I am a senior at Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon, and incoming freshman at Princeton University, with a passion and interest in entrepreneurship, social activism, and journalism. In 2016, I co-founded Youth Educating Police (YEP), a nonprofit working towards decreasing tensions between young people and police. We have since developed a youth-centric training video and program to be implemented in Portland Police Bureau in-service training this coming winter. YEP has also held yearly police forums to bring together police and community partners, to air grievances, and work towards actionable solutions for a safer, more collaborative police-youth relationship.
At home in Portland, I use my entrepreneurial drive to inspire, empower, and collaborate with my peers. I serve on the Multnomah Youth Commission, where we work to bridge the gap from the classroom to city hall, giving youth a voice in front of local policymakers. In 2018, I co-founded Global Youth Entrepreneurs, a nonprofit working to advance business and entrepreneurship learning opportunities in Portland and across the globe. For the last four years, I've also put one of my passions in motion by organizing free, annual summer journalism programs for fellow high school students.
In my free time, you'll find me running loops around Portland's hills, diving for a peteca shuttlecock, or grilling my friends in a round of Mock Trial. I look forward to working together soon!
“I am a strong believer in my generation, Generation Z, as a positive engine for change in society. Because we are digital natives, we are the first generation with both the heightened awareness of key societal problems and the means to address them.”
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