Megan Duong

Westmoor High School, Daly City

As a member of the Core Leadership group within the Chinese Progressive Association’s Youth Movement of Justice and Organizing (MOJO) program, Megan has embraced what it means to build community and strengthen youth power though social justice education. When the Core Leadership group chose to focus on the fight for single-payer healthcare in California, Megan led the outreach and recruitment team, which was responsible for galvanizing allied organizations to join MOJO’s youth-organized rally. This rally ultimately brought together more than 200 people, all of whom witnessed the power youth have to organize, educate, and empower the community. Though Megan initially struggled with how a leader could be regarded as an individual who makes decisions for others, she soon learned that a true leader doesn’t speak for others but instead helps them see the potential they have in themselves to be agents of change. With her passion and commitment to always center her work within her community, Megan strives to continue educating community members about the increasingly urgent issues they face today, to make knowledge accessible to them using her language skills in Cantonese, Mandarin, and Vietnamese, and to build intergenerational relationships between youth and elders in working-class, immigrant communities.