About Maven Youth

Our Mission and Vision

Maven Youth fosters innovative solutions that empower LGBTQ+ youth to network, organize and educate for social change.

We accomplish our mission by:

  • Providing meaningful skills exploration and development to pave career pathways for LGBTQ+ youth
  • Bridging the technology gap between LGBTQ+ youth and youth serving organizations
  • Transforming the tech industry through consciousness raising and collaborative partnerships

We envision a world where:

LGBTQ+ youth are equipped with the knowledge, skill, and ability to create innovative tech solutions. Youth are provided career pathways into technology and supported to advance within the tech industry through training, mentorship, and application.

LGBTQ+ youth serving organizations are providing services to youth using the most innovative technology. It’s a world where non-profits are provided the funding and support needed to access and sustain the newest technology to better serve youth.

The LGBTQ+ community thrives in technology. It’s a world where the tech industry invests in the next generation of LGBTQ+ professionals and changes how our community is represented in games and media. LGBTQ+ tech professionals, especially leaders of color, rise within the industry.

LGBTQ+ youth are free to explore their identity free from bullying and hateful speech. It’s a world where youth can walk into a center online before they’re comfortable with stepping through the door (or find a door online that isn’t in their community).

We envision a world where the most rural of youth can access an array of resources available in the urbanest areas. It’s a world where youth are sharing resources and best practices – connecting a thriving GSA club in San Antonio, TX with a budding group in rural Kerman, CA.

National Youth Council Members

Kayla Hernandez
Brooklyn, NY
Ava Romberg
Austin, TX
Bek Milstead
Austin, TX
Christopher Davis
New York City, NY
June Imler
San Francisco, CA
Shamoun Syed
Menlo Park, CA
Rose Rush
Pacifica, CA

Board Members

Sean Conroy
Autodesk
Zakir Parpia
CalSAC
Seth Olshfski
Khan Academy
Austin Hernandez
Keep Austin Lucky
Lukas Blakk
Snapchat
Colleen Finnagan
SquareSpace
Gael Gundin Guevara
Mi Dinero Mi Futuro

Staff

Monica Ann Arrambide
CEO & Founder