pow-er-house (n.) a person or group with great energy, strength, or potential for success
(Random House Webster's College Dictionary)
Youth Powerhouse strives to harness the energy and creative potential of young people to catalyze positive change. By providing a database of helpful tools, crowdsourcing a map of youth ideas and action, and highlighting additional tips through social media, we hope to empower our generation to join the change-making movement.
We envision a world in which young people are not asked to write their names on the sign-up sheet, but to voice their ideas over the loudspeaker.
Young people can change the world when they put their minds to it - and our team is living proof of that! Not only do youth have the creativity and perspective to develop fresh ideas, but we also have the determination to improve the conditions that we see and learn about in the world. Our only obstacle is not knowing where to find the guidance and support we need, and Youth Powerhouse is out to change that!
"I found a lot of helpful organizations for my venture, and they were easy to find through Youth Powerhouse." - Youth Powerhouse workshop participant
Youth Powerhouse has been active in the local community and across the country. Our database has been searched more than 800 times, and we have connected with six schools in the Seattle area. We have led presentations and workshops for students, educators, and the general public in conjunction with organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Ashoka.
Youth Powerhouse was created 100% by youth, for youth. Meet our brand-new team of visionaries, action-takers, and youth enthusiasts below!
Becky Scurlock, Founding Director:
Becky is passionate about empowering young people to change the world. She co-founded the "Students Taking Action" club at her middle school, in which students collaboratively design projects to address problems in their communities. During her freshman year, she co-founded a similar club based on Ashoka's Youth Venture program, from which the Youth Powerhouse project was born. Her other interests include running, vegetarian cooking, learning about social innovation, and co-chairing the Seattle Youth Commission. After taking a gap year traveling to Berlin and Toulouse, Becky will attend college at the University of Chicago.
Diana Sanchez, Social Media Guru
Diana has always been passionate to leave her mark, focusing around fostering change in her community, her school and ultimately the world. Diana believes in providing opportunities to those who don't have them and educating and learning from those around her. In high school she has participated in the Gender Equality Conference (Chicago) educating others about what it means to be Latinx and immigration. She has contributed to MeCHA and ALAS which aims to educate people on what it means to be Latinx and a person of color in the U.S. Diana saw this opportunity to further spread awareness on civil issues. Diana is reading, writing, running or re-watching Grey's. She attends Payton College Prep.
Minh Phuc Tran, Graphic Design Pro
Minh, a junior in Kentucky, is passionate about student-led teaching in STEM and the environment through youth empowerment. He is a youth STEM education activist working to increase diversity in the STEM fields. He does this through his role as Program Manager for STEM+Youth, Director of Design for KY STEMinar, Editor-In-Chief of the Student Scientist, and Executive Director of STEMchats. He is extremely passionate about mobilizing today's youth and just finished up his term as the District Historian for the Kentucky-Tennessee District of Key Club International. Minh, a Questbridge Scholar, hopes to pursue English and Environmental Science after high school.
Will Powers, Resource Scout
Will has spent his three years at Somerset High School as an active member and leader in numerous clubs and organizations aiming to better the community. Alongside mental health, equity in education is one of Will's key passions. He serves on the Commissioner of Education's Student Council and The Pritchard Student Voice Team to elevate student voice among education policymakers. Overall, Will hopes to help provide a safe and healthy environment, both mentally and physically, for all students, and to promote the power of student voice throughout Kentucky.
Yuqing Liu, Outreach Hero
Yuqing has a passion for youth empowerment, and she believes that everyone should have the opportunity to pursue his or her hopes and dreams. She is the president and founder of her community’s Girl Talk, Girl Up, and We Care Chapter. She recently received a grant to expand her charity work to nearby regions. This year, she is also serving on the National 1000 Dreams Girls Fund to help girls all around the world reach their goals and motivate them to keep shooting for the stars. She saw Youth Powerhouse as an opportunity to make an even greater impact in her region and has been working with the organization to empower youth everywhere ever since. Yuqing enjoys classical piano, track, research, reading classics, attending political conferences, delivering food for local soup kitchens, and traveling the world.