The Youth Activism Project is currently 100% volunteer-run.

Please contact us if you want to explore contributing your talents pro bono!

Wendy Schaetzel Lesko

Wendy Schaetzel Lesko serves as President and she 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 strengthens her determination to encourage adults to truly value the solutions advocated by young people.

Anika Manzoor

Anika Manzoor is Director of Global Strategy and oversees the expansion of our support for international youth-led campaigns. 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.” Anika was a Fulbright Grantee in Malaysia and is currently a graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Joanne Conelley

Joanne Conelley serves as Chair of our Board of Directors. She is a co-founder of School Girls Unite and her pragmatic yet visionary contributions are enhanced by her uninterrupted engagement with the Youth Activism Project for over a decade.

Molara Obe

Molara Obe is Director of Digital Media and donating her many IT talents, especially during this transformative stage of the Youth Activism Project.

Co-Founders and Board of Directors

Other Co-Founders and Board Members include Dandio Coulibaly, Milagros de Souza, Fata Karva, Mira Fleming and Jocelyn Sapulene Matenje.