About

Hi! My name is Deborah Chang (張元悅 in Chinese) and I use she/her pronouns. I was born in Queens, New York to immigrant parents who came to the United States in order to make a better life for their families. While I grew up poor, I was surrounded by a community of friends, family, and educators who made sure that I was equipped with the skills, resources, and community supports needed to thrive. I am now founder of the Youth Power Coalition, a non-profit whose mission is to power youth-led collective impact, as well as a speaker, consultant, and writer. I believe that it is our shared responsibility to guarantee that ALL young people are equipped to thrive as happy, healthy, and impactful citizens of the world. I write to share lessons learned, to hear from some of the smartest folks on the internet (that’s you!), and to push the boundaries of what we imagine is possible.