About us

Who we are

We are a team of change-makers who believe that we should speak up to prevent discrimination and bias and call for more people to take action.

Grant Wang - Buffalo, NY

Grant Wang is the founder and president of ADG Voice Inc.

Grant is currently a senior at Williamsville East High School.  He is the founder and president of AYLUS Greater Buffalo, a youth volunteer organization committed to helping the Greater Buffalo area.  Grant has received a Hershey Heartwarming Young Heroes Award for his work with refugees, an NFJC Community Healing Award, as well as two gold and one silver President’s Volunteer Service Award medals, and he has been tutoring refugees and kids with special needs since 2020. He also has been serving on the Youth Advisory Boards of Bridges from Borders and the National Federation for Just Communities since 2022 and has been selected as a YOUNGA 2023 Delegate.

Deng Yak - Buffalo, NY
Bolly Kevin Echessa - Nairobi, Kenya
Emily Alemán - Ceiba, Puerto Rico
Maureen Wesonga - Nairobi, Kenya
Saleh Yassin - San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Aalaa Yousuf AlAufi - Muscat, Oman
VJ Jhang - Taipei, Taiwan
Aaron Raja - New York, NY
Lukumani Cyonandaro - Niamey, Niger
Abubaker Sekatuka - Kampala, Uganda
Alky Alviantyo - Bali, Indonesia
Léandre Aka - Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Reinfrida Ostack Mwalongo - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Basma Khalid Al uwaisi - Muscat, Oman
Ifeanyichukwu Osuji - Lagos, Nigeria
Tiku Christancia - Douala, Cameroon

Our Story

I live in Buffalo, NY, which is one of the top 10 cities in the United States in terms of the number of refugees resettled since 2002. Through volunteering with several refugee organizations, I have helped refugees move into houses, tutored them in English, drove them to healthcare and other services, and collected donations for household items.  I also applied for and received a grant from Youth Serve America to organize a series of welcoming events for a group of new refugee children to Buffalo.

Through these activities, I learned about the trauma and difficulties that refugees have experienced, and I felt it necessary that they be welcomed with respect and kindness in their new country. At the National Federation for Just Communities’ Social Justice Youth Empowerment Summer Program, I pitched the idea of spreading awareness of refugees by using social media with my teammates. The idea was highly rated by all the judges and won first place. And now, I am putting the idea into action!

– Grant Wang

The National Federation of Just Communities (NFJC) of WNY, Inc unveiled the NFJC Community Healing Awards on WGRZ 2 On Your Side and streaming on WGRZ+, Sunday, March 26th. Celebrating its 70th year, the NFJC of Western New York, Inc. has been recognizing both adults and youths, as well as businesses in the region, who have made a significant impact in the community over the past year. The year of 2022 has presented numerous challenges, including the pandemic, social unrest, the 5/14 Tragedy, a recent blizzard, and the ongoing economic difficulties. Through the NFJC Community Healing Awards, the NFJC WNY honored those who have contributed to the healing of the community and shed light on the positive influence each honoree has made in Western New York.

Grant Wang was recognized as the 2023 Community Healing Awardee for his dedication to making a meaningful impact on the lives of refugees and empowering young people in Western New York. His tireless efforts and vision for a united, inclusive community serve as an inspiration to us all.