9.30.2019
Meet Your 2019 RFK Young Leaders Campus Ambassadors!

We're honored to introduce our 2019 RFK Young Leaders Campus Ambassadors! Over the course of this academic year, they will be spearheading social justice change on their campuses, in their communities, and across the globe. Interested in joining Young Leaders? Sign up here.

University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) Angelica Revilla

Major: Public Health

Expected Graduation: May, 2021

Favorite song at the moment: Isabella by Isaac Delusion

Go-to album when I need a pick-me-up: Yeezus

Series we should all be binging: The Good Place

What motivates you to be a changemaker in your community? Being involved with my community and partaking in initiatives to help the people around me is really satisfying work. It's not always easy, but it's really rewarding to see the positive influence I can make in some people's lives. It's those moments that make me feel like there is hope and that we can all work together to move towards positive change. 

Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA) Shawn Fleming

Major: Psychology

Expected Graduation: May, 2021

Favorite song at the moment: Self Love by Dreamville, Ari Lennox & Bas

Go-to album when I need a pick-me-up: 7 by Lil Nas X

Series we should all be binging: Shameless

What motivates you to be a changemaker in your community? I have four younger brothers with the youngest two being six and eight years old. They are so bright and creative and I believe that a healthy childhood is so crucial to our growth in this world. That is why I want to create a more just world that my little brothers can be proud to grow up in. I want to give them and their future generations a legacy of hope.

Texas State University (San Marcos, TX) Alexa Browning

Major: Public Administration 

Minor: Criminal Justice

Expected Graduation: May, 2021

Favorite song at the moment: Coax & Botany by Gus Dapperton

Go-to album when I need a pick-me-up: Cuz I Love You by Lizzo

Series we should all be binging: Mindhunter

What motivates you to be a changemaker in your community? I'm motivated to be a change-maker in my community not only by my family and mentors, but by the urgent need for justice and equality. People in my community are still being oppressed and treated unjustly because of the color of their skin. I want to take on criminal justice in my community because it is a structural way for racism to continue damaging people's lives. I am grateful to be surrounded by mentors who are passionate about criminal justice reform and continue to support myself and other young people to make change in our community.

LaGuardia Community College (Queens, NY) Paul Mastsumoto

Major: Biology

Expected Graduation: May, 2020

Favorite song at the moment: Doin Time, Lana Del Rey

Go-to album when I need a pick-me-up: Lust for Life, Lana Del Rey

Series we should all be binging: Euphoria

What motivates you to be a changemaker in your community? As a transgender man of color, my mission is to fight for my community. Left and right, we see trans people targeted by attacks from the Trump administration. Sadly, 2019 has already seen at least 18 transgender people fatally shot or killed by other violent means. Until trans people have the same ability to move in the world as cis people, none of us are free.

DePaul University (Chicago, IL) Mereya Goetzinger-Blanco Chiricahua Apache, Chicana, and German.

Major: Psychology

Expected Graduation: May, 2021

Favorite song at the moment: Ximena Sariñana - ¿Qué Tiene?

Go-to album when I need a pick-me-up: Dreaming of You by Selena

Series we should all be binging: Mindhunters

What motivates you to be a changemaker in your community? Access to mental health care is of utmost importance to me, yet I witness how systemic oppressive policies and institutions have prevented my community from attending to their needs. It is nearly impossible to address the lack of mental health care without acknowledging the role that politics play in everyday life. Whether one has access to resources such as healthy foods, education, and social-economic mobility, all are determined by institutional powers and privilege.  To withhold these basic human needs is a precursor to emotional and physical distress. It is for this reason that I am motivated not only to promote mental health and wellness, but also fight social injustices alongside my community.

New York University (New York, NY) Diontre Jones

Major: Fine Arts

Expected Graduation May, 2021

Favorite song at the moment: In My Head by Ariana Grande

Go-to album when I need a pick-me-up: Ctrl by SZA

Series we should all be binging: Euphoria

What motivates you to be a changemaker in your community? I want my children to live in a world where the air is clean, monster hurricanes are not the norm, LGBTQ people are afforded equal rights no matter where they live, black men aren't shot down in public by law enforcement, and more dollars are spent on education than caging people in prisons. 

University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC) JC Safford 

Major: Interpersonal Communication  

Expected Graduation: May, 2021

Favorite song at the moment: Accelerate by Christina Aguilera 

Go-to album when I need a pick-me-up: Haus Party 1 by Todrick Hall

Series we should all be binging: Queen of the South

What motivates you to be a changemaker in your community? What motivates me to be a change-maker in my community is the people that are in it. As a Resident Assistant, I typically am everyone's go-to guy. I like to think of myself as a big brother on campus, whether it be by lending a helping hand to new incoming students, getting introverted students to come out of their rooms and participate in campus activities or even just sitting down and grabbing lunch with someone that may be sitting by themselves. I want people to see that it’s okay to step out of their comfort zones and be personable. You never know how much one small social interaction can impact someone's life for the better. Be the change in your community!

Saint Paul College (Saint Paul, MN) Lucina Kayee  

Major: Public Affairs

Expected Graduation: May, 2021

Favorite song at the moment: Motivation, Normani

Go-to album when I need a pick-me-up: Ciara, Goodies

Series we should all be binging: Power

What motivates you to be a changemaker in your community? Having already known the trials of emigrating from Liberia to America, foster care was just one more bump in the road towards success for me. I co-Founded MY Generation, a youth-run organization that embraces the collaboration between youth of color and their circle of support. Although I’ve aged out of the system, I continue to create pathways for this generation and generations to come. In the near future, I aspire to complete my degree in political science and become an international immigration attorney.

Florida State College (Jacksonville, FL) Marcellus Johnson

Major: Human Services

Expected Graduation: May, 2021

Favorite song at the moment: Skywalker by Miguel

Go-to album when I need a pick-me-up: Mariah Carey, Music Box

Series we should all be binging: The 100

What motivates you to be a changemaker in your community? What motivates me to be a change-maker in my community is the belief that everyone deserves to be treated fairly. It is my belief that if everyone is treated with kindness and compassion that they would feel included. Embracing diversity and welcoming individuals of all culture regardless of demographics is essential in achieving social harmony. We all deserve to be apart of society and feel a sense of belonging. It is these reasons why I'm so determined and motivated to be a change-maker.

Howard University (Washington, DC) Darius Lymore

Major: Fine Arts (BFA)

Expected Graduation: May, 2021

Favorite song at the moment: BMO by Ari Lennox

Go-to album when I need a pick-me-up: In The Zone by Britney Spears

Series we should all be binging: Pose on FX

What motivates you to be a changemaker in your community? What motivated me to be a change-maker in my community first is know I have the ability to change people's lives for the better around me and seeing others happy gives me purpose and encourages me to do more. Secondly, it creates transparency between people and allows for a better understanding of the things we have in common and our differences. And, lastly I want to be the change that I want to see in the world and the first step to doing that is being active in my community And being a representation of the type of people we need more of in the world who are selfless, compassionate and engaging.