Kenny Nguyen


Director of Youth Programs


Education Policy Center

Kenny Nguyen is the Director of Youth Programs at the New York Civil Liberties Union. Kenny coordinates the Teen Activist Project -- the NYCLU's marquee youth organizing program with more than 150 members in New York City. As part of the NYCLU's Education Policy Center, Kenny will work alongside young activists to engage them on civil rights and civil liberties issues, especially as they relate to education.

Prior to joining the NYCLU, Kenny finished his M.A. in Human Rights Studies at Columbia University. During his studies, he focused on the rights of children and young people in armed conflict, LGBTQ+ children, and refugee and immigrant children. Kenny has extensive experience working with young people. He served as an English Language Assistant and Cultural Ambassador in Spain, and he developed and delivered human rights workshops with various youth groups in Colombia. His passion for social justice and human rights derived from his family’s history with immigration and conflict.

Kenny is originally from Lowell, Massachusetts. In his free time, Kenny likes to travel, cook delicious dishes, drink bubble tea, take long walks in the park, and watch Netflix.