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Ashlee Latimer

Ashlee Latimer is a sophomore at Pellissippi State, studying theatre and business. She currently works as an instructor and director for the Knoxville Children’s Theatre, and is the director of the drama club outreach program at a local inner city elementary school. She is passionate about the blending of the creative arts, education, and social justice. Following her graduation, she plans to pursue career opportunities that give her the chance to work in the United States and around the world with underprivileged children. Ultimately, she plans to open and run a children’s theatre that will focus on increasing access to quality arts education for children in at-risk environments. She looks forward to channeling her passion into blogging for VolunTEEN Nation as a part of their efforts to empower young people. 

Laura Seaman

Laura is a freshman at Truman State University from St. Louis, Missouri. She is a Communications major with an emphasis in Journalism and a minor in Theatre.  She hopes to use this major to reach out to kids and teens around the country and help to make an impact in communities around the world through either radio or television.  Her goal is to someday have her own radio or TV talk show and meet amazing people from around the world.  She enjoys writing, reading, listening to  music, west coast swing dancing, and spending time with her friends. Animal rights and anti-bullying are two causes close to her heart, and she hopes to help bring awareness to these causes and many others through her work. She wants to make her voice heard, and hopes to help other teens let their voices be heard, too!

Emet Tauber

Emet is a sophomore in college at Arcadia University where he studies Global Media with a minor in Political Science. Currently he serves as a fellow for Organizing for Action PA and a National Advisory Board member at GLSEN. He has experience with the media and speaking about LGBTQ issues, especially those pertaining to gender identity and expression. He is also a member of the Roosevelt Network, a policy think tank for college students. After college, he hopes to pursue activism full time and eventually work at a non-profit organization.

Rachel Ley

Rachel is currently a sophomore at Stevens Point Area Senior High. She is the founder of Literacy for Little Ones, a program which donates book packages to 4 hospitals in North Central Wisconsin. She also serves on generationOn’s National Youth Advisory Council and’s Youth Advisory Council. As an avid volunteer herself, she has a passion for engaging other youth in service. Rachel is excited to share her experiences and thoughts about service on Volunteen Nation!

Akap Oben

Akap is a sophomore at Georgia Tech studying to become a Mechanical Engineer. He is passionate about travelling and hopes to explore the world to promote growth in various communities. As an active member of the Engineers Without Borders, he applies his know-how to create innovative solutions to real world challenges faced in both developed and developing countries. In his spare time, he can be found stringing rackets, and is a self-proclaimed tennis-playing prodigy. He believes firmly in giving back to the community, and hopes his writing can inspire youths to become more active members of their communities.