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Youth Nation Alliance (YNA!) is a student-led organization which seeks to empower youth across the GTA through providing them with valuable opportunities to gain experience and support local charities and groups. We operate on two main principles - to engage and to connect:

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YNA was established to tackle the growing concern of engagement in the community. Believing that students should be involved not just in their schools’ clubs or teams, we sought to create an easier way to discover volunteering and leadership initiatives, and connect with others. So we created an organization based on youth-to-youth collaboration and support - our Alliance.

What is now the fastest-growing youth volunteer organization in York Region was started with a passion - a love for giving back to our community. Hayden Cheung, our founder, a Grade 12 student at St. Theresa of Lisieux CHS, was driven by his passion for getting involved in his local community. Hayden and a few friends volunteered with organizations across York Region on weekends and after school on weekdays. The experience of connecting with friends and meeting new people was what made volunteering special, in addition to helping those in need. It became our mission to build a community of volunteers who shared our vision for a more caring and inclusive community.

Since then, we have coordinated over 700 dedicated youths from over 20 schools across York Region in various volunteering events. What was once a group of friends and a Skype chat became an organization reaching students all over the GTA. We have also worked with 15 local charities and nonprofit organizations to provide as many opportunities to our team as possible.

A message

VIVIAN LAU

"Initially, I volunteered with YNA to complete my 40 hours. I realized I was not just giving to the community - I was gaining from it. So that 40 hours became 50 to 60 to 70 and so on. At this point I do not care for the hours; I care about the work experience and the bonds I make that make me a well rounded individual. Time flies when I am volunteering because I get to be so productive while having fun. I get to talk to new people, make long lasting friendships, make connections, eat good free food and wear comfy shirts provided by YNA as I help the community. Setting up the events and cleaning up may seem boring but that is only if you do it alone. With the volunteers at YNA, I find myself constantly smiling and easily communicating with so many down-to-earth people! This is the first non-profit organization I have stuck with for over 3 years and I have no intentions on leaving any time soon."

To you

From our executives

Member of the Executive Advisory Board (2016-2017)

"passionate"

"Youth Nation Alliance is not just an organization that connects youth in the community, but also one that builds character. Throughout my experiences in YNA, I have become more confident, communicative, and passionate about volunteering in my community. YNA has allowed me to take on leadership and initiative, as the organization provides me with the opportunities to accept greater responsibility by running events. The forty volunteer hours needed for high school graduation are just an added benefit to the valuable experience which I have acquired from being an active member of Youth Nation Alliance."

JEFFREY NG

Director of Finance (2016-2017)

"SELF REWARDING"

"Volunteering and giving back to my local community has always been something that I have valued since an early age. Through YNA, I have connected with countless like-minded peers who value the self-rewarding experience of volunteering as much as I do. It is the experiences offered by YNA, such as cheering on the athletes at the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon or participating in local news interviews that have furthered my personal passion for volunteering. I can honestly say that when we work collectively as a team, we can truly make a difference in the lives of others."

DAVID CHEN

Vice President (2016-2017)

"inspired"

I co-founded YNA with the purpose of helping my community and also my peers. Seeing many of them lack self-confidence in their own abilities made me create YNA to encourage self-discovery by volunteering. By providing an interesting and diverse array of volunteer positions, there truly was something for everyone. But YNA is more than just an organization. To me and those involved in it, it’s a community in itself. The passionate people, supportive network, and passionate executive team creates an atmosphere where members are valued. It truly makes me proud to say YNA is more then just an organization - it’s a family, and I welcome you to it.

Zion Chan

Co-Founder (2016-2017)

Our Team
Working together to serve
the community

30+

DEDICATED

EXECUTIVES

Our Executive Team

renee wu

sherry shu

sean koh

Director of Communications

Director of Volunteer Affairs

Directors of Finance and Beneficiaries

TOM PAN

Directors of Finance and Beneficiaries

sophie meng

Director of External Affairs

michelle chou

Assistant Director of Volunteer Affairs

sherry shu

Assistant Director of Volunteer Affairs

Alan Cheung

Beneficiaries Coordinator

Megan Chow

Volunteer Coordinator

Sarah Huang

Volunteer Coordinator

Hanshu Pu

Volunteer Coordinator

Mariane Ratsimor

Volunteer Coordinator

Sean Koh

Volunteer Coordinator

Isabella Pan

Minh Anh Truong

Volunteer Coordinator

Media Coordinator

David Xiao

Media Coordinator

Cynthia Liu

Amy Ma

Account Manager

Account Manager

Annie Mao

Annabelle Cheng

Account Manager

Subscription Editor

annie liu

Programming Coordinator

azhaan azfar

Beneficiary Coordinator

tyler chiu

Volunteer Coordinator

angela yang

Graphic Artist

sophie meng

Vice President

aditya ohri

Vice President

sherry yang

President

Ivan Yu

Angelina Zheng

Vanessa Chen

Beneficiaries Coordinator

Beneficiaries Coordinator

Volunteer Coordinator

Stellar Zhang

Tiffany Zhao

Destin Huang

Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteer Coordinator

Rita Chen

Graphic Artist

Angelina Li

Graphic Artist

Lynn Yu

Assistant Director of External Outreach

alisah chan

Eugene chung

annie liu

Programming Coordinator

Volunteer Coordinator

Executive Advisor

steven xiu

Volunteer Coordinator

Reza qurban-ali

Volunteer Coordinator

celina shen

Graphic Artist

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