THE COMMUNITY IMPACT FELLOWSHIP

We believe that sustainable, effective change can start as locally as your own community. That's why, in partnership with the PepsiCo Foundation, we launched a new program for campus chapter members and STF Scholars.

The STF Community Impact Fellowship is a one-year program for our top student leaders who are launching community-based projects that advance STF's mission of fighting gender inequality through education. Fellows receive training, a seed grant, and support along the way.

 
 

Pretty exciting, right? Without further ado... let's meet our 2018 fellows!


Meet The 2018 STF Fellows

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Nishaat Rupani

Age: 22

School or University: University of Texas (Dallas)

STF Affiliation: Founded University of Texas at Dallas chapter, serves on STF Student Advisory Council

Major(s): Supply Chain Management and Global Business

Project: Nishaat's focus, Be The First, will match rising high school students (potential first-generation college students) to current first-generation college students, resulting in a long-term mentorship program. Be the First will launch in Dallas throughout the upcoming school year.

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Juana Verónica Cosiguá Julajuj

Age: 20

School or University: Universidad Rafael Landivar

STF Affiliation: STF Scholar

Major(s): Finance, minoring in International Affairs and Sustainability

Project: Verónica will host 3 workshops to increase the job readiness of youth in Guatemala. Through Opportunity for Youth, she will support youth by helping them with their resumes, interview skills, and other career preparation resources.

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Maria Alejandra Quinonez

Age: 19

School or University: George Washington University

STF Affiliation: Co-founded high school STF chapter

Major(s): Finance, minoring in International Affairs and Sustainability

Project: Maria will be creating Girl Power, a program for girls in American schools. The mission of Girl Power is to help girls become global citizens and learn all they need to empower others in their community, while raising awareness of key issues affecting girls' education. Following the academic school year, Girl Power will launch at STF GW throughout 2018-2019 as a pilot. 

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Eliakunda (Elly) Kaaya

Age: 25

School or University: Graduate of St. Augustine University of Tanzania

STF Affiliation: Graduated STF Scholar

Degree: Sociology

Project: Elly is developing My Journey to School which aims to bring awareness to the community about sending daughters to school. It will be directed towards parents, where they will learn what girls are facing, what tools they need to succeed, and how we can all be part of the movement for gender equality. 

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Danielle Dickey

Age: 20

School or University: University of Central Florida

STF Affiliation: Director of Global Awareness for STF chapter at University of Central Florida

Major(s): History and Interdisciplinary Studies - Women's Studies Track

Project: Danielle is launching Global Girls: Leadership Camp, a free camp for middle-school girls in the Orlando area. Camp programs over Spring Break 2019 will combine the She’s the First Global Awareness Curriculum, tailored to a middle school audience, with activities focused on leadership, body image, and mental health. 

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Cynthia Muhonja

Age: 22

School or University: Ashesi University College

STF Affiliation: Graduate of STF Partner Akili Dada in Kenya

Major(s): Management Information Systems

Project: Cynthia is the founder of Life Lifters, an incubator for young women aimed at alleviating youth poverty in the Nandi County of Kenya through empowerment. Through Life Lifters, Cynthia will offer intensive career & leadership training, personalized mentoring, and most importantly, a safe space for these girls ages 14-20 to share their experiences.

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Atzira Pamela Chumil 

Age: 19

School or University: Asociación Estrella de Mar 

STF Affiliation: STF Scholar

Project: Pamela's project, Perlas Únicas, will bring together women in Guatemala for a beading co-op. They will create jewelry like necklaces and bracelets with pearls, while empowering women to use their voices. Pamela hopes this will bring change to their community, as it will raise women up to be in leadership positions.

 
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Shaily Acharya

Age: 16

School or University: Thomas S. Wootton High School

STF Affiliation: Founding President of STF chapter at Wootton High School

ProjectThe Jemison Project, named after the first African American woman to travel in space, is a one-day event for refugee girls in Baltimore, MD. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of education and their options for pursuing higher education, as well as engaging in hands-on activities that help foster an interest in STEM. At the end of the event, participants will have gained more knowledge on how to navigate their educational pathway in the US.

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Elizabeth Laucata Melo

Age: 16

School or University: Sacred Valley Project

STF Affiliation: STF Scholar

Project: Elizabeth, Mariela, and Yakeline are leading Igualdad de Género (Gender Equality) in their community in Peru. They will work with women and children from the Andean communities, making them aware of their rights through different discussions like gender-based violence and gender equality. These will take place in the rural areas as well as in schools to teach youth about these topics.

 
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Mariela Ccoyso Huillca

Age: 17

School or University: Sacred Valley Project

STF Affiliation: STF Scholar

Project: Mariela, Elizabeth, and Yakeline are leading Igualdad de Género (Gender Equality) in their community in Peru. They will work with women and children from the Andean communities, making them aware of their rights through different discussions like gender-based violence and gender equality. These will take place in the rural areas as well as in schools to teach youth about these topics.

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Yakeline Ttica Cjumo

Age: 17

School or University: Sacred Valley Project

STF Affiliation: STF Scholar

Project: Yakeline, Elizabeth, and Mariela are leading Igualdad de Género (Gender Equality) in their community in Peru. They will work with women and children from the Andean communities, making them aware of their rights through different discussions like gender-based violence and gender equality. These will take place in the rural areas as well as in schools to teach youth about these topics.


 
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Thanks to the PepsiCo Foundation for funding the STF Community Impact Fellowship!