Introducing J. Luce Foundation’s Young Global Leaders Summer 2019

New York, N.Y. This summer, the J. Luce Foundation‘s Young Global Leadership Initiative (Facebook) welcomes 12 students from high schools and colleges across the United States. The group represents countries such as Burma, Colombia, China, Haiti, HongKong, Sri Lanka, U.S.A., and Vietnam. Under the foundation, the Young Global Leadership Initiative was created to provide ongoing opportunities for select professionals to mentor the next generation of philanthropists in Ethics, Communications, and Nonprofit Administration.

Our Founder & President Jim Luce with the Summer 2019 cohort of Young Global
Leaders at FDR Four Freedoms Park and Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island.
Photo: Stewardship Report.

This year’s cohort are Esnold Jure (Paul Quinn College), Kylie Gall (Summit High School), Nelson Duque-Lozano (Pratt Institute), Nen Ram (BMCC), Nikhila Vemuri (Academy at the Lakes), Pui Chang (Baruch College), Sebastian Gilrado (BMCC), Timothy Tu (Expeditionary Learning School), Van “Ally” Nguyen (Dickinson College), Wayne Peterkin (Collegiate Institute), Brian Perez (High School for Construction Trades), and Ramin Herath.

Anti-discrimination training for our Young Global Leaders with
Project Reach in Chinatown, NYC. Photo: Stewardship Report.

The program empowers Young Global Leaders wishing to better humanity to think, write, speak, organize, and utilize social media more effectively. We are always looking for qualified professionals to contribute as well as to support and/or mentor our Young Global Leaders.

As part of the Summer Initiative, our Young Global Leaders lead the foundation’s New York Global Leaders Leo Club, manage our in-house publication The Stewardship Report on Connecting Goodness (Website), coordinate the 20th Annual Summer Soirée, and support many other joint programs and projects of the sister charities Orphans International Worldwide (OIW) and the J. Luce Foundation.

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Our Young Global Leaders assist the Foundation’s New York Global Leaders Lions & Leo Club
in delivering 1,000 pairs of reading glasses to seniors at the Roosevelt Island Senior Center.

In July, the Young Global Leaders participated in a 12-hour, two-day Anti-Discrimination Training offered by Project Reach, a youth and adult-run, multiracial, multi-gender, substance abuse prevention, and anti-discrimination training center. They are also invited to visit New York City Council Member Ben Kallos and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer at their offices on August 8, leading discussion in young global leadership, diverse communities in New York, and the place of New York in the world.

Featured Bios:

Pui coordinate our Social Media platforms and writes for The Stewardship Report.

Pui I Chang (Hong Kong)
Pui is recent graduate at Baruch College, received her B.A. in corporate communications in summer 2019. Originally from Hong Kong, driven by creativity, passion and strong interest in cultural studies. She is skilled in customer service area and looking for an opportunity to experience in the field of business communications, digital marketing and event planning.

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Ally and Pui with Assistant Development Director Rhiannon Murphy
at our Administrative Office on Lexington Avenue. Photo: Stewardship Report. 

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Van “Ally” Nguyen (Vietnam)
Ally is currently an International Business and Management major at Dickinson College. Traveled alone all the way from Vietnam to the U.S. for college, she constantly challenges herself by stepping out of the comfort zone. Ally has earned merit scholarships and honored in the Dean’s List for three years. During her junior year, Ally studied abroad in Italy in international business and arts. She also spent the following semester in New York City, exchanging at Baruch College and interning at a digital media startup. Ally not only enjoys fashion and arts but also technology and data. With such diverse interests, she embraces both creativity and analytical thinking within her life and work.

Kylie Gall (U.S.A.)
Kylie is a rising senior in New Jersey. She is the editor-in-chief of her school’s newspaper and very involved in their literary review, theater productions, foreign language publication, etc. Last summer, she interned for the Solar Water Project and wrote content/did research for them about international nonprofit management. She is highly skilled at writing, editing, and content creation and is looking for an opportunity that involves global affairs.

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Nikhila Vemuri (U.S.A.)
Nikhila is a rising senior at Academy At The Lakes and has a wide range of interests. She is an active member of Chorus, plays the piano, sings, plays chess, is President of Middle Division Math Club at her school and also has started a Meditation Club at her school. This past year, she has visited nursing homes and combined her passion for music and mental health by visiting patients in rehabilitation centers and helping them as they recover. She is extremely open to opportunities this summer, either remotely or in Florida, and especially non-profits, startups, and research opportunities that aim to help people and potentially bridge her passions of psychology, health, and music.

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Timothy Tu (U.S.A.)
Timothy is a recent high school graduate who will be attending SUNY Polytechnic Institute in the fall as a freshman, majoring in computer and information sciences. He has been apart of two New York On Tech programs learning web development (in html, css, javascript), one program (Tech Flex Leaders) leading to his summer internship at the J. Luce Foundation. Timothy aspires to make his future about creating applications that can help people, especially those with mental health.

WhatsApp Image 2019-07-09 at 3.39.46 PM(1)New York On Tech interns Brian, Timothy, and Wayne Peterkin are part of
our Tech Committee
. Photo: Stewardship Report.

To join the J. Luce Foundation’s Young Global Leadership Initiative, apply here ( or contact Chloe Hoang (Exec. Director) via email at More details about the Initiative are also available on our website (


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