Youth Meet & Greet

For Youth Only – A Virtual Leadership Event

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

After assessing the needs of the youth in the community, AccessCal organized an event geared to inspiring and motivating underserved youth, who struggling with isolation, stress, academics, and professional challenges. Our Leaders of Tomorrow “Speak Your Mind” virtual event, was an open forum for youth between the ages of 14 and 24 years. This event connected youth to one another, provide them with a platform to share the challenges they are facing during these uncertain times, as well as enable them to learn of the resources that are available to them, whether it is for school, work, or personal wellness.

Our event was hosted by our former Youth Program Manager, Mohammad Hijazi, and Youth Program Coordinator, Lilly Ahmed. Our exciting line-up of speakers and celebrity, included:

  • • Our Mental Health Advisor, Sheikh Yassir Fazaga, will provide recommendations on how to deal with the difficulties highlighted by the youngsters,
  • • Mr. Al Jabbar, Anaheim Union High School District, Board of Trustees – Member, will inspire the youth with his journey, and,
  • • Celebrity comedian, Amer Zahr, will bring us some laughter and share the importance of civic engagement!


Sheikh Yassir Fazaga, LMFT
AccessCal Mental Health Advisor
Al Jabbar
Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) Board of Trustees, Member
Nahla Kayali
Founder and Executive Director at AccessCal
Amer Zahr
Comedian, Speaker, Writer, and Academic


Mohammad Hijazi, MBA
Former Youth Program Manager at AccessCal
Sara Bejaoui, M.Ed
Director of Mental Health at AccessCal
Lilly Ahmed
Refugee Youth Program Coordinator 
Fellowship Program Leader