Meet the Changemakers: Youth Collective to Honor Recipients at 2021 Summit

Maggie Bower | March 24, 2021

Youth Collective, WNET’s Generation Z media and education initiative, is thrilled to announce the recipients of the inaugural Youth Collective Changemaker Award as part of the 2021 Summit, “Youth Ethics Table: From Passion to Action.” 

The recipients of the Youth Collective Changemaker Award are Marley Dias, Jason Y. Lee (on behalf of Jubilee Media), Nupol Kiazolu, Dustin Liu, and Meera Dasgupta. 

Youth Collective aims to amplify youth voice and provide a platform for young people to engage in the important work of building a more ethical world. The Changemaker Award recognizes individuals and organizations whose work impacts and inspires young people through promoting ethical values, fostering dialogue, and driving action. 

The honorees were selected in partnership with the Youth Collective Advisory Board, a group of high school and early college students from the New York metro area who engage in conversations about important issues relevant to Gen Z, as well as shape media creation and activities such as the annual Youth Summit. 

The recipients will all be featured as part of the summit, which will take place over three sessions on April 14, 21, and 28, 2021. This year’s virtual summit is open to Gen Z attendees across the country. Students and teachers can register at http://bit.ly/YCSummit21

To learn details about the summit and our digital program, visit youthcollectivesummit.org.

Changemaker Award Recipients 2021

Learn more about the Changemaker Award Recipients recipients and their work.

Marley Dias is the witty and purpose-driven 16-year-old founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks and author of Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! #1000BlackGirlBooks is an international movement to collect and donate children’s books that feature Black girls as the lead character.  Marley has spoken at the White House’s United State of Women alongside Michelle Obama and Oprah, The Forbes Women’s Summit, United Nations Girl Up, and several others. Dias was also recognized by TIME, as one of the 25 most influential teens in 2018 and was identified as the youngest member of the Forbes 30 under 30 list to date. Marley is the Executive Producer of Netflix’s Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices which is currently nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Children’s Programs category.

Jason Y. Lee is the founder and CEO of Jubilee Media. Jubilee Media creates experiences to provoke a new culture of empathy. Known for the viral series “Middle Ground,” “Spectrum,” and “Odd Man Out,” Jubilee has developed an audience of 6M+ subscribers and garnered 1B+ views. As the world becomes more divided, Jubilee bridges people together to create empathy, discourse, and love. Prior to founding Jubilee, Jason was a consultant at Bain & Company. He also previously worked on the 2007 Obama Campaign and for the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Zambia. Jason is a proud Korean American raised in Overland Park, Kansas, and graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School.

Nupol Kiazolu is an internationally recognized civil rights activist and organizer and Miss Liberia USA. The Brooklyn native has been a leading voice among Generation Z, focusing on civil rights, domestic and sexual violence, and homelessness. When Nupol is not at Hampton University, striving to obtain her BA in political science, she is being recognized by Teen Vogue, Dosomething.org, and Princeton University and delivering speeches all around the world. Nupol is also the first HBCU student to be a part of Teen Vogue’s 21 under 21 lists.

Dustin Liu is currently serving as the 9th US Youth Observer to the United Nations, where he works to support young people on their changemaking journeys. His professional interests sit at the intersection of the future of work and post-secondary innovation with a focus on imagining new educational pathways towards gainful employment. Dustin holds a B.S. in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University where he served as the student-elected trustee on Cornell’s Board of Trustees and was named a Fulbright grantee. He is currently a candidate for a master’s in education at the Harvard Education Graduate School of Education.

Meera Dasgupta is the 2020 United States Youth Poet Laureate, the youngest appointed in the history of the country. She is also the first U.S. Youth Poet Laureate to have been appointed from New York and the first Asian American Youth Poet Laureate of the United States, a program pioneered by Urban Word NYC. Born in Queens, she is a fierce advocate for student voice and gender equality, having worked throughout the city on various projects in order to empower young women and to increase civic engagement within other students her age. A Van Lier fellow, Federal Hall fellow, Climate Speaks winner, & Scholastic Arts and Writing winner, she has performed at the Apollo Theater, the Rotary Peace Fellowship Alumni Association’s inaugural Global Cyber Peace Conference, the United State of Young Women, and more. Meera is presently a senior at Stuyvesant High School and hopes to continue to utilize the intersection between social justice and poetry to uplift the voices of historically underrepresented communities.

What is the Youth Collective?

Youth Collective is a Generation Z media and education initiative powered by public media that aims to amplify youth voice and provide a platform for young people to engage in the important work of building a more ethical world. Our goals:

  • Promote understanding of differing viewpoints
  • Foster civil dialogue about ethical issues
  • Inspire young people to take action in their communities

The WNET Group started Youth Collective in 2019. Since then we’ve produced annual youth convenings, media created by, with, and for youth, and ethics education resources for young people, in partnership with the  Prindle Institute for Ethics  at Depauw University.

Follow us on Instagram @theyouthcollect.

Funding generously provided by Janet Prindle Seidler.