The Representation Project’s Youth Advisory Council is comprised of gender justice advocates ages 14-22 from across the country who play a vital role in supporting our work and mission of challenging harmful stereotypes and building a more equitable future. They provide valuable guidance and support to our film, education, and activist initiatives.
We are pleased to introduce our 2023 Youth Advisory Council members!
Brittney Acord is a current senior at Rocklin High School in California. You can always find Brittney on the go as she is an avid soccer and track athlete. She is going to major in international studies, in college, and hopes to ultimately pursue a career in law. Brittney is extraordinarily passionate about The Representation Project and what it has to offer!
Lauren Baggech, is a model and human rights activist. Meshing beauty combined with knowledge to create a safe and comfortable environment for all involved. Interpersonal connections and relationship building is of utmost importance to Lauren. Without a community or solid foundation, the real issues can not be resolved. With grace, understanding, and kindness anything is achievable to her.
Galileo Galaviz is a recent graduate of Coachella Valley High School and a first year at the College of the Desert majoring in global studies. Galileo is very excited to join The Representation Project’s Youth Advisory Board and support their vision and aspirations. Galileo hopes to gain new knowledge and leave a positive impact.
Colbie Freese (she/her) is a California high schooler who is passionate about gender advocacy. Through leadership positions in school and clubs, she gained experience that led her to apply for a position on The Representation Project’s Youth Advisory Board. She is especially passionate about breaking gender norms and increasing awareness about gender bias in schools and athletics. She is excited about this opportunity to help create and implement educational programs for fellow students this year.
Remy Tsukahira is an 11th-grader from Los Angeles. She is the founder of Artemis Girls Business Academy, a non-profit empowering teen girls to explore careers in business. Remy was also selected as a 2023 Women Founders Network Junior Venture Capitalist program member. In 2022, Representative Karen Bass (now L.A. Mayor) chose Remy’s art as her district’s National Congressional Art winner. During the summer, Remy volunteers as a computer camp counselor, helping teach everything from Python coding to VR Game Creation, to Minecraft Modding. When Remy’s not busy playing on her high school basketball and golf teams, she can be found painting, crocheting, or baking for her designer cupcake business, Remington Bakes.
Rebekah Grace de Guzman is a high school student at Eagle Rock High School aspiring to become a filmmaker for social change. Growing up as a Filipino-American in northeast LA, she has always had a special interest in writing stories and has hopes to use those talents in video production. She wants to use these skills to fight societal issues and lift up voices who don’t have the power to speak for themselves. During the summer of 2023, she was apart of Girls’ Voices Now: a youth development program made to empower girls’ voices for social change via documentary filmmaking. Through this program, her and her fellow classmates created a short documentary called The Beauty in Being Different, which explores how young women of color are negatively impacted by the western beauty standard.
Sarah Zhao (She/Her) is currently a student at Northgate High School. She is passionate about raising awareness for BIPOC health, the LBGTQIA+ community, and gender equity. In her free time, Sarah enjoys studying philosophy, programming, and drawing. As a whole, Sarah strives to make a difference in all aspects of society whether it be in the workforce or in the classroom.
Grace Liang (she/they) is a student at The York School, in Toronto, Canada. She has published over 30 poetry and prose pieces in various magazines and anthologies. Her writing has been recognized by the New York Times, the Pulitzer Centre on Crisis Reporting, and the Alliance of Young Artists and Writers. Grace believes in the power of storytelling to represent humanity in complex and empowering ways.
Ninah Grant is a senior in high school from Hartford, Connecticut. She is interested in social Justice, sports journalism/athletic communications, art, and much more! She is a member of the global studies diploma program for her high school, where she nurtures open mindedness to form multi perspective insights on the world around her. She is extremely excited for her work to expand to the Youth Advisory Council!
Jake Mooney is a senior at Brooklyn College with a deep passion for media literacy. A communications and media studies major, Jake is particularly passionate about the rhetoric of countermovements and the use of comedy as a propaganda tool. Having moved to Brooklyn from Long Island two years ago, lend his voice to the Representation Project.
Amaris Albini is a second-year student at UC Berkeley and a proud Bay Area native, driven by a deep commitment to uplift her BIPOC community through activism and education. At UC Berkeley, she contributes her expertise as a dedicated Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee Member for Kappa Alpha Theta and also serves as the Media Director for ASL @ Berkeley. Amaris’s fervent passion for teaching extends to her work with students at Overfelt High School, her alma mater, where she actively supports their own educational journeys. She aspires to earn a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, with the ultimate goal of becoming a speech pathologist, specializing in working with those who are English Language Learners. Her vision is to utilize her comprehensive background in activism and education to make a meaningful impact, particularly by returning to her hometown of San Jose and work as a Speech Pathologist, through which she aims to contribute significantly to the betterment of the community she holds in the highest regard.