Youth Leadership Summit

Leading the Way:

2014 Youth Leadership Summit for Math & Science

2014 Student Co-Chairs

Aamna Abbasi
As a senior at Beckman High, Aamna is actively engaged in school clubs and various academic pursuits.  She is currently the President of the Muslim Students Association; the Vice President of She's the First, and a member of Red Cross and several other clubs on campus.  She has completed her Gold Award, the highest achievement for a Girl Scout, by designing and implementing a community service program for her former middle school. Through her program, 8th grade students have conducted more than 3000 hours of community service.  Aamna is one of 9 students who have presented a project at the California State Science Fair for six years in a row. She has been conducting environmental pollution research at the University of California at Irvine, and recently helped instruct students on the use of incubation technology for radio carbon dating of organic matter.  After high school, Aamna plans to study biochemistry or biomedical engineering, and is interested in pursuing a career in the biotechnology industry.

Haleema Abbasi
As a sophomore at Beckman High, Haleema is passionately involved in raising awareness about Organ Donation.  She is a Donate Life California Ambassador, and is in the process of setting up an Organ Donation club at school. She has also worked with Be the Match, an organization that is dedicated to finding bone-marrow matches for leukemia patients. Haleema has interned for the Nordstrom Fashion board and the University of Texas Pan Am Health Outreach Program, where she supported activities geared towards exposing at-risk and economically challenged students to professions in health-related fields. For her Girl Scout Gold Award, Haleema has facilitated a relationship between the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair and the Orange County Food Bank, allowing the fair to serve as a canned food drive -- last year, her efforts led to the collection of over 1000 pounds of food.  Haleema is currently exploring areas for future study, and hopes to learn more about economics and finance.

Irene Koo
As a junior at Woodbridge High School, Irene is passionate about learning and serving the community. During her years in high school, she has actively participated in the Junior Classical League and Science Olympiad. In addition, she pursued her fervor for learning by participating in Academic Decathlon, where she was the captain of the 9th/10th Junior Varsity Team and the only sophomore member of the 11th/12th Varsity Team that recently won in one of the state divisions. Irene is in the process of developing her own non-profit organization, ORPPS, which seeks to eliminate apathy among young adults and contribute to society. Her future plans include going to a third world country to volunteer, expanding her non-profit organization, and working with the United Nations to improve living standards throughout the world.

Kevin Yoon
As a senior at Oxford Academy, Kevin's involvement in STEM started in the summer of 2013. He attended the USC-Chevron Frontiers of Energy Resources summer program, where he gained interest in energy and the environment. With a new-found interest, he conducted an independent research project at Cal State Fullerton the following school year about water purification. This research motivated him to apply and get selected to participate in the Simons Summer Research program, where he received a full scholarship and a stipend to study desalination and membrane technology at Stony Brook University in New York. In addition to research this summer, Kevin also attended the E2@MIT, where he decided to devote himself to STEM. Currently, he serves as the president of the Anaheim Union High School District Student Service Foundation and is the State Co-Director of Youth for National Change.