Alex is a Los Angeles-based organizer and workshop facilitator, passionate about amplifying the visionary power of youth in pursuit of social transformation. A product of youth organizing himself, he has worked out of LA’s Little Tokyo community for the last 5 years doing youth development work through Kizuna’s Leadership program, and has contributed locally to a […]
Alexis Takahashi is a multiracial community organizer and writer passionate about racial justice and sustainable community development. She brings her multi-layered experiences in popular education, urban farming, and activism to her role as Program Manager with Changeist, where she develops youth-led movement building programs. In 2015, Alexis co-founded Free Radicals, an activist collective dedicated to promoting […]
Manijeh is a doctoral student in Developmental Psychology and Evaluation at Claremont Graduate University. Her program of research focuses on positive youth development and issues of social justice, with specific interest in the role of community programs in empowering youth. She has worked as an applied research consultant for a variety of youth development programs, including afterschool activities offered by LAUSD’s Beyond the Bell Branch, a mindfulness-based stress reduction program (Youth Empowerment Seminar), and girls’ empowerment program (Girls Learn International). Manijeh has also worked directly with youth at a summer leadership institute for 6 years (Iranian Alliances Across Borders) and considers her experience as a practitioner integral to her perspective as an evaluator.
In her role as Director of Strategy and Development, Beth oversees the fundraising, operations, systems, and strategic planning that has enabled Changeist to engage over 500 young people ages 11-26 in addressing pressing social issues affecting their communities. Prior to her work with Changeist, Beth received a MBA from Boston University with a focus on social impact. She then moved to Los Angeles to take on Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) at Los Angeles Unified School District, helping to create new ways for teachers, staff, and stakeholders to better understand the complicated financial policies affecting LAUSD students and communities. Beth is committed to strengthening communities and empowering young people. She is a proud AmeriCorps alumna of City Year Chicago and in July 2017 was honored with City Year’s highest alumni recognition, the Comcast NBCUniversal Leadership Award. Beth has previously served on the City Year Los Angeles Associates Board and volunteers with the Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care program.
Mario spent over a decade in the national service movement with City Year. There, Mario developed and designed civic leadership programs for youth in three different markets and later supported high-needs schools improve the urban high school graduation pipeline. Mario has been engaged in developing effective community programing while serving on multiple boards refining college access programs for girls is South Central LA and recreation programs in Pico-Union. Mario also serves on a steering committee working to guide federal funding creating a coordinated cradle to college community effort. Most recently he joined the Service Year Alliance Alumni Council to help promote a national service and gap year agenda.