Organizational Support Team

 
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Lil Milagro Henriquez

She/Her
Founder & Executive Director

I love Mycelium Youth Network because we get to freedom dream a future that works for all of us. Too often, our system pushes us to accept the status quo and at Mycelium we consistently dream big and think outside of the box for some of the most pressing challenges of our current climate crisis.

 

My role in the zombie apocalypse would be as a knowledge gatherer who can also shoot a bow and arrow. 

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Amber Lee

She/Her
Communications & Individual Giving Manager

I am excited to work with Mycelium Youth Network because I want to help harness the imaginative power and expansive knowledge in youth to build worlds that are more just and resilient than the ones they've been handed. I know I'll have so much to learn from and with them!

If I were in the zombie apocalypse, I would burrow away underground, building tunnels for people to share resources and strategize in new secret hideaways.

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Jessica Levya

She/Her
Virtual & Administrative Assistant

I love working with Mycelium Youth Network because I'm supporting an organization that focuses on teaching youth the importance of preparing for climate change and the impact that we each can make as individuals. We will continue to work united to take care of our beautiful planet and make a difference for the generations to come.

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Corinne Calhoun

She/Her
Programs & Operations Manager

I am excited to be part of the Mycelium Youth Network team because I believe in the need for collaborative action to radically reimagine our future and create a sustainable and just world. I am thrilled to be working alongside such heartfelt passionate humans!

 

My role in the zombie apocalypse would be creative builder. I would use my skills to reimagine what home looks like and create safe spaces that facilitate bringing people together.

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Rachel Hunt

She/Her
Financial Manager

In a dystopian world full of pessimism, Mycelium Youth Network propagates hope for the next generation by providing and leading STEAM education while evoking and contending global warming.
The culture of inclusivity, learning, and all-around fun at Mycelium is unparalleled.
Here you can make a difference and I am excited for the role that I will play in Mycelium's mission. 

In a zombie apocalypse, my role would likely be someone that strategically locates and procures the best locations to build strongholds and shelters with optimal security for preservation and ample resources; such as water supply, proper soil for growing food and medicinal herbs, building stockpiles, and providing a safe space for survivors.
 

Education Team

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Andrew Yeung

He/They
Incoming Educational Director

I'm excited to work with Mycelium Youth Network to co-create climate resilient futures alongside young folks, seeding today what other worlds are possible tomorrow. I'm excited to deepen our collective toolbox for and beyond survival, dreaming and building towards a tomorrow where land and liberation are inseparable.

 

My role in the zombie apocalypse would be a collector of stories, weaving together the memories, histories, songs, and recipes of our survival into a living tapestry that will warm our communities — and definitely cooking in a collective kitchen!

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Ashia Ajani

They/Them
Resilient Communities Educator & Resident Researcher

I'm excited to start this role because of the unique assortment of knowledge climate resilient schools has to offer Bay Area communities. I am particularly excited to dive back into my research bag and gather important, archival knowledge regarding climate resilience, adaptation and community organization. 

 

My role in the zombie apocalypse would be as an anthropologist, retracing our steps and collecting important artifacts that need to be preserved for future generations. 

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Mimi Wahid

Garden Educator

Mimi Wahid is a garden educator and social justice facilitator with a background in climate resilience research. With roots in the South and a deep passion for land stewardship, Mimi is excited to learn from and share knowledge with students and help cultivate climate resilient communities in Oakland.

 

My role in the zombie apocalypse would be to nurture my community by growing and preparing food. 

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Maya Salsedo

She/They
Curriculum & Evaluation Manager

What excites me about my work at Mycelium is the opportunity to center indigenous knowledge, and plant medicines while troubling the binary of nature and people. I look forward to uplifting indigenous and transformational pedagogies through development of curriculum which honors the great resilience of youth, the resilience of our earth systems, and the equally great challenge posed by climate change. Through an intersectional lens I am hopeful to assess program impact and educational equity in Mycelium Curriculum design and implementation. 

My role in the zombie apocalypse would be to grow food, pick food, cook food, tell jokes and instigate little games. And of course quoting Octavia Butler.

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Jomar Ventura

He/Him
Climate Resilient Communities Coordinator

I am excited to work with Mycelium Youth Network because we are approaching climate change readiness through youth engagement and leadership. I also enjoy teaching about gardening, reconnecting with traditional ancestral knowledge, and climate change science.

 

My role in the zombie apocalypse would be fruit and veggie gardener for building community and self-sufficiency. 

 

Gaming for Justice Team

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Marcy Brown

She/Her
Lead Storyteller & Game Designer

I am excited to work with Mycelium Youth Network because of the harmonization of climate science, practical resiliency skills, and joyful visioning of the future that the Network achieves. We can connect through distance and time with stories, and when we weave narratives with each other, we can create powerful bonds that inspire creativity and curiosity.

 

In our campaigns, players navigate through new and strange worlds while working together to confront injustice, organize action, and create genuine connections within the party and with characters they meet along the way. The adventures center around environmental justice topics such as community care and protection, food deserts, pollution, industrial development, health, and more. 

My role in the zombie apocalypse would be as a mender and recycler. I would help people patch/repair clothes and gear as well as uncover new uses for items found by the gatherers of the community.

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Tao Qi

They/Them
Gaming for Justice Storyteller

As an educator, I believe adults have a sacred responsibility to support kids in their basic human need to play.  I'm so grateful to be working at an org that takes this responsibility as seriously as I do.  Through play, kids try on futures and see how they feel. Through play, they imagine themselves taking bold and compassionate action.

Our adventurers live in a far flung fantasy future.  They grapple with the material and spiritual consequences of planetary devastation.  The adventurers travel through earth's memories to heal the traumas of the past and weave a new harmony between all the life beings of earth.

My role in the zombie apocalypse would be mediator, facilitator, healer with a shotgun.