Core Team Members
Youth initiatives Organizer
Ariel is a Black queer womanist raised on occupied Powhatan land. They’re an anti-capitalist auntie who loves big earrings and believes another world is possible. Holdin’ it down as an abolitionist, facilitator, and political educator, Ariel recognizes radical youth work as healing work.
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 leadership 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 four little humans.
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.
Princess Hollis is Black genderqueer organizer from Florence, SC. As a member leader within Southerners on New Ground, they developed their skills in leadership, facilitation, media strategizing, and communications wizardry.
Princess has worn many hats for CYAP, from volunteer to facilitator to transportation coordinator, all of which have lead them to becoming the organization's first Campaign Organizer. They are excited to help nurture the political growth of the next generation and stoke the flames of radical community, kinship, and change in their hearts.
In their free time, Princess enjoys overpacking for trips, buying bags, and daydreaming about being a minimalist while living life as a closeted hoarder.
Ren Trueblood is a non-binary Asian-American from 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.