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 second-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 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 Operations
Hello! My name is Deeksha and I’m super excited to be L.I.G.H.T.’s Director of Operations for this year. I have been noticing that in our day and age, a bittersweet stigma has been surrounding social justice advocacy. Hence, one of my goals for L.I.G.H.T. This year is to spread the beauty that lies within social justice advocacy, and implement it into our communities through meaningful youth work. Other than catching up on current events, in my free time, you can catch me bullet journaling, taking short walks, and listening to music. In the future, I hope to obtain a degree in Neuroscience, with a minor in Psychology.
Director of Marketing & Communications
Hey everyone! My name is Miyuki Mori and I am beyond excited to be your Director of Marketing and Communications for L.I.G.H.T. this year! I am ecstatic to see our amazing achievements blossom as we progress into this term! My hobbies include cooking, playing board games with friends and family, and graphic design. Several issues that I am passionate about include ableism, education equality, and Asian representation! I hope to pursue a degree in business and/or psychology and step foot into the UX/UI design or marketing industry in the future. I'd love to get to know everyone, so don't hesitate to shoot me a message anytime!
Director of Training
Hey! My name is Stellar Zhang and I’m incredibly excited to be L.I.G.H.T.’s Director of Training this year! I’ve always loved mentoring others and empowering youth, and social justice advocacy is one of the best ways to do that. In my free time, I love listening to podcasts, journalling, and debating.
Director of Finance
Hello everyone! My name is Ulain Umar and I am honored to be L.I.G.H.T’s Director of Finance for 2020-2021! I am a strong proponent of youth empowerment and education, and am also a passionate believer that the next generation truly have the potential to make a difference. In my free time, I love to read, debate, learn about social justice, and explore my interest in STEM. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in biology and also advocate for the social justice issues I am most passionate about.
Hi! I’m Ian Chan and I’ll be your Executive Assistant this year! I am strongly passionate about the mental health awareness of teenagers and I find this to be the best way to share this to the community! In my free time you can find me reading, playing video games, drinking Bubble Tea or in general having a good time!