Young Governors

"Empowering communities by empowering youth."

Members of Young Governors (Year 4)

Jennifer Chang

 17, Forest Hills High School

Jennifer joined Young Governors because she wanted to do something useful. She saw Young Governors as a great opportunity to not only improve her communication and leadership skills, but to help her community as well. Along the way, she’s learned to become more open.

"Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise." - Sigmund Freud 

Christopher Barran

16, Newtown High school

Christopher joined Young Governors because he wanted to try something new that will take him out of his comfort zone. Personally, he always wanted to make a difference, joining YG has expanded his horizon to make that difference in his community, but of course, he is not alone. With his fellow YGs members, he believes that we can shape the future of our community. He has learned that everyone is different in many ways but the few things we have in common can make a big difference.  

 “Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you're living?”Bob Marley 

Joyee Yap

17, Forest Hills High School

Joyee joined Young Governors because she heard about how this program is involved with the project (community garden) and she likes the idea of how teens are growing fruits and vegetables and giving back to the community (food pantry). Her experience with YG was amazing because it forces her to develop her speaking skills.

"There is no such thing as coincidences in this world. There is only the inevitable."

Ivy Lin

 15 years old, Maspeth high school

Ivy has always lived in Elmhurst. Even though she is a part of her high school's green club, she always feels that what she contributes is not enough and she can do more. When she heard about Young Governors, she decided to join this program because she wants to empower the community and change Elmhurst into a better place. 

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."- Bernard M. Baruch

Emily Chen

14, Maspeth High School 

Even though Emily has always lived in Elmhurst but she knows very little about her community. So when she heard about Young Governor, she decided to join to learn more about the place she was living in. She met a lot of new friends and became a part of the team. Now, she is more comfortable talking to people.

"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory" -Dr. Suess

     Kerlisa Ram
16, Newtown High School

Kerlisa joined Young Governors because she wanted to have a bigger purpose than to go to school. She wanted to change people's points of view and felt that if there was somewhere she could join, it would be best. Her experience so far is life changing, because she learns to look at life in a positive and better way. Young Governors has brought her to new friends and it's impacted the way she looks at situations. It's also helped her get more involved in the community. She discovered the program thanks to her school Newtown, and kudos to Newtown for getting her involved and helping her meet Delia Kim. 

" Keep opening doors , even when someone slams the door in your face there are a million other doors to try."

Janice Lin

Janice joined Young Governors because she believed it was a good way for her to get involved with the community. Throughout her life, she mainly lived in Elmhurst, yet she was never very consistent with engaging in community's activities and concluded that it was time for a change. As time went by, she was able to find a new path to follow - a path different from the paths followed by others and learn different ways to develop and enhance her communication/leadership skills.

"Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced." - Soren Kierkegaard

Samidha Lama
15, Francis Lewis High School 

Samidha wanted to join Young Governors because she wanted to learn community organizing skills to give back to her community by working on their needs and improvements. By joining YG, she is steadily becoming more confident in her views and coming out of her shell. 

 "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." -Albert Schweitzer
Shirley Wang
16, High School for Arts and Business

Shirley joined YG because she wanted to do something involving change in the community. Instead of standing by and waiting for change, we should be the change.

Young Governors has made her able to talk to strangers better and be comfortable taking to new people. The experience for her changed the way she sees the community.

"Ah yes the past can hurt, but the way I see it you can either run from it or learn from it." -The Lion King

Merlyn Bonilla

16, High school For Arts and Business

The reason she joined Young Governors was for her to have better communication skills and to speak out in front of large groups of people. The program has impacted her by helping her feel comfortable speaking at a workshop they organized.

"Some people are worth melting for"- Frozen

Members of Young Governors Year 3: 2013 

Ahmed Ghanem

Ahmed Ghanem, who was 16 years old, had attended Forest Hills High School. He joined Young Governors because he really wanted to make a long-lasting positive impact on the Elmhurst community and he wanted to be recognized, along with his team for doing so. One thing he has learned is to become a better speaker and listener. He says "I remember being a volunteer for the Young Governors, helping them out and just lending them a hand with upcoming projects, like the community garden for example.

Quote:"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible"-Dalai Lama

Angie Pangol

Angie Pangol, who was 17 years old, had attended forest hills high school. She joined young governors to promote her communication skills and to help her community. She learned that anything is possible if you work together as a team. 

Quote: "Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek” -Barack Obama.

Chaochi Lee

Chaochi Lee, who was 16 years old, attended Flushing High school. She joined Young Governors because she wanted to be part of a change in her neighborhood. By being a volunteer first, she learned important skills that helped her assist her teammates in Young Governors. Along the way, Chaochi has learned to be more bold in talking and has improved her leadership skills

Quote: Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened- Dr. Suess

Erica Loo

Erica Loo was a senior. She joined Young Governors because she learned so much from being a volunteer with them. Erica decided to take on more responsibility and so she applied. She learned to be a community organizer with better leadership and communication skills.

Quote: "Never let the urgent crowd out the important" - Kelly Catlin Walke

Katherine Chilaca

Katherine Chilaca , who was 15 years old, had attended Newtown High School, She joined Young Governors because her communication skills weren't improving & wanted her voice to be heard. Ever since she joined YG her communication skill has been improving. she used to be really shy at meeting new people, however ever since she has been in the program it had taught her how to talk to new people,meet new people,& understand others. She has been one of those people who thought her voice wouldn't be heard, but she has seen a difference in herself.

Quote:"Don't let what you can do stop you from doing what you can do"- John wooden

Kevin Salazar 

Kevin Salazar, a high school graduate who joined the program to discover new ways of living. He learned that his community is full of life, variety, and more than he expected. Through the program, he also learned about his own potential and gained wisdom. He's grateful for being a part of the program and he plans on creating his own business to empower himself and others.

"There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from." -Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

Mable Cheng

Mable, who was 16 years old and a junior at Forest Hills High School. She joined Young Governors (YG) when she was a freshman. She decided to join to enhance her communication skills. After being in Young Governors for 2 years, I met many new people and became friends with them. Also, one major lesson I learnt is that you have to take little steps in order to make big changes!

"We (Young Governors) bond together to make beautiful changes in YOU and the WORLD" 

Nhi Tong

Nhi Tong, who was a senior in Forest Hills High School. She joins YG because YG gives her many chances to improve herself and adapt to NYC life, She just came to NYC in 2012, She is the combination of curiosity and guts; sadly, those traits were subsided before by her environment.  She is changing, or at least trying to. YG is helping her doing it.

Quote: "Stay hungry, stay foolish" - Steve Jobs.

Perry Chu

Perry, who was 17 years old and a senior at Forest Hills High School. He joined Young Governors(YG) when he was a sophmore in high school. He joined Young Governors so that he could join forces with other teens such as him in order to find ways to better the community( Elmhurst), however, his own goal was to change into a better version of himself. After being in Young Governors for 2 years he believes that his life has changed.

Stephen Sam

Stephen [Sam], who was 15 years old and a junior at Forest Hills High School. He joined Young Governors to be able to gain skills and experience needed in the real world. He learned to be more productive in public instead of being passive and incredibly shy. 

"A day without sunshine is like, you know, night." - Steve Martin 

Tasnim Uddin

Tasnim, was a senior at Forest Hills High School. She joined YG because she wanted to change the way people think about her communitiy and to bring the creativities that are concealed within her. Before she joined Young Governors, her assets were based on family traditions but through her experiences as a Young Governor, her equities became contingent on empowerment and leadership skills.

Quote:  “I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate” George Burns.

Tony Fang

Tony Fang, who was 16 years old and had attended Forest Hills High School, he tends to be shy, but can step up when he is needed. He joined Young Governors in order to improve his communication skills, to improve himself, and to help improve the community. he has learned to try to communicate with people that he doesn't know and to be beneficial to the community he lives in.

Quote: "Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds, 20 seconds of insane courage and something magical will happen"