Wendy Schaetzel Lesko serves as Co-President and is a nationally recognized expert on authentic youth civic engagement. She has written several books, including Youth! The 26% Solution. Her work as a community organizer with Cesar Chavez’s United Farm Workers and a reporter covering the U.S. Congress strengthen her determination to encourage youth-driven policy advocacy as well as multigenerational collaboration. Check out Wendy’s TEDxYouth Talk.
Anika Manzoor is Co-President and oversees the expansion of our international virtual exchange program where students engage in activism strategies to pursue local and global change. At age 12, she co-founded School Girls Unite and later served as chief editor of our action guide, Girls Gone Activist! How Education Can Change the World. She coordinated the successful national grassroots campaign to mobilize U.S. support to establish the U.N. International Day of the Girl Child, which is now observed annually on October 11 worldwide. Anika was a Fulbright Grantee in Malaysia and is currently a graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Molara Obe serves as the 2018-2020 Chair of our Board of Directors. For over a decade, she has been active with our international program, School Girls Unite. Also, Molara donates her many IT talents and oversees our digital media efforts, which are vitally important during this transformative stage of the Youth Activism Project. Since 2004, our Board has always had at least two high school students to direct our thinking. Maya Kagan and Bella Noumba, currently 10th graders, have full voting rights on all Board decisions.