october, 2020

10oct1:30 pmYouth Activism & Community Engagement1:30 pm

Event Details

Join us and a panel of youth community leaders and activists as we discuss the power of civic youth engagement.  What are some examples of ways youth can be civically engaged beyond voting? What issues motivate you to take action? If a person feels strongly about a particular issue, how do they figure out what next steps to take? 

Funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Speakers for this event

  • Choetsow Tenzin

    Choetsow Tenzin

    Choetsow Tenzin is a co-founder of the Coalition for the Common Good, through which she co-authored and lobbied for Virginia 2018 Senate bill 953, introducing mental health curriculum into schools. In addition to writing policy proposals and lobbying, throughout her life, Choetsow is heavily involved in student leadership, student activism, and community service. As a Tibetan American, she maintains a strong passion for human rights issues and international affairs. She is currently a sophomore studying Social Studies with a secondary in Education and a citation in Chinese Language Studies at Harvard University.

  • Daniela Sanchez

    Daniela Sanchez

    Daniela Sánchez is from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She graduated from Tufts University in 2020 with a double major in Spanish and Latin American Studies. She currently works at Tisch College as the Student Outreach Coordinator, working closely with JumboVote, Tufts University’s non-partisan student organization that focuses on civic engagement and voter turnout. Her life dream is to become a clown and use theatre as a tool for social change.

  • Ramya Kumar

    Ramya Kumar

    Ramya Kumar is a third-year neuroscience and global health student at Northeastern University. She is the President of Northeastern University Global Health Initiative and an executive board member on Northeastern University Doctors without Borders. Ramya leads several research projects examining health disparities disproportionately affecting Black and Hispanic communities in the U.S., advocates for environmental justice legislature in Boston, and works with organizations around the country to dismantle and combat the effects of racism in healthcare. She centralizes fighting for health inequity in her education, research, activism, and life. Ramya hopes to get an MD and a PhD in epidemiology after her time at Northeastern to clinically work against unjust health outcomes.

  • Samuel M. Gebru

    Samuel M. Gebru

    Samuel M. Gebru is an Ethiopian American social entrepreneur and community organizer. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Black Lion Strategies, a boutique social impact consulting firm, building on his 15 years of political and nonprofit experience in the U.S. and his native Ethiopia. Samuel has most recently served as the Massachusetts Development and Partnerships Manager at Generation Citizen, where he led state policy and advocacy, fund development, and strategic partnerships, including serving as the Manager of the Massachusetts Civic Learning Coalition. Born in Sudan to Ethiopian parents, Samuel moved to the U.S. at age three in 1995 and was raised by his single mother in Cambridge, MA. He discovered his vocation for public service as a 13-year-old bringing attention to maternal health issues and raising funds for women suffering from obstetric fistula in Ethiopia. He has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Cambridge Community Center, Generation Citizen Massachusetts, City of Cambridge Family Policy Council, and the Cambridge Public School District’s Superintendent Transition Team. He currently serves as a board member at Just-A-Start Corporation, member of the City of Cambridge City Manager’s Advisory Committee, advisory committee member at the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, and advisory board member at the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research of Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Samuel was a 2017 candidate for Cambridge City Council and remains deeply involved in his hometown's civic life.

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