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Vanessa Faloye | Chief Trainer

Vanessa is a trainer-facilitator, curriculum developer, and project coordinator in social impact education. She works with AMP in designing and delivering the AMP Action Lab, Global Scholar, and AMPlifier virtual trainings for global youth. Her curricula span anti-oppression; systems thinking; and social action as ways to educate and inspire systems-level social change. In her non-existent spare time, she also does motivational speaking and blogging on social innovation. Vanessa has a double honors bachelors degree in International Relations and Spanish and a post-graduate certificate in Social Enterprise and Innovation. She is really passionate about traveling, reading, and speaking Spanish.

Karen Showalter | Chief Maker

Karen has led the Global Scholar program for the past 7 years, and has developed and delivered programming around social change, advocacy, strategic communications, and movement building for over 15 years. Karen was previously the Executive Director of AMP Global Youth, and is current Co-Chair of the Board of Directors. When not coaching AMP leaders, she’s a Senior Campaign Director for a national women’s organization. She has worked for Oxfam International, MomsRising, Netcentric Campaigns, and the Bank Information Center, and has worked in Mali, Niger, Nepal and the United States. Karen got her start as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, West Africa.  She has a Masters Degree in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University and a Bachelors Degree from the University of Michigan. Karen is also a Penn State Master Gardener, avid skier and aspiring fiber artist.

Jade Richards | Facilitator, Active Citizens

Richards is a senior at American University studying Psychology and Education Policy. In his time in college, he interned for organizations such as the Aspen Institute, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and the New York City Council. On his campus, Richards served as American University’s NAACP Education Committee Director, during which time he worked with DCPS and local nonprofits to further efforts to improve post-secondary education access and success. In addition to this, Richards launched a campus organization to address institutional transparency and administrative use of student data. Richards plans to work on education policy following his graduation.

 

Fall 2018

Diana Bender-Bier | Intern Summer, Fall 2018

Diana is a recent graduate of Emory University with degrees in Biology and Comparative Literature. She grew up in Rockville, MD and began her advocacy work in her middle school years lobbying for safe international road travel (ASIRT), continued in high school as she served as one of the three Maryland delegates at the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment, and in college she served as a philanthropy chair and legislator in her student government. After her first year of college, Diana interned for So What Else?, a nonprofit dedicated to keeping children from inner city D.C. healthy, happy, and safe. After that, she was inspired to work with Atlanta’s homeless population through sandwich drives with Atlanta Community Food Bank, discussions with Gateway Center residents and volunteers, trips with nonprofits that grew produce for homeless shelters in Atlanta and that provided outdoor activities for children in inner city Atlanta. She also has a passion for teaching, and has taught children ages 2 to 12. She is interested in international development, poverty (access to water, food, and shelter), nutrition, and youth education. She also has an interest in cancer biology research and treatment accessibility. She values inclusivity and accessibility!

Rebecca P. | Intern Summer, Fall 2018

Rebecca is currently rising Junior at a high school in the Bay Area, California and is passionate about international service, politics, development, and youth advocacy. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in international relations as well as government and politics. Throughout high school, she has founded a nonprofit organization called “CourageGifts,” as a means to raise awareness for global issues through encouraging the public to sent gifts and letters to people who are affected by them. Through her weekly reading and writing tutoring classes with middle school students, Rebecca dedicates a time during each lesson to initiate a discussion about global news and concerns. As a board member on both division and school leadership teams in Key Club, Interact, and DECA, she encourages students to participate in efforts towards supporting international projects by serving for and raising money for the Pediatric Trauma Program, UNICEF, March of Dimes, and many more. Additionally, she founded an Asian Student Union at her school in order to celebrate its diversity as well as inform students about relevant issues that occur within the continent. She also values and supports efforts towards environmental and substantial development and serves as a representative on the National Youth Council for Project Green Schools. In 2018, she attended the Global Scholars program and learned about AMP’s global impact and dedication to youth. As a result, she was motivated to be more involved within the organization. This year, as an intern, she hopes to help spread and expand AMP’s message and outreach to students around the global community! She is excited, ready to meet and serve as a great communicator and mentor to students! She believes that because youth are one hundred percent of the future, the leaders of tomorrow, it is important for them to seek global interest and change.

Liah | Intern, Fall 2018

Liah is a junior at an inter-city school in Atlanta, Ga. She has a strong passion for justice and political empowerment, inspired by the consistent injustice and hatred going on in our world today. She has seen the first hand effects of racism, sexism, and classism that persist to be an issue. Her personal experiences and the experiences of those closest to her have urged her to partake in more of a leadership position concerning global issues. She is a part of the racial healing organization ARROW and is one of their teen advisors and because of AMPs global connections and influence she is excited to contribute to their organization as well.

Mason | Intern, Fall 2018

Mason is a current high school junior in Massachusetts. Originally from Dallas, Texas, his family moved to Shanghai, China when he was in first grade. He’s very passionate about international affairs, and attended the global scholar program in the summer of 2018. Outside of school, he’s an avid swimmer, participates in Model UN and debate, and enjoys volunteering.

Charlotte | Intern, Fall 2018

Charlotte is a junior at Northridge High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and is dually enrolled at the University of Alabama through their Early College program. She attended AMP’s Global Scholar program this summer and is interested in international relations and humanitarian aid; she is especially fascinated by how education or the lack thereof intersects with issues such as socioeconomic status and health. For the past three years, Charlotte has worked with the organization TASSEL Cambodia as a fundraiser and a virtual English teacher for children and adults in rural Cambodia. Charlotte also volunteers as an ESL tutor for non-native English speakers in the Tuscaloosa area and is a member of the Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce Forerunners, a small group of juniors that partake in community service projects around the county. Having grown up in Los Angeles, California and later moved to Alabama, Charlotte recognizes the misunderstanding and polarity that plagues today’s political dialogue and international community and therefore hopes to foster more understanding and compassion between people of different backgrounds, on both a small and large scale. In her limited free time, Charlotte enjoys doing ballet, playing the piano, and studying Russian. Charlotte is excited and honored to be an AMP intern this year!

Arly | Intern, Fall 2018

Arly is from the South Bronx, New York. She loves to speak out about different issues that happen around the world because she feels that it is essential for everyone to be aware of the global issues happening around us. She went to the AMP Global Scholar Program this summer 2018 and it was an amazing experience. She had so many opportunities to learn about different ethical dilemmas and controversial issues that are happening around us. During her free time, she loves to make music especially focusing in the Hip-Hop and rap genre and playing the piano, electric bass and expressing herself in many different ways. She grew up knowing that she has a voice and she feels that it is important for everyone to express themselves in a way that will help make a change in the world that we wish to see. She also loves to read and run during her free time. At my school, she helped found the Hispanic Heritage Culture club because she felt that it was necessary for her school to represent the Hispanic culture and for everyone to aware and learn about their culture and just embrace it. She believes that everyone in the world needs to have equal opportunities to a basic education for everyone to not to live in poverty or in hunger. All of us must use our voices and strive for change the world, so that we can live in a world that we wish to see.

Kavon | Intern, Fall 2018

Kavon is a junior political science major at James Madison University, from Falls Church, VA. Outside of school, he is a huge soccer fan, and also plays. He also love keeping up with politics and international news. After college, he aspires to have a career that combines my interests in political communication and marketing.

Summer 2018
Michał Matejczuk | Global Scholar Coordinator Summer 2018

Michał is a real world renaissance man on a never-ending mission to combat global food insecurity and child malnutrition throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Using his culinary prowess as a catalyst and inspiration for behavior change, he aspires to create better sustainable business models across Africa’s powerful agricultural industry. With recently becoming a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and serving in Uganda, Michał had the privilege of working across various sectors such as agribusiness, health, and education during his two years of service. In addition to working for Olam International, he was the National Director for the national initiative called “StartUp Uganda” that worked to promote entrepreneurship and youth empowerment throughout rural communities. Michał also managed various projects dealing in food security, environmental conservation and HIV/AIDS prevention. Graduating from the Culinary Institute of America with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Michał will be pursuing graduate work at Cornell University this upcoming fall with a concentration in international agriculture and rural development. Michał is excited to work and share his international experiences with this year’s students at AMP Global Youth, and working with them to become better global advocates and future leaders of their industry.

Kimberly Aagaard | Global Scholar Coordinator Summer 2018

Kimberly is a foreign policy researcher recently returned from Paris, where she completed a master’s degree in International Security at Sciences Po. In conjunction with her master’s program, she interned last year with the U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and with the Institute for Integrated Transitions, an NGO in Barcelona, Spain. Prior to that, Kimberly worked in Washington, DC, for four years in both the private sector and the think tank world. She graduated from Santa Clara University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a second major in Spanish. Originally from Northern California, Kimberly enjoys music, hiking, and reading in her spare time. She is looking forward to joining the Global Scholar Program for an amazing summer!


Yara Hussein | Global Scholar Intern Summer 2018


Yara is currently a rising senior at Oakton High School in Vienna, Virginia and has an avid interest in international affairs, diplomacy, and being a global and ethical citizen. She believes that meeting new people and actively seeking out new knowledge is the most rewarding opportunity in life, and hopes to be a friend and helping hand to all participants this year.

 

 

 

Diana Bender-Bier | Intern Summer 2018

Diana is a recent graduate of Emory University with degrees in Biology and Comparative Literature. She grew up in Rockville, MD and began her advocacy work in her middle school years lobbying for safe international road travel (ASIRT), continued in high school as she served as one of the three Maryland delegates at the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment, and in college she served as a philanthropy chair and legislator in her student government. After her first year of college, Diana interned for So What Else?, a nonprofit dedicated to keeping children from inner city D.C. healthy, happy, and safe. After that, she was inspired to work with Atlanta’s homeless population through sandwich drives with Atlanta Community Food Bank, discussions with Gateway Center residents and volunteers, trips with nonprofits that grew produce for homeless shelters in Atlanta and that provided outdoor activities for children in inner city Atlanta. She also has a passion for teaching, and has taught children ages 2 to 12. She is interested in international development, poverty (access to water, food, and shelter), nutrition, and youth education. She also has an interest in cancer biology research and treatment accessibility. She values inclusivity and accessibility!

Sarah Becker | Intern Summer 2018

Sarah is a rising Junior studying Spanish and English at Messiah College. She has a deep interest in international affairs, and will spend her next semester abroad in Spain at the University of Granada. After a semester volunteering with Catholic Charities by teaching ESL to non-native speakers, Sarah intends to work with and for immigrant populations after college. She also firmly believes that youth have a unique ability to make the world we share a better place and is excited to work with the AMP team and participants. In her free time Sarah enjoys having long conversations, watching anime, and trail running in the Appalachian mountains.

 

 

Kyle Niekrasz | Intern Summer 2018

Kyle is a rising senior at Syracuse University studying political science and history. While in college, he has interned for Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. and Senator Cory Booker. Through his education and internships, Kyle has found a passion for criminal justice reform, environmental policy, and international trade. Kyle believes that some of the most effective methods of diplomacy and policy are clear communication, understanding, and love. After graduation, he plans to stay in Washington DC to help put forward a progressive agenda for future leaders.

 

Aditi Narayanan | Intern Summer 2018

Aditi is a rising high school junior who loves politics and getting involved in her community. After working a few local Arizona campaigns and voter registration drives, she decided to join AMP Global Youth because of, well, their global influence. She’s super excited to be on the team and to reach teens that want to help their community!