“DARE TO BE” GALA: Celebrating Immigrant Women, Trans, and GNC Leadership


Saturday, July 13, 2019, 7PM

Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square S, New York, NY, 10012
Wheelchair entrance at 243 Thomson St.

Ana Vera
Pamela Benitez

Cecilia Gentili
Alexis Torres Machado
Mori Samuels
Grecia Huesca Dominguez
Ballet Hermoso Amanecer

This year, we are celebrating those who dare to be. Women, trans, and gender non-conforming folks are at the forefront of the immigrants’ rights movement and yet so often our work is erased. We want to honor those who dare to be visible; those who fight for gender justice and immigrant justice; those who tear down binaries and borders.

Join us for a night of performances, speakers, and dancing. All tickets include dinner and open bar (21+). We will also be celebrating our most recent victory: the signing of the NY Dream Act into law. All proceeds benefit the New York State Youth Leadership Council (NYSYLC), a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

All ages are welcome. Free admission for children 13 and under. Please reserve a free ticket if they require a seat.

The New York State Youth Leadership Council (NYSYLC) is the first undocumented youth-led organization in New York. We give undocumented youth the tools and space to organize and create change for their communities. Through programs for educational advancement, grassroots organizing, leadership development, and self-expression, we create a space for undocumented youth to step into their power and create the change they wish to see.

Questions? Email donations@nysylc.org

Tickets are available at the door!

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Local 32BJ SEIU
Cyrus D Mehta & Partners
Americas Voice
Aharoni and Partners LLP
Mangal Kebab
Campesina Farms
Tito Rad’s Grill
Vive Cosmetics
Alamo Drafthouse

Check is preferred due to high credit card processing fees.
Make the check payable to "New York State Youth Leadership Council." Mail to:
New York State Youth Leadership Council
168 Canal Street Fl 6
New York, NY 10013



CECILIA GENTILI started Transgender Equity Consulting and is on the steering committee of Decrim NY. Originally from Argentina, she previously served as the Director of Policy at GMHC and manager of the Transgender Health Program at Apicha. She is a board member for Transcend Legal and Translatina Network. She performs at storytelling and stand-up comedy events where she talks about her life experiences as a Latina transgender woman.

ALEXIS TORRES MACHADO, otherwise known as AyTieM, is a Newark based rapper and actor. His song "For My Immigrants" has been shared by major news outlets such as Now This and WNYC. Follow him on instagram @therealaytiem to check out his music.

GRECIA HUESCA DOMINGUEZ is a poet from Veracruz, Mexico and a proud New Yorker since 1999. She is currently a DACA recipient and a single mother to a 7-year-old. She is the founder of the Latinx Writers Collective, a collective that aims to provide community and writing resources to Latinx Writers. 

MORI SAMUELS is a Jamaican woman who is passionate about writing poetry and baking. She is driven by the circumstances she has overcome and continues to use them as the parachute for her success.

BALLET HERMOSO AMANECER was created in early 2019. They are a cultural dance group showcasing traditional Mexican dances in New York City, with a vision to bring a little bit of Mexico to their audience through dance. They aim to build a space for folks to come together and celebrate their heritage through dance and community.


PAMELA BENITEZ of house YLC first of her name, Heir to nothing because of poverty, Queen of Memes and Sarcasm, Protector of snacks, the Mother of Turtles, the Khaleesi of the Great Concrete Sea, unafraid and unapologetic, and the breaker of iphone chargers 

ANA VERA is a 16 year old youth organizer in New York.  She is a Core Member in-training at the New York State Youth Leadership Council and she hosted IYECON 2018. This year, she is back as the host for IYECON 2019! Ana was a participant of YLC’s summer Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) in 2017. A year later, she went back to YEP 2018 as an alumni and facilitated a  workshop on story of self. Ana was part of the planning committee of our Immigrant Youth Empowerment Conference. She also facilitated a workshop about Youth Organizing and was the host during IYECON 2019 . Other important facts about Ana that you must know is that she loves Pandas and likes to take naps. Her favorite Starbucks drink is a Pink Drink and she enjoys listening to Ariana Grande.


Angy Rivera (@askangy)
David Silva (@dvidsilva)
Grecia Huesca Dominguez (@greciahdom)
Guadalupe Ambrosio (@ambrosiolupe)
Johanna Toruño (@theunapologeticallybrownseries)
Kat Lazo (@itskatlazo)
Raquel Reichard (@raquelreichard)
Susie Ximenez (@latinxproject)
Verónica Bayetti Flores (@veroconplatanos)
Ximena Ospina (@undocuqueer)


Angy Rivera
Cynthia Carvajal
Daniela Alulema
Guadalupe Jackie Muller
Ivan Rosales
Janella Valencia
Jay Dalal
Jessica Monge
Joseline Marin
Leydi Bautista
Oliver Cannell
Pamela Benitez
Roxana Herrera
Sari Mendoza



Mangal Kabob — mangalkabob.com
De Mole — demolenyc.com
La Sirena — lasirenanyc.com
DCTV — dctvny.org


Ivan Rosales
José L. Zacatelco


Aja Durgin
Ivan Rosales
Jay Dalal


Alberto Minotta
Alina Das
Alyshia Galvez
Hernan Carvente
Jennifer Queenan
Nadia Williams


Amy Biegelsen
Antara Afrin
Caitlin Forbes-Gray
Catherine Eusebio
Cesar Andrade
Daniel Auld
Denise Romero
Diane Tosh
Elissa Vinnik
Enoelia Olivares
Heidi Boghosian
Jay Dalal
Jennifer Ching
Jessica Tso
Jocelyn Munguia Chavez
Jonah Kaplan-Woolner
Luigi Mota
Maria Lozano
Meeta Anand
Nadia Williams
Nancy Yang


Olin Winn-Ritzenberg
Oliver Cannell
Patricia Forbes
Rita Kamani
Sarah Frank
Sarika Kumar
Shirley Leyro
Sofya Aptekar
Sumaya Villanueva
Victoria Antonini
Wendy Seligson
Zuly Peralta

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