Students NextUP is a grassroots/non-partisan student run organization operating under CA-25 United for Progress, with the goal of getting students involved, registered to vote, and engaged in advocacy to make political and social change throughout their communities. Students NextUP Projects


Voter Registration

Town Hall for Our Lives

Walk Out for Our Lives

Donation Drives

Arroyo Clean Up

Rock the Polls Concert Students NextUP Chapters


Santa Clarita

Simi Valley Students NextUP Join Us


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Meet The NextUP Team

Sebastian Cazares

NextUP Lead / 25UP Representative

Sebastian Cazares is a student organizer and lifelong resident of CA-25. After years of state and national recognition with Speech and Model United Nations, humanitarian projects for Rotary club, and local activism and campaign work, Sebastian is passionate about positive change through 25UP and NextUP. Sebastian was elected to be College of the Canyons’ Student Government Preisdent. Coming from a family of Mexican immigrants and Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria, he is dedicated to a life of advocacy for issues such as immigrant's rights, civil rights, economic justice, universal healthcare, empowering the youth, and fighting other injustices to make a better nation and community.

Giovanni Pope

Antelope Valley Lead

Giovanni Pope is an African American, Christian, and Queer high school student from Southern California. He’s a youth activist and leader, orator, and social media influencer working  towards involving more young people in politics and activism. He also serves as Associated Student Body Secretary and Gay Straight Alliance President at Lancaster High School. He strives to empower people by helping them find their voice and creating a kinder stronger community through healing and tolerance.

Hailey Gonzales

Antelope Valley Lead

Hailey is a 17-year-old activist. She went to Eastside for 2 years where she participated in multiple activist clubs including one that fought sexual harassment on campus. She's currently enrolled at AVC studying political science and minoring in philosophy. She wants to pursue a career in law and work towards helping immigrant families in court.