Amanda GreenYouth Board Advisor



Ruben SanchezYouth Board President, 12th Grade, Oxford Academy

Hello! My name is Ruben Sanchez, and I'm a Senior at Oxford Academy. In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball, hanging out with friends, and most of all, spending time with my family. I have been a part of YLA since my Sophomore year, and to be honest, I can't imagine a life without it! From the long-lasting bonds to the flourishing leadership qualities, I can wholeheartedly say that YLA has attributed to the young-adult I am today. I am more confident when it comes to public speaking, resume building, interviews, and even, interpersonal communication. All in all, I encourage you all to be a part of this life-changing program. Whether you feel confident in your leadership qualities or not, YLA will truly put you the test to not only learn new lessons, but apply what you've learned through the various opportunities. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to send me a message via email at rsanchez@ylamerica.org. I'll be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

Gina Le, Youth Board Vice President, 12th Grade, cypress high school

Hi everyone! My name is Gina Le, and I'm a current senior at Cypress High School. YLA is a huge passion of mine; I love meeting new people and building my network. Aside from YLA, I'm in several clubs at my school as well. Through YLA, I have grown as an individual becoming more confident with my personal character along with eliciting dormant traits that had never come out before. This year, I hope to be able to impact anyone I come in contact with, regardless of them being in YLA, whether it be with leadership or just being a friend. Reach out to me at gle@ylamerica.org! My email is always open for questions.


Sammy Mohammed, Youth Board Treasurer, 12th Grade, oxford academy

Hello! My name is Sammy Mohammed, YLA's Treasurer and a senior at Oxford Academy! I really enjoy YLA because of how it allows high school students opportunities to hone their leadership skills. Student leadership is something that really means a lot to me, and having the opportunity to demonstrate it in YLA as well as my school's newspaper is something I'm grateful for. I'm a passionate high school student who hopes to make this YLA year better than ever. Contact me at smohammed@ylamerica.org.


Mehek Nirula, Youth Board Secretary, 11th Grade, troy high school

Hello everyone! My name is Mehek Nirula and I like inspiring and leading others to take initiative and take action on what they truly believe in. I have really expanded my perspective on leadership through various programs, one of the greatest being YLA. Through the numerous opportunities provided, I was able to develop my own leadership philosophy and truly define myself as a person as well as a leader. I have grown to be someone who is determined, motivated, engaged, cooperative, respectful, and opportunistic, and I hope to bring this skills to this year's YLA program and create an impact that will help the youth of America to accomplish even greater goals than it has before. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via email at mnirula@ylamerica.org. 


Alexis Xa, Youth Board Sponsorships Chair, 12th Grade, oxford academy

Hi! My name is Alexis Xa, and I will be an upcoming senior at Oxford Academy. Some of my favorite things in the world are ASB, pasta, and making friends! I’ve been a part of YLA since the beginning of my sophomore year. YLA has truly helped me develop into a better leader, as well as helped me realize my passion for business as well as leadership. It’s taught me a variety of skills that I know I wouldn’t be able to learn elsewhere and opened my network extensively. I'm incredibly excited for the year to come, and to make a difference in my community with a group of amazing student leaders! No matter what grade you are in or how much leadership experience you have, I highly encourage you to apply to this program. If you have any questions, don't be afraid to contact me at axa@ylamerica.org.


Anthony Hoang, Youth Board Director, 12th Grade, oxford academy

Hello, my name is Anthony Hoang and I am a senior at Oxford Academy. I am proud to be part of this student-led, leadership organization, and I can’t wait to work with the associates as a Youth Board Director for Orange County YLA. In the future, I plan on pursuing a career in the medical field, a job that will give me an opportunity to interact with people as well as help them. The reason why I want to take this path is to provide free healthcare services for my friends, families, and those with low income. Currently, I am fascinated by the human brain, and I am leaning towards the field of neurology and psychology. Additionally, there are many people in my life that has inspired me to become the person that I am today, an individual who values leadership, love, and kindness. Jonathan Paek, YLA president of 2015-2016, has taught me that exposure to humility and discomfort will condition you into a confident person, driven by passion and leadership. Seeing myself as a shy leader at first, constant experiences that led to embarrassment has allowed me to become a much more assertive leader. After all, a leader to me is someone who is responsible and able to facilitate their team even when they, themselves, are put in an uncomfortable situation. Also, I highly value my families and friends; I would take a bullet for any of them. Some extracurricular activities that I am currently involved in include HOSA, COPE internship, and swim. One thing interesting (or not really) about me is that I really love people and I love the idea of promoting love. Here’s my favorite motto that I live by: If you give a little love, you can get a little love of your own – Noah and the Whale. Reach out to me at ahoang@ylamerica.org.


Michelle Phung, Youth Board Director, 12th Grade, fountain valley high school

Hey! My name is Michelle Phung, and I am excited to be part of YLA’s Youth Board this year! I love meeting new people and finding ways to help them discover new passions and interests. YLA has given me the opportunity to develop leadership skills that I've been able to apply to my everyday life. Not only have I learned leadership skills, but I also have formed lasting friendships with people who I can call my second family. I am friendly, passionate, and with this I hope to positively contribute to the YLA program this year! Don’t hesitate to contact me via email mphung@ylamerica.org. 


Tricia Domalanta, Youth Board Director, 12th Grade, oxford academy

Hey hello! My name is Tricia Domalanta, and I am your YBD for the 17-18 year! I have been in YLA for 3 years, and there is nothing more I love than to be able to give back to an organization that gives so much. I have grown through multiple leadership positions on my school campus (Dance Club, Art Club, ASB Senate, etc.), but YLA has truly helped me to blossom both as a leader and as a person. I am blessed with the opportunity to now support, inspire, and serve as a YBD. I am open-minded, akin to the smallest things, friendly, and deeply motivated to ensure YLA is as impactful of an experience to you as it was (and continues to be) for me. Nice to meet you and always feel free to contact me at via email tdomalanta@ylamerica.org!


Tanmay Singhal, Youth Board Director, 11th Grade, troy high school

Hello everyone! My name is Tanmay Singhal, and I love talking to new people and watching them blossom into successful leaders. I have had the opportunity to go through the YLA program and have learned essential leadership skills along with more about myself through the experience. I am an upbeat and self-motivated team player, and with this, I hope I can make a positive impact on this year's YLA program. Feel free to contact me via email at tsinghal@ylamerica.org.


Lisa Tang, Youth Board Director, 11th Grade, oxford academy

Hello everyone! My name is Lisa Tang and I am currently a junior at Oxford Academy. In my free time, I enjoy baking and running, but am open to trying new things. I love talking to new people and I am looking forward to making friends with all of the new associates this year. Together with the youth board and our advisers, I strive to make this year memorable for all of you. With that being said, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at ltang@ylamerica.org.


Nicholas Abarca, Youth Board Director, 11th Grade, oxford academy

Hi guys! my name is Nicholas, and one of the things that I love to do most is make people laugh and have a good time. Whether that be through trying to tell jokes or breaking the tension/awkwardness, my ultimate goal as a YBD is to ensure all associates are engaged and fully active in event activities and discussions. I feel that my dedication and commitment to YLA will definitely help to me to create an environment that's is engaging yet enjoyable. If you have any questions feel free to email me at nabarca@ylamerica.org.


Minh Thi Le, Youth Board Director, 12th Grade, garden grove high school

Hey there, my name is Minh-Thi Le, and I am one of the Youth Board Directors for the OCYLA chapter for 2017-2018. Participating in YLA has helped me to step out of my comfort zone and take the step to build my leadership skills to the next level. I enjoy playing the drums, tennis, and I collect silverware in my spare time. The opportunities YLA has taught about business, public speaking and professional etiquette is something I will dutifully take in for my future. Feel free to contact me at minhthile@ylamerica.org!


Christina Nguyen, Youth Board Director, 11th Grade, oxford academy

Hello! My name is Christina Nguyen, and I love helping others and long walks on the beach! I am serving as one of the many Youth Board Directors this year. One of my greatest passions include cultivating an urge in others to ignite a change in the community whilst gaining leadership qualities which I have gotten to know firsthand through YLA. As a student athlete, an avid volunteer, and a hardworking individual, I can assure and put 100% effort to help make this program impactful! I'm avaibile to contact via christinanguyen@ylamerica.org!

Monique Nguyen, Youth Board Director, 12th Grade, fountain valley high school

Hi everyone! My name is Monique Nguyen. I joined YLA as a summer associate my junior year and instantly fell in love with the program!! From this program, I have grown greatly as an individual and accumulated a strong skill set, consisting of not only leadership skills, but communication, outreach, and teamwork as well. I am certain that my enthusiasm and passion for community service and leadership will be showcased when the time comes to contributing towards Youth Leadership of America. On my free time, I enjoy volunteering, teaching taekwondo, playing the piano, video editing, and snowboarding. With that, feel free to reach me anytime via email moniquenguyen@ylamerica.org.


Snigdha Vayalapadu, Youth Board Director, 12th Grade, university high school

Hello! My name is Snigdha Vayalapadu, and I love networking with people and encouraging them to have their voices heard. I have a lot of leadership and teamwork experience by being on sports teams, clubs, and Youth Leadership America (YLA). I am hardworking, a team player, and optimistic in tough times. With that being said, my ultimate goal is to make a difference through YLA and carry that passion as I grow. Please don't hesitate to contact me via email svayalapadu@ylamerica.org. Thank you!


Ann Nguyen, Youth Board Director, 12th Grade, fountain valley high school

Hello! My name is Ann Nguyen, and I'm an upcoming senior at FVHS. I love meeting and being inspired by new people. As a girlscout, I love helping others and giving back to the community. Through YLA, I have learned how to improve my leadership and interpersonal skills,and without a doubt, I would not be the same person I am today if it weren't for YLA. I am extremely grateful for how the program has benefited my life, and I can't wait to learn more from this year's YLA associates as well as motivate them to reach their goals! Please feel free to contact me via email at anguyen@ylamerica.org!


easton zhang, Youth Board Director, 11th Grade, beckman high school

Hello! My name is Easton Zhang, and I love meeting new people and helping others. I have been a part of YLA since I was a freshman, and I have loved every minute of it. Through YLA and a variety of community service opportunities, I have developed into a confident, responsible leader. Some of my hobbies include playing tennis, and video games. Overall, I am a dedicated, passionate, and accountable team player. I have high hopes for the future! Feel free to contact me via email ezhang@ylamerica.org!


Vivian bui, Youth Board Director, 12th Grade, oxford academy

Hello everyone! My name is Vivian Bui, and I'm an upcoming senior at Oxford Academy. Inspired by the guidance of past Youth Board Directors and invigorated with the passion to serve my community, I am excited to spend my third and final year in this program as a Youth Board Director. Although I wasn’t the most outgoing, I definitely fell in love with YLA as a sophomore. From getting out of my comfort zone during discussions to taking on more responsibilities during CSP's, I learned a lot about myself through the program. More importantly, I learned a lot about leadership. Serving as a Youth Board Director would give me a change to influence change not only within Youth Leadership America’s fall program but also within others, in order to give back to a community that gave me the tools to be a successful individual. Leaders make leaders, and I want to be that someone who inspires change in others. Outside of YLA, I serve as Lieutenant Governor of Division 30 South Key Clubs and participate in other activities such as HOSA, Make-A-Wish Club, etc. Throughout my high school career, these activities show my intense passion for serving our community; but amidst a hectic senior year, I will always remember that one of my biggest priorities is to make an impact on the YLA Program. With that, don't hesitate to contact me at via email vbui@ylamerica.org!