To apply for our Youth Ambassador Council go here.
If you have questions, reach out to Justine@womensjourney.org
Allison Van Erp | YAC Leader
My name is Allison van Erp. I am adventurous and love trying new things. My passions include reading, writing, being creative, eating food, playing volleyball, listening to music, learning languages, and hanging out with friends and family. I am the co-owner and founder of a dog walking business in my neighborhood, as well as co-president of my school’s creative writing club. When given the fun opportunity to learn and enhance new skills and meet new people with the WJF YAC, I jumped at the chance! For the past three years, I have participated in the WJF Making HERStory event, and love what the organization does. I am excited to have a part in it!
Paulina Wodarz | YAC Secretary
My name is Paulina and I am a junior at University High School. I love to read and write in any genre, and lately I have especially loved mystery books! I also love learning history, by reading about it or visiting museums and archaeological sites. Some of my other favorite things include listening to ABBA music, baking, and hanging out with my seven pet chinchillas!
Chiree Rice-Coplin | Content Creator/Marketing
Hey Everyone, My name is Chiree. I love listening to music like Beyonce and Kehlani. A person that I love and look up to are all the strong independent women that have been in my life, including my mother. I attend University of California Riverside for Business Marketing. I want to franchise food companies (like Starbucks and McDonalds) in places that need them. I joined the Women’s Journey Foundation to meet new people and make new friendships. I also want to help young girls recognize their worth and that they can do and be whatever they want. I hope to make a difference in someone’s life. I recently heard a quote from Bianca Blair- “It’s okay to be nervous as long as you’re not scared.” I think this is important for anyone, but especially for young girls because being nervous is good and okay. It means that you are about to do something that you care about, that is important to you, and that might change your life. So, don’t be scared of anything!!
Akshita Tripathi | YAC Outreach-Fundraising Co-Captain
Hey, I’m Akshita, the Youth Council’s Outreach and Fundraising team co-leader. I’m a junior at University High School and an avid Grey’s Anatomy watcher. Binge-watching is definitely one of my favorite pastimes but I also enjoy hiking, reading, and playing lacrosse. Along with my hobbies, I also have many passions including being an advocate and fighting for justice. I started an organization to spread awareness on women’s health this past summer to help my community progress in the way I can. I joined the Women’s Journey Foundation with similar ambitions. I wanted to better my own palette while, also, empowering girls in my community. I love seeing the work the organization has done over the years and can’t wait to be part of the change myself!
Kashish Sachdeva | Social Media Co-Captain
My name is Kashish Sachdeva, I am 16. I am one of the social media team captains for YAC and I love YAC’s positivity and the ability to build confidence at a young age. I joined YAC because I want to use my publicizing and writing skills to make an impact and YAC is a great way grow and learn. Some of my main hobbies are playing volleyball and listening/ creating music. I love writing, learning about legal studies, debating, and spending time with my friends and family as well.
Anna Kee | Social Media Co-Captain
Hi! My name is Anna Kee and I am a Junior at Huntington Beach High-school. I am the YAC Social Media Co-captain. I really love to preform, write, travel, and be with my friends. I am an editor in my school’s Yearbook and partake in Model United Nations. I am also part of a performing arts program at my school called the Academy Of The Performing Arts, where I participate in MMET Pop. Using my love for singing, I founded a club called Mnemosyne Warriors which brings joy to the lives of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other types of Dementia by performing at various Memory Care facilities around Orange County! I joined Women’s Journey Foundation’s YAC to be around girls my age who share the same passion for women’s empowerment and gaining confidence as I do. I am so excited to be a part of YAC and build so many new friendships!
Ria Babaria | YAC Outreach-Fundraising Co-Captain
My name is Ria. I am a junior at Riverside STEM High School, and I am the Outreach team co-leader. I love hiking and playing volleyball, softball, and track! I have been a Girl Scout for three years and enjoy getting involved and making a difference in my community. I am also the president for GENup Riverside, where we empower youth voices in education to advocate for change that students see fit! I am passionate about helping others and making a difference in my community. I love women’s empowerment and encouraging girls to gain confidence, which is why I joined WJF YAC. I am also very excited to build friendships along the way. I enjoy relaxing and watching shows, especially Originals and New Girl.
Veronica Kuo | Content Creation Captain
Hello! My name is Veronica Kuo. I am a high school junior from Irvine, CA. I enjoy spending time at church, getting keyed up over a game of Exploding Kittens, and presenting my friends with controversial topics to discuss (aka pressing people’s buttons). I am excited to be a part of the Women’s Journey Foundation Youth Ambassador Council and serve as the YAC Content and Research Captain. I hope to research women and movements that have been catalysts for change in our past and present. A quote that pushes me is: You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude. -the imposing Eleanor Roosevelt, beau idéal of a modern woman.
President Morgan-Barnes | Content Creator
On the surface, I am a student, big sister and cousin. I am hard working, strong minded, and I strive to make decisions that will make my family and close friends proud. I am especially passionate about working to dismantle systems of oppression and working toward social justice through education, discussion, questioning authority and protest. My drive to have difficult but necessary conversations and my willingness to learn from others is part of what propelled me to be a part of the youth council.