- Age: 19
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Diverse cultural, generational, and disciplinary perspectives are needed to secure gender equality in our local communities. Specifically, young people have the time, passion, and imagination to create innovative solutions. Trust youth to lead by providing the funds, connections, opportunities, guidance, and other resources to support our growth and impact.
- Ashley Lin
Ashley Lin is originally from Taiwan and currently lives in the United States. She attends Union High School. As Founder and CEO of Project Exchange, Ashley leads a team of 20 high school and college students from around the world to run online cultural exchange experiences for 150+ students from 23 countries on a daily basis. She oversaw the 501c3 application process, chairs Project Exchange’s board of directors, and shapes strategic goals. As Founder of Youth Organizers Collective, Ashley designed and organized a new youth-led, digital-first community that exists to connect community-spirited high school students and provide them with the relationships, support, and knowledge they need to cultivate strong youth-led clubs, teams, or communities.
Additionally, Ashley is on the Harvard Graduate School of Education Making Caring Common Youth Advisory Board, Association of Washington Student Leaders Student Voice and Advisory Council, Oregon Department of Education Sex-Ed Steering Committee, a Washington State Board of Education Mastery-Based Learning Workgroup member, and Digital Learning & Innovation Director of the #YesSheCanCampaign.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
As a young woman working in education technology, entrepreneurship and venture capital, and community organizing, I often get told that I’m out of my place or that I should wait and be quiet. Every moment where I’ve been slighted because of my sex and gender empowers me to push back.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
I founded Project Exchange, an international 501c3 nonprofit, that hosts online cultural exchange programs for middle and high school students around the world. These exchange programs bring together young women from around the world to collectively create solutions to strengthen gender equality in their local communities.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
When I’m not deep in conversation with youth organizers or myself, you can usually find me in an airport (with coffee) or practicing Arabic. In my free time, I also enjoy kickboxing, baking bread, black-out poetry, exploring food carts, and admiring nature (clouds, stars, sunsets, sunrises, you name it).
- English (Advanced/Native)
- Mandarin Chinese (Advanced/Native)
- Spanish (Intermediate)
- Arabic (Elementary)
- design thinking and entrepreneurship
- culturally-responsive education
- digital-first community organizing
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- Soliya Introduction to Dialogue Facilitation and Advanced Dialogue Facilitation (2020)
- Civics Unplugged Fellow (2020)
- Harvard Graduate School of Education Making Caring Common Student Advisory board (2019-2020)
- Virtual National Security Language Initiative Arabic Classroom (2019)
- GirlUp x United Nations WiSci Girls STEAM Camp Kosovo (2019)
- AFS-USA BP Global STEM Academy Egypt (2019)
- Facebook #Digital4Good Award Recipient (2019)
- Stanford SHE++ #include Fellowship (2019)
- Citizen University Youth Collaboratory (2018-2019)
- United States Youth Ambassador to Uruguay (2018)