We’re so excited to introduce our new GripTape Youth Leadership Board members and Community Manager.

The next Learning Challenge application opens on October 19, and we’re thrilled they’re helping spread the word about GripTape’s youth-led learning opportunity!

Abigail Piando
McAllen, Texas

My name is Abi, and I am a student leader. I live near the Mexican-American border and attend school at Idea Quest College Preparatory. Having learned from the many unique cultures surrounding me, I can say that the one thing the youth need is a source of inspiration to make their ideas a reality. Right now, I lead a non-profit organization called STXideas that focuses on helping border youth understand the potential that lies within their culture, community, and identity. I joined GripTape as a Challenger in their Fall 2017 cycle and fell in love with the ideal of motivating kids to follow their passions and learn through personal determination. As a Board member, I want to make an even bigger impact on youth learning nationally and help kids become excited to have ideas and go for them.

Alyssia Janee
Louisville, KY

I am 17-year-old girl from Louisville, Kentucky, or the 502 (as Bryson Tiller says). I am currently a high school senior, and I plan to major in Business + Entrepreneurship. I have an extensive background in organization, planning, graphic design, makeup, and photography. I am the owner of The Black Rose Effect, which is a makeup brand. I offer both makeup services and products.

Darriell Allick
New Haven, CT

Aside from being a Board Member for one of the BEST organizations, I will become a Fashion Designer and the CEO of my own company. I also want to become an activist and be able to change the world, being that there are many perpetuating systems of oppression around the globe. I want to not only make an impact, but be a part of the change. No one person can do this alone! I joined the Board in the summer of 2018, knowing GripTape will be changing many lives and helping young people, myself included, be able to turn our dreams and passions into reality. GripTape has taught me there are no limitations on who you are and how great you can be!

Mahika Halepete
San Jose, California

I am a high school junior who is passionate about youth empowerment, sustainable development, and utilizing human-centered design to solve real-world problems. I explored these topics during my GripTape Challenge in the summer of 2018, and I was so inspired by GripTape’s mission and work having witnessed it firsthand that I decided to apply for a position on the Youth Leadership Board. I’m beyond excited to begin working with this incredible team to design and strengthen initiatives to enable youth-guided learning to develop the purpose-driven leaders and changemakers our world needs! In addition to serving on the Board, I am the founder and executive director of AYANA International, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which I started to harness the potential of youth in the developing world to drive change in their own communities.

About GripTape

Grip tape is an anti-slip adhesive used by skateboarders to anchor themselves to their board so they can take control of where they want to go and how they want to get there. GripTape, the organization, gives young people the traction they need to seize control of their own learning, choose their purposes, and achieve their full potential. GripTape is an initiative of the America Achieves accelerator. Learn more at GripTape.org.