining the staff of Advancing Justice - LA, Lowe was a graduate student at UCLA, where he combined his studies with work on increasing transportation access for homeless persons, public housing policy, and “grass-tops” education to promote awareness of the need for supportive services for formerly incarcerated individuals affected by the Public Safety Realignment law (AB 109). Before graduate school, he worked at the California State Assembly and the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency. Lowe’s commitment to community organizing extends into volunteer work, which he undertakes with the Chinatown Community for Equitable Development (CCED).
Lowe holds a bachelor’s degree in Community and Regional Development from UC Davis and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA.
Shelly Chen is the Voter Engagement Coordinator at
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, where she
works to empower and mobilize Asian American, Native
Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander voters. Most recently, she
worked on Advancing Justice-LA’s Your Vote Matters! June
2014 campaign, recruiting and training volunteers to conduct
in-language voter outreach through phone banking. This resulted
in over 15,000 calls, through which AANHPI voters were educated
and encouraged to make their voices heard in the June 3rd
primary. Prior to joining Advancing Justice-LA, Shelly was a
community organizer for the Asian American Drug Abuse Program. She also formerly interned and currently volunteers with API Equality-LA, an organization dedicated to advocating for the rights and fair treatment of LGBT people in Asian and Pacific Islander communities. She is one of the co-organizers of Q&A Space (www.qaspace.org), the first coming out resource website specifically designed for API LGBT youth, parents, and allies. Shelly is a lifelong Angeleno, a graduate of Scripps College, and the proud parent of an adorable 3.5 year old dachshund/lab mix named Noodle.
Social Media & Activism
Ms. Eva Reyes serves as a Program Coordinator for
AYC's Gang Intervention Program. She has worked on
various educational and political campaigns on the local,
state and federal level. Eva works throughout South Los
Angeles to empower community members in make positive
decisions in their everyday lives. She is a certified Parent
Project facilitator and has been working with youth and
families for 10 years.
Kevin Lian serves as Director of Communications
on the OCA-GLA Board of Directors. His full-time job is
Development Manager for the Asian Youth Center, a 501c3
non-profit based in San Gabriel, CA. He is responsible for
individual donor development as well as fundraising events
and public relations. Kevin began a career of service 10 years
ago as a member of the American Red Cross. He is an active
Alumnus of their “Leadership Development Camp”, where youth
attend a one week camp to learn leadership and life skills.
Previously, Kevin worked as a consultant in the political and
non-profit world. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.
Ngoc Nguyen is the Activities Director at Long Beach
Polytechnic High School, in Long Beach, California.
Nguyen graduated from UCLA College Honors Program
with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (Departmental Honors)
with a minor in Educational Studies. Previously, she taught
secondary mathematics in the Long Beach Unified School
District for five years; she taught the first AP Statistics class
at David Starr Jordan High School. While teaching full time,
she completed her Masters in Social and Cultural Analysis of
Education and was awarded the Graduate Dean's List from
CSULB, all the while maintaining a 4.0 GPA in graduate school. Her thesis is titled "School-Family-Community Partnerships for Establishing a College-Going Culture". Her hobbies include: art, badminton, camping, hiking, running, and playing poker.
Public Narrative:Story to Self
Jennifer Chau has been actively involved with
different community organizations and works with
young people living in underserved communities for
the past 4 years. Growing up in poverty as a minority,
she understands the barriers and obstacles young people
may confront in their adolescent years. Therefore she
has great passion in helping vulnerable young people
succeed in their future by assisting them in further
cultivating their leadership development and become agents
of social change in their community. She served as an
AmeriCorp VISTA for the California YouthBuild Coalition for a year and that is where she grown to truly respect the work that YouthBuild has done to foster youth leadership development. She currently is the Director of Resources and Youth Development for LEAD YouthBuild where she provides young people with opportunities and resources to help them succeed academically, professionally, and in leadership. She also mentors a group of YouthBuild graduates to assist them in acquiring leadership opportunities and encourage them to take initiative in the causes they’re most passionate about. She also serves as a Board of Directors at United Cambodian Community (UCC), a social service organization which focuses on engaging locals to become leaders in their community.