Christine Biyoga is originally from Burundi and is proud mother of 3 wonderful children. She is an early childhood educator and dedicated Portland Empowered Parent Ambassador. She speaks French, Swahili, Kirundi/Kinyarwanda and Lingala.
Mena is a current sophomore at Deering High School, where she is the president of the school’s Black Student Union. Mena is also a co-president of her class. Within Deering, Mena hopes to create real change through the hard work of YEPs! She loves hanging out with friends and Ben & Jerry’s Vanilla Ice Cream. […]
Ladi is a senior at Deering High School, and is the current student body president. He loves to play soccer. He believes being a Youth Lead Organizer is an opportunity to expand on leadership and facilitation skills, and in addition, to gain perspective on on-going issues in Portland Public Schools, and to help solve issues. […]
Christal is a junior at Casco Bay High School. Christal is also involved in Maine Youth Court and enjoys playing squash. As a Youth Lead Organizer, Christal hopes to talk about systemic racism and work to diminish its impacts in our communities. In her free time, Christal weight lifts, play’s racquet sports, hang’s out with […]
Casarra is a senior at Portland High School, where she is a co-facilitator of the Black Student Union. She also participates in the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institution and Let’s Talk Bulldog Block, a women of color group. With her work in YEP’s, she hopes to create permanent change within her school and other high […]
I joined YEPs because it was recommended to me by a friend. I hope to graduate from high school and go to college. I like to play soccer and run track.
I joined YEPS to help improve my leadership skills and help schools in my community grow and improve the teaching system, I hope schools understand or adopt new methods of interacting with their students these days… I love technology and I hope to be a system engineer in the future.
I joined YEP because it helps me be busy with the time that I don’t do or have anything, this me more opportunity express myself and learn a lot of things with new people, knowing if they there are from different places as you are. My education in the future is that I want to […]
I joined YEP because I wanted to get money and to be part of this group where my ideas can be heard. My guidance counselor told me about this program and the opportunity that I could have joining it. My hopes for education in the future is to love what I’m learning, not because someone […]
My name is Zeinab. I’m a junior at Casco Bay High school. I enjoy learning new things and hanging out with friends and family as well as traveling. I wanted to be a student leader to mend the wrongs in our school district and fix certain parts of the educational system in our community. I […]