Meet the Fellows
The Youth and Climate Justice Fellowship provides leadership development and educational opportunities to empower young individuals to be successful leaders in their communities and amplify our region’s voice for environmental, social and economic justice.
Meet our 2018/2019 Fellows below!
Birch Kinsey, 17
Birch Kinsey is a 17-year-old who loves the environment, daydreaming, and all things sustainable. She is a senior of City Honors High School and works at a food justice organisation in Buffalo. At this job, Birch’s passion for climate justice was sparked when she was 13 –and has guided her since. She is a poet, student, and active citizen who just wants her baby siblings to grow up in a more stable climate then she is. After high school she hopes to forge the path that makes her dreams a reality.
Kelly Camacho, 23
I am a recent graduate of the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies. I currently work at the Falk school as a teacher’s aide in a high school earth science classroom. I am extremely passionate about the relationship race and financial class has with our environment. I hope the YCJ Fellowship can help me make the connections to organizations that I need in order to become an asset to low income minority communities.
Grace Çelik, 21
I am a graduate of the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Environmental Design. Currently, I am a graduate student in the Masters of Urban Planning at UB and I work in at UB Sustainability as a graphic artist. In addition, I am in the Education and Leadership Fellows in Sustainability at UB and an intern at WNY Clean Air Coalition. As a Buffalo native, I am very passionate about the city’s recent renaissance and it’s historical roots in environmental activism. I hope that through the YCJ fellowship I can improve my skills in grassroots advocacy to further support our region as leaders in the climate justice movement.
Ilyas Khan, 14
I am currently in 9th grade at City Honors. I’ve lived here for 12 years, and I have always felt that our local water supplies and natural environment were important to our community. I am most passionate about the struggle we have here for clean, safe water in our rivers and the lake. I hope that through the YJC fellowship I can become a better organizer and show others in my school community the problems we have, and hopefully work towards implementable solutions
Mira Olma, 17
I’m a senior at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts. Although my major is music, I still have a passion for environmental science. I plan to attend college in the fall of 2019 with a focus in environmental work. During the summer, I worked at the Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper through a mentorship program for select students interested in entering the environmental field. I joined the Youth & Climate Justice Fellowship program to learn more about how I can make an impact on the environment around me through advocacy and education.
Nina Adams, 15
My name is Nina. I am 15 years old and I am a Sophomore at McKinley HS. I was born in Congo and lived in Kenya before coming to America. I started doing community work at MAP and started doing other programs like with WNYEA and Healthy Youth Positive Energy. My sister Ingabire inspires me to do more community work because of her dedication and voice. I want to be an example to other youth to join programs of good use and create change.
Ingabire Adam, 17
My name is Ingabire Adam. I came to America four years ago from Kenya, but I was born in Congo. I go to Emerson School of Hospitality. I am currently a senior and getting ready for college. Throughout the years I have managed to grow and started being active in my community because I want to impact people’s life and I also value nature. I am a strong advocate for justice and youth voices because I had times when I didn’t see justice in my life and when my voice wasn’t heard but now I am motivated by the past. I enjoy life and I want to live the best, healthiest life I can.
Gabriel Cohen, 18
My name is Gabriel Cohen. This year I graduated from International Prep at Grover Cleveland High, and am currently on a gap year between high school and college. I am extremely passionate about local social justice, sustainability, and climate justice related issues, and a strong proponent for involving youth in the activism regarding these issues. I hope to gain through the YCJ fellowship the ability to further involve and educate myself in both my own and others activism efforts to help the world around us become more sustainable, socially just, and all around better.
Skylar Moffett, 17
My name is Skylar and I am a senior at East Aurora High School. When I think of climate change I think of the future, and to me that future must be directed by youth. I am passionate about nature and the well being of our world around us. Through the fellowship I hope to gain skills to help me improve in advocacy work and I also hope to meet other peers with the same passions.
Annina Quarantello, 24
I am a graduate of Clarkson University with a Bachelors in Civil Engineering and a minor in Sustainable Energy System Engineering. I am passionate about protecting our planet and the people on it, and I am interested in sustainable energy innovations and opportunities. I hope to attend law school so I can serve as an advocate for frontline communities and bring about positive change. Through the YCJ Fellowship, I hope to learn more about climate justice issues and meet other activists and change-makers in our community.