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Meet the 2021 Youth Work Group

Updated: October 28, 2018

Emma Kawashiri, Mia Yamada, and Joel Yamada are sophomore high school students from the South Bay area of Los Angeles and came together over a year ago to form Team Advocating for Empowerment and Inclusion in Communities (aka Team AEIC, pronounced ace). These three have made a commitment to make an impact in their local communities by partnering with Ability First LA to serve and support individuals with developmental disabilities. Here are brief bios on these tenacious three. We’re excited to see what Team AEIC has in store…


Emma Kawashiri

It has been a long-term goal of mine to become a more active person in my community, specifically with the aim to help those who are less fortunate. By taking part of the 2021 Youth Work Group, I am hoping to positively influence my community to thrive. Along this journey, I hope that this project will also help me to grow to become a better human being.

Mia Yamada

Working in the Youth Work Group and taking on this project gives me the opportunity to make positive change in society. I am excited to learn about how to apply my passion to help others in order to create something that will make a difference. I am taking on this project because I know that helping others ultimately helps me too.​


Joel Yamada

I am participating in this project to help others, as well as myself, by learning about problems within our communities. It is important to open our eyes to what is going on in the world around us and pay particular attention to pertinent issues. By taking on this project as a member of the 2021 Youth Work Group, I hope to make a positive difference and impact change in at least one person’s life.

To keep up with the 2021 YWG…

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