Youth initiatives Organizer
Ariel is a Black queer womanist from southeastern Virginia. As a socialist and abolitionist, they believe in the power and necessity of community movements for justice. They are a political educator, facilitator, performer, and radical youth worker.
Ariel has a B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania. Before moving to South Carolina, Ariel supported youth development program initiatives in the Bay Area, New York City, and Philadelphia.
A lover of sunflowers, big earrings, speculative fiction, and oxford commas, Ariel enjoys spending time learning about astrology and being an auntie to three little humans.
Ren Trueblood is a non-binary Asian-American from the backwoods of Boiling Springs, South Carolina. They received their B.A. in Writing from Winthrop University shortly before joining the CYAP organizing team in 2016.
Through organizing with CYAP, Ren is experienced in grant writing, creative writing, grassroots fundraising, facilitation, cooking for the masses, and stepping into whatever unconventional roles they are called on to fill in our collective fight for liberation.
In addition to color coding google docs for social change, Ren enjoys riding their bike on empty streets at midnight, searching for the best potato chips life has to offer, and talking about their cat, Gertrude.
Kenya Cummings is a Black queer healer from the south. She is unapologetically black and unashamedly spiritual. She is a neo-soul loving healer with a heart and mind for justice. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Science with a minor in African American Studies. Kenya is a graduate of Methodist Theological School in Ohio with a Master of Divinity degree. She can be found smiling, recycling, or dancing in the street on most sunny days.