Meet the Core Team
A rising junior at Long Island University Brooklyn, Muqadas is pursuing a B.S in Health Science on the Pre-Med Track. She is also very civically and politically active: Muqadas recognizes that politicians affect people’s lives every day through the policies they implement, especially in the medical field. This is why she has built an interest in Health Policy and Public Health. She is very passionate about issues revolving Islamophobia, Women’s Rights, and Medicare for All. Muqadas joined YVote in the summer of 2018 in order to engage with other youth regarding issues affecting our communities. As a result of her participation with YVote she was able to step out of her comfort zone and take on different responsibilities and roles. Muqadas credits YVote with allowing her to build up the courage to use her voice civically.
Asamia (she/her) is a first-generation Gambian who was born and raised in The Bronx. She majored in African and African American Studies and Political Science while at Lehman College. She is currently working full-time with the Alliance for Quality Education as the NYC organizer to fight for educational and racial justice in NYC public schools. Before AQE, Asamia organized with her political home BYP100 where she was the former co-chair of the NYC chapter and spent the last three years working with her fellow Black organizers on issues that impact Black people in NYC. She is also a freelance writer and workshop facilitator.
Melanie Kruvelis (she/they) is a lead facilitator with YVote, with a background in youth organizing, local and state advocacy, and civic education. Melanie most recently worked as Senior Manager of Policy and Advocacy at Young Invincibles, where she led statewide advocacy campaigns on issues impacting young adults in New York City and State, including free college, student debt cancellation, and medical debt. Prior to joining Young Invincibles, Melanie used her background in policy research to inform policy making locally and federally, working as a policy associate with DC Appleseed, and receiving the Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellowship in Woman and Public Policy at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Melanie enjoys bikes, bagels, and bodies of water.
Sanda is passionate about helping young people connect their interests and beliefs with how they can make a difference, at and beyond the ballot box. In response to the complex times we’re living in, the vulnerability of democracy being demonstrated, and the desire to support young people in being on the front lines of change, Sanda is thrilled to be a cofounder of YVote. She also serves as Program Director for Civics Unplugged, a new nonprofit committed to empowering young people with an understanding of their roles and responsibilities as citizens, helping them participate fully and contribute positively to shaping a more just world.
Melody is a Youth Advocate and organizer working on issues that impact the youth of color in the education and criminal justice system. After studying Political Science and Education Policy at Villanova University, she worked at Class Size Matters as the Research and Advocacy Associate supporting efforts by parents and schools to end school overcrowding, high-stakes standardized testing, the privatization of public schools and many other issues. Most recently she worked at a Program Associate at College Access: Research & Action (CARA.) For several years prior to that, Melody worked in education advocacy & youth organizing at the YA-YA Network to dismantle the school-to-prison-pipeline, demanding that youth are involved making decisions in policies that impact their lives and have opportunities to lead these discussions and drive change in our communities.
A founding member of YVote and a returning facilitator. Her interest in politics started in 2014 due to the Ferguson Riots and the rise of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement. After joining YVote, her interest became her passion. Currently, she attends New York University with a double major in Politics and Sociology on the Pre-Law track. She has interned at the law firm Skadden Arps LLP and as an Analyst working in litigation support and security consulting. She has also served as the Director in Chief of Security at the National Security Institute at NYU. With the legal knowledge that she has and will continue to gain, she hopes to one day be able to start a nonprofit organization for restorative justice in minority communities.