2020
HONOREES

Are you using your voice for good?

The Conversationa-LIST (because who doens't love a good pun!) is our annual honoree list recognizing exceptional Gen Z'ers making an impact across various different sectors, simply by using their voices for good. Social impact is important to us and we are grateful to recognize the next generation of change-makers. Check out all of the honorees below and if you know someone who exemplifies our mission, please nominate them for our 2021 application cycle!

2020 Categories

Unification 🤝

Recognizing unifiers who are working to bring Gen Z together and build bridges between people with differing view points.
Richa
Moorjani
🌟Celebrity Honoree🌟 Richa is an actress and dancer best known for her role on Never Have I Ever​. Her work revolves around giving a voice to the South Asian Diaspora and shedding a light on the experiences of marginalized and overlooked communities.
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Richa
Richa
Moorjani
🌟Celebrity Honoree🌟 Richa is an actress and dancer best known for her role on Never Have I Ever​. Her work revolves around giving a voice to the South Asian Diaspora and shedding a light on the experiences of marginalized and overlooked communities.
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Richa
Abhayjeet
Singh Sachal
Abhayjeet is the founder of Break the Divide, an organization which aims to turn empathy into action by connecting youth from around the world to foster empathy and supporting youth led initiatives.
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Abhayjeet
Anushka
Joshi
Anushka is is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of GEN-ZiNE, a publication dedicated to addressing contemporary issues through the lens of Generation Z.
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Anushka
Sam
Gibbs
Sam is is the Co-Founder and Arts & Culture Editor of GEN-ZiNE, a publication dedicated to addressing contemporary issues through the lens of Generation Z.
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Sam
Deborah
Olatunji
Deborah is the Founder of the Student Leadership Initiative Program, which helps high school students to navigate their interests and passions through mentorship.
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Deborah
Julia
Haber
Julia is the founder of Home From College which provides authentic, short-form content and experiences to launch Gen Z into success.
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Julia
Julia
Terpack
Julia is the founder of Gen Z Connect an organization aimed at starting important, relevant discussions in hopes of motivating Gen Z to better themselves and our future.
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Julia
Mandira
Ganti
Mandira is the Co-Founder of the What We Think Podcast which focuses on promoting civil conversations between teens that hold different opinions and beliefs in a way that it is entertaining and digestible to the average teen.
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Mandira
Sarrah
Khan
Sarrah is the Co-Founder of the What We Think Podcast which focuses on promoting civil conversations between teens that hold different opinions and beliefs in a way that it is entertaining and digestible to the average teen.
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Sarrah
Skyler
Basco
Skyler is the Founder and CEO of BEAM-Believe, an international organization of 1,000+ high school seniors supporting each other through the college admissions process.
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Skyler

Economics 📊

Celebrating Gen Z-ers and one celebrity honoree for making an impact in socioeconomic mobility, economic philosophy, financial equity, poverty and homelessness, tax policy, and government regulation.
Christi
Lukasiak
🌟Celebrity Honoree🌟 Alex is a multi-hyphenate creator who uses his platform to take action and bring human rights and the fight for equality to the forefront of conversations.
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Christi
Christi
Lukasiak
🌟Celebrity Honoree🌟 Alex is a multi-hyphenate creator who uses his platform to take action and bring human rights and the fight for equality to the forefront of conversations.
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Christi
Alyssia
Jane
Alyssia is an entrepreneur, TikToker, and founder of Student Boss Inc. which educates and empowers students to create the best lives for themselves through business.
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Alyssia
Ariel
Trueba
Ariel is a fulltime student at Florida State University where he advocates for underrepresented students on campus. He uses his own personal experiences with homelessness to make sure that others have the resources they need to be successful.
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Ariel
Bolun
Li
Bolun is the Founder & CEO of Zogo, the award-winning Fin-Tech startup that gamifies financial literacy, specifically for Gen Z and next-gen audiences.
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Bolun
Matine
Khalighi
Matine is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of EEqual, a youth-run nonprofit supporting students experiencing homelessness.
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Matine
May
Wang
May is the Co-Founder and CEO of Linens N Love, a student-led nonprofit dedicated to donating hotel blankets, sheets, pillows, and towels with slight imperfections to charities.
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May
Miracle
Olatunji
Miracle is the author of Purpose and founder of OpportuniMe, an organization that connects youth to experiential learning and enrichment opportunities and educational content for personal and professional development.
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Miracle
Michelle
Kwok
Michelle is the Co-Founder of FLIK, a platform and community connecting female leaders and students across the world via meaningful apprenticeships.
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Michelle
Naomi
Porter
Naomi is a serial entrepreneur, public speaker, and activist. She is the CEO and Co-Founder of three businesses, Spice it Up, Bright Futures, and EntrepreYOUership.
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Naomi

Education 📚

Acknowledging those working to improve higher education, educational equity, student loan debt, curriculum, testing and educational advocacy.
Rachel
Cargle
🌟Celebrity Honoree🌟 Rachel is a writer, lecturer, educator, and founder & president of The Loveland Foundation, whose work focuses on providing intellectual discourse, tools, and resources that explore the intersection of race and womanhood.
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Rachel
Rachel
Cargle
🌟Celebrity Honoree🌟 Rachel is a writer, lecturer, educator, and founder & president of The Loveland Foundation, whose work focuses on providing intellectual discourse, tools, and resources that explore the intersection of race and womanhood.
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Rachel
Agha
Haider
Agha is the Founder of The Literacy Initiative & Education Collaborative, an organization which creates programs and opportunities for low-income students.
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Agha
Ayonnah
Tinsley
Ayonnah is the founder of Yaya Stars. Her work focuses on giving children a voice using technology and bringing STEAM resources to more students.
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Ayonnah
Elizabeth
Shvarts
Elizabeth is is the co-founder and co-executive director of Bridge to Literacy, which empowers underserved students around the world through literacy.
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Elizabeth
Jana
Amin
Jana is a speaker and activist who is changing the narrative around Muslim women and improving girls' education through virtual events.
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Jana
Kahlil
Greene
Kahlil is a youth justice advocate who served as his Yale University's first Black student body President, and is passionate about racial inequality in education.
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Kahlil
Sarah
Frank
Sarah is an author and president and founder of Simple Studies, an organization that combats education inequity through free resources.
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Sarah
Trey
Leveque
Trey is student, advocate, and Reach Higher UpNext Program associate, who supports high school seniors and college freshman through text reminders.
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Trey
Uma
Fox
Uma is an education and human rights activist. She creates opportunities for youth to represent themselves in the spaces where decisions that impact them are made.
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Uma
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Environment 🌱

Honoring young people and one distinguished celebrity honoree using their voices to impact climate change, pollution, clean energy, sustainability, and environmental policy.
Calum
Worthy
🌟Celebrity Honoree🌟 Calum is an actor and environmental activist who co-founded the Green Schools Campaign which brings students together to help schools transition to use 100% clean renewable energy.
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Calum
Calum
Worthy
🌟Celebrity Honoree🌟 Calum is an actor and environmental activist who co-founded the Green Schools Campaign which brings students together to help schools transition to use 100% clean renewable energy.
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Calum
Devishi
Jha
Devishi is the co-founder of Voyagers, a Gen Z-led platform and community designed to promote business sustainability, and Director of Partnerships at Zero Hour, an international youth-led climate organization.
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Devishi
Jacob
Abel
Jacob is a spokesperson for RepublicEn.org, where he advocates for fiscally responsible and conservative solutions to climate change through media appearances, op-eds, and meetings with congressional offices.
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Jacob
Joe
Hobbs
Joe is a climate activist and manages the day-to-day operations of Climate Cardinals, an organization that translates climate information into 100+ languages.
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Joe
Keziah
Theresee Gerosano
Keziah is the founder and director of Project Pusaka, an organization that addresses the environmental, social, and economic challenges faced by Filipino indigenous groups through permaculture.
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Keziah
Megan
Chen
Megan is the founder of The Urban Garden Initiative (TUGI), a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainability and environmental education.
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Megan
Rishika
Vinnakota
Rishika is the CEO of Reusii, a youth-led reusable bag company, and the CMO of Hydrope, a reusable water bottle initiative.
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Rishika
Sarah
Goody
Sarah is the founder of Climate NOW, a youth-led group dedicated to bringing awareness to the climate movement, and Broadway Speaks Up, a platform to inspire Broadway performers to speak up for climate justice.
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Sarah
Shiv
Goel
Shiv is the Executive Director of The Green Consumer Project, a non-profit organization that serves as a resource for consumers looking to make environmentally conscious decisions around fashion.
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Shiv

Healthcare 🏥

Celebrating young people on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response and those advocating for equal access to healthcare, medical research, substance abuse prevention, and overall health and wellness.
Dr. Mehmet
Oz
🌟Celebrity Honoree🌟 Dr. Oz is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon and the Emmy Award Winning Host of The Dr. Oz Show.
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Dr. Mehmet
Dr. Mehmet
Oz
🌟Celebrity Honoree🌟 Dr. Oz is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon and the Emmy Award Winning Host of The Dr. Oz Show.
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Dr. Mehmet
Elle
Kalisz
Elle is a Healthcare Policy Fellow and Vice President of Communications of Gen Z GOP, where she presents alternative ideas to tackling healthcare reform through a conservative lens
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Elle
Maddison
Tory
Maddison is an author and founder of Maddi's Mission HUGS, an organization which supports the mental health of hospitalized childrean throughout their illness.
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Maddison
Mason
Aldridge
Mason is a student activist who is dedicating his life to improving rural healthcare. He raises awareness through social media and writes proposals for legislators to advocate for healthcare reform.
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Mason
Melissa
Goldin
Melissa is an aspiring doctor who leads operations for Vanderbilt University's Gift of Life Marrow Registry which finds life-saving matches for blood cancer, immune disorder, and sickle cell patients.
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Melissa
Patrick
Bazzi
Patrick created the Society of First Generation PreHealth Students, an organization that builds a community of students across the United States who are the first in their family to be pursuing a healthcare profession.
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Patrick
Valeri
Guevarra
Valeir is the founder of Teen Health 101, which seeks to combat misleading and inaccurate information and provide teens with a platform where young people can find accessible health information.
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Valeri
Ziyaan
Virji
Ziyaan is the founder of For The Menstruator, which provides menstruators access to menstrual products and works to break the taboos and stigma associated with menstruation.
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Ziyaan
Zayn
Patel
Zayn is the founder of La Nourriture, a venture that is working on solutions for allergy-prone individuals like himself, to have culinary freedom.
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Zayn

Mental Health 🧠

Applauding Gen-Z'ers advocating for suicide prevention, equal access to mental health care, body image, self esteem, therapy, and self-care.
Mik
Zazon
🌟Celebrity Honoree🌟 Mik is a writer, speaker, and creator who uses her social media platform and YouTube channel to raise awareness around eating disorders and mental health.
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Mik
Mik
Zazon
🌟Celebrity Honoree🌟 Mik is a writer, speaker, and creator who uses her social media platform and YouTube channel to raise awareness around eating disorders and mental health.
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Mik
Christian
Hall
Christian is a 16 year old from Atlanta who advocates for mental health awareness through his instagram account @mentalhealthblogger. He's passionate about creating space for feelings and offering support to those in need.
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Christian
Hailey
Rodgers
Hailey is an author, blogger, podcaster, aspiring life coach, entrepreneur, and founding member of Step Above Stigma. She published her debut novel, See Me, in December 2019 and will be publishing a second book in August 2021.
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Hailey
Maya
Siegel
Maya is a digital strategist, entrepreneur, and founder of Space to Speak, an organization dedicated to giving youth a leading voice in sexual violence prevention.
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Maya
Mimi
Cole
Mimi is the founder of the Instagram community, @thelovelybecoming, and hosts a podcast of the same name. She uses her platform to encourage people to pursue healing and share personal reflections on her mental health journey.
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Mimi
Samuel
Gerry
Samuel is the founder of Kick It for a Cause, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for suicide prevention, mental health, and more.
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Samuel
Seika
Brown
Seika is the founder of ArchNova, an organization around mental health policy change. She is currently leading a global research initiative to learn about mental health in different cultures worldwide.
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Seika
Srilekha
Cherukuvada
Srilekha is a freelance writer and the founder of Plannr Consulting, a youth-led international nonprofit organization providing free personalized peer mentorship sessions to enhance student health.
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Srilekha
Stephanie
Ng
Stephanie is the founder of Body Banter, an organization that aims to create empowering and accessible opportunities for young people to engage in body image and mental health conversations.
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Stephanie

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Human Rights 👥

Highlighting young people fighting for Human Rights including LGBTQ+ rights, gender equality, discrimination, racism, religious freedom, and ableism.
Alex
Aiono
🌟Celebrity Honoree🌟 Alex is a multi-hyphenate creator who uses his platform to take action and bring human rights and the fight for equality to the forefront of conversations.
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Alex
Alex
Aiono
🌟Celebrity Honoree🌟 Alex is a multi-hyphenate creator who uses his platform to take action and bring human rights and the fight for equality to the forefront of conversations.
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Alex
Aarushi
Pant
Aarushi is the founder of Spectrum and Women Inspiring Social Harmony who uses her orgnaizations to amplify unheard voices, provide resources, and publish articles about LGBTQ issues.
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Aarushi
Anya
Dillard
Anya is an activist, philanthropist, performing artist, entrepreneur, content creator, aspiring filmmaker and founder of The Next Gen Come Up.
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Anya
Frantzy
Luzincourt
Frantzy is the founder of Strategies for Black Lives, a coalition of youth organizers and activists who advocate for sustainable policy reform.
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Frantzy
Peyton
Wilson
Peyton is the founder of the Black Knowledge Coalition, an organization dedicated to the goal of collective Black liberation through removing barriers to information for the Black community.
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Peyton
Sophie
Sandberg
Sophie is the founder of Catcalls of NYC and Chalk Back, organizations which raise awareness about gender based street harassment.
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Sophie
Sophia
Houdaigui
Sophia is the co-founder of Hyphenated America, an organization dedicated to making immigration laws and policies easier to understand.
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Sophia
Sonya
Yalda
Sonya is the founder of BIPOC insights who opens avenues for mentorship and professional skill development and provide opportunities to uplift and empower marginalized people.
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Sonya
William
Diep
William is the founder of Virus: Racism, a youth-led campaign aiming to raise awareness of the discrimination against the Asian-American community due to COVID-19.
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William

Journalism & Media 🗞

Recognizing Gen Z'ers making an impact in reporting, media bias, social media advocacy, storytelling, TV & film, mixed-media, blogs, video series, music, and podcasts.
Branden
Harvey
🌟Celebrity Honoree🌟 Branden is is a storyteller who focuses on telling stories of the good in the world through the Sounds Good podcast and the Goodnewspaper with Good Good Good.
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Branden
Branden
Harvey
🌟Celebrity Honoree🌟 Branden is is a storyteller who focuses on telling stories of the good in the world through the Sounds Good podcast and the Goodnewspaper with Good Good Good.
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Branden
Emily
Tosta
🌟Celebrity Honoree🌟 Emily is a Dominican actress and advocate for positive change who gives a voice to immigrants not only in her personal life, but also through the media, and on television.
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Emily
Bhroovi
Gupta
Bhroovi is a graphic, UX, and motion designer who uses her skills to bring stong messages to the spotlight for NGOs in both India and the United States.
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Bhroovi
Christine
Lee
Christine is a YouTube content creator and activist who uses her platform to bring attention to issues that truly matter to her.
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Christine
Jade
Zaroff
Jade is a singer, actress, producer, entrepreneur and founder of Entertainment for Change, a nonprofit that uses diverse forms of artistic expression to inspire positive change.
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Jade
Julian
Crosby
Julian is the founder of Gravity Magazine, the first magazine entirely dedicated to celebrating Black creative essence at Miami University of Ohio.
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Julian
Nora
Fellas
Nora is a journalist and founder of Nasty Feminism, a political Instagram account that aims to highlight marginalized voices and issues.
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Nora
Sophia
Del Rosario
Sophia is the founder of Zenerations, a platform dedicated to empowering the activists, creatives, and changemakers of Gen Z through various forms of media.
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Sophia
Tyler
Newman
Tyler is the founder of Afro Puff Chronicles, a platform that empowers women of color to speak their truth through a celebration of art and prose.
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Tyler
Zoe
Stoller
Zoe is a writer and digital marketer who is passionate about sharing education and moivation about the LGBTQ+ and mental health communities.
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Zoe

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Politics 🗳

Honoring our political activists working in legislation, lobbying, political organizations, dialogue and deliberation, campaign work, voting awareness, and polling.
Mandana
Dayani
🌟Celebrity Honoree🌟 Mandana is an entrepreneur, activist, attorney, angel investor, public speaker and media personality known as the Co-founder of I am a voter and the co-host of The Dissenters podcast.
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Mandana
Mandana
Dayani
🌟Celebrity Honoree🌟 Mandana is an entrepreneur, activist, attorney, angel investor, public speaker and media personality known as the Co-founder of I am a voter and the co-host of The Dissenters podcast.
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Mandana
Adam
Ashley
Adam is the co-founder and president of The Greater Good Initiative, a youth-led policy think tank writing and advocating for effective, research-driven policy solutions.
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Adam
Adrian
Ghainda
Adrian is blogger and community advocate who interns with Jersey City Councilman Rolando Lavarro where he specializes in community engagement and local political issues.
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Adrian
Ellie
Sullum
Ellie is a gun safety activist and founder of the Keystone Common Ground Collective, a nonpartisan gun safety movement rooted in common ground.
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Ellie
Isaac
Nehring
Isaac is the founder and executive director of the Montana Youth Action, the largest 100% youth-run Gen Z civics organization in Montana.
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Isaac
Isabella
D'Alacio
Isabella is a political activist who served as the president of IGNITE at George Mason University and is the Federal Policy Associate for March for our Lives.
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Isabella
Jordan
Ramsay
Jordan is a political activist who works on policy regarding class inequity and prison and law reform who worked for the Obama administration as well the Buttigieg presidential campaign.
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Jordan
Kaitlin
Ahern
Kaitlin is a Campaign Organizer who uses her voice to have meaningful conversations across party lines to make a difference in America.
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Kaitlin
Mike
Brodo
Mike is the chair and founder of Gen Z GOP, an organization working to mobilize younger, reform-minded conservatives to chart a new vision and platform for the Republican Party.
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Mike

Social Impact 🌎

Highlighting community organizers, activists, volunteers, fundraisers, mentors and all any other Gen-Z'ers making a positive impact.
Nev
Schulman
🌟Celebrity Honoree🌟 Nev is the host and executive producer of MTV's Catfish, and came in 2nd place on Dancing With The Stars. He has also made a profound impace through his support for clean water and animal rights charities.
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Nev
Nev
Schulman
🌟Celebrity Honoree🌟 Nev is the host and executive producer of MTV's Catfish, and came in 2nd place on Dancing With The Stars. He has also made a profound impace through his support for clean water and animal rights charities.
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Nev
Fatimata
Cham
Fatimata is an activist, organizer, and poet, who organizes for Muslim people globally through muslimsmatter. She uses her poetry to highlight people's stories and bring her most passionate issues to a broader audience.
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Fatimata
Hannah
Alper
Hannah is an author, activist, and motivational speaker. Through her blog, social media, and her book, MomentoUS: Small Acts, Big Change, she raises awareness about the issues in the world and motivates others to create change.
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Hannah
Jazmine
Wildcat
Jazmine is an advocate and creator fighting to eradicate violence against Native women. In 2018, her work was recognized by Teen Vogue for her stance on gun violence.
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Jazmine
Ramaya
Thomas
Ramaya is the co-founder of We Spark Change, an organization promoting youth activism in the areas of police brutality, racial injustice, and other systemic issues.
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Ramaya
Sam
Demma
Sam is a keynote speaker, co-founder of PickWaste, and founder of the High Performing Student. He provides students with the hope, tools, and strategies they need to become servant leaders.
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Sam
Shreyaa
Venkat
Shreyaa is the co-founder and CEO of NEST4US, which creates volunteer opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to give back to the community in a way that interests them.
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Shreyaa
Trisha
Beher
Trisha is an activist, writer, spoken-word poet, and the founder of the Art Shine Foundation, where she brings youth artists together from over eight countries to use their talent to create social change in the community.
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Trisha
Victor
Ye
Victor is the founder & CEO of InnovaYouth, an education nonprofit that helps students start their projects and empower the next generation of young changemakers.
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Victor
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