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Generation Change with Leo Finelli

Generation Change with Leo Finelli

By Leo Finelli

Hi! I'm Leo. Across our world, young people are standing up for social justice and demanding change from those in power. On this podcast, I talk to inspiring Gen Zers about their work for change, and hope to inspire my listeners to make a change as well.


Leo Finelli is a Gen Z writer, songwriter, and social justice advocate. Leo is on the autism spectrum, and writes stories about topics such as racism, gun violence, and other social justice issues.
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Generation Change with Leo FinelliSep 01, 2023

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Sep 01, 202322:03
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Zoey Luna

Zoey Luna

In this episode, Leo takes you to Hollywood this month for an interview with Zoey Luna. Zoey is a girl with so much on her plate and a story to tell. She’s a Latina transgender actress, advocate, and personality. She's made appearances in films and tv shows such as "Dear Evan Hansen", and "Pose", plus she had her first break at only 16 years old in Rosario Dawson's directorial debut "Boundless". Zoey cemented her position in this career by landing one of the four lead roles in Blumhouse & Sony's "The Craft Legacy". Zoey and I talked about her acting career, the challenges she’s faced, and what she’d like to see in TV and movies.

Jul 01, 202323:27
Sara Kate Baudhuin
Jun 02, 202331:51
Molly Reed
May 02, 202323:30
Logan Rubenstein
Apr 01, 202327:38
Benjamin Kapit
Mar 02, 202322:02
Alexandra Huynh

Alexandra Huynh

Alexandra Huynh is a middle school student, a national art contest winner, and a book author. She was featured in the Art Comes Alive program by AIB TV. Her book From Tears to the Sea was the Best New Release by category on Amazon. See her artwork at or visit the Westside Market in midtown Atlanta.

Feb 01, 202316:12
Shayna Rutman
Jan 01, 202315:09
Rija Nazir
Dec 01, 202213:24
Isabel Mavrides-Calderón
Nov 01, 202212:20
Nikita Agrawal

Nikita Agrawal

On this episode we have the brilliant Nikita Agrawal. Nikita is a high school student at Whitney Young High School in Chicago, Illinois. She is president of FinPro World, a student-run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization she co-founded that is committed to educating middle and high school students on finance topics through computer programming. FinPro World gives students the opportunity to explore these areas with confidence in an encouraging environment while keeping it fun and interactive - all at no cost. Nikita is passionate about applying programming to solve real-life problems and is interested in the intersection between computer programming and finance.  


Instagram: @finproworld

Oct 01, 202214:18
Johnathan Harris
Sep 01, 202216:11
Lexi Philips
Aug 01, 202215:43
Xander Martin

Xander Martin

On this episode, Leo talks with Xander Martin, a teenage non-binary, theater obsessed queer rights activist. Xander's family started the Bowie Area Non-Binary & Transgender Gender Youth Alliance.

Jul 01, 202213:46
Isaac Hertenstein
Jun 02, 202214:59
Sophia Huynh
May 01, 202223:49
Brianna Chandler
Apr 02, 202220:58
Molly Smith
Mar 02, 202220:40
Mina Fedor and Maxwell Wong

Mina Fedor and Maxwell Wong

Mina Fedor is the founder of AAPI Youth Rising. Mina is an 8th grader from Northern California. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, learning about all things neuro and spending time with her friends, family and many pets. Mina was recently named as a Top Five Time Kid of the Year for 2021.

Maxwell Wong is a member of AAPI Youth Rising and a 9th-grade student from Northern California. Maxwell enjoys reading, debating, playing video games, and spending time with his family.

About AAPI Youth Rising: AAPI Youth Rising is a youth-led non-profit organization whose mission is to take small actions to make positive change. In March 2021, AAPI Youth Rising organized a 1,200+ person AAPI Youth Rising Rally in Berkeley, CA to bring awareness to the increase in xenophobia against Asians in America. Afterwards, AAPI Youth Rising launched the ONE/180 pledge  asking schools and teachers across the country to teach at least one day of Asian American and Pacific Islander history and culture during the school year. Since then, the group has launched social media campaigns, phone banking efforts and art activist events including the Our Diverse Voices youth art showcase in support of ethnic studies. AAPI Youth Rising has also been selected as American Girl’s partner organization for the 2022 American Girl of the Year, the first Asian American Girl of the Year, Corinne Tam.

“We as Youth have a chance to build our future, to raise our voices, and demand change…Today, my call to action is for each of you to take one lesson home. With that call to action, make your voices heard.” – Mina Fedor

Instagram: @aapiyouthrising | @mina.fedor | @maxwellw_2025



Feb 02, 202219:03
Bianca Jortner
Jan 01, 202217:32
Claire Jantzen

Claire Jantzen

Claire is a Los Angeles based artist, filmmaker and photographer.

At 15, she joined Adolescent, a media company focused on the creation of original content by youth for youth. She developed and directed short form content, serialized content, and documentary work with a focus on youth empowerment and human equality. By 18, her client list included Hasbro, Nike, Target, Disney, American Girl, Netflix and Ad Council.

In 2015, she was named one of SHOOT Magazine’s New Directors to watch.

Claire has recently focused her studies on a more interdisciplinary approach. She is currently working on projects which fuse installation, design, and video to create physical and digital spaces that challenge traditional narrative practices.

Instagram: @clairameli


Dec 01, 202120:58
Desmond Napoles

Desmond Napoles

Desmond Napoles is a multi-awarded LGBTQ advocate, outspoken gay teen, genderfluid editorial and runway model, motivational public speaker, drag performer, designer, actor, singer, LGBT influencer, and published author. They are currently working on developing a private social network for LGBTQ+ youth.

They have walked the runways at New York Fashion Week (NYFW) for several designers including Gypsy Sport, The Blonds x Disney Villains, Nicopanda's MAC Cosmetics collaboration with Macy's, Daniel Chimowitz, Dope Tavio, PimComedy, Adrian Alicea, Rebirth Garments, and MRHUA MRSHUA. Additional collaborations include Brussels Airlines, Canon USA, Chimera Lashes, Claire's Stores, Converse, Daftboy Fans, Drag Queen Merch, Fluide, GLAAD, GLSEN, Human Rights Campaign, Luar x The Love Ball, Lush Cosmetics, Manic Panic NYC, Marc Jacobs, Mattel, NYC Pride, and The Phluid Project.

They live in New York City with their parents (Mom and Dad) and their family pets that include cats and parrots. Hobbies including coding, scripting, and playing video games, 3D graphics modeling, experimenting with makeup, costuming, creating content to share with their fans, visiting amusement parks, and hiking. Desmond's favorite subject in school is math. In the future, they would like to pursue a career as a roller coaster engineer or video game designer.

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Sep 01, 202122:24
Kezia Rice
Aug 01, 202116:49
Thanasi Dilos
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Isabel Hope
Jun 01, 202116:33
Jasmine Lunia
May 01, 202120:51
Shiden Tekle
Apr 01, 202120:04
Chessy Prout
Mar 01, 202122:41
Michael Platt
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Cole Middleton
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