Space to Speak is a youth run organization founded by two college freshman with the goal of helping young survivors feel less isolated by their experiences. It is dedicated to giving youth a leading voice in the sexual violence prevention movement while also changing the stigma of sexual violence at a legislative and cultural level. Maya built, trained, and manages a team of 12 leaders across the country while growing and developing a 1600 person network at large. She ensures brand cohesion cross platforms and establishes goals and long term cooperation between verticals.
After designing GenZ Girl Gang’s website, Maya was invited to join GGG’s Executive Team, as the Design Lead, alongside powerhouse women such as Associate Director, Pranjal Jain, and Founder, Deja Foxx. GGG aims to redefy sisterhood for a new generation through bridging generational gaps, creating and sharing opportunities, and learning from and teaching each other. She now works as the Social Media Manager to curate and schedule meaningful content, communicate with social media community members, design graphics, and utilize analytical tools to evaluate GGG's social media presence and performance.
ThinkOcean is an international youth nonprofit working to engage today’s young people and address the world’s most pressing environmental issues through policy and passion. It has regional coordinators in over 10 countries and works actively with around 20 partners. In 2018, Maya joined the team as the Northwest Regional Coordinator where she organized and mentored high school chapters in CO, CA, and WA. A year later, she became the Secretary of the Board of Directors. Since then, she has designed the website, worked to obtain 501(c)(3) status, and worked with the creative, national, and international team on campaigns and partnerships. Most recently, she spoke and signed (ASL) at the Climate March.
This conference was held November of 2019 in Washington DC. It engaged 18-25 year olds, allowing them to utilize the brainpower, expertise, and energy of an intersectional network of gun violence prevention activists in order to tackle the unique issues they face in their home communities. By building coalitions that reach across lines of difference and transcend both organizational spheres and identity politics, we will actively work toward creating unity within — and harnessing the collective power of — the wider gun violence prevention movement.
State of Young People (SOYP) was a conference hosted by America’s Promise Alliance in partnership with Facebook Education in June of 2019. America’s Promise is the nation’s largest partnership of their kind, bringing together hundreds of national nonprofits, businesses, communities, educators and ordinary citizens behind the idea of making the promise of America accessible to all young people.
In May of 2019, Maya was selected to attended SOYP at Facebook Headquarters (Menlo Park, California) as a National Youth Delegate. The conference brought together over 200 young people and 50 business professionals to discuss an equal balance of power between youth and adults.
The meeting was a partnership between the IGWYP and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA), and all of the Youth Experts were compensated as speakers and representatives.
In June of 2019, Maya was selected as a Youth Expert for the IWGYP Social Media and Young Adult Mental Health Meeting. As a youth presenter and speaker, she responded with insight regarding why cyber bullying on social media is a problem heavily pertaining to youth, how young people work to have a healthy relationship with social media, and the relationship between the value placed on social media and the effect of social media on the mental health of young people. The meeting was held July 11th, 2019 at SAMSA Headquarters in Rockville, MD.
As Campus Outreach Director for Spring 2020, Maya completes monthly tasks which include speaking to organization’s about Bumble’s mission, reaching out to the community to attend Bumble events, and passing out merchandise and promoting Bumble campaigns. Most recently, she lead the Be My Valentine task wherein she brought Valentine’s gifts to campus organizations and spoke to them about Bumble’s mission.
Nadya Okamoto is the founder of Period. Inc. PERIOD (period.org) is an organization fighting to end period poverty and stigma, and its the largest youth-run NGO in women’s health! Since 2014, they have addressed over 850,000 periods, not to mention they just took down the tampon tax in Washington!!! 30 states to go! Aside from her work with PERIOD, Nadya is also the youngest Asian American to run for Cambridge City Council in the city’s history, the author of Period Power, and the CBO of JUV Consulting.As her Executive Assistant, Maya assists with research, partnerships, and email communications!
Maya spent the Summer of 2019 as a paid part-time summer interns assisting with sexual violence research, charter yacht company branding, and website designing. During her employment, she completed a 37 page research document analyzing the damage of sexual violence on young survivors and produced a 25 page international business plan with generated budgets to pitch to Google.