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Meet the Dream Riders

The Dream Riders are young Asian Americans, Latinos, and African Americans; many of whom are undocumented, DACA recipients, or come from hard working low-income families. They live in all parts of the country, including Arizona, California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Virginia, and Texas.

  • Bo Daraphant – Los Angeles, California
  • David Han – Los Angeles, California
  • Ixchel Hernandez – Los Angeles, California
  • Jenny Hong – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Victor Huynh – Annandale, Virginia
  • Clara Kim – La Crescenta, California
  • Max Kim – Annandale, Virginia
  • Jose Montes – Compton, California
  • Saba Nafees – Fort Worth, Texas
  • Leticia Velez – Los Angeles, California
  • Alease Wilson – Los Angeles, California
  • Ellie Wingfield – Los Angeles, California
  • Jae Yang – Tucson, Arizona

Saba NafeesSaba Nafees from Fort Worth and Lubbock, Texas is one of our Dream Riders. She is currently pursuing a PhD at Texas Tech University. As an undergrad at Texas Tech, she founded the first ever Define American chapter inspired by Jose Antonio Vargas to support DACAmented youth in West Texas.

Bo DaraphantBo hails from Los Angeles, California, and is one of our Dream Riders this summer. He was born in Bangkok, Thailand and came to the US as a child to live with his extended family. During high school, Bo worked at his family restaurant and also helped raise his nephew. He loves to write and use his creativity to create works of art. He is currently attending UC Irvine and interning at the Korean Resource Center. He is excited to travel throughout the south to inspire others to take action!

Leticia VelezLeticia was born in Mexico City and came to the U.S. with her mother and two younger brothers when she was 9 years old. As the eldest of three, she had to take care of her brothers since a young age while her mother worked two jobs to provide for her family. Leticia is a member of Children Over Politics and an activist fighting for immigrant rights.

David HanDavid is from South Korea and came to the U.S. when he was two years old. Growing up in Los Angeles was challenging at first because of language barriers, but it quickly became his home. Currently, David is attending Santa Monica College and is a DACA Fellow at the Korean Resource Center.

José MontesJose is a member of Children Over Politics. He came to the United States from the Mexican state of Jalisco when he was five years old. Jose is currently a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient. And he is joining the Dream Riders Across America bus tour to improve his community for future generations.

11204922_10153441166664286_3100438174661090433_nClara is an upcoming freshman at Azusa Pacific University. She hopes to become a nurse to provide quality care for those who need it most. In high school, Clara faced many challenges applying to and affording college as an undocumented student. She hopes to go on Dream Riders Across America to advocate for a better immigration system so that all aspiring Americans have a chance to pursue their dreams.

Ixchel HernandezIxchel is a DACA recipient and one of the members of Children Over Politics. Raised in a family of four, she grew up watching the people she loved get treated unfairly because of their legal status. Like many of her friends and classmates, Ixchel dreamed of achieving the “American Dream,” but too often, this has not been attainable for immigrants and people of color.

Max KimMax is a rising senior at Annandale High School in Annandale, Virginia and came to the U.S. when he was five years old. He dreams of one day becoming an entrepreneur in graphic design. He will be joining the Dream Riders bus tour this summer to fight for immigrant rights!

Ellie WingfieldEllie is a 20-year-old African American youth leader from Kids Over Politics and the proud son of a Local 99 cafeteria worker. He is going on the Dream Riders bus tour this summer to raise awareness about the violence inflicted upon communities of color.

Victor HuynhVictor is 17 years old and attends Annandale High School in Virginia. He is joining Dream Riders Across America because he wants to fight for families who want to stay together. His father came to the U.S. by boat as a refugee from Vietnam. His father’s search of a better life and future is an experience shared by many who immigrate to the U.S. Now Victor wants to share his experiences and those of immigrant families by being part of this bus tour.

11224559_10153446496999286_6301862167538532221_oJenny Hong, a rising senior at Central High School in Philadelphia. Jenny was born in South Korea, but came to the U.S. when she was 6 months old. She is currently a DACA recipient with parents who are eligible for DAPA. She is joining 12 other Dream Riders on this important trip for building youth power and achieving social change.

Alease is 11143456_10153444322294286_6255068137246961907_n19 years old and a founding member of Children Over Politics. She has a younger brother and sister and is the proud daughter of a security officer who is a union member of SEIU-USWW. Currently, she lives in a community where racial profiling happens on a daily basis. By lifting her voice, she hopes to address the injustices happening in her community, particularly violence against black and brown communities.

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Meet the Dream Riders

Updated on 2018-03-28T16:24:11-07:00, by nakasec.