ARTE's Junior Board is a team of talented, driven youth who are dedicated to making change in their communities and leading the next generation of young activists to the frontline of human rights change.
Education serves as a key to positive change in our society. The Junior Board aims to equip young people with the tools they need to grow into the leaders of our future. Many lack access to educational resources, and the conventional curricula that we young people are exposed to fail to teach the perspectives of historically marginalized communities. For us as young people, it is imperative that we uplift underrepresented voices, enabling youth to explore and engage with the issues that matter to them through an artistic lens. Our goal is to support the journey of young activists, artists, and changemakers by providing educational opportunities and fostering holistic learning environments.
Meet the Junior Board!
Ariel (she/her)—Hi my name is Ariel! While I do love the sea and would love to sing perfectly, I’m more passionate about defending the rights of my fellow human beings and wish to provide a better world for you and for future generations xoxoxo. I love reading but I don’t don’t like entering a 5 day journey through procrastination and resentment. If I was an animal, I would be a turtle.
Felecia (she/her)—My name is Felecia. I was born in Jamaica, but currently live in the Bronx. I attend high school in Queens, and I hope to graduate with my associates degree in the year 2023. I am interested in the arts, I love to draw and paint, especially when listening to music. My music genres/playlists are like my emotions, all over the place.
My career path is yet to be determined, therefore I prioritize career explorations. I want to do something to makes me happy, but so helps others and help to create the change I want to see in the world. I have had the opportunity to intern at the Met museum and be apart of ARTE's Youth Voices Lead Program.
In recent months, I have also been able to build relationships and develop my skills not only as an artist, but as a student that has lead to many beautiful artworks and words and those are my proud accomplishments. My hope is to continue my journey and to have meaningful experiences that shapes me into a person I look forward to meeting and being.
Kenisha (she/her)—Hi! My name is Kenisha and I'm a rising junior at a Manhattan high school. At school, I'm an editor for my school newspaper and am passionate about using literature to uplift youth voices through the work I do with the Decameron Project. I am also involved in advocacy, specifically civic engagement and grassroots organizing with youth organizations. At ARTE, I'm excited to use art and restorative justice to empower young people and inspire change in various communities.
Salma (she/her)—Hello! My name is Salma. I'm a junior in high school. I was a former participant in Youth Voices Lead. I'm part of a music club as well as a community club where we host food drives, clothing drives, fundraisers and other things to help people in need and improve our community. I love to draw! And in the future i hope to continue to make a change in my community and also use my art to advocate social justice and issues that matter to me.
Sunny (she/her)—Hi! My name’s Sunny and I am a sophomore in high school. Before joining the Junior Board, I was also a former Youth Voices Lead participant. I currently am a member of Sadie Nash where I learn about different social issues and uplift woman youth. In my time at ARTE, I hope to bring enlightenment to young activists and inspire others who are looking to be or are in the same field.
Tyia (she/her) is a high school junior from New York focused on studying the many spheres of education with an emphasis on social justice. She has been involved with Art and Resistance through Education since January of 2021, first as a member of Youth Voices Lead, and currently as a member of the Junior Board.
Outside of ARTE, Tyia is a steering committee member at National Agenda for Black Girls at Girls for Gender Equity where she lobbies for legislation and works directly with the White House Gender Policy Council. She has also worked for Justin Krebs’s campaign for City Council in New York’s 39th district, involving herself with voter outreach and research.
Currently in the top 5% of her graduating class, Tyia tutors students at her school in core areas like Math and English. She enjoys an array of topics and has often found herself given to niche interests like art history, co-founding a Film, Art, Literature, and Music club at her school.
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