Managers

  Zora Ilunga-Reed, Founder and Podcast Manager   Zora is a 17-year-old, high school student from New York City. She began We the Ppl the summer before her junior year on her bedroom floor and is so happy to see how much it has grown since. When Zora's not working on We the Ppl, she can be found doing public forum debate, swimming with her school's team, or, when time allows, chipping away at a seemingly endless stack of good books. She will be attending Stanford University in the fall of 2018.   zora@wethepplpodcast.com

Zora Ilunga-Reed, Founder and Podcast Manager

Zora is a 17-year-old, high school student from New York City. She began We the Ppl the summer before her junior year on her bedroom floor and is so happy to see how much it has grown since. When Zora's not working on We the Ppl, she can be found doing public forum debate, swimming with her school's team, or, when time allows, chipping away at a seemingly endless stack of good books. She will be attending Stanford University in the fall of 2018.

zora@wethepplpodcast.com

  Ndemazea Fonkem, Assistant Content Editor    Ndemazea Fonkem is a high school sophomore based in the middle of the Midwestern fly-over, Wisconsin. She is currently a co-founder and creative director for Aspirants Magazine, an online and print publication meant to uplift creators who rarely get seen. If she’s not writing or debating, you can find her reading the day’s headlines or listening to podcasts.

Ndemazea Fonkem, Assistant Content Editor

Ndemazea Fonkem is a high school sophomore based in the middle of the Midwestern fly-over, Wisconsin. She is currently a co-founder and creative director for Aspirants Magazine, an online and print publication meant to uplift creators who rarely get seen. If she’s not writing or debating, you can find her reading the day’s headlines or listening to podcasts.

  Sarah Kearns, Blog Manager and Editor   Sarah Kearns is a 17-year-old writer from New York City. When she's not scribbling in her notebook or doing pirouettes in ballet class, Sarah loves to take photographs and read. She's a hardcore feminist, animal lover, and is obsessed with the 80's. You can almost always find her with a pen in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. Check out her website  here.    sarah@wethepplpodcast.com

Sarah Kearns, Blog Manager and Editor

Sarah Kearns is a 17-year-old writer from New York City. When she's not scribbling in her notebook or doing pirouettes in ballet class, Sarah loves to take photographs and read. She's a hardcore feminist, animal lover, and is obsessed with the 80's. You can almost always find her with a pen in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. Check out her website here.

sarah@wethepplpodcast.com

  Mikayla Connolly, Podcast Editor    Mikayla Connolly is a rising high school Junior. She adores reading, writing, slam poetry, and binge-watching The Office. When she’s not doing homework, she works for a local nonprofit that promotes literacy for children in underfunded neighborhoods. She is also a writer and editor for Affinity Magazine.

Mikayla Connolly, Podcast Editor

Mikayla Connolly is a rising high school Junior. She adores reading, writing, slam poetry, and binge-watching The Office. When she’s not doing homework, she works for a local nonprofit that promotes literacy for children in underfunded neighborhoods. She is also a writer and editor for Affinity Magazine.

  Mahamed Abdulahi, Social Media Coordinator   Mahamed is a High School Sophomore living in San Diego, California. He's passionate about social, economic, racial, and environmental justice. when not being consumed by school clubs like Speech and Debate he write for Affinity Magazine, listens to R&B artists and watches Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, HTGAWM, Suits, The Fosters, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. He additionally works to make his community a better place by voicing his concerns for the underrepresented. He hopes to become a civil or human rights attorney then start a non profit dedicated to global peace and security ensuring the less fortunate that they have a voice.   mahamed@wethepplpodcast.com

Mahamed Abdulahi, Social Media Coordinator

Mahamed is a High School Sophomore living in San Diego, California. He's passionate about social, economic, racial, and environmental justice. when not being consumed by school clubs like Speech and Debate he write for Affinity Magazine, listens to R&B artists and watches Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, HTGAWM, Suits, The Fosters, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. He additionally works to make his community a better place by voicing his concerns for the underrepresented. He hopes to become a civil or human rights attorney then start a non profit dedicated to global peace and security ensuring the less fortunate that they have a voice.

mahamed@wethepplpodcast.com

Correspondents

  Alana Cross, Correspondent   Alana is a 17-year old student who currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona. She currently writes for Affinity Magazine and other publications, focusing mainly on progressive politics. While not catching up with the latest political developments, you can find her volunteering, prepping for a debate tournament, or drinking coffee. In the future, she wants to study political science or philosophy and, ultimately, aspires to pursue a career in government or law.   

Alana Cross, Correspondent

Alana is a 17-year old student who currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona. She currently writes for Affinity Magazine and other publications, focusing mainly on progressive politics. While not catching up with the latest political developments, you can find her volunteering, prepping for a debate tournament, or drinking coffee. In the future, she wants to study political science or philosophy and, ultimately, aspires to pursue a career in government or law.

 

  Soo Hyun, Correspondent   Soo Hyun is a filmmaker, photographer, writer, traveler, and vegan and social activist, currently settled in the busy city of Seoul, Korea. Seoul-born and Portland-raised, she strives to spread the plantbased lifestyle, raise social awareness, and encourage teens to be unapologetic in pursuing ventures and voicing ideas, notwithstanding ageism.   

Soo Hyun, Correspondent

Soo Hyun is a filmmaker, photographer, writer, traveler, and vegan and social activist, currently settled in the busy city of Seoul, Korea. Seoul-born and Portland-raised, she strives to spread the plantbased lifestyle, raise social awareness, and encourage teens to be unapologetic in pursuing ventures and voicing ideas, notwithstanding ageism.

 

  Megan Hyunh, Correspondent   Megan Huynh is a high school junior living in the Bay Area, interested in all things politics, feminism, and human rights. You can often find her volunteering, prepping for policy debate tournaments, baking cookies, or teaching herself how to play the ukulele. In the future, she aspires to pursue a career in medicine, government, or maybe a combination of both.   

Megan Hyunh, Correspondent

Megan Huynh is a high school junior living in the Bay Area, interested in all things politics, feminism, and human rights. You can often find her volunteering, prepping for policy debate tournaments, baking cookies, or teaching herself how to play the ukulele. In the future, she aspires to pursue a career in medicine, government, or maybe a combination of both.

 

  Katie Kong, Correspondent   Katie Kong was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to the US when she was 4. She has lived in three different states and currently resides in Dayton, Ohio. In her free time, she consumes copious amounts of ice cream and mourns the recent loss of her Netflix account. 

Katie Kong, Correspondent

Katie Kong was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to the US when she was 4. She has lived in three different states and currently resides in Dayton, Ohio. In her free time, she consumes copious amounts of ice cream and mourns the recent loss of her Netflix account. 

  Theo Koskoff, Correspondent   Theo Koskoff is a seventeen-year-old high school student living in Westport, CT, and a political hobbyist with a particular interest in international relations, Middle Eastern culture and politics, environmentalism, and religion/theology. He is the president and founder of the Students Fighting Hunger Club in his school, which focuses on fundraising for famine and hunger relief internationally. He was also his high school’s ambassador to the 2017 World Affairs Seminar in Wisconsin, and one of the recipients of a 2017 CT World Affairs Council award for helping to lead a campaign in his school called Change for Syria. He began writing for We the Ppl in June 2017.   

Theo Koskoff, Correspondent

Theo Koskoff is a seventeen-year-old high school student living in Westport, CT, and a political hobbyist with a particular interest in international relations, Middle Eastern culture and politics, environmentalism, and religion/theology. He is the president and founder of the Students Fighting Hunger Club in his school, which focuses on fundraising for famine and hunger relief internationally. He was also his high school’s ambassador to the 2017 World Affairs Seminar in Wisconsin, and one of the recipients of a 2017 CT World Affairs Council award for helping to lead a campaign in his school called Change for Syria. He began writing for We the Ppl in June 2017.

 

  Sydney Uhlman, Correspondent   Sydney Uhlman is a 16-year-old student from Des Moines, Iowa. Since April 2016, she has served as Vice Chair of High School Democrats of Iowa, working to provide her state’s youth with opportunities for civic engagement. Sydney also has served as Central Regional Officer for the Iowa Youth Congress and volunteered for political campaigns during the 2016 election cycle. She is currently working on legislation that would lower her state’s voter preregistration age to 16.

Sydney Uhlman, Correspondent

Sydney Uhlman is a 16-year-old student from Des Moines, Iowa. Since April 2016, she has served as Vice Chair of High School Democrats of Iowa, working to provide her state’s youth with opportunities for civic engagement. Sydney also has served as Central Regional Officer for the Iowa Youth Congress and volunteered for political campaigns during the 2016 election cycle. She is currently working on legislation that would lower her state’s voter preregistration age to 16.

  Majella Votta, Correspondent   Majella Votta is a high school student in Kerry, Ireland. She writes for Affinity Magazine and Teen Voices, focusing on culture and politics. When she isn't reading, you can find her listening to Hamilton - her favourite musical, or watching Youtube videos. She aspires to be a journalist someday. 

Majella Votta, Correspondent

Majella Votta is a high school student in Kerry, Ireland. She writes for Affinity Magazine and Teen Voices, focusing on culture and politics. When she isn't reading, you can find her listening to Hamilton - her favourite musical, or watching Youtube videos. She aspires to be a journalist someday. 

Ambassadors

  Kate Flicker, Ambassador   Kate Flicker is a high school junior from Fairfield, Connecticut. She just returned home from her semester studying at The School for Ethics and Global Leadership in Washington, DC. When she isn't reading the latest UN Human Rights Council report, she can be found writing for her school's creative writing publication, participating in student government and Model UN, performing with her school's a cappella group, or interning at the Yale Center for Asylum Medicine.

Kate Flicker, Ambassador

Kate Flicker is a high school junior from Fairfield, Connecticut. She just returned home from her semester studying at The School for Ethics and Global Leadership in Washington, DC. When she isn't reading the latest UN Human Rights Council report, she can be found writing for her school's creative writing publication, participating in student government and Model UN, performing with her school's a cappella group, or interning at the Yale Center for Asylum Medicine.

  Grace Condon, Ambassador   Grace Condon is junior in high school from Boston, Massachusetts. She spent the fall semester of this year studying at the School for Ethics and Global Leadership in Washington, D.C. She loves playing soccer, skiing in Vermont, and working with children. 

Grace Condon, Ambassador

Grace Condon is junior in high school from Boston, Massachusetts. She spent the fall semester of this year studying at the School for Ethics and Global Leadership in Washington, D.C. She loves playing soccer, skiing in Vermont, and working with children. 

  Ayo Jaiyeoba, Ambassador   Hi my name is Ayo Jaiyeoba I'm a 15 year old Junior attending school in North Carolina. I am interested in politics and advocating for human and women's rights. I also volunteer for many non-profits around me. My goal is to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves and to care for others who need it. I believe that it is important for people our age to be able to connect with our environment and WTP provides us that space!

Ayo Jaiyeoba, Ambassador

Hi my name is Ayo Jaiyeoba I'm a 15 year old Junior attending school in North Carolina. I am interested in politics and advocating for human and women's rights. I also volunteer for many non-profits around me. My goal is to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves and to care for others who need it. I believe that it is important for people our age to be able to connect with our environment and WTP provides us that space!