2019 Youth Fellows

Quyen Ballagh

Senior, South Pasadena High School
Quyen is the youth leader and trainer of California’s Go-Baby-Go team where she teaches teams to modify ride-on cars for kids with special needs. As the varsity soccer captain and vice president of the Amnesty International Club, she tries to influence change in her school with Title IX, and on a global scale in human rights. Quyen will also be the head of her school’s Peer Mediation team next year to continue to advocate for social justice and mental wellness. Her desire for equality brought her to protests, marches, canvassing events and much more in the past few years as she pushed for policy change in issues such as our environmental crisis, immigration rights, and women’s rights. Quyen is hard working and determined and she hopes that through the Coro Youth Fellows she can learn how to continue to drive change and equality in her world.

Jamai Brown

Senior, Brentwood School
Jamai Brown is the Vice President of the Black Student Alliance at his school and is a member of the Ecology Club. He is an ambassador for Brentwood School and is often asked to be a representative for the school for potential applicants. He also is a captain for the varsity football team, the section head for the pianists in the chamber orchestra, and an avid reader. Jamai has numerous leadership qualities and hopes to develop them by participating in the Coro Youth Fellows Program.

Kaylee Cho

Senior, Lycee International de Los Angeles
Kaylee is captain of the girls varsity volleyball team at her school, LILA, and is vice president of her class. After school, she instructs at Elite Taekwondo, a local martial arts school, and tutors students in French. Every Saturday morning, she loves to volunteer at a homeless shelter and enjoys creating various types of visual arts. She is a motivated and driven person with focused goals. Through Coro Youth Fellows, she hopes to gain the skills she needs to be an inclusive leader that will make an impact in both the Korean Catholic community and her culturally diverse French International School and beyond.

Jasmin Cruz

Senior, Bright Star Secondary Charter Academy
Jasmin’s ambition has led her to complete great accomplishments. Jasmin has a positive impact on all whom she encounters within her school community, joining Link Crew to create a safer environment for transitioning freshmen. Additionally, her work in the Los Angeles Probation Department helped troubled youth her age find different solutions that would benefit themselves and their community. As the upcoming President of the Associated Student Body (ASB) club, Jasmin can be relied upon to independently make ethically sound choices. Jasmin’s ability to set a goal, create a plan, and follow through for long-term accomplishments has led to success both inside and outside the classroom. Through of any challenge Jasmin faces, – she exhibits prudent judgement and conducts herself with a professional temperament and industrious energy. Through Coro Youth Fellows, Jasmin will continue to expand on her leadership and communications skills so she can be a more effective, contributing member in her community.

Jack Dudley

Senior, Brentwood School
Jack is one of Brentwood School’s Prefects, a member of the School’s Service Club Board, a member of Brentwood’s Varsity Water Polo Team and the Vice President of Brentwood’s club “Brentwood Aid for Disaster and Disease.” He loves spending his time volunteering with Veterans and Los Angeles’ homeless population. In his free time, Jack likes to cook, bake, and build. He’s a creative and compassionate person with an interest in social justice and politics. Through Coro Youth Fellows, he hopes to learn leadership skills that he can use in all aspects of his life.

Emma DuFine

Senior, Marlborough School
Emma is a board member of Marlborough’s Violets’ Giving Circle, a student-initiated, donor-advised charitable fund that helps provide educational opportunities for women and girls, and a founding member of Chrysalis Next-Gen, a group that aims to create a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals. Emma interns at Baby2Baby weekly and looks forward to every experience at the organization, in addition to her position as a volunteer and docent at the Museum of Tolerance. She also loves photography and spending time with her sister and three dogs. Emma is incredibly persistent, willing to overcome any difficulty she faces in her endeavors, and tirelessly passionate about what she loves. Emma hopes to learn the skills necessary to mobilize her community towards enacting tangible change through the Coro Youth Fellows this summer.

Angel Garcia

Senior, Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School
Angel is a College Track Scholar, Lundquist Fellow, and student athlete. He enjoys working with youth from his community and loves being part of a greater good. He is passionate about learning about his history and aspires to become an ethnic studies teacher in his high school in the future. Through Coro Youth Fellows, Angel hopes to gain an array of useful twenty first century skills that will prepare him to be a successful role model in his community and lead the way for future generations.

Cameron Ito

Junior, California Academy of Mathematics and Science
Cameron is the Associated Student Body Commissioner of Publicity and currently serves on his school’s Key Club Board and Class Board as Fundraising Commissioner. At church, he serves on the Youth Leadership Council where he is in charge of the youth group’s social media account and helps to plan social events for the church’s youth. On weekends, Cameron enjoys running his own small business where he sells slime at conventions and through his online store. He advertises his products through his Instagram account which commands an audience of over one hundred thousand people worldwide. Through Coro Youth Fellows, he hopes to gain the leadership and networking skills needed to start a program in his community that uses slime as a learning tool for children.

Josue Martin

Senior, Harvard-Westlake School
Josue is a leader of the Latin American Hispanic Student Organization and has attended the Student Diversity Leadership Conference and the World Leading Schools Association conference in Korea to become the best leader he can be in his community. He loves exploring the city on his bicycle and tutoring students from his community. He is a passionate person, and he truly desires to provide safe and inclusive communities. Through Coro Youth Fellows, he hopes to learn to integrate himself in uncomfortable circumstances and apply the leadership skills he has and will learn.

Abel Mengistu

Senior, UCLA Community School
Abel leads the school’s Gear Up 4 LA Mentors Program and is a co-founder of the Photojournalism Club. He enjoys volunteering at LA’s Seoul International Park when he’s free and loves experiencing and learning about various cultures in his community. He is ambitious, and when he is faced with a problem, takes action. Through Coro Youth Fellows, he hopes to learn new lenses and skills on being a leader, so he can then combine what he learned with his own unique perspective to create change.

June Metzler

Senior, Culver City High School
June is a Varsity runner on her school’s cross country team. She is a leader in the UNICEF and Asian Cultural Union clubs at CCHS and is proud of her Korean-American heritage. She is an academic mentor and one-on-one tutor for her fellow students. June enjoys learning about history and its relevance to current events. She also likes traveling to new places and experiencing different cultures. June is grateful for the opportunity to develop new strengths and acquire a better understanding of the world by participating in the Coro program. She hopes that this experience will help her explore her interests and prepare her for the future.

Alvaro Muñoz

Senior, Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School
Alvaro is actively involved in his school community. He is an assembly member of Junior State of America and is the Academic Director for his school’s Link Crew mentorship program. He is also a mentor in the Leaders Looking Out program that serves underclassmen in the special education program. He enjoys learning about different cultures, trying different types of food, and helping his community. He also likes to participate in debates on different topics. Through Coro Youth Fellows, he hopes to gain the skills needed to help create lasting positive change in his community.

Daniel Najera

Senior, Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School
Daniel is part of his school’s Associated Student Body E-Board and is Finance Director where he leads all school-wide fundraisers and budgets. He loves to help others in any way he can, which can be seen in his participation with Link Crew where he helps ten freshmen deal with academics and social life in order to ease their transition into high school. He is a dedicated person, and when he sets a goal for himself he works diligently to accomplish it. Daniel enjoys reading and keeping up with politics as he aims to be aware of current events that are occurring around the globe. Through Coro Youth Fellows, he hopes to gain further knowledge that will make him a better leader in order to create positive change in his school and

Ashley Maldonado Neyra

Senior, Granada Hills Charter High School
Ashley is a junior in high school with a deep commitment to her education and a passion for history. She is highly compassionate and desires to dedicate her life to public service. She is the Youth Representative at the Van Nuys Neighborhood council and part of the San Fernando Valley Young Democrats.

Jessica Pablo

Senior, Choate Rosemary Hall
At Choate, Jess develops her interest in politics and public service through her involvement in various political and special programs. She has been a member of the young Democrats club since her entrance in 2016 as a freshman as well as in the Hispanic-Latinx Forum, Girl Up, and the Choate’s own JFK Program in Government and Public Service. Jess can be found on campus alongside the soccer or varsity softball team and enjoys every moment she shares with her teammates. Jess is persistent in both her work in and outside the classroom, and she pushes herself to the best of her ability to reach her full potential. Through the Coro Youth Fellows Program, Jess hopes to learn from her fellow peers and instructors as well as find all possible opportunities to help those within her hometown.

Arianah Rizzo

Senior, John Marshall Fundamental Secondary School
Arianah takes an active role in her school. She was elected Associated Student Body President for the coming year, andenjoys volunteering through her school’s National Honor Society and Hispanic Honor Society. Arianah is interested in civic engagement. She was project manager of Girls Build LA Team, working to end the stigma surrounding mental health in her community. Arianah is full of determination and a committed person who has pride in everything she does. Through Coro Youth Fellows, she hopes to gain the skills she needs to further her leadership and create change in her community.

Victoria Topalian

Senior, Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School
Victoria’s passion to lead has guided her to enlist in many school clubs. Her passion shines most with the Model UN, where she hopes to be the next Club President. Having impeccable attendance to all club events, always guiding underclassmen, and obtaining awards within the Model UN, Victoria has exhibited significant leadership capacity. She annually volunteers with the Armenia Fund, where she helps raise money and awareness for underprivileged Armenian villages. Victoria’s innate leadership skills help her mentor others and guide future students to follow her footsteps. With the help of Coro Youth Fellows, she aspires to strengthen and further her leadership skills in order to have a positive and effective impact on the community.

Amanda Zetina

Senior, Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School
Amanda is a rising senior at Theodore Roosevelt High School. She is on the school softball team, and part of several different programs and clubs on campus, including TELACU. She loves to attend MEChA, a student club on campus that promotes history and culture. Amanda is involved in her community by volunteering in service. She is an optimistic person who is always looking for a good challenge. Through Coro Youth Fellows, she hopes to gain the skills to grow as an ethical leader and to learn how to network.