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Helen Li, President

Helen Li, President of Young Ambassadors of America Foundation(YAAF) pursuing a double major in Finance and International Business, Georgetown University.

Helen became interested in non-profit organizations during her reigns as National Ambassador 2009, Miss Teen Houston International 2011, and Miss District of Columbia Intercontinental 2012. Helen was crowned Miss Teen Houston International in March 2011. Winning a title in the fourth largest city in the United States instantly put her into the spotlight. She spent her year serving the city of Houston and working with various non-profit organizations. During her reign as Miss Teen Houston, she promoted Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention, and emphasized the importance of giving the youth the opportunity for education.pursuing a double major in Finance and International Business.

She volunteered her time and efforts with several organizations, such as Health bridge Children's Hospital, La Casa Esperanza, Best Buddies, and the City of Houston in order to promote her platform.pursuing a double major in Finance and International Business.

Helen has always had a passion for fine arts. She has played the piano since age 5, and danced competitively since the age of 7. After winning a national talent competition in 2009, she chose to donate her $2,500 cash prizes to two orphanages for abandoned girls that were close to her heart--one in Jiangxi, China, and the other in Chongqing, China. The orphans, many with physical and mental disabilities, were victims of China's One-Child Policy. Because of Helen's passion for education, the money was used to construct two small libraries, each filled with over 150 books and three computers. She visited the Chongqing orphanage in July 2010, where she interacted with the children and helped teach them English.pursuing a double major in Finance and International Business.

Her plans She hopes for the organization are to grow it internationally, promoting worldwide, multinational educational connections.

Barry Cunningham, Board member

Barry Cunningham is an Emmy-award winning reporter and television news producer, with more than 45 years of experience in both print and electronic journalism. He has been an accredited White House Correspondent, United Nations Correspondent, and Chief European Correspondent, based in London. For the past several years he has been based in New York City, covering local news and a wide range of foreign assignments in South America, Southeast Asia, China and Eastern Europe. Most recently, Cunningham served as Foreign Copy Editor and columnist for Global Times, an English-language daily newspaper in Beijing, China. Cunningham is the author of a 30-year history of crime in New York City, and he has spent many years reporting on developments inside the criminal justice system.

In the 1980s, Cunningham served as chief European correspondent for Metromedia News (now Fox News), based in London. Among the highlights, he reported on the Solidarity struggle in Poland and the historic three-way meeting of Pope John Paul II, Lech Walesa, and Soviet puppet dictator General Jaruzelski---the showdown that eventually led to the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe.

During the Reagan years, Cunningham served as Metromedia’s White House correspondent, traveling with President Ronald Reagan to global summit meetings and interviewing several heads of state. He returned to Washington, DC, in 1985 and spent the next five years reporting from the State Department and Capitol Hill. Cunningham returned to New York in 1990 as a local news reporter for WB 11 News (WPIX-TV) and in 2003 served as a field producer at Fox 5 News until his retirement in 2008.

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