GENaustin's Youth Advisory Board | Girls Empowerment Network
GEN puts girls and young women at the center of the organization. The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is an important component of this practice. YAB members are young women ages 15-24 who give feedback about GEN’s programs and ensure their relevance to girls in grades 3 – 12 through directly contributing to projects and volunteerism. Each YAB member has previous experience with GEN’s programming, ranging from participating in clubGEN when they were in middle school to serving as a high school mentor.



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2017-2018 Membership 


Kierrah Holliday – President

Kierrah is currently a graduate student at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas where she is obtaining her Master’s degree in Sociology with a minor in women and gender studies. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Kierrah first became involved with Girls Empowerment Network through her summer internship as a Pathfinder. Working with younger ladies inspired her to continue to peruse her dream in helping younger women in her community. Upon finishing her intern she knew she didn’t want her journey at the Girl Empowerment Network to be over. Kierrah has always had a passion for helping out others around her and she believes this is the perfect organization to do so. Her positive attitude and bright spirits can bring joy and light to any room. As a member of this year’s Youth Advisory Board, Kierrah plans to contribute to GEN in a way that continues to bring positive images to our women in society and continue to be an inspiration to women and young girls all around.


Rithi Mulgaonker  – Vice President

Rithi is a freshman at University of Texas at Austin majoring in Public Health on a pre-law track. This is her second year on the Youth Advisory Board. First introduced to the GEN community in middle school through her mom during the attendance of GEN’s most popular event, We Are Girls conference, she was mesmerized by the magical impact it had  in various aspects of her life. Two summers ago, she attended the Pathfinder Leadership  Summit and made memorable connections with other high school  girls in the community as they together expanded on their leadership abilities and  made many self-discoveries. Rithi is excited to be working alongside with other talented leaders in our community to help young ladies discover their potential through GEN. In her spare time Rithi is an avid movie-goer, foodie lover and babysitter!


Viveca Holman – Secretary

Viveca is a senior at Anderson High School in Austin, where she plays French horn in the wind ensemble, volunteers with the Amigos club, and enjoys her classes in science and language arts. She also holds leadership positions in the marching band and in the National Honor Society. Outside of school, she has been a member of Girls Giving Grants (g3) Austin for four years. She attended the We Are Girls conference in elementary school, but really became enthusiastic about GEN this past summer after attending the Pathfinders Leadership and Camp Glimmer. She is very excited to be on the Youth Advisory Board for the first time this year and hopes to have a positive influence on girls’ lives.


Karyme Alejos – Historian 

Karyme is currently a junior at Founders Classical Academy of Leander, a charter school which focuses on the western tradition of the liberal arts and sciences. She is a first generation American with Peruvian roots. For this reason, she is extremely proud of her background and culture, and she is also especially proud of being a woman. Empowering women is very important to her, and she strongly believes that the best way to do this is to educate young girls in order to see amazing results in the future. She attended Pathfinder Leadership Summit at GENaustin where she enhanced her leadership skills and passion for empowering women. During her free time, she is a Teen Lead at Little Helping Hands, a non-profit organization where families come and volunteer their time to better the community. As a Teen Lead, she is in charge of making sure these activities run smoothly, she hopes to inspire children to become leaders of their communities.


Sofia Sandrea

Sofia is 16 years old and a junior at McCallum High School. She is passionate about traveling, animals, and social justice (especially women’s rights). She plans to study International Relations in college, and further advocate for gender equality throughout her life. Sofia also enjoys drawing and piano, both of which she has been participating in for 11 years. Sofia is involved in the Austin community through community service and volunteering, and is passionate about protecting the environment.


Jennifer Gray


My name is Jennifer, and I am a junior at St. Edward’s University where I am double  majoring in biology and behavioral neuroscience. I am the president of the St. Edward’s Association of Pre-Physician Assistants, and I just became a certified EMT this summer! As a proud feminist and a lover of science, I am extremely passionate about empowering younger girls to always strive to do their best in every  aspect of life, even in the face of adversity. I became involved with GEN last year, where I helped out at the We Are Girl’s conference and loved it so much I decided to be a mentor at Metz Elementary’s ClubGEN (which I hope to do again this year as well)! Some people describe me as competitive, super goofy, and adventurous. I love travelling, hiking, cooking, reading…anything outdoorsy! A few fun facts about me: I tap dance, I am a certified SCUBA diver, and I have hiked the entire Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. I am so incredibly honored to be part of the YAB and I’m excited to see what we can accomplish this year!


Samantha Perez

Samantha Perez is currently a sophomore at McNeil High School and is thrilled to be apart of YAB this year. She loves helping others and is currently a volunteer at St.David’s Medical Center in Austin. She loves traveling outside of the country because she sees the vastly different cultures and gets a taste of what it is like to live in each of these countries. At McNeil High School, she is apart of the varsity volleyball team, HOSA (Health Opportunities Students of America), and Mu Alpha Theta. In her free time, Samantha enjoys reading, hikes around Austin, playing volleyball, and hanging out with friends. Her future aspirations is to go to Baylor University and become a Physician Assistant. She hopes to help young girls realize their potential and help them love who they are while she is with GEN.


Zoe Kimura

Hello! My name’s Zoe Kimura and I’m a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin. My experiences and the environment in which I was raised have both led me to be an active advocate for women’s rights and empowerment. I believe strongly that youth are the future and if you have a voice- use it.


Rene Perez

Rene Perez is seventeen year old senior at Austin High, balancing her time between YAB, school, work and lacrosse. After attending GEN’s 2016 Pathfinder submit she joined YAB and is now completing her second term. Coming from a family of strong women and dedicating her time in camps, workshops, and through her volunteer work, Rene wishes to guide other young women to feel and be empowered.


Nidhi​ Urs

I’m​ ​Nidhi​ ​and​ ​I​ ​am​ ​currently​ ​a​ ​sophomore​ ​at​ ​Round​ ​Rock​ ​High​ ​School​ ​where​ ​I​ ​play​ ​volleyball and​ ​plan​ ​to​ ​follow​ ​a​ ​career​ ​in​ ​Biomedical​ ​Sciences.​ ​I​ ​got​ ​involved​ ​with​ ​GEN​ ​when​ ​I​ ​enrolled​ ​in Pathfinder,​ ​a​ ​program​ ​that​ ​focuses​ ​on​ ​empowering​ ​high​ ​school​ ​and​ ​college​ ​girls,​ ​and​ ​now​ ​I’m super​ ​pumped​ ​to​ ​be​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Youth​ ​Advisory​ ​Board!​ ​I​ ​have​ ​volunteered​ ​at​ ​campGEN,​ ​working with​ ​younger​ ​girls,​ ​and​ ​I​ ​plan​ ​to​ ​attend​ ​the​ ​We​ ​Are​ ​Girls​ ​Conference​ ​in​ ​November!​ ​Advocating for​ ​girl’s​ ​rights​ ​has​ ​always​ ​been​ ​something​ ​that​ ​has​ ​been​ ​really​ ​important​ ​to​ ​me​ ​and​ ​I​ ​am excited​ ​to​ ​work​ ​with​ ​other​ ​girls​ ​throughout​ ​our​ ​community​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​change.


Katherine Chacon 

Katherine Chacon is a junior at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy in Austin, Texas. She is involved in National Honors Society, Diversity Council, HOSA, orchestra, and the policy debate team at her school. She is also the founder and president of the Girl Up club at her school, which is dedicated to empowering young women through advocacy, awareness, and fundraising. Outside of school, she is a blog writer for Her Culture, an online magazine, and does research for YCoFA, a youth run think tank. She joined the GEN Youth Advisory Board because of it’s mission to inspire young girls to advocate for women’s rights.


Alyssa Barbee

Hello everyone, I’m Alyssa! I am sophomore at UT Austin, studying advertising and women’s and gender studies. By combining my two passions, I hope to create inclusive and representative advertisements that builds girls up instead of imposing impossible beauty standards and gender roles—after all, there is no wrong way to be a woman. I fell in love with GEN as a Pathfinder intern this past summer, and I am staying active in this amazing organization as a member of the Youth Advisory Board, as well as a Project Management Intern this upcoming year. I am absolutely thrilled to continue advocating for girls’ issues and light the way for next generation of girls!


Samantha Lambrecht-Stein

Samantha is a sophomore at Vandegrift High School where she is engaged in challenging course work and is a member of the Vision Dance Company. Samantha was born in Austin in 2001 and has been involved in the community since she was really young. Samantha has volunteered with Planned Parenthood as a Youth Leader, the League of Historic American Theatres, Austin Humane Society, Brown Santa, and Costa Rica Moondance Service Camp. Samantha is excited to now be more involved with GEN and looks forward to the opportunity to support Girls Empowerment and equality for women.


Rose Miller


Bio coming soon!