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Community Meet Up: Young Changemakers

In Service: Young Changemakers

Apollo Young Producers present
In Service: Young Changemakers

 

The Apollo Young Producers are a dynamic group of alumni from the Apollo’s high school and college programs that curate a series of events for young people; the Community Meet Up was created as a space to share resources, find support, and discuss their experiences.
These arts administrators of tomorrow lead an inspiring panel discussion on the pivotal role of young voices in affecting change, in honor of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the National Day of Service. Participants, including political activists and community leaders, explore how young people can harness their unique talents to better serve their communities.

Apollo Young Producers is a part of the Apollo’s Pathway to Careers in the Arts which is generously supported by Steve and Connie Ballmer, Disney, Fund II, the Hearst Foundations, The Neuberger Berman Foundation, the Ellis L. Phillips Foundation, The Pinkerton Foundation, and the Verizon Foundation.

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Panelists

Imxn Abdul posting in front of building with her fist in the air

Imxn Abdul

Imxn Abdul

Social Justice and Education Reform Activist

Born & raised in Brooklyn, is an artivist, storyteller, organizer and creative that has been dedicating her life to empowering youth across NYC. In 2016, she became a Founding Member of a youth-led non-profit organization, Integrate NYC, that encourages youth design and pushes out the solutions for an integrated, equitable, and just public school system. Imxn believes that through truth & education, youth are the ideal shapeshifters that can transform the unjust society we live in today. She is currently engaged in research on student identity development at NYU.

Edwin DeJesus posting outside near a bridge

Edwin DeJesus

Edwin DeJesus

Political Activist and ATA Alum

The youngest independent candidate to ever run for NYC Council, Puerto Rican/Italian Astoria native, and proud member of Gen Z, Edwin is the first in his family to receive a college degree after gaining a full scholarship to attend Columbia University. He is an award-winning film industry gig worker, a Bernie 2020 campaigner, and definitely NOT a career politician. Edwin was the only candidate running for District 22 to endorse #ForceTheVote on Medicare for All. His goal? To shock the Establishment together!​

Jeff Wall in his martial arts uniform posing for a photo

Jeff Wall

Jeff Wall

Black Belt and Founder of Golden Age Karate

Jeffrey Wall is the 16-year-old founder of Golden Age Karate. He began his martial arts career at the age of 6, and was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame at age 10. In 2019, after earning his Blackbelt at the age of 13, he started his non profit, a volunteer organization that travels to nursing homes to provide compassion, care, and martial arts classes to seniors that otherwise may not get many visitors or attention. Since he started, he’s added several senior living centers across the US to his list of clients, including a few private companies looking to help their employees feel energized. He was even able to create a program for over 17,000 nurses as a part of the American Association of Post Acute Care Nurses conference. When COVID hit, Jeff changed the way he offered services by launching a YouTube Channel, hosting outdoor socially distant classes, and engaging sponsors to provide masks for not only his  “Ninja Nanas” and “Ninja Papas”, but for all of the residents in the senior facilities he services.

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Natalie Hernandez

Natalie Hernandez

Moderator

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.