WHO WE ARE
We are a grassroots organization serving as an incubator of passion, fostering youth-led innovation ofr marginalized adolescents by providing opportunities to design community service projects that meet the changing needs of our immediate environment.
Our core executive members provide training on soft and hard skills that equip our Fellows to successfully execute projects. Through our events, programs, and initiatives, we engage more youth to join our movement and continue our cycle of building confident young agents of social change.
HOW WE WORK
Within our team, we are committed to the following three Core Values:
Youth-led Innovation, Inclusion, Sustainability
A world in which marginalized youth are able to execute their innovative ideas in our movement towards a world with justice in all areas.
Nurture the leadership capabilities in marginalized youth to address social injustice in their communities
Empower youth with the right tools, relationships and support to reach their full potential. Educate youthon the different prevalent issues that affect our world. Build empathy in youth that lead them to become pro-active leaders in their communities
Hello! My name is Katelyn Wang and I am so happy to be serving as the Executive Director for L.I.G.H.T. I am currently a first-year student studying pathobiology and global health at the University of Toronto on the UofT National Scholarship! Aside from my love for youth empowerment and social justice advocacy, I am an avid debater, researcher, and cup collector. Fun fact: I am an outgoing introvert! I also love crafting, such as sculpting or model making.
Director of Operations
Hi there! My name is Kirat Dhaliwal and I’m the Operations Director for L.I.G.H.T 2019-20. I joined this organization this year due to my passion for youth empowerment. Some words that come to mind when I think of youth empowerment are explore, learn, appreciate, respect, give back, share, and mentor. These same words come to mind when I think of L.I.G.H.T, which is why I made it a goal to contribute to this organization’s mission in any way possible. “The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow.” famously said by Nelson Mandela, is a statement I strongly identify with and live by.
Director of Training
Hello! I’m Matthew Ling and I’m honoured to serve as L.I.G.H.T.’s Training Director. I strongly believe in youth voice and engagement and being a healthy skeptic. I enjoy learning languages, among other new things that bring a fresh perspective. Fun fact: I have no idea what I’d like to study.
Director of Research and Development
Hey everyone! I‘m Alicia Zhang, and I’m delighted to be the Research and Content Development Director for L.I.G.H.T. this year! I enjoy listening to podcasts, reading and reciting poetry, following mental health blogs, learning about effective altruism, and, of course, researching social justice! In the future, I hope to obtain a dual degree in business and psychology.
Director of Marketing & Communications
Hello everyone! My name is Wendy Li and I am really grateful to be your Director of Marketing and Communications for L.I.G.H.T. I hope to empower the youth by enabling advocates amongst our community. I adore baking, painting and playing strategy games in my free time and my career goals involve something related to management and working with others!
Director of Advocacy & Junior Executive
Hi all! My name is Stellar Zhang and I’m incredibly excited to be your Director of Advocacy here at L.I.G.H.T. I firmly believe in the power and potential of youth to make a difference in the world in which we all live. When I’m not reading about various social justice issues, you can find me knitting, baking, or journalling!