Young Women Empowered

Youth Leadership Council

Apply to the 2017-2018 YLC HERE!

What is the YLC?

The Youth Leadership Council (YLC) is a program for returning youth who have made an additional commitment to become stewards of Y-WE culture, to contribute their ideas on the direction of the organization and to cultivate their skills as leaders within Lead and in the greater community.


YLC curriculum explores

Self awareness, self confidence, finding your purpose, varying definitions of leadership, how to work independently and as a part of a team, assessing and cultivating sphere of influence, workshop design and delivery, financial planning, non profit board roles and responsibilities, working with budgets, and comfort with public speaking.



Zaria Ali

Hi! I’m Zaria and this is my second year in YWE. I am 16 years old and a junior in high school. I enjoy writing poetry, dancing, and reading. I wish to one day become a clinical therapist, and am currently participating in the Running Start program to work towards that goal. Y-WE has become a safe space for me, which I am very great full for. It has given me a place where I can voice my opinions without judgement, and become comfortable in a position of leadership.



Ha’aheo Auwae-Dekker

Hello! my name is Ha’aheo Auwae-Dekker, I am junior at the Center School and I am 17 years old. I have been apart of YWE for two years and the YLC for those two years. YWE has become a home that has helped me to become unapologetic and loving, it provides a space for me to express myself and love fully. YWE has helped me to accept myself and delve more into my identity and it’s helped me through self love. My goal is to establish unity and love within in my communities, and through YWE I hope to gain the skills necessary to do so. I want to educate people and those around me about issues that are important to me, especially indigenous issues.



Namaka Auwae-Dekker

Hey ya’ll!! My name is Namaka and I am 15 years old. I’m a student at Franklin High School and i’ve been in Y-WE for 3 years. Besides books, mac n cheese, fluffy blankets, and ice cream, Y-WE has been receiving my biggest affections. My goal this year is to build my public speaking skills, as well as become a better facilitator. Y-WE has provided the opportunities to do this and more, with workshops, activities and lots of love. Y-WE has carved a leader out of this wild child.



Viv Brannock

Hey! My name is Viv and I’ve been a part of Y-WE for 3 years, but this is my first year on the YLC. I really enjoy dogs, 80’s hip hop culture and talking about the prison industrial complex. Some of my goals this year are to branch out and talk to people I’m not already close with, start dialogues on uncomfortable topics, and call out people when they say offensive stuff.



Zoya Gheisar

I’m Zoya! I’m a Junior at Forest Ridge, and I’ve lived in Seattle all sixteen years of my life. In YWE, I’ve forged strong friendships with women across all different ages and backgrounds, had access to countless opportunities, and learned so much that I couldn’t have anywhere else. Through YWE I have pursued my interest in politics, and found an internship on congressional campaign during election season. I can personally testify, YWE is a fantastic place to nurture passions, and be linked with resources to learn more about them.  I joined the YLC because I wanted to be able to contribute more to the incredible Young Women Empowered community, and be part of shaping the organization’s future.


Marilyn-Wanjiku Kamau

Hi. My name is Marilyn-Wanjiku Kamau. I’m 18 and I attend Rainier Beach High School. I am a proud member of the YLC in YWE. I am really thankful for a program like this because it empowers me to be a better version of myself every single day. Being around great, amazing women can change the type of person you are; by just challenging yourself, and listening to what they have to say. Sometime I think I’m stupid, but every time I step into the office its like a rush of smartness enters my mind. Little do people know, but in this office is where the girl magic happens.



Sonja Lerner

Hi! My name is Sonja and I am a 16 year old junior at Nova High School. I love to sing and read and have interesting conversations that expand my mind. This is my second year in Y-We and it is one of my favorite places ever. Y-We creates a space where I can feel safe while trying to discover and explore things about myself while also helping me learn about others, increasing my knowledge of other women different then me. The thing I love most about Y-We is the community it gives me. I know that whatever I am feeling or whatever situation I am in there are always many women behind me, supporting me, giving me more confidence in other aspects of my life to try new things.



Bianca Ramirez

Hi my name is Bianca Ramirez Teofilo. I am 17 years old and attend Cleveland High School. I have been in Y-WE for 2 years. My goal for the YLC is to be a support for young women,  be active in the community, and show women’s empowerment and diversity. My favorite thing about YLC is meeting up with these fantastic group of girls and the support and love we have for each other.  



Sophie Elaine Theriault

My home is a very small town 45 minutes east of Seattle. My name is Sophie Elaine Theriault and I am a fifteen year old sophomore at Cedarcrest High School. I have a passion to care. My goal is to try my hardest to make the world a better place. I love to care for others and make people feel listened to. It is important for me to do so because I feel like many stories that are very important are unheard. As a young woman, Y-WE has impacted me by compelling me to use my own voice and share my story to motivate others to make the world a better place. One voice at a time.



Skylar Young

My name is Skylar and I consider lots of places home – Seattle, Maui, and Bozeman. A large part of my life is my family, who emigrated from the Philippines (I am second-generation Filipina-American and my dad’s family is Irish and Spanish). My passions include spending time with friends and family, dancing hula (and other types of dance), photography, traveling, and much more. Something I really enjoy at school is sales and marketing, which is why I want to be the class rep for DECA. Leadership skills have been something Y-WE has really supported me in, and I’ve also learned ways to fight against xenophobia, and to advocate for myself and others.