Youth Innovator Collective
Research and Evaluation AmeriCorps Promise Fellow
Paris was born in Minneapolis, and raised throughout the Twin Cities. Leaving St. Paul after junior high and attending the rest of her school years in Eagan, Paris graduated from Burnsville ALC in 2009. She comes to Youthprise with years of non-profit work experience. Having worked with and for Asian Media Access in 2007 and 2010 on many media arts and research roles she was an intern, and mentor. From there she joined Urban Youth Conservation in 2010 as a board member/treasurer for a youth board called See Safe focusing on youth and gang violence in North Minneapolis. She also worked shortly as a member of Community Power Against Violence (CPAV) and was a part of designing the “Dance For Peace” event in August, 2010. Later in 2011 Paris joined another Urban Youth Conservation youth board called S.T.R.O.N.G. (Standing Together Reaching Our Nations Growth). In late 2012 Paris became a Board Director for S.T.R.O.N.G. Continuing her work in non-profits Paris became a member of the Social Innovation Lab Team in December 2012, as a member, designer and facilitator. Paris plans to continue her education somewhere in the business field, and to further her work within the community with a focus and passion for the empowerment and betterment of our youth.
Focus Group Facilitator
Bella Larson is a Youth Group Facilitator working to divulge information from youth lives about struggles teens face daily. Additionally Bella’s poetry is featured in a blog series posted on the Youthprise website, and she is involved in a poetry book compilation project in partnership with the Minnesota Center for Book Art where her poetry is featured in a book showcasing creative writing from Minnesota youth. She was born in raised in south Minneapolis and just finished her senior year at South High School. Bella will be studying at Minnesota Community Technical College this coming fall, 2013. Throughout high school Bella was a Captain for the girls Varsity Tennis team really showing her team leadership and ability to work with a group. She was also involved in other group-oriented activities like rugby, coaching tennis for the Inner City Tennis program and managing the South Women’s Softball team. When she was younger she hoped to be a writer and is looking to build bridges through Youthprise to create inroads to a writing career.
Youth Philanthropy Innovator
Neese Parker was born Downtown Minneapolis, MN. 10th grade she had a life-changing transfer to Augsburg Fairview Academy from Hopkins West Junior High. Here she met many new people but most of all she ran into many new opportunities that she took advantage of. One of the biggest opportunities was joining the Minnesota Youth Council (MYC). She saw this as a chance to make a positive change in her community and the rest of Minnesota. After fulfilling her commitment to MYC she became a Youth Philanthropy Innovator at Youthprise, which involves grant management including notifications. She is the MYC liaison and specifically works with the MYC documentary project to be completed Fall 2013. She hopes to make an impact for youth around the world and become an example for the next generations to come.
Research Justice Coordinator
Jorge joins Youthprise with a heavy dose of experience with youth sports leagues in New Mexico where he lived for 8 years after leaving his native Golden Valley. A Sophomore Economics major at St. Paul College, Jorge plans on transferring to a four-year university and getting his Bachelor’s degree. As a Youth Focus Group Facilitator, Jorge plans on using his analytical skills in his research to identify how best to introduce new teaching styles in and out of the classroom.
Alyssa Roach provides support and creative vision to Youthprise’s Development efforts and works to develop and cultivate a donor database for Youthprise. Alyssa will be entering her final year at the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2013. She is a Political Science major, New Media minor with a particular interest in social justice and women’s issues. She has volunteered and worked on six political campaigns since the age of fifteen, which instilled in her an appreciation for community development. Additionally she has extensive fundraising experience, having worked as a telemarketer for four different organizations and as a field canvasser for TakeAction Minnesota.
Research and Evaluation AmeriCorps Fellow
De’Arreon (D) attended Minneapolis Community Technical College in 2010, where he was pursuing a career in Software Programming. Through self-directed learning he is continuing his education of Software Programming. As a young adult he’s worked in numerous fields helping others from healthcare, to manufacturing, and retail. D has worked with Urban Youth Conservation and went on to found S.T.R.O.N.G. (Standing Together Reaching Our Nations Growth). D has also found a new inspiration and motivation in the industry of business, leading him and a fellow colleague to create a marketing company called “InUrFace Productions”. To further his experience in business, D was offered an opportunity to be apart of “Independent Business Owner”, marketing a major private company. He gained experience in mass marketing for a company named “Amway”. De’Arreon is currently a Facilitator and Design Organizer for the Social Innovation Lab. Designing and planning events of convening, to disrupt the “Systemic Gaps” and create more sustainable communities around MN. While preparing for a degree in Engineering D plans on exploring ripples in different business ventures. From there he can plan and execute new goals to accomplish for the betterment of the greater whole.
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