Quincy has an interest in a multitude of social justice issues, such as intersectional feminism, the fight for queer liberation, and being pissed off at taking on student debt. It was these interests and issues that got her into organizing, along with Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. She was brought to NHYM through year-round, multi-issue organizing, and a belief in the power of young people to effect change in New Hampshire. She appreciated the overwhelming opportunities for growth and input. When she’s not organizing, Quincy likes to read, take care of her plants, swim, go to museums, hang out with her younger brother, and pet cats.
Ben Kremer (he/him)
Ben is our Training & Operations Director. He started organizing when he was in college at UNH during the climate justice movement, working to divest UNH's multimillion-dollar endowment from the fossil fuel industry. In fact, Ben was part of the organizing movement at UNH that launched NHYM! Noticing how effectively young people in NH were organized leading up to the 2016 election, they realized the need for year-round organizing that worked both inside and outside of elections, and thus, NHYM was born! When Ben is not organizing, he likes to be outdoors; biking, skiing, climbing, and backpacking!
Organizing Director Sayles got involved in organizing as a college student in Iowa, working around climate justice and free college/college affordability issues. He then moved to New Hampshire to work with NHYM, excited about the opportunity to organize a powerful statewide youth movement. Sayles is now our hardworking Organizing Director! When he’s not organizing, Sayles likes to play Ultimate Frisbee, hike, go to the beach, play music, and play chess.
Grace started organizing in her freshman year of college when she worked the midterms. As a first-generation American, the 2016 election was impactful for her and ultimately was what radicalized her. Grace learned more about leftist issues and theory through the internet, and going to college gave her the freedom to start expressing her ideals. Unfortunately, Grace’s experience during the NH midterms was a negative one; she was then introduced to NHYM, where she found a community of young people that shared her ideals. Now she puts her ideals to work as our Wellness & Culture Director! When she’s not organizing, Grace loves to sing! She sings and teaches in the classical school of thought and one of her biggest passions is combining everything she’s learned about social issues and bringing that to the classical world and classical technique.
Erika got involved in organizing by doing racial justice work in their community. It was through this work that they found NHYM, and they became excited to do more community work. Now, Erika spearheads our electoral and legislative work as our Political Director. When they’re not organizing, Erika likes to watch reality TV, hang out with their partner, and listen to Taylor Swift!
JB got their start organizing in high school, after becoming increasingly interested in anarchism and activism through music and their extracurricular reading. They continued organizing in college in areas like police abolition, unionization and workers’ rights, environmentalism, and more. As a chronically ill person, JB values accessibility in organizing spaces, and that’s what drew them to communications work, specifically – now, they are NHYM’s Deputy Communications Director. They became involved in NHYM in the summer of 2020 during the Defund the Police campaign. When they’re not organizing, JB likes to watch anime and read manga, play video games, ride bikes, and go to local shows.
Rho is a first-generation trans nonbinary Latinx-Indigenous person with roots in nonprofit organizations that help youth succeed at their passions. They are passionate about helping BIPOC youth see themselves as changemakers and create meaningful contributions to a society that traditionally doesn’t value their voices. Rho believes in empowering and mentoring youth to get involved in community organizing, volunteerism, and communities. They know that the people of color in NH need empowerment, support, compassion, and understanding to continue for representation in a traditionally white state, and by providing support to our communities that need us most, they are committed to creating a more equitable and diverse NH for all. This is what brought them to NHYM – now, they are one of our Deputy Development & Operations Directors! When not organizing, Rho participates as a roller derby athlete and plays locally with the Manchester, NH home league. They also enjoy participating in community events that center around their Indigenous-Latinx heritage. At home, you can catch Rho playing video games and watching too many TV shows.
One day, Jonathan decided that he was tired of complaining about what was happening around him, and decided that he wanted to take action to help effect change. As a result, he was introduced to the wonderful world of organizing. In the fall of 2021, Jonathan canvassed for NHYM-endorsed candidates in municipal elections, thus becoming part of the NHYM base. Almost a year later, he acts as one of our Deputy Development & Operations Directors! When Jonathan isn’t organizing, he likes to spend time with his family and friends, hike, and golf.
Morgan is passionate about a number of issues and campaigns, including Black Lives Matter, defunding police and prisons, healthcare and mental health accessibility, and housing. These interests are what brought her to NHYM. She's now been with us as our Deputy Organizing Director since the Spring of 2022; as our Deputy Organizing Director, she manages our college hubs and supports all of our fieldwork.
Connor was introduced to organizing through his schoolwork – majoring in Social Work and Women & Gender Studies opened his eyes to the injustices so many people faced and helped him make some self-discoveries. This broadened his stake in organizing and his understanding of people power, as well as how valuable being in community was for his own self-improvement. Connor began working with NHYM after the 2020 election, and now acts as our Training Organizer. In his spare time, he plays piano and basketball and extensively studies the facts and lore of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Hayden is NHYM’s Regional Organizer. He got his start organizing through anti-imperialist and anti-militarization work, particularly in relation to Korea and the Phillippines. He deeply understood the need to mobilize people power to uphold human rights and sovereignty, and this brought him to organizing work. He wanted to help apply this to his home state, as well as learn about ways to achieve people-driven change around local issues, and that’s how he found NHYM. Other issues that are important to Hayden include criminal justice and housing. When he’s not organizing, Hayden enjoys hiking, mapmaking, and geeking out over ancient history and public transportation!
The results of the 2016 presidential election shook Ruby's faith in our electoral system and led them to seek ways to get involved in making a difference in their community. They took action in their high school through student organizing, starting with a protest in response to the Parkland School shooting. They soon found 350NH and became heavily involved in student climate activism. Ruby came across NHYM in college, and we are now lucky enough to have them as our Data Organizer! Ruby likes to be outside, make music, and play games with friends in their spare time.
Student Coordinators (by school)
Jacob is an environmental enthusiast who was radicalized by the climate justice movement and soon discovered how climate justice intersects with a number of other issues that affect him and the community. He was previously involved with the Sunrise Movement. After moving to New Hampshire to study conservation at UNH, he found NHYM while searching for a way to get involved in movement work again. Now he is one of our UNH Hub Coordinators! When he’s not organizing, Jacob loves to be outside; running, skiing, camping, fishing, and biking!
Nick is one of our UNH Hub Coordinators, helping organize students on the University of New Hampshire Campus. He was introduced to organizing when a friend brought him to an NHYM meeting. There, Nick realized that he and other young people have the ability to work to make real change in the state. When he’s not organizing, Nick likes to rock climb, trail run, and backpack through New Hampshire.
When Teagan realized just how important the younger generations are in fighting for our collective future, she discovered and became interested in organizing work. She feels that young people have a drive and a passion for change. Teagan attended a climate strike on the PSU campus, where she discovered NHYM, and became immediately interested in joining; she knew she wanted to help bring awareness to important issues. Now, Teagan works as one of our Plymouth State Hub Coordinators. In her spare time, Teagan likes to sing, go on hikes, and watch any and all movies!
Narayan got involved in organizing during the 2020 election when he started joining political clubs at school and canvassing for various candidates. He was introduced to NHYM by a friend and found a deep connection between his values and NHYM’s. Now, Narayan acts as one of our High School Coordinators, helping to engage more students and show them how young people can make a difference. When he’s not organizing, Narayan likes to listen to audiobooks, play sports with his friends, and play the violin.
Lily is one of our High School Coordinators. As a young, queer, Chinese-American, Lily learned that, to secure a positive future for herself and other young people who dream of a better world, she needs to advocate and speak out. While looking for something to get involved in through high school, Lily was drawn to NHYM as a movement of young people devoted to creating that better future. When Lily is not organizing with fellow students, she likes to listen to music, read, cook, knit, and participate in outdoor activities in our state!