Meet Our Members

Lead circle is a selected and elected group of youth leaders who have been the most active in Youth vs Apocalypse but are certainly not the only youth in Youth vs Apocalypse as they represent hundreds of youth in the Bay Area who are in Youth vs Apocalypse as club members or are in our fellowship.

Anaya Sayal

Lead Circle Member
Pronouns: She/Her
Has been with us since February 2021 Instagram/anaya_salal

Christopher Soriano

Lead Circle Member
Pronouns: He/Him
Has been with us since October 2019
Instagram/christopherrrrs

 

Naomi Rubalcava Levinthal

Lead Circle Member
Pronouns: She/Her
Has been with us since January 2021

naomirubalcavapilar@gmail.com

Zaynab Jawaid

Lead Circle Member
Pronouns: She/Her
Has been with us since January 2021
Instagram/hellozaynab

Raven Fonseca Jensen

Lead Circle Member
Pronouns: She/Her
Has been with us since February 2021
Instagram/bigravin

 

Aniya Butler

Hip Hip & Climate Justice Coordinator
Lead Circle and Staff Member
Pronouns: She/her
Has been with us since October 2020
aniya@youthvsapocalypse.org

Anaya Sayal is fifteen years old, attends Dougherty Valley High School, and lives in San Ramon, CA. She is a campaign coordinator and Lead Circle member for Youth Vs Apocalypse. She became involved with YVA because she had idly watched what’s been happening with our climate for far too long and realized she had to do everything in her power to fight for YVA’s completely plausible ambition of climate justice. She believes that it’s extremely unfair to put future generations into a clearly unsafe situation blindly, while the knowledge and resources available to prevent the progression of this climate catastrophe are present. She also realized that many members of the government which we are being represented by contain habits that are centered around racial inequality, white supremacy, and patriarchy. She strongly believes that we need to rid our community of oppression of all types and concentrate on making our reality match how we envision a sustainable climate. At times, she realizes this can feel like an uphill battle, but having support from other organizations and activists provides her with feelings of comfort and hope. She truly believes we can accomplish whatever we set our minds to, and cannot wait to see our future environment as long as we continue working for and defending what we believe and what matters to us. Being a campaign coordinator in YVA allows her to do this, and what she appreciates most about YVA is how much independence members are given and how comfortable and appreciative everyone is of each other.

This is Christopher Soriano and he is born and raised in the east part of Oakland, CA and Ohlone Land. He is 14 years old and is a rising 9th grader. Christopher got into the climate justice movement when he became a 6th grader and joined his school social justice group, Warriors for Justice. His cousins Angelika and Angeline deeply motivated and inspired him to become an activist. Through the connections between W4J and YVA, he became a fellow organizer with YVA’s CalSTRS, Green New Deal, and No Coal in Oakland campaigns. To him, climate justice means fighting for a better future; for a sustainable and equitable future. It means sacrificing your time to fight for a livable planet for many generations to come. For more than two years now, Christopher has used his passion to fight for future generations and fellow youth to motivate him to continue organizing. Currently, he is the campaign coordinator for the CalSTRS campaign, in addition to being a member of the NCIO and GND campaign. What Christopher enjoys about YVA is that it enables youth to increase their leadership skills, and to have a say for what they want to see in the future.

Naomi is from Berkeley (occupied Ohlone territory), and is a senior at Berkeley High School. She enjoys writing and editing for her school newspaper. Naomi joined YVA through the Divest CalSTRS campaign. She was motivated to join after learning that CalSTRS, the California state pension fund for public school teachers, has $6 billion invested in the fossil fuel industry. Seeing the destructive and racist impact of the industry, she felt a sense of urgency to take action. Right now she’s a co-coordinator for the campaign. To Naomi, climate justice means ending the climate crisis through actions that center frontline communities and work toward collective liberation. She’s so grateful to be working with youth in YVA who are incredibly passionate, and have such an exciting vision for the future.

Zaynab Jawaid is a sophomore majoring in Environmental Science. She lives in the East Bay and learned about YVA from Instagram. She joined YVA in January 2021 as a fellow in the fellowship program. Now she is now Co-coordinator for the Green New Deal Campaign. Zaynab is motivated to organize within her community because bathe effects of the climate crisis do not spare anybody. Islam is also a motivating factor because it stresses the importance of standing up to oppressors and caring for the earth. Zaynab has enjoyed meeting people who share the same passion for social justice at YVA. Before joining YVA, Zaynab did not know many youth who were involved in the environmental movement.

Raven Fonseca Jensen is seventeen years old, and lives in Berkeley and Oakland CA (Ohlone Land). She is a campaign coordinator for the Divest CalSTRS campaign. Raven first got into climate activism during the 2021 election, but was inspired at an early age by her radical family. She began to see how our entire society is constructed in an exploitative way, and that we need real systemic change if we want to build a truly just world. Raven is a part of Youth vs Apocalypse because she wants to fight the Climate Crisis in a way that also fights White Supremacy, Capitalism, and all forms of oppression. She believes that Climate Justice is creating a world where people are always put before profits, and everyone is treated with respect. She wants to turn her anxiety about the world into action, and is inspired by all the other amazing activists around her. One of Raven's favorite things about YVA is getting to meet other kids who share her values. She is hopeful for the future, not because it's certain, but because hope is the best tool that an organizer can have! Raven hopes that together, we can make real change in this world

Aniya Butler is 15 years old and from Oakland, California. She is a spoken word poet and performer. Within YVA, Aniya is a Lead Circle Member, the coordinator of the Hip Hop & Climate Justice initiative, and member of the organizational management team. Aniya joined YVA because we recognize and uplift the connection between the climate justice movement and social justice movement. Climate justice is not only about stopping the progress of climate change. It's also about dismantling the systems of oppression that allowed the climate crisis to happen which are the same systems fueling the other injustices we are fighting against. Aniya wants to help rebuild a world with foundations of equity, sustainability, and love so that every living thing can truly thrive.

Member Bios Coming soon

Cemre

Hannah Estrada

Angelika Perkins

Dulce Arias

Georgia Love Wallace

Mariah Lazalde

Sofia Palau

Lead Circle Member
Pronouns: She/Her
Has been with us since January 2021
Instagram/itz_sophie_0806
(510)-909-7349

Sofia is a 17 year old senior from the East Bay. She's a proud anticapitalist and part of the green party. Social justice and climate justice has been her passion since she went to her first protest at 11 years old. She found YVA as a junior and got involved in the Black Rock campaign, which che now co-coordinates. She says that organizing youth is what gives her hope for a better future. She states: "YVA brings youth voices to the climate justice movement, a group who are traditionally overlooked in politics. I want everyone to know that you have a voice here, so use it!" 

Lizbeth Ibarra

Social Media Coordinator
CA Youth Vs Big Oil Coordinator
Lead Circle and Staff Member
Pronouns: She/Her
Has been with us since February 2020

Lizbeth is 17 years old and lives in Richmond (occupied Ohlone Territory). She enjoys being outdoors, cooking, drawing, and learning. Within YVA, Lizbeth co-coordinates our social media, the CA Youth Vs Big Oil campaign, and trys to get involved wherever she can! Lizbeth has always been conscious of the issues we’re facing as a society, specifically climate change, but didn’t get into climate justice organizing until learning that it isn’t a purely environmental issue. She started organizing and became a part of the movement after another person in YVA described:"...how you don’t need to know everything in order to make an impact, it’s okay to ask questions and be uncertain because at the end of the day we’re all still continuously learning."She decided to get into climate justice organizing after realizing that all of the problems and suffering we’re facing is not normal, they all intersect and have proven that another world is possible. She is motivated to continue organizing when she sees other young people that look like her and are from her own community join the movement.

Angelika Soriano

Lead Circle Member
Pronouns: She/Her
Has been with us since June 2017

 Angelika is a 16-year-old climate activist from Oakland, California. She found out about YVA through a student-led social justice club called Warriors for Justice. Angelika has been organizing with YVA since learning about the fight against a coal terminal in West Oakland. She says that being part of YVA has helped her realized that hervoice matters and the huge impact we all could make on this planet we call our home. She states: "It has inspired and empowered me to work with young people in building a better, healthier world. Climate Justice is important because the people I care for and my community have faced and suffered the effects of climate change (our planet is literally on fire!!). Climate justice is also about how climate change is interconnected and rooted in oppressive systems. To stop the climate crisis, we have to address and fight together to take down these systems of oppression."