Lesein Mutunkei, a 17-year-old from Kenya, is an environmental activist who has been doing his part to reverse the effects of climate change. Passionate from a young age about the environment, Lesein in 2018 created Trees for Goals, an organization that plants a tree for every soccer goal Lesein scores. His dedication has allowed the organization to plant over 1,400 trees and inspired many others to join him in the fight against climate change. Lesein is winner of the 2020 EcoHero Awards, which recognize young people 8 to 16 years old for environmental achievements.
Rylee Brooke Kamahele of Hawai'i is a radio and TV host, model, actor, clothes designer, caretaker of 18 rescue pets, entrepreneur, and, last but not least, founder of multiple nonprofit projects. Phew! The 13-year-old oversees The Catalyst Club, an umbrella organization dedicated to providing opportunities for youth to be catalysts for change, as well as projects to combat plastic pollution and rehabilitate animals. A master networker with boundless energy, Rylee's is passionate about bringing youth together to protect Hawai’i’s nature and wildlife. Her activism won her 1st place in the 2020 EcoHero Awards, which recognize young people 8 to 16 years old for environmental achievements.
Nyla Gilstrap is co-president of the Black Affairs Club at Trinity School in New York City and an activist with Black Students Demanding Change, a group of high school students from around the city who are working to make independent schools safe and welcoming for all students. A self-described communicator, Nyla has pushed for discussions about Black culture, systemic racism, and the Black Lives Matter movement, and used her voice to bring people together and create change.
In Episode 3, Jaida interviews first-grader Paris Williams, who has been delivering bags of food to the homeless in her hometown of St. Louis since November 2019. The young activist started the Paris Cares Foundation, through which she accepts donations to buy food and other goods for her Paris Cares Packages. She is proof you're never too young to make a difference! Learn more about her work on Instagram, @pariscaresfoundation.
In this episode, Jaida interviews Jameson Cohen, the 18-year-old founder of Circle of Friends, about his passion for public service. Jameson launched Circle of Friends in New York City near the start of the Covid-19 pandemic with a plan to connect the children of essential workers with volunteer high school students for online tutoring. Today, Circle of Friends, whose services are entirely free, works with all kinds of families all over the country.
In our inaugural episode, Jaida interviews Danielle Geathers, the first Black woman to be elected student body president at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a rising junior mechanical engineer. Danielle was featured in Time Magazine's New American Revolution project in August 2020.
Jaida, a MicroSociety 7th grader at Jersey City Global Charter School (JCGCC), is the host of our new series, "Adventures With Jaida," interviewing youth activists from within the MicroSociety community and far beyond. Jaida is a youth activist herself, having led a school outreach program to homeless veterans and an anti-bullying campaign. She is also JCGCC grade-level governor, a peer mentor, and an advisor to MicroSociety, Inc.'s Presidential Team.