LINK 2017 Attendee: Brita Nelson, Marketing Specialist-The Centers for Habilitation (TCH)
Leaving a coffee chat with YNPN Board Member, Katie Thorson, I felt invigorated. As a young professional working in nonprofits for the past year, I was excited about what Katie had told me about YNPN. Young people, advocating for social change by working in the nonprofit sector and trying to improve our community while learning from each other. It sounded great, and like something I absolutely wanted to be a part of. Katie suggested I start by attending the YNPN LINK event that was coming up, so when I got to work I grabbed a coworker and we both RSVP’d.
Matthew Aguilar is President and co-founder of Copper City Youth Project, a youth outreach program that teaches life and leadership skills to disinvested communities. Born and raised in South Phoenix, Matthew knows firsthand the obstacles that many young individuals and families face in their day to day lives. As a result of the many trials and tribulations he faced, it is of great importance that he pass on these lessons in order to strengthen, motivate, and empower the community. Matthew is currently enrolled in Valle del Sol's Hispanic Leadership Institute and also serves on the board for Beat Street AZ as Director of Recruitment and is Vice President of Mars Project of AZ.
Lloyd Hopkins is the Executive Director and Founder of Million Dollar Teacher Project,an organization aimed at increasing support for teachers inside and outside of the classroom, raising the profile of highly effective teachers and drastically improving teacher compensation to bring the teaching profession to the prestigious level it deserves.
Kelsey Pinckney was born and raised in southern California. She moved to Phoenix in 2013, where she has had the opportunity to be a part of the community in many different ways. She is the Program Coordinator for local literacy nonprofit Read Better Be Better, and also serves as the Managing Editor of Four Chambers Press. Her role in the literary community in Phoenix has fed and intensified her love for writing, reading, and the huge role that literacy plays in human relationships and society in general. Kelsey has worked with youth in schools, after-school programs, and church groups since 2011, and believes it is the most important work she will ever do. She is currently attending Arizona State University for her BA in Community Advocacy and Social Policy, and lives in downtown Phoenix with her cat, Truman (Capote).
The son of two Mexican immigrants, Jose has taken advantage of every opportunity his Mother always dreamed to give him by coming to this country. He is a first-generation college graduate of W.P. Carey School of Business with a Business Sustainability degree, and studied abroad for a summer collecting research in Denmark and England on urban agriculture and how it impacts community resilience. Now working as Membership Coordinator for Local First Arizona, he gets to fulfill his passion of establishing community well-being through economically sustainable practices.