Joshua helps to steward the work of GenUp as a whole, and is accountable for finance, operations, organizational governance, leadership & community empowerment, partnerships, Thrive Leadership & Hub program coordination, trainings, and WakeUp program coordination.
“I grew up in the heart of mainstream, middle-class American culture in the suburbs of Washington, DC. As I awoke in my adolescence to the state of our world, I went “mad” and set out in search of deeper meaning. For years I traveled and worked in California, Oregon, Alaska, and Hawai’i. In my early twenties, I went through a personal transformation that altered the course of my life: I saw clearly the pivotal role that our generation is being called to play in creating a thriving, just, and sustainable world for all. Supporting young people creating positive change has become the passion and purpose I wake up committed to every day.”
Joshua designed a major called “Global Youth and Social Change” at George Mason University. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Global Youth Action Network/TakingITGlobal-US and supports youth-led projects around the world. In 2008, he co-founded Global Passageways, a network of individuals and organizations working in the fields of youth and community development, contemporary rites of passage, intergenerational mentoring and collaboration, and cultural renewal. He is a lifelong student of human development and transformational education with a focus on providing young people the experiences, knowledge, and skills they need to thrive in the twenty-first century. Currently he is at work completing a book titled Generation Waking Up: How A New Generation Of Young People Is Coming Of Age And Changing Our World.
WakeUp Project Coordinator
Valerie is accountable for the development of the WakeUp experience, our interactive, multimedia, peer-led educational workshop that moves young people into lasting hope and inspired action.
“As a young woman, I adventured outward to find purpose and passion. I traveled through Central America, worked on farms, and came home to channel my energy into campus organizing around environmental and social justice issues. As I got deeper into on-the-ground projects, I began to see that change could only spread so far as awareness and popular will penetrated. In 2010, I stumbled into the life-altering opportunity to work with Generation Waking Up to create a youth version of Pachamama Alliance’s Awakening the Dreamer Symposium. While following in the footsteps of the elders in my family who helped create the content of the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium, I am able to merge my passion for spreading the message of our times with my insights as a young social change agent, to shape an experience that speaks powerfully to people of my generation.”
Valerie Love graduated from Pitzer College in 2007, with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and International and Intercultural Studies. Since graduating, Valerie has managed campaigns at Clean Water Action, coordinated the Buy Fresh Buy Local program in Contra Costa, and worked with a network of state and local governments to increase socially and environmentally responsible purchasing. She has also co-taught a college course and workshops exploring transformational leadership for social change.
Sun is accountable for the multi-faceted, day-to-day operations of GenUp and supports its overall organization, communications, volunteers, and special projects.
“As far back as I can remember, there has always been a deep-seated eagerness to “save the world” from the environmental destruction and social injustices happening all around me. My adventures traveling and living abroad in Costa Rica, South Korea, and Kenya has helped me dissolve the illusions of my own cultural limitations through personal transformation and the reconnection with nature, our human community and my own fighting spirit. I am humbled to be working with Generation Waking Up, a timely and progressive campaign, to ignite young people to bring forth a thriving, just and sustainable world.”
Sun Nguyen graduated from San Diego State University in 2010, with a B.S. in Business Administration and Management with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. After graduating, Sun continued her professional development at San Diego State University by working as a project coordinator for the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) as well as Energy Innovation Small Grants Program (EISG). As an artist and change advocate, Sun continues her quest to implement holistic and sustainable designs in her work and life.