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Hasib Muhammad

Hasib is a sophomore at North Gwinnett High School. He is the Program Director of Greening Forward, a youth-driven environmental non-profit organization. He believes that all youth have a voice to be heard and fostered. He enjoys writing and public speaking, and he has spoken at TEDxYouth@TheBeltline and other conferences. One day, he wants to become a neurosurgeon and continue to help others.

Hugo Guerra

Hugo Guerra is going to be a freshman at the University of Texas at San Antonio and will majoring in Civil Engineering. He recently graduated from MacArthur High School, Irving, TX. He started doing community service in October 6, 2012 as an extracurricular activity. At the 2013 HOBY Texas North Seminar he learned the values of service to others and leadership. He is currently one of the few youth to participate for the Congressional Award Medal. He enjoys the intersection of sports, community service, friendships, and traveling. He aspires to be the first one of his family to graduate from college and the first one to graduate with a P.h.D.. In the meantime, he is excited to share thoughts with young adults about the importance of leadership and serving. 

Imani Ward

Imani is a senior at King Drew Medical Magnet High School in Los Angeles. She is currently a member of Habitat For Humanity of Greater Los Angeles Youth United Committee where she works to host fundraising events, volunteer at HFH GLA builds and promote HFH GLA in her school as well as in the community. In addition to her work with HFH GLA, Imani founded IMPACT in August 2012, a nonprofit geared towards addressing the needs of her community and providing youth with tools and skills to make positive change.

Jake Martin

An upcoming senior at Farrington High School, Jake is inspired by innovators that came before him, cultivating ambition and eclectic interests in order to inspire his peers and serve his community. In his freshman year, he participated in the A+ Program, serving as a tutor for students at Kalihi-Kai Elementary School. Jake is considered a role model among his classmates, regarded for his participation in T-shirt Theater, a program that teaches people how to "rehearse for life." They perform their repertoire in schools and for the public, helping to make ethics and life lessons more accessible to the younger generation. Jake is involved in many clubs, volunteering to help others. While he aspires to graduate from college, Jake also hopes to encourage others to value education and to pursue excellence. He is well on his way, as part of the nationally selective Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) Program.

Janay Diaz

Janay recently graduated from Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, CT. She was invited to attend the Girls Speak Out conference at the United Nations as well as declare an International Day of the Girl in the City of Hartford. She was the founder of Girls United as well as a member of student government and Young Women Creating Change. Her involvement throughout high school has made her eager to continue being involved as she moves onto college. She will be attending University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT in where she will be majoring in Psychology. Janay feels that there are not enough young adults active within the community and has made it a goal to develop more opportunities to increase their presence.

Jeanelle Bautista

Jeanelle Bautista is a senior at University High School in Tolleson, Arizona. She aspires to pursue Dentistry in college and is an active member of her community. She currently volunteers at Hospice of the Valley and is a mentor at the New Song Center for grieving children. Her out of school programs include the Arizona Ivy League Project, the Be a Leader Foundation and The Cesar E. Chavez Leadership Institute. Some of her greatest passions in life is to spread awareness about global poverty and pressing health concerns nationwide. She believes that the answer to these issues lies the voice of todays youth and is doing all she can to motivate others to make a change.

Jesse Barrera

Jesse Barrera is a senior at Royal High School who plans to pursue an undergraduate degree in Social Justice and Public Health. These prospective majors stem from his passion for philanthropy and civic service. He plans on attending law school and becoming a civil rights lawyer at some point in the future.