Lead The Convo

Leading the discussion on social issues for youth.


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Organization Members

Our organization members are built up of the execs, core team, and advocates who contribute to the success of our organization.


3000+

Participants

Our participants come to the workshops and events we provide each month. As well as people who participate in our social media platforms.


100,000+

Impacted

We've reached many people with the information, events, and content provided by our organization.


Lead The Convo Eco Club Initiative



The Eco Club is a way to spread awareness about Climate Change and Environmental issues through posts, challenges and activities.With monthly initiatives, the Eco Club works towards building eco-friendly communities and safer environments.



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About

During the discussion of social injustices was brought up in a Highschool french class. Our three founders, Rand, Shanelle, and Pia, were quick to lead the conversation. From talking about the #BlackLivesMatter Movement during the spring and summer of 2020 to the Asian Hate Crime arising from the COVID-19 Virus to how a plastic disposable mask can harm animals. Thus, Lead The Convo started on October 15 of 2020.Lead The Convo is a non-profit organization based in Toronto that welcomes all to join the community. With the mission to use our platforms to lead the discussion for youth and others. We want to provide information and tools for the future generation to have knowledgeable conversations about social issues happening worldwide. Our goal is to shine a light on social issues that aren’t being covered in the news and media. A greater understanding of knowledge is essential for students to understand and interpret each other.Follow us on our journey @leadtheconvo on Instagram.

Our Pillars

Co-Founder, Head of Business Development Programs

Pia Manipol

She launched a successful youth-led organization you see before you to encourage the betterment of the community. Her responsibilities include directing a highly efficient group of executives and keeping up with daily operations. As a program director here at Lead the Convo, she delegates the program coordinators to organize high audience workshops/events for teens ages 14 - 18 by emailing guest speakers, grant searching, and scheduling timelines. Her hobbies include reading, exploring the city, and volunteering.She is known to be extremely passionate with being involved in her community. Last year she logged 300+ hours volunteering for youth organizations, fundraisers, programs for students with special needs, and much more. This is because she believes that it brings her joy and gives her a purpose.

Co-Founder, Head of Funding & Grants

Rand Finjan

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Co-Founder, Head of Social Media & Marketing

Shanelle Salangit

Shanelle is one of our three Co-founders of Lead the Convo. Her responsibilities include guiding the Public Affairs team, monitoring the posts and creating strategies on how to get the page more interactions. Shanelle also makes sure that the team is posting content on all platforms, ensuring that there is content ready to post and making sure that all content is appropriate. Her hobbies include volunteering, hanging out with friends and singing.Shanelle is very passionate about volunteering for the youth. During her spare time, Shanelle likes to lead Confirmation classes to prepare adolescents for their next sacrament. Shanelle has been volunteering for the church since she was in grade 8 and wants to share her knowledge with everyone she can.

Secretary

Shabadleen Sandhu

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Co-Program Coordinator

Alexandrea Abungin

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Presentation Lead

Lourdes Colleen Wallace

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Research Director

Naicey Portus

Naicey Portus serves as the Research Director and works in the Public Relations sector of Lead The Convo. In her position, she oversees the researchers that pour their passion into the articles on the Lead The Convo Instagram page and acts as the editor on all written pieces. As an immigrant and woman of colour, she knows first hand of the struggles faced by marginalized groups, and has been adamant on advocating for and making meaningful change for eons. In her little free time, she enjoys reading sappy romance or fiction that hits too close to home, blasting Taylor Swift, and playing volleyball. Proving the fact that Naicey is an avid reader, die-hard Swiftie, and competitive volleyball player! Aside from her position at LTC, Naicey maintains leadership positions on both her school and club volleyball team, is part of a Model UN team that has been recognized as top 10 in Canada, a member of her school’s Environmental Alliance and Wellness Committee, as well as an altar server for her local church!

Social Media Coordinator

Chantle Jovellanos

Chantle works in the marketing department and is In charge of handling all network platforms such as Instagram and TikTok. She invents many creative ideas and uses her positivity to boost the Lead the Convo growth in popularity. Usually you can see her face on Tik Tok or on our Instagram stories. She also responds to messages online and reaches out to other organizations. Inspired by the many strong women seen in television such as Elle Woods and Barbie. Lately Chantle has been extremely passionate about advocating for abuse victims. Chantle’s has a wide variety of interests and passions. She has hobbies including reading different genres of books, baking sweet cakes and going on bike rides with friends. She enjoys watching k-dramas and listening to artists such as Mitski, SZA and Lana Del Rey. Chantle is a part of many other extra curricular activities such as being her school's Grade 9 Representative and STEAM Grade 9 representative. She is also involved in clubs such as Give Club, Best Buddies, Model UN, HOSA and Yearbook Committee. She also works as a math teacher at an after school mental math program UCMASThe special message Chantle would like to put out is of persistence and integrity despite hardship. Don’t let anybody or anything stop you from reaching your potential and accomplishing dreams that benefit yourself and others. We cannot live life lingering for a moment but instead lead with kindness and optimism for whatever comes next.

Director of Graphic Design

Shaina Lecitona

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Eco Club Mediator

Nathaniel Ambedkar

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Director of Graphic Design

Shaina Lecitona

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Eco Club Mediator

Nathaniel Ambedkar

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Director of Graphic Design

Shaina Lecitona

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Eco Club Mediator

Nathaniel Ambedkar

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Blog

AAPI Awareness April

April 20-27, 2021

Lead the Convo and multiple creators and organizations lead the conversation on the struggles that the Asian community have to endure. Check out the lives on our Instagram account.

AAPI Awareness April

April 20-27, 2021

Lead the Convo and multiple creators and organizations lead the conversation on the struggles that the Asian community have to endure. Check out the lives on our Instagram account.

AAPI Awareness April

April 20-27, 2021

Lead the Convo and multiple creators and organizations lead the conversation on the struggles that the Asian community have to endure. Check out the lives on our Instagram account.

AAPI Awareness April

April 20-27, 2021

Lead the Convo and multiple creators and organizations lead the conversation on the struggles that the Asian community have to endure. Check out the lives on our Instagram account.

AAPI Awareness April

April 20-27, 2021

Lead the Convo and multiple creators and organizations lead the conversation on the struggles that the Asian community have to endure. Check out the lives on our Instagram account.

AAPI Awareness April

April 20-27, 2021

Lead the Convo and multiple creators and organizations lead the conversation on the struggles that the Asian community have to endure. Check out the lives on our Instagram account.

AAPI Awareness April

April 20-27, 2021

Lead the Convo and multiple creators and organizations lead the conversation on the struggles that the Asian community have to endure. Check out the lives on our Instagram account.

AAPI Awareness April

April 20-27, 2021

Lead the Convo and multiple creators and organizations lead the conversation on the struggles that the Asian community have to endure. Check out the lives on our Instagram account.

AAPI Awareness April

April 20-27, 2021

Lead the Convo and multiple creators and organizations lead the conversation on the struggles that the Asian community have to endure. Check out the lives on our Instagram account.


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Our Past Events

AAPI Awareness April

April 20-27, 2021

Lead the Convo and multiple creators and organizations lead the conversation on the struggles that the Asian community have to endure. Check out the lives on our Instagram account.

Deaf Awareness April

April 14, 2021

Lead the Convo holds a Deaf Awareness Workshop with two special guests, Amar Mangat (@signwithamar on Instagram) and Brandon Glass (@mind.body.andsign on Instagram).

Eco Club Launch

March 27, 2021

Lead the Convo launches their very own Eco-Club! Their first social was on April 8th, 2021.

Discord Launch

March 20, 2021

Lead the Convo launches their discord server open to the community! Join here!

Leaders Writing Letters

March 13, 2021

Lead the Convo announces their first ever workshop! Giving back to the community, leaders will write to the elderly.

Rings 4 Rights

February 1-28, 2021

Lead the Convo partners up with Olive and Oak Jewelry (@oliveandoak.jewellery on instagram) to donate to a Freedom Schools Toronto.

Advocate Program Launch

January 26, 2021

Lead the Convo has their first ever meeting with their first advocate group, officially launching their advocate program!

Mental Health Mondays

January 11, 2021

Lead the Convo introduces Mental Health Mondays. A weekly event about Mental Health and guide readers to a positive and healthy mindset.


Get Involved


Join Our Advocate Team


A teen advocate is a young adult who serves the community by taking on the role of a peer educator through Lead the Convo and awareness campaigns.Being an advocate at Lead the Convo means contributing to the external aspects of the organization. Unlike the exec team’s responsibilities that are more behind the scenes, many will see the work you are doing. It also means a lot less commitment to the organization compared to an exec position.



Connect with us.

There are many ways to support our missions. Contact us to find out more about volunteer opportunities, fundraising events, and ways to get our message to your family and friends!Sponsor OpportunitiesIf you are interested in sponsoring our endeavour, please send us an email at leadtheconvo.outreach@gmail.com. If you have any questions or would like to accept the sponsorship package and finalize the partnership, please contact us using the information above.
If you would like to view our content and what we do, please refer to Instagram as it is our biggest platform currently. We would be delighted to discuss more opportunities in detail and make accommodations that benefit your company’s needs.


About

During the discussion of social injustices was brought up in a Highschool french class. Our three founders, Rand, Shanelle, and Pia, were quick to lead the conversation. From talking about the #BlackLivesMatter Movement during the spring and summer of 2020 to the Asian Hate Crime arising from the COVID-19 Virus to how a plastic disposable mask can harm animals. Thus, Lead The Convo started on October 15 of 2020.Lead The Convo is a non-profit organization based in Toronto that welcomes all to join the community. With the mission to use our platforms to lead the discussion for youth and others. We want to provide information and tools for the future generation to have knowledgeable conversations about social issues happening worldwide. Our goal is to shine a light on social issues that aren’t being covered in the news and media. A greater understanding of knowledge is essential for students to understand and interpret each other.Follow us on our journey @leadtheconvo on Instagram.

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