Apollo Education

Apollo Young Producers Presents: Young Changemakers


Watch on the Apollo Digital Stage, a virtual event celebrating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the National Day of Service. Curated by the Apollo Young Producers, a dynamic group of alumni from the Apollo’s high school and college programs, this inspiring panel discussion highlights emerging activists and community leaders as they tackle gun violence, reproductive rights, and the need for holistic community care. Explore how young people can harness their unique talents to affect change and better serve their communities. Meet us on the Apollo Digital Stage to share resources, find support, and discuss experiences with the leaders of tomorrow.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Captioning for Apollo Young Producers Presents: Young Changemakers is provided, in part, by a grant from NYSCA/TDF TAP Plus.

MLK: Young Changemakers is a continuation of the Apollo’s 2022-2023 season, The Next Movement, an exploration of what’s new, now and next in music, dance, art and ideas.


Luis Jonathan Hernandez, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Youth Over Guns

Deja Foxx, Activist, Founder of GenZ Girl Gang, Co-Founder El Rio RHAP

Tania Maree Giordani, Founder and Director at NourishNYC

Natalie Hernandez, Moderator


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ACTIVIST. STRATEGIST. FUTURE POTUS. Deja Foxx (she/her) is 21 years old and leading thought at the intersection of social justice and social media. She is the founder of GenZ Girl Gang, a student at Columbia University, and a Digital Creator with Ford Models who got her start advocating for reproductive justice after experiencing homelessness in her teenage years. At just 19, she worked for Kamala Harris as an Influencer and Surrogate Strategist and became one of the youngest presidential campaign staffers in modern history.

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Tania Maree Giordani (she/they) is a social impact strategist based in Harlem. She is the Founder of NourishNYC, a community organization dedicated to building and practicing a holistic approach to community care by centering the needs of Black Queer + Trans New Yorkers. Currently, she is fundraising to open The Cloud Room, a café and community center in Harlem, to continue NourishNYC’s work.

Luis JH

Luis (he/him) is an organizer and activist recognized by BBC Global as 10 Latinos Under 30 Inspiring America. Leading initiatives at the intersection of racial justice and violence prevention he is a movement strategist, creative and non-profit advisor, and a social impact ambassador. Co-Founder and Executive Director of Youth Over Guns, Luis is a leading voice for change in the gun violence prevention movement. Born and raised in the South Bronx, NYC has molded his ambition and grounding in Black Radical Tradition. At the age of 14, Luis watched his brother go unjustly through America’s Criminal Legal System for a crime he didn’t commit. Forced to act, Luis began to demand systemic change in bail, policing, and jail conditions– leading to the enactment of bail reform legislation in NYCS. Soon after he became a Justice League NYC member, and has since grown to lead national campaigns for youth at the task force’s parent organization: The Gathering for Justice.

His work has been recognized by U.S President Joe Biden, The Office of The Brooklyn Borough President, MSNBC, BET, and more.

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Natalie Hernandez

Natalie Hernandez


Natalie Hernandez (she/her) is a Real Time Editor at News 12 Brooklyn and the Bronx where she performs assignment desk, digital and field producing duties. Natalie is a graduate of the CUNY Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism’s class of 2021 where she studied urban reporting and video journalism. Her past experience includes internships at NBC, CNBC, CBS and New York 1. Natalie’s relationship with the Apollo Theater Education Program stems back to 2016 when she was given her first internship opportunity.  As an Apollo Young Producer, she has assisted in the planning and served as host and moderator of several Apollo Education events.


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