Our Team
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ISABEL HOPE

Founder

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. 

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SHAYNA RUTMAN

Executive Director

Hello! My name is Shayna Rutman and I am 18-years-old from San Diego, CA. I am the new executive director for MKM!! Outside this work, I founded Purses for a Purpose- San Diego, an organization where I collect donated purses and travel sized toiletries to deliver to local impoverished women. Ever since freshman year, I participated in a Jewish reform camp called NFTY Socal where I (alongside multiple Jewish teens) use my voice to affect change in the Jewish reform community. Additionally, I hold many leadership roles for various social action clubs at my school. I also box and love my puppy and fish Beta Bernie.

STEPHEN BAKER

Field Director

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.

MADDY STEVENS

Graphics Director

Hi there! My name is Maddy Stevens, I am an 18 year old activist, entrepreneur and college student. I attend College of the Atlantic in Maine but currently live in Connecticut. I run an Etsy shop and have for four years. I have only been doing activism for a few years, focusing on climate change. I create animations and graphics like logo design as well as non digital art such as stop motion and sewing. I am also learning to play the banjo but it’s not going smoothly.

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ABBIE LA PORTA

Social Media Director

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.

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SRILEKHA CHERUKNAVADA

News Director

Hey! I’m Srilekha, I’m 16 years old, and I’m a junior at Westwood High School in Austin, Texas. I actively work in many social justice organizations, namely as the Founder and Executive Director of Plannr Consulting, Director of Operations at Lex Gen, and the Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer at ForeverFierce. I also write and design for other publications like Redefy and Overachiever Magazine. I absolutely adore activism and the idea of changing the world to become a better place for everyone is what motivates me to keep going. I’m so excited to be a part of MKM as the News Team Director and can’t wait to see the amazing things this organization will continue to accomplish!

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JASMINE LUNIA

Student Rights Director

Hey! My name is Jasmine and I am a 15-year-old climate and human rights activist from Dallas, Texas. Outside of MKM, I work with several other organizations including Zero Hour, Sunrise Movement, and am the leader of the STEMteen Dallas chapter, in which I help students from underprivileged backgrounds learn STEM topics beyond what they have been taught in school. In addition, I am a co-president of my school’s environmental club, where we have done work such as climate striking and advocating for less plastic use in school and in the county. I'm also an artist, writer, and science nerd who is extremely in love with cats and plants. I hope to go into research science when I am older and am extremely excited to be a part of MKM. 

ELIANA CORTEZ

Art Activism Director

Hi! My name is Eliana Cortez, and I’m a 17 year old from NYC. I’m so excited to be the Art Activism Director! I‘ve always been super passionate about art. In the past, I’ve participated in many art programs, and I’m currently an art major at my high school. I’m also a part of the social justice program at my school. In it, we discuss global issues, volunteer, and run educational events and fundraisers. I also really love learning about different laws and their effects on people of all walks of life. Because of my interest in public policy, I’ve become involved in public forum debate and my District Attorney’s Student Advisory Council. I love that MKM amplifies the voices of kids who are inspiring social changes and changes in public policy. Some fun facts about me are that I love watching Survivor, listening to music, and kickboxing. 

A'NIYA TAYLOR

Gun Violence Prevention Director/ Racial Justice Team Member

Hey! My name is A’niya Taylor, I’m 16 years old, and I’m a junior at Baltimore City College. I started my activism in my freshman year, organizing protests and walkouts. I worked on public policy in the summer of 2019 and co-lead a summer initiative to give inner-city kids fun things to do. Along with being the Gun Violence Prevention Director, I co-lead MFOL Baltimore; I am the tools and technology lead for SDA; I’m Baltimore’s Youth Poet Ambassador and I am on the Baltimore City Youth Poetry Team. For me, activism isn’t a hobby but a lifestyle. 

RACHEL FINK

Climate Justice Director

Hi! My name is Rachel, and I am a 17-year-old climate and civil justice advocate from Baltimore City, Maryland. Aside from my role in MKM, I work with my city’s Office of Sustainability in a program called Baltimore Beyond Plastic, which aims to reduce plastic pollution in Baltimore while empowering the youth voice. After spending three years working in the outreach and education department of the National Aquarium, organizing summits and teaching science to kids from around Baltimore, I was chosen as  a Sea Youth Rise Up delegate to Capitol Hill Oceans Week in 2019. Recently, I co-founded the Youth Environmental Network(YEN) to organize Baltimore’s first climate strike and Environmental Action Month this April. I love youth advocacy, aerial dance, and learning new languages. I’m also very excited to start college next year as an international studies major at Johns Hopkins.

ZHI ZHI (CHIA) STERLING

Gender Equity Director

Hello! I am Zhi Zhi–an 18-year-old feminist from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Aside from being a member of the Outreach Team on MKM, 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. 

EMILY WEINBERG

Mental Health Awareness Director

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.

STHUTHI SATISH

LGBTQIA+ Rights Director

Hey! I’m Sthuthi Satish, and I’m a high school junior pursuing the IBDP! I’m a youth activist and aspiring medical doctor from Bangalore, India! I’m extremely passionate about life sciences, and hope to pursue a career in medicine. I’m passionate about gender equity, LGBTQIA+ rights, mental health, human rights, and the intersections that lie within. I currently serve as the Director for the LGBTQIA+ Rights team for MKM, and previously have been the International Director and Financial Director. Apart from my work with MKM, I’m the Girls in Science Spokesperson for the Royal Academy of Science International Trust, Ambassador for Bytes of Code, and hold other positions at various youth-led organizations.

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MELODY HERNANDEZ

Immigrant Rights Director/ News Team Member

Hi, I’m Melody and I am 17 years old and I am from Northern Virginia! I am currently a Teen Leader for Warren where I frequently do outreach for her campaign. I am also involved with March For Our Lives: Virginia. I am a staff writer of The Progressive Teen, a publication by High School Democrats of America, where I write mainly Op-Ed articles. I am so excited to be part of the growing news team and to work on an organization dedicated to amplifying youth voices!

DIAMOND KIFLE

Racial Justice Director

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.

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Graphics Team Member

SEAN POWELL

Hello! I am Sean Powell, born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, and I am 16 years old. Throughout my life I have found passion through others, and I have always viewed myself as a compilation of the things I have experienced. Most recently I have been happily introduced and enveloped into the activism community through personal friends, and the ideology behind events such as MUN. Likewise, I have always been interested in graphic design, art, formating, and what is naturally appealing to the complexes and intricacies of the human mind. The two stated before, art and activism, are naturally intertwined; and activism is naturally a form of art in itself. By combining my personal passions of art, justice, medicine, and analysis, I hope I can convey what it means to be a leader of the mind and heart; naturally, by presenting the idealisms of our community in the most accurate and effective way possible.

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News Team Member

AVA RICHARDS

Hi! I’m Ava Richards, a 17-year-old from the Bay Area, California. One of my greatest passions in life is telling the stories that really matter, whether it be through written articles, podcasts, or video stories. I’m super excited to be a part of the News Team for the Meddling Kids Movement to help continue my love for creating and expand the impact that my work can have on the world. Besides this, I also work on three other publications. I am a staff writer for my school’s newsmagazine, the managing editor of podcasts for my school’s broadcast journalism program, and the Editor-In-Chief of a student-run literary magazine called All That’s Lit to Print.

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News Team Member

REVA KULKARNI

Hello! I am Reva Kulkarni, 17 years old, and I’m from Bangalore, India. I am currently studying in the IBDP, and hope to pursue a degree in international relations in the future. I am so excited to be a part of the news team as my dream job is to be a journalist. Journalism is something I’ve thought is very essential to educate people on the issues they should be aware of, and hopefully make a change. I have previously worked with the NIE Times of India, with whom I learnt a lot about how newspapers truly work and opened my eyes to what the business behind journalism truly looks like. I hope to use my knowledge and my skills the best I can to help the Meddling Kids Movement make a real impact and help other students like myself be young activists! 

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Art Activism Team Member

KAITLYN ZHOU

Hello! My name is Kaitlyn Zhou, I am a 17 year old from Naperville, Illinois. I am very excited to be a part of this team! I am passionate about activism, and I often use my art as a platform to advocate. Therefore, I hope to use my effort to help empower and give a voice to the youth. Aside from being a member of the Meddling Kids Movement, I am also an illustrator for Gen Rise Media, a member of Young Artivist Alliance, the Art lead and Excel lead for the Teen Advisory Board at the Alive Center, and a member of Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s Youth Advisory Board. 

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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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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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Climate Justice Team Member

EVIE YOUNG

Hi! My name is Evie Young, and I’m a 16 year old climate justice activist from Boston, MA. I served as a grade representative for my school’s sustainability committee, and I watch many climate change documentaries. This is my first time working with an activist organization so I am looking forward to doing this work alongside other passionate environmentalists.  I am very passionate about saving the environment, and as of April 2019, I became a pescatarian and I also love sustainable fashion as well. In my free time, when I’m not doing climate activist work, I enjoy dancing, watching movies, writing and reading books. 

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Climate Justice Team Member

JOY JIANG

Hi! My name is Joy Jiang, and I’m a 15 year old from Sugarland, TX. I am very passionate about activism, having worked with Amnesty International to start a youth chapter in my area, and also being a part of the executive board of Asian Youth for Civic Engagement, an organization that strives to increase voter turnout in the Asian-American community. This is my first time working as a climate activist, so I am extremely excited to expand my horizons! Outside of school and my projects, I am an avid Netflix-watcher, and I love to bake and cook!

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Gender Equity Team Member

RIDA YUMN  AHMED

Hey! I'm Rida Yumn Ahmed from India. I am a youth advocate for UN Sustainable Development Goals with a STEM background. I always strive to serve society and make an impact to discover future opportunities. I participate in international collaborations and projects, working for various global organizations and love meeting new people. I currently am promoting STEM amongst young girls and organize workshops, skype interactions, drives, etc. I'm also a Young Member of The New York Academy Of Sciences. I believe Generation Z has the power to change the world.

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Gender Equity Team Member

HIMANI KALRA

Hi! I’m Himani Kalra from Atlanta, Georgia. Through my project “Save the Girl Child”, I am a passionate social advocate – working to raise global awareness about female gendercide and the importance of empowering the girl-child through education and healthcare. My social media page “Every Girl Matters” shines a spotlight on female gendercide. Aside from MKM, I am Brand Ambassador for the Invisible Girl Project and have co-founded a nonprofit organization The Neelok Foundation. In my free time, I love classical dancing, reading, and traveling the world with my family. 

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Mental Health Team Member

CLAIRE HEDBERG

Hi! I am Claire Hedberg and I was born in Guatemala, but now I live in Richmond, Virginia. I work as an activist on many issues. My first time in the activist world was at the 2016 Women’s March. Since then, I have become more involved. I work with Zero Hour, Polluters Out and other organizations. I also volunteered for two political campaigns. I love reading and playing violin. I hope to someday go into politics!

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Mental Health Team Member

DIVYA MALHOTRA

Hi, I’m Divya, I’m 16 years old and I am from India and currently living in the UAE. My first brush with mental health support was when I became one of the UAE’s first teen mental health first aiders. I later went on to intern for an online therapy counselling where I graduated with honours. Some of my favourite books to read include The Great Gatsby and Northanger Abbey. I’m currently aspiring to go into the medical field and I’m super excited to be working with a group of wonderful individuals for the importance of mental health. 

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Mental Health Team Member

ANOUK YEH

Hello, I’m Anouk! I’m sixteen and from the Bay Area, California. I am super excited to be a part of the MKM Mental Health Team and showcase all the amazing work that young people around the world are doing. I got into organizing and activism, serving as the president of the Leo Club, a student service club at my school. My work in nonpartisan service gradually snowballed into political activism, and I have since worked with organizations such as the Women’s March. March for Our Lives, Team Enough and Chi-Town GVP. Outside of MKM, I serve as the executive director of Celebrating Differences, a non-profit that holds carnivals for families with special needs across the nation for free and a delegate for the International Congress of Youth Voices. Outside of work, I enjoy reading and listening to poetry. My favorite poets are Andrea Gibson, Franny Choi and Yujane Chen.

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Mental Health Team Member

AKSHAYA PAI

Hi! I’m a 14 year old Mental Health Activist living in India. I am very passionate about women’s rights, body positivity, ending bullying, Quality Education, etc. I am the founder of the Girl Up club (Girl Up Janaki) in my school, and have participated in 2 United Nations programs. I am a young member of the New York Academy of Sciences and encourage young girls and women to continue studying STEM subjects and maybe even pursue a career in that field. My dream job is either a scientist or engineer in the field of microbiology. I love listening to music, I sing and play the flute in my free time. I am a writer and public speaker and I can't wait to work with amazing people who understand my passion for mental health!!

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LGBTQIA+ Rights Team Member

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.

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Immigrant Rights Team Member

ELLIE NEBOLSINE

Hello! My name is Ellie Nebolsine, and I am 17 years old from Alexandria, VA (right outside of DC). I am so excited to be a member of MKM! Outside of being on the immigration team here, I run a chapter of Women’s March Youth at my high school, TC Williams (yes, the one from Remember the Titans). I began a passion for youth activism, like many, after the 2016 election. In addition to immigration, I am super passionate about gun violence, reproductive rights, and climate change. When I graduate, I hope to study either political science or elementary education. Outside of activism, I am a varsity rower for TC, am the vice president of our chapter of Best Buddies, and I love to just chill with friends :)

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