2022 MYPF

2022-23 Mike Yarrow Peace Fellows

Youth Leadership

Meet the 2022 MYPF’s

For the 2022-23 program year we accepted 8 youth organizers to be Mike Yarrow Peace Fellows and welcomed 2 of the 2021 MYPF to continue for an additional year. Their projects range from combating soil erosion to economic inequality to unconscious bias and systemic racism.

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The 2022-23 Peace Fellows

Kimberly Il

Generational Trauma; Genocide Reconciliation and Resilience With the Khmer Community
As a Cambodian-American with refugee parents who resettled in the U.S. after the Khmer Rouge genocide, Kim plans to work on helping ethnic Khmer refugees who continue to deal with trauma from the genocidal atrocities of the 1970s. A student at UW, she has experience organizing for the release of detainees at the NW Detention Center in Tacoma.

Dwija Adamala

Economic Inequality
Having participated in protests regarding gun safety, human rights, Black Lives Matter, and environmental issues, Dwija intends to work as Peace Fellow on the increasing problem of “economic inequality” and hopes to “promote a more equitable future in Olympia.”

Jenna Willingham

Unconscious Bias and Systemic Racism
Putting it simply, Jenna stated in her application, “I want to be a positive voice for change.” Currently, a member of a Racial Equity group at Olympia High School Jenna plans to work on systemic racism. She has a focus on “unconscious bias”.

Leo Perry

LGBTQIA Acceptance
President of Eastmont High School’s Queer Straight Alliance Club (QSA) and the Youth Representative for Wenatchee Pride, Leo’s goal as a MYPF activist is to “make LBGTQIA students and youth feel accepted and loved in my community and also educate non-LGBTQIA people about the movement.”

Christine Zhang

Gender Equality & Digital Literacy (continuing)
Christine was also a MYPF in 2021, working on gender equality and digital literacy. As a consequence of work on her MYPF project in 2021, she was recommended and appointed to the Olympia School Board as one of 2 Student Representatives on June 23, 2022. She has met with legislators, school administrators, and School Board members in furtherance of her project.

Hannah Martin

Implementing a Feminist Curriculum

A cheerleader and a feminist, Hannah wants to “pursue activism as my career” because “activism brings me a personal sense of accomplishment, as well as helps to improve the lives of those around me.” Hannah has already organized 2 school walkouts on gun violence and the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Nnenaya Humphrey

Soil Erosion and Nutrition Imbalance (Food Justice)
Sisters Nesiah and Nnenaya are homeschooled and live in Montreal, Quebec. They plan to work together on the “crisis of soil erosion”. Despite the apparent non-vital appearance of dirt, our Mother Earth’s topsoil is the greatest reservoir and donor of microbial diversity on the planet, recycling waste, purifying water fixing inorganic CO2 to organic carbon and a myriad of other processes essential for life.

Nesiah Humphrey

Soil Erosion and Nutrition Imbalance
Sisters Nesiah and Nnenaya are homeschooled and live in Montreal, Quebec. They plan to work together on the “crisis of soil erosion”. Despite the apparent non-vital appearance of dirt, our Mother Earth’s topsoil is the greatest reservoir and donor of microbial diversity on the planet, recycling waste, purifying water fixing inorganic CO2 to organic carbon and a myriad of other processes essential for life.

Nirja Thaler

Racial Justice
Co-founder of the Feminism Club at Olympia High School, Nirja is interested in criminal justice and racial justice issues. She hopes to lobby the legislature and organize public protests, seeking skills to become a better leader for a better world.

Angella Clarke

Period Poverty (continuing)
Angela was a MYPF in 2021 and is repeating the program to continue her work on “Period Poverty” and access to feminine hygiene products at her school.

Dasia Lawrence

Student Rights; Racial Justice

What Alumni Say About the Fellowship

Former MYPF Testimonials

You have been so kind & thoughtful & I’ve really enjoyed this fellowship. Thanks 4 everything.
Jamie MargolinFounder: Zero Hour Youth Climate Action Network
Jamie Margolin
I think one of the most influential aspects of being an MYPF is learning how social advocacy works in the real world. The planning, developing, and execution of my project was heavily based on understanding people and how I could empower them to take action and continue to do so. In social justice work and in a healthy work environment, these skills are essential.
Sitara Nath
Sitara Nath
I’m proud to have affected at least 50 people at my school with my workshops on understanding/empathy with nonviolent communication, awareness of implicit biases, and psychological concepts…
Edwin Carlos
Edwin Carlos
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