Betye is fluent in American Sign Language and is currently studying Mandarin. Her goal is to speak five languages. She likes to use origami to create greater understanding and acceptance for difference and plans to get a law degree to fight for the working class and black and brown people in the US.
Journey lives in New Jersey and grew up in a creative family playing guitar and expressing herself through drawing and photography. Her love for art is matched by a passion for environmental science and she hopes to find a career that balances the two, possibly meteorology, geology, or journalism.
Kapua is living in Tucson, AZ, but her Hawaiian heritage plays an important role in her daily life. In her free time, Kapua loves to write and volunteer with different groups and organizations. Her dream is to become an astronautical engineer at NASA one day.
Livana loves challenges and leading others through them, whether working with her math club on complex puzzles or backpacking through the mountains. As a Mexican-American living in Southern California, she travels often to visit family, continuously develops her passion for nature and wants to inspire others to explore the world with an open mind.
Michelle is a dedicated and published writer, as well as a slam-poetry and stand-up comedy performer. She is a first generation Singaporean- and Chinese-American immigrant living in New York City who hopes to lend her voice to support minority communities She also enjoys bowling, paper mail, and fried noodles.
Neeta has grown up in a small village in India where she gets up at 4 am to coach soccer to young girls before school. Playing soccer has given her the support and strength to fight for the rights of girls in her community to be able to finish school and avoid child marriage.
Rosemary lives with her carpenter/artist mom on a farm in rural Georgia and imagines her chickens as little velociraptors. She loves playing roller derby, writing, and dreaming of world travel.
Virginia is Native American and grew up immersed in both the rural reservation culture and inner cities. She uses her creative personality not only to express herself in writing and film, but also toward her passion for making a difference through volunteer work in her community.