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Our Team
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Hi! My name is Isabel Hope and I am a 17-year-old youth activist from Tuscaloosa, AL. Aside from my work with Meddling Kids Movement, I am the Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Yellowhammer Youth, a student run digital space for young people in Alabama to share their voices through opinion writing. I have also led the Alabama Youth Climate Strike, served as President of March For Our Lives Tuscaloosa, was Social Media Manager of Students Demand Action Montgomery, AL, and volunteered on 4 election campaigns. I am super passionate about youth rights, gun reform, and political comedy. I also love cats. 

Founder/Executive Director

ISABEL HOPE

Hi there! My name is Stephen Baker, I am an 18-year-old activist from California. My work in activism includes Meddling Kids Movement, Team Enough Leader, and a Bernie 2020 intern. I led the San Diego March for Our Lives, organized a BIPOC oriented high school club focusing on uplifting minority voices, and helped pass gun legislation in my city. My passions are rooted in civil rights, indigenous rights, youth activism, and gun reform legislation.

Field Director/Graphics

STEPHEN BAKER

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Hi! I'm Abbie La Porta, and I'm an 18-year-old college freshman from State College, PA. I'm currently studying architectural engineering at Penn State University, and in my career, I hope to create buildings with zero carbon footprint. I first became involved in youth activism after the Santa Fe high school shooting, planning National Die-In Day with a team of students from around the country. In addition to being Meddling Kids Movement's Social Media Director, I'm a member of the Zero Hour operations team, chapter lead for March For Our Lives, and hub co-lead for Sunrise Movement. I love anything to do with science, technology, the environment, music, or basketball.

Social Media Director

ABBIE LA PORTA

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Hi! My name is Ryan Hachey and I’m a 15-year-old from Bethesda, Maryland. I am very passionate about politics and public policy, and try to be involved in government as much as possible.  Growing up so close to Washington D.C, I see first hand the impact decisions in congress can have in my community, and am lucky enough to be able to participate directly in the legislative process. Outside of this, I am also very involved with my school’s debate club, model United Nations, and mock trial teams. I am a principal chair french horn player, and a member of the French Honors society as well. I am excited to be the Policy Director for MKM, and am looking forward to helping youth from all over the world become politically active in their communities.

Policy Director

RYAN HACHEY

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Hey! I’m Lillian Minor, I’m 17-years-old, and I’m a senior at Owen J Roberts High School. I plan to study screenwriting in college, with a minor in human rights. I became a feminist (and ultimately an activist) because of my mother, the first woman to go to college in my family, who taught me the value of gender equity. I’m honored to work as MKM’s Gender Equity Director, as well as the state Student Activist Coordinator for Amnesty International. I’m currently working on fighting period poverty in my home state of Pennsylvania, and when I’m not busy with activism you can catch me writing, acting, or reading.

Gender Equity Director

LILLIAN MINOR

Hey, I’m Debbie Goldberg, a 17-year-old from the Philadelphia area. I got involved with activism when I organized a gun violence prevention club at my school. Soon after, I joined March For Our Lives Philadelphia, and I am currently one of the student leaders of the chapter. I am passionate about gun violence prevention, reducing inner-city violence, and helping inner-city youth. Outside of activism, I enjoy spending time with friends, watching This Is Us and Grey’s Anatomy, and working with children. I am hoping to become a pediatric occupational therapist in the future.

Gun Violence Prevention Director

DEBBIE GOLDBERG

Hello! I’m Diamond Kifle, a 16-year-old from Columbia, Maryland. I was indirectly involved with activism at a summer program I attended on social justice and public policy the summer of my sophomore year. While I was always passionate about youth activism, that year was the first time I’d actually learned about how I can help. I got involved in a local movement trying to combat sexual assault called the Nomen Nescio Project and began writing for an online blog geared towards women of color. I have the strongest hatred for avocados, and my favorite movie is V for Vendetta.

Racial Justice Director

DIAMOND KIFLE

Hello, there! I’m Sthuthi Satish, a 16-year-old youth activist from Bangalore, India. I’ve always considered myself a feminist and my activism journey began at the United Nations Headquarters in February of 2018- where I spoke about the importance of involving more women and girls in science and policy making. Apart from my work with the Meddling Kids Movement, I am the Girls in Science Advocate for the Royal Academy of Science International Trust, and founded the Girls in Science 4 SDGs International Platform. I am also currently serving as an Ambassador for Bytes of Code. Apart from my activism, I possess the ability to geek out about anything biology at 3 AM, and I aspire to be a doctor. I also serve as the Head of Research and Development for Broccoli Brains.

LGBTQIA+ Rights Director

STHUTHI SATISH

Hi! My name is Emily Weinberg and I’m an 18-year-old from Lexington, Massachusetts. In my freshman year, my depression was really hard to manage, but I soon found activism; something that gave me hope for the future and a reason to get up. My journey as an activist began when I organized the walkout at my high school after Parkland, and soon led to me co-founding a gun violence prevention group, “Lexington Says #Enough”. More recently, I have been working on mental health advocacy. Last year I made a mental health website, called Sophrosyne Mental Health and had a rally for mandatory mental health education (Brave New Films made a documentary about us!) I’ve done work for the Cory Booker campaign as well. My dream job is to work for the UN and travel the world and then eventually run for office.

Mental Health Awareness Director

EMILY WEINBERG

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Deputy Social Media Director

DORAN WALTERS

Hey! My name is Doran Walters. I am a high school senior from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I first got involved in activism during the March For Our Lives in 2018. That was amazing and we had 4,000 people show up in Oklahoma. I am currently the co-lead for MFOL OKC. I have also worked with Youth Climate Strike and I am beyond excited to be working with MKM. I love working social media because through it I’m able to connect and educate so many people. Outside of activism, I work with animals. I love working with everything from stingrays to elephants. I know about a million random facts about animals and would be happy to share them with you. 

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Gender Equity Team member

ZHI ZHI CHIA

Hello! I am Zhi Zhi–an 18-year-old feminist from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Aside from being a member of the MKM Gender Equity Team, I am also the founder of a feminist blog called Feminist Apprentice where I write about my views on various feminist topics. Furthermore, I am a Malaysian Youth Ambassador for World Literacy Foundation, a young journalist for the Star (a national newspaper), and a volunteer at Amnesty International Malaysia. I do not like anything spontaneous, I have 5 dogs, I am obsessed with FRIENDS, I unwind by having a secret dance party with myself and my iPod, and as nerdy as this may seem, I actually enjoy studying. 

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Gender Equity/Mental Health Awareness Team member

SHAYNA RUTMAN

Hello! My name is Shayna Rutman and I am 17-years-old from San Diego, CA. Outside of acting as a team member of Meddling Kids Movement, I founded Purses for a Purpose- an organization where I collect donated purses and travel sized toiletries to deliver to homeless women. I am also involved in my high school’s marching band (clarinetist!), I partake in leadership roles for social action clubs at my school, and boxing. I am very passionate about gender equality, gun control, and everything else. I also love my puppy and guinea pig.

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Gun Violence Prevention Team member

ZOE SHORE

Hi! My name is Zoe Shore. I’m 15-years-old, I live in Tuscaloosa, AL, and I’m a member of the Education Team. My first real encounter in activism was after the 2016 election when I attended the Women’s March on Washington. That experience inspired me to do more and be more politically active so I joined MKM. About my life outside of the GVP Team, I’m a theatre junkie, and pretty much exclusively listen to showtunes. I’m also an avid reader and movie lover.

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Gun Violence Prevention Team Member

SYDNA KENNEDY

Hi! I’m Sydna Kennedy, I am a 17-year-old youth activist from Lake City, CA. I first got involved in activism in sixth grade, when I learned about feminism. In recent years, I have become very passionate about gun control, encouraging youth to vote, and reproductive rights. Some of my favorite movies are Lady Bird, Booksmart, and Shazam. I love to read, write, and hope to go into the film industry someday.

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Gun Violence Prevention Team member

JULIA HEILRAYNE

Hey y’all! My name is Julia, I’m 18, and I’m from Austin, Texas. I am a senior at Austin High School, and I have 7 siblings and 3 dogs. Next year in college, I will be studying nursing, with an end goal of being a pediatric nurse. I have always been involved in activism, but got very active with in gun violence prevention after someone I knew was killed in a domestic violence situation. I organized and spoke at the TX Capitol Walkout for Gun Safety, and I have done more work with gun violence stuff, including protesting the NRA at their national convention, and appearing on CNN. Other issues I have worked on are disability rights, LGBTQ+ rights, women’s rights, and climate change.

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Gun Violence Prevention/Climate Justice Team member

EMIlY HUNTER

Hi! My name is Emily Hunter. I live in Tuscaloosa, AL, and I’m 15-years-old. I am very passionate about youth activism, and I strongly believe in gun control as well as women’s rights. In school, I frequently like to educate my classmates about these topics. Outside of MKM, I love all sports, especially Alabama football. I love to write and travel, and I’m constantly babysitting my four younger siblings.

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Climate Justice Team member

ERIC DAMIEN

Hi! I'm Eric Damien from Nairobi, Kenya. Aside from my work with Meddling Kids Movement, I am a climate justice activist working with Zero Hour as the regional lead for its Kenyan sister chapter. I love reading and making terrible puns in five languages. Oh yeah and I also love to write.

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LGBTQIA+ Rights

EMMA BURDEN

Hi! I’m Emma Burden. I’m 16-years-old and live on the outskirts of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Other than being part of the MKM LGBTQIA+ Rights Team for MKM, I’m also part of the Communications Team for the Chattanooga Health Advocacy Team. I’m looking forward to volunteering as a Community Ambassador for a local contraceptives provider and joining Students Demand Action. I’m most passionate about equal rights and reproductive rights, but I’m also growing into becoming a stronger advocate for gun control. I first got interested in politics in the 2016 election, and now that we’re easing towards the 2020 election, I’m looking forward to working in my community and on a national scale to raise political awareness and to rally for the causes that I believe in. My favorite movies are the Star Wars saga and my favorite book is either The Catcher in the Rye, Postcards From the Edge, or The Color Of Water.