Chris Aldana is the KINETIC and Youth Organizer, and is responsible for developing and implementing leadership and organizing programs for a diverse community of immigrant and refugee high school students in Chicago Public Schools. Chris brings over six years of experience in curriculum design and workshop facilitation in high school, college, and community settings. She has worked with young people across the Midwest and South East Asia to develop their leadership skills, and equip them with the tools to create change in their communities. She has been volunteering with Advancing Justice since 2017, and currently organizes with the immigrant rights working group of A Just Chi. Chris is the founder of Luya Poetry, a local organization that uses poetry to bring together communities of color, to build solidarity around issues important to us, and to reclaim our cultures and histories. Chris received her BA in Political Science and French from the Ohio State University. She is passionate about using art and cultural work as tools for popular education, and likes her adobo with turmeric and coconut milk.
KINETIC and Youth Organizer