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Nov. 6 & 7, 2021
An Online Event
Facilitators and Speakers
Erioluwa Adeyinka (Nigeria)
Erioluwa Adeyinka is a global community manager, experience designer and educator with experience working on various projects in education, youth and business development across five continents.
He is currently the global community organizer at YouthxYouth, a global youth-led movement of education activists radically reimagining learning as liberation of people and planet.
Erioluwa is a Global Youth Ambassador at Theirworld (UK), YALI RLC Alumnus, member of UNMGCY, an AIESECer, Ashoka Young Changemaker and other prestigious youth fellowships. He is certified in organisational leadership, civic leadership, peace building, social entrepreneurship, business and project management.
Jay Bates Domenech (USA)
Jay is a non-binary teen from Logan Utah, they are co-chair of a youth council for a local domestic violence and abuse recovery and education center and a co-president for their local GSA. They attended the ACLU National Advocacy Institute in 2021 and has spoke at multiple local parades and protests. They love snakes, musicals, and sitcoms.
Addie Lentzer (USA)
Hi! My name is Addie Lentzer. I am a high school senior at Arlington Memorial High School in Southern Vermont. I co-founded the Vermont Anti-Racism Network, a group of students working to build anti-racist schools through curriculum and policy change. Along with anti-racism and education reform, I am an advocate for ending homelessness and work with a coalition of advocates and lived experience experts to push for addressing homelessness in Vermont through both activism and legislation.
I strive to use the power of youth voice to enact social change as long as I am young enough to leverage it!
Chuying Huo (Canada)
Chuying Huo serves as the co-founder and Executive Director of Auteur Magazine, a digital publication that accepts work from youth around the globe. Her work has been featured in various publications including, Yale Daily News, The Stanford Daily, Los Angeles Times, Youth Journalism International among others. In 2021, she received the International Excellence in Journalism award for conducting an investigation into the pandemic's mental health impact on youth. Beyond creative writing, she works on numerous research projects with universities related to COVID-19, public policy, and data science. She aims to foster creativity in today's youth to become the leaders of tomorrow.
Chebijira Esther (Uganda)
Chebijira Esther is very passionate about quality and inclusive Education. She teaches in a rural primary school ensuring that all children regardless of their gender, socio economic backgrounds have access to quality Education. She is the co-founder of Girl Guards Initiative, a local nonprofit that equips youth and teacher volunteers with skills, knowledge, attitudes and values to create communities that support girls to dream and thrive. She spends 90% of her time with young people.
She is a Teach for Uganda fellow, an International Baccalaureate scholar, a Global Girls Education fellow, Former Mentor at Educate and African Change Makers Alumnus.
Esther holds a Bachelor's degree in Education from Makerere University.
Ayesha Shaikh (Pakistan)
Ayesha Shaikh, the youngest winner of the Diana Award, for promoting quality education, health and producing solutions for sustainability in communities!
Ayesha Shaikh is the Alumna for IWP(International Writing Program) from the University Of Iowa, USA. She's a driven young person who believes in sharing her knowledge to empower young people and help those in need. Despite facing social challenges, her commitment to teaching creativity for earning to youth has supported almost 550 struggling families during the pandemic.
Ayesha is a committed educator who has trained hundreds of people through her public speaking, debating, creative writing, and ‘how to earn online’ courses, which have allowed participants to earn from the skills they have developed.
Ayesha conducts youth conferences and campaigns on women’s empowerment and human rights and actively chairs the national and international ‘Model United Nations.’
Ayesha also started a mental health awareness campaign through which she helped youth with career counseling, mental health therapies, and business start-ups to continue UN's sustainable development goals.
Srisha Raj (USA)
Hello, my name is Srisha Raj. If I were to describe myself, it would be as a firecracker passionate about almost anything--ranging from social justice to differential calculus. However, I am most passionate about what those two things have in common: rates of change. In embarking on this journey, I aim to amplify unheard/ taboo narratives by making discussion open and accessible to all. I value engaging respectfully in challenging conversations to pave a better tomorrow. I am an avid fan of sudoku, cooking, and binging K-dramas.
Elyssa Lassair (USA)
Elyssa Lassair is a self-driven and self-motivated student living in New Orleans, Louisiana. Driven by the goal to inspire and motivate the youth, Elyssa takes pride in the interest of re-imagining future education, criminal justice; youth, trans, women's, social, and racial justice. Elyssa has made contributions throughout her school by creating and executing the Committee of Equity and Inclusion, a committee and board committed to bringing more diversity and inclusion centered in her own playing grounds. In the academic setting, Elyssa has maintained a 4.6 GPA while taking honors and AP classes, all while being an active member in Speech and Debate and Track and Field. Outside of school, Elyssa has participated in the national ACLU Summer Program, centered to educate, uplift, and find opportunity for youth involved in the topic of advocacy.
Carlos Manuel Jarquin (USA)
17 year old with a mission to reduce landfills & eliminate their emissions. Author of "100 Nano-Stories: Bookmarked!"
Mahi Thakur (India)
Mahi Thakur is a 21 year old girl from India. Disillusioned with the education system that's promises to provide solutions to the world problems but is only pushing toward the edge of the cliff, she walked out of that system.
Maria Ortega (USA)
Hi, My name is Maria Ortega I`m from Austin Tx I go to LASA High. I love to explore nature I enjoy doing art. I love Disney my favorite character is one is cruella. I enjoy writing in my free time and have been part of several social justice organizations. I'm a strong advocate for human rights and equity.
Praja Tickoo (USA)
A 16-year-old student, has spent the last four years learning Design Thinking. In the summer of 2019, as part of a design thinking program, he participated in a collaborative effort to design a better ankle brace for a multiple sclerosis patient. This experience revealed to him the power that young people have to reshape their world, while reinforcing his conviction that problems can only be solved by questioning assumptions and involving those directly affected.
Praja has taken multiple courses in design thinking associated with institutions such as IDEO, the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University. Additionally, he is the founder of Impact The Future, an organization aimed at teaching the process of design thinking to middle and high school students. He continues to work through Impact The Future to empower students to break down their assumptions of society, develop their skills of critical thinking, problem solving and creativity, and work to have an impact on the world.
Yasmin Bhan (USA)
Yasmin Bhan is an NYC high school senior and the On-Air TV Host of a program called “Brazilians of New York”, which spotlights the unique Brazilian cultural contribution to the fast-paced NYC environment. Yasmin lived in Brazil for several years, where she absorbed the love of people that pervades Rio culture and which her Carioca mother brought to her home in New York. She has inherited a fascination for the individual stories of each member of her community and seeks to understand and share the unique personal histories that combine to shape our shared experience.
Additionally, Yasmin works with multiple environmental justice organizations planning strikes and rallies to fight against climate-driven disadvantages facing underprivileged communities. She writes a column for “Comunidade News” in addition to her award winning school newspaper. For several years, she has been studying Communications, Journalism, and Climate Change at institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania and Yale, and has participated in the Youth Culture: Race Identity and Social Behavior program at the School of the New York Times.
Hasini lakshminarayanan (India)
Child activist 13 y/o. Young freelance writer for the leading daily in India. The Hindu founder of the first step. Youngest board member of CHILD CHAPTER NGO. TEDX speaker
Farzana Tasnim (USA)
Hey everyone! I am an undergraduate pre-law student at New York University intending for a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology. My passions include social justice, politics, and international relations.
As the founder of Path to Student Awareness, I have spearheaded many student-led programs and events to fight for a more progressive society. I have ample experience as a tutor and mentor for the less-privileged. I am also a human rights advocate interested in raising awareness in young leaders of our society. In my free time, I love to blog about my recent political interests and thoughts at https://wp.nyu.edu/contrarytowhitebelief/; check it out!
George Karani (Kenya)
I am the founder of frontforumfocus a youth led non profit aimed at bringing like minded people together to solve issues in our society.
Amritangshu Ghosh (India)
Author, Social Activist and Researcher on the topic- 'LIFE BEYOND DEATH'
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