pow-er-house (n.) a person or group with great energy, strength, or potential for success

(Random House Webster's College Dictionary)

The Project

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.

Why Youth?

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!

Our Impact

"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.

The Leadership Team

Youth Powerhouse was created 100% by youth, for youth. Meet our brand-new team of visionaries, action-takers, and youth enthusiasts below!

Ashley Lin Diana Sanchez Yuqing Liu Becky Scurlock

Ashley Lin, Director of Operations

Ashley is passionate about increasing access to entrepreneurial education, and amplifying the voices of youth around the globe. Whether it be women’s empowerment, civic engagement, or cultural exchange, Ashley believes bold thinking and creativity allows young people to redefine any field of work, and create their own places at the table. From serving on the local, state, and national levels for Future Business Leaders of America, to serving on the steering committee as Student Co-Director for TiE Young Entrepreneurs, Ashley is excited about her role in empowering the next generation of barrier-breaking innovators and Nobel Peace Prize winners.

Diana Sanchez, Director of Communications

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.

Yuqing Liu, Director of Outreach and Partnerships

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.

Becky Scurlock, Senior Advisor

Becky is the founder and former Director of Youth Powerhouse. While in high school, she led the organization alongside three of her peers, presenting at schools and conferences across the U.S. Now, she's a student at the University of Chicago, but she still helps advise the Youth Powerhouse team!