Our Team

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Anika Manzoor

Anika Manzoor (she/they) serves as Youth Activism Project’s first-ever Executive Director. Anika was introduced to activism when she “accidentally” co-founded School Girls Unite at the age of 12. Through Youth Activism Project, Anika discovered the power of her own voice and consequently, her own passion for youth empowerment. Anika is a graduate of Grinnell College and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Through Youth Activism Project, Anika is committed to helping as many young people as possible discover the power of their voices as well. Click here to learn more about her journey.

Obse Abebe

Obse Abebe (she/her) serves as an Activation Hub Team Manager and is an organizer whose advocacy began when she orchestrated a school walkout to advocate for stricter gun control. Since then, Obse has lobbied, testified, and led events with over 100 people. She serves as the Vice President for her Girl Up club that combats gender inequity and mentors other youth activists as a grassroots organizer for Youth Creating Change. She also represents her fellow students in local legislative bodies through her position in her county-wide SGA. Her faith in the power of the people drives Obse to use her voice and be the change she wishes to see.

Carolanne Briscoe

Carolanne Briscoe (she/her) is our Program Specialist, innovating a new program to promote healthy racial identity and civic engagement in Black youth. Carolanne co-founded an organization called Black Folk Take Note (BFTN) that promotes Black education and mental wellness in youth and adults in the Black community. She also founded SoÜl Food, a program within BFTN that provides perishable items to Black families battling with food insecurities. She is a graduate of the Community Psychology Program at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

our board

Hilary Binder-Aviles (she/her)|Independent Nonprofit Consultant
Brian Callahan (he/him)| Congressional Relations Manager
Vanessa Gomes Garcia (she/her)| University of Maryland: Class of 2023
Chris Herrera (he/him)| American University: Class of 2023
Aria Miles (she/her)| UPD Consulting