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Meet The People: Jacqui Whang on Radical Giving + Putting Her Faith in Gen Z

Jacqui Whang is a Korean American educator who is passionate about mental health and self-care, and how the two can be prioritized through every aspect of life. She's also the co-founder of GirlSpace Compton, a sisterhood-focused endeavor hosting workshops, conferences, and other activities that center confidence, leadership, and unity.

Meet The People: Sage Adams on Gender Expression + Growing Art Hoe Collective

Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Sage Adams is a 23-year-old artist, curator, and creative director for the multi-Grammy-nominated artist SZA. Mx. Adams is also co-founder of the Art Hoe Collective which utilizes Instagram to promote primarily queer BIPOC artists and other underrepresented individuals.

Meet The People: Hanna Hillier, Photographer

As a creative, Hanna Hillier is extraordinarily self-sufficient, producing beautiful work without the need for another human in the room. But when there are others in the room, her calm, positive energy ricochets from person to person.

Meet The People: Caleb Boyles, Artist + Pride Collaborator

"I am a gay Southern illustrator currently living in Los Angeles, California. It can be hard to find yourself when growing up somewhere that does not have the same values in life as you; I hope to inspire other queer people living in small rural towns to feel as if they can achieve their goals and be themselves."

Meet The People: River Gallo, Filmmaker + Pride Collaborator

River Gallo is a Salvadoran-American filmmaker, actor, writer, and intersex advocate with interACT. In 2019, Gallo won the GLAAD Media Rising Star Award. They are the CEO and co-founder of Gaptoof Entertainment, a multimedia production house in Los Angeles with a focus on intersectionality and narrative inclusivity, including for people of color, womxn, and those who identify at LGBTQIA+. Gallo also collaborated with YTTP to celebrate Pride this year. Get to know them a little better here.

Meet The People: Jared Egusa, Artist + Pride Collaborator

Jared Egusa is an Asian American artist and actor based in Los Angeles. Inspired by Ukiyo-e, a genre of Japanese art which translates to "pictures of the floating world," Egusa embeds his own identity into his artwork. This year, he collaborated with Youth To The People to commemorate Pride.  

Meet The People: Harper Watters, Dancer + Pride Collaborator

Harper Watters is an accomplished dancer, a soloist who dances with the Houston Ballet. His audience, however, isn’t limited to Texas—he’s also known for the viral videos in which he appears on a treadmill in pink platform heels, the first of which garnered over a million views. His YouTube series The Pre Show gives a glimpse into the lives of professional dancers. This year, Watters collaborated with YTTP to celebrate Pride. Get to know him here. 

Meet The People: Matt Meinhardt Brings Mindfulness to Every Interaction—Including Bartending

Matt Meinhardt is an artist, model, and craft bartender, and appeared in our campaign for the Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial. “What drives me within these fields and beyond is exploring and advancing them with freedom of discovery,” he says. Here, Meinhardt unpacks his surprisingly recent discovery of self-care, and the importance of mindful interaction—"the thoughtfulness in your execution of whatever it is that you're doing is a reflection of how you lead your life,” he says.

Meet The People: Lyric Burns on Independence, Positive Energy, and Staying Present

Meet model Lyric Burns, featured in the Yerba Mate resurfacing Energy Facial campaign. “I moved to the city three years ago to pursue my passion for modeling and to become a powerful woman who excels in her own craft and uses her platform to give back,” says Burns. Her motivation comes from her faith and family: “I am driven by my Christianity, as well as my love for my little sister whom I helped raise into the woman she is now becoming.” The Albuquerque, New Mexico-born Burns spoke to YTTP about positive energy and self-care, and staying centered in a time of crisis.

Meet The People: Brinda Iyer on Energy, Rest, and Respect

Meet Brinda Iyer, one of the models in our campaign for the new Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial. They’re a creative and an artist—Iyer also works as a radio host, is a creative director, and performance artist. Here, they open up about cultivating positive energy, the importance of rest, respect, and how they're dealing with the current pandemic.