Youth Executive Board

The Youth Executive Board (YEB) is a multi-district group of high school students who meet weekly to learn how to use their leadership and power as youth to influence change in our communities. Members learn about social and political advocacy, create yearlong service-learning projects to address the opportunity gap, demonstrate positive leadership by advocating for important and relevant issues to today’s society, and connect with their peers across the StoryArk collaborative.

Our Mission

To cultivate a generation of reflective leaders who harness the power of storytelling to inspire change and promote social justice in our communities. Together, we envision a world where young leaders rise up, armed with the transformative power of storytelling, to challenge injustice and build an equitable society for all.

Our COre Values


Building genuine relationships through team building

Racial and cultural understanding

Educational equity


Join the Youth Executive Board and collaborate with youth from across the Twin Cities! 

Snacks and transportation are provided! We meet weekly on Wednesdays, 4-6:30PM from September to May. Location TBD. 

Questions?  Contact Laichia Vang:

Meet your
Facilitation Team

Laichia Vang
Program Director of youth empowerment

Laichia Vang (she/they) is the Program Director of Youth Empowerment and serves to support StoryArk’s Youth Executive Board. They currently attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and study Political Science, Sociology, and Racial Justice in Urban Schooling. Their work includes presenting at Achieve Twin Cities’ 10th season of EdTalks, 2022 Finalist for the MN Author Project: Communities Create and editor of Exploring Language & Identity: The Experiences of ELL/ESL Students, seen on the Sahan Journal and the MNDaily, and advocates for the transformation of the youth justice system with Ramsey County’s Youth Advisory Council. She is passionate about education equity, youth empowerment, and strategic storytelling.

This is Bri! She’s a junior at Stillwater Area Highschool […]
Evelyn Diaz (she/her) is a current Youth Executive Board member […]