Yezi Gugsa

Yezi Gugsa is no stranger to leading her peers. As a rising senior at Mayo High School, she serves as president of the Mayo Student Government, and the president of the Student School Board. Yezi also attains the presidential position of the Mayo High School Key Club, where she gives back to the community through volunteering and organizing. Yezi yet again displays her abilities as a strong leader as the captain and manager of the Mayo High School volleyball team. While Yezi wields her leadership and teamwork skills to create a more diverse and inclusive environment in Rochester, she is determined to provide a platform for the marginalized and underrepresented in her community.

Christine Kassiano

Christine Kassiano is a senior at Mayo High School this year. She is involved in a few extracurriculars in the community along with being on the Development Committee on RCI. Her favorite food category is pasta and her favorite dessert is brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. In her free time, she also enjoys visiting different art museums, painting & trying new art styles, and watching Tik Toks.

Tristan Moore

Growing up in Rochester, Tristan understands the impact an organization, such as RCI, can have on a community. He believes that it would’ve done wonders for students of his generation. That’s why he’s committed to empowering the newest generations of youth in Rochester. Other than participating in RCI, he’s an active member of various clubs at Mayo High School.

Leian Mulatre

Leian Mulatre is a junior at Mayo High School. Leian joined RCI to learn about more ways he can help his local community as much as possible. When Leian isn't working on the development committee, you can find him fueling up on Taco Bell, playing Minecraft, rewatching Euphoria, and crying to Frank Ocean.

P.S.  Juice Wrld lovers don’t get the aux 😐...

Calleah Nelson

Hi I’m Calleah! I’m a senior at John Marshall and the captain of both my schools fall and winter dance team.

I am so excited to be apart of this and help out with something bigger then me.

Dominic Sinicrope

Dominic Sinicrope is a rising senior at Mayo High School and is the brand strategist for the RCI. Dominic has found his way to support his community and promote activism through the medium of graphic design. Dominic has designed for local organizations like the Rochester Community Initiative, the Teen Council of Rochester, and the Mayo Diversity Committee. When Dominic isn't designing, he's playing music. Dominic is principal trumpefor the Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestra(SEMYO), and sings Bass in the honors Choir of SE MN.

Natasha Sortland

Natasha Sortland is a sophomore at Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School. She is involved in ZM's student government along with being actively involved in Rochester's Citizens' Climate Lobby chapter. Natasha is especially eager about promoting education on inclusion and equity in rural areas. In her free time, Natasha is a four sport athlete and also enjoys cooking and hiking.

Cate Stacy

Cate Stacy is a Sophomore at Mayo High School who strives to make positive change in our community. She is passionate about the environment and promoting sustainability initiatives affecting the greater Rochester area. Cate currently serves on the executive board of the Mayo UNICEF Club which educates, advocates, and fundraises on behalf of UNICEF’s mission to protect children’s rights. She also serves on the environmental committee of the Rochester-Olmsted Youth Commission. In her free time, Cate enjoys playing tennis, baking, and spending time outdoors.

Sophia Martinez-Fervenza

Sophia Martinez is a junior at mayo high school and is a strong advocate for equality and acceptance, especially LGBTQ+ rights. Sophia wants to use her time in RCI to make positive changes in Rochester so everyone can be accepted for who they are.

Sarah Taha

Sara Taha is a senior at Mayo High School with a love for activism and for the youth of our generation. As a member of the Mayo High School Student Government and Student School Board, she has always put her peers first. Now as an active member of RCI, she intends to continue to put the voice and potential of youth at the forefront of her work.

Kianna Young

Hello! My name is Kianna and I am currently a junior at Mayo High School. I enjoy being outdoors and standing up for what I believe in. In my free time, I also enjoy baking and hanging out with kids.

Jenny Yan

Jenny is a junior at Century High School who is dedicated to inspiring and implementing progressive change in her community. She prioritizes intersectional advocacy and aims to uplift marginalized communities and amplify youth voices. Her leadership is illustrated through her captaincy of the Century Debate Team and the Century Girls Tennis team, as well as her involvement in Student Government as the Vice President of the class of 2022. As a leader to her peers, she strives to educate herself and others by advocating for equitable policies. 

Michelle Zheng

Michelle Zheng is a senior at Century High School who is dedicated to inspiring and implementing progressive change in her community. Michelle is a Team Leader for Mayo Clinic's Young Volunteer program, Student Body Treasurer of the Century Student Government, and captain of Century High School's Fall and Winter dance team. She is passionate about amplifying youth and marginalized voices and creating a more inclusive environment in Rochester.