Belén Cahill: Let's Get This Head

I want to hear about the unique struggles and pleasures of as inclusive a pool of people as possible—a variation of religious, geographical, and ethnic backgrounds, of gender, sexual and racial identities, and of physical ability. The single most important aspect of this show to me is that people walk out of the studio feeling empowered.

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Gretta Kissell
Jamie Zella: Body Positivity

I use my voice to speak about body positivity because nearly everyone has struggled with their body image at some point in their life. We grow up being bombarded with ads on how to lose weight in order to get the “perfect summer body”. We are told that the only way to be beautiful is to be skinny. So of course we accept that as truth and believe that the problem is with ourselves and not with society.

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Gretta Kissell
Ramya and Alice: REPRESENT MVMNT

We are a youth-led organization that strives to promote diversity while reducing Eurocentrism stemming from the media and education system. Through education, representation, and creating a discussion surrounding this issue, we hope to do our part in making society better for POC.

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Gretta Kissell
Leah Berdysz: Empowered & Poised

Creating Empowered & Poised meant that I could make a positive difference in the lives of others. I could share my passion for overall wellness to empower and educate girls on how to be beautiful from the inside out. Empowered & Poised has grown into a supportive community, where females can share their stories, learn, and have a platform for their voices to be heard.

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Gretta Kissell
Kareem Abukhadra: Forgotten Neighbors

“Over the last year, I’ve walked around the streets of New York, slept at homeless shelters, and served at soup kitchens. In the process, I’ve interacted with hundreds of homeless people, from addicts, to artists, to people who’ve lost their jobs working at Morgan Stanley and ended up homeless. I started Forgotten Neighbors to share the stories the individuals in this community were telling me.”

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Zehra Naqvi
Maheen Iqbal: Defiant

“I hope that Defiant serves as a platform and inspiration to others just like me who have felt the evident presence of discrimination in their day-to-day lives, based on factors entirely out of their control. To the disenfranchised youth of the world: We see you. We hear you. We will fight with you and for you.”

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Gretta Kissell
Zoe Harveen Kaur: ZHK Designs

“ZHK Designs was created to educate others and enhance various identities, cultures and backgrounds through art. I wanted to create a page that was not only directed at the South Asian community, but could be a safe space for all individuals”

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Gretta Kissell
Chanice Lee: A Young Revolutionary

“I am a young Black woman. Those are two identities that I value and cherish dearly, although they come with a history of hardships. My race and my gender both affect how I view the world and my experiences within it. Because of my identity, I always aim to amplify and center the voices of Black women and girls in everything that I do, as often as possible.”

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Gretta Kissell
Alondra Aguilar: Ignited Voices

“In school we hardly ever acknowledged the giant economic and social disparities between the white, affluent businessmen and the Hispanic laborers that makeup Napa. I never felt like I had a space to learn about or discuss these differences and how they affected my own Mexican family.” Alondra Aguilar

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Zehra Naqvi
Christina Mazzi: ProjectWOC

To me, ProjectWOC means every young woc getting the opportunity to dream. Being presented with successful woc after successful woc (who by the way are more than willing to lend an ear or a hand and even offer advice) is bound to give viewers the idea that they too can get there to where these young women are.

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Zehra Naqvi
Poize Workwear: Feminism with Femininity

“Women fighting to be seen in male-dominated industries sometimes feel like they must force themselves to act or appear a certain way to fit in to a ‘man’s’ world,” Poize Workwear co-founder Alexandra explains. “We want to incorporate the idea of feminism with femininity, that we can be a powerhouse in the industry while also appearing elegant and stylish if we so desire.”

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Gretta Kissell
Karina Encarnacion: Architect, Dancer, Creator

“To me, art is anything that is created with the intention of evoking a response from an audience. Whether my art is a building that educates people and provides solutions for environmental issues or a performance in a music video that makes people want to learn how to dance, I want to continue growing as an artist as long as it makes me—and the people around me—think and evolve.”

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Zehra Naqvi
Lune Magazine: Youth for Change

“It is incredibly important to have youth involvement because they are the future of this country. In five, ten years, they could and will be the ones on the billboards, the ballots, the lawn signs, and in the fliers you might find posted on bulletin boards—the future policymakers.”

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Gretta Kissell
Brianna Zúñiga: What Does She Know?

Oral stories, as the oldest form of storytelling, have shown to be the most prolific forms of incentivizing people to feel. Yes, community organizing, legal studies, and political activism are all vital components of change; however, at the root of civic engagement is interpersonal connection. And to connect, we share stories. For me, this podcast is the best way I know how to engage.

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Gretta Kissell
Amber Anderson: Black is Gold

“You inspired the future women for us,” Wale sings in “Black is Gold,” and we’re inclined to agree: high school student and Chicago native Amber Anderson has made a huge impact on the lives of African American girls through her non-profit, preparing and inspiring them to succeed in high school and beyond.

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Gretta Kissell
Sophie Maniscalco and Kailin Zhang: Supergirls Code

Supergirls Code is an organization started by two high school friends, Sophie Maniscalco and Kailin Zhang, to empower girls through teaching them how to code. Supergirls Code began around February of last year, but it took a while to get the first class started. So far Supergirls Code has had a library class and currently has a regular weekly after school club! Girls across the country have reached out, looking to start chapters within their communities.

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Zehra Naqvi
Divya and Sweta Srinivasan: Girls for Science

Our goal is to help close the gender gap through educating girls around the world about the STEM fields. Whether or not they pursue a career in the STEM fields, we hope that everyone learns to appreciate one another. We strive to be a part in all genders reaching full equality, and that everyone is able to pursue the same career and interests regardless of who they are.

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Zehra Naqvi
Make Muse: Making Change

The Make Muse media brand officially began on International Women’s Day in 2018, but founder Maura Sheedy had been passionate about changing beauty standards and supporting women and non-binary individuals long before that.

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Gretta Kissell
Zaniya Lewis: YesSheCanCampaign

The YesSheCanCampaign is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that is run by high school and college students from across the country. Their mission is to inspire, empower and share the stories of girls and young women who are overcoming adversity while striving to complete their education. They provide educational resources to girls and young women from across the country.

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Zehra Naqvi