Brent Clarke is from Falls Church, Virginia. He is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Government and pursuing a Master’s of Public Policy degree at the University of Virginia. His areas of interests include immigration policy, housing and urban development policy, and American history. During the summer of 2016, Brent interned at the Cato Institute as an immigration policy researcher. Last summer, he worked in Government Affairs at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
Originally from Massachusetts, Arielle ventured “across the pond” to earn her BA in Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge University. After graduation she worked in innovation consulting before shifting to the field of education. Her six years of teaching experience include middle school English Language Arts in a Title I charter school and teaching English as a foreign language to adults in Russia. Arielle is currently pursuing a master degree in Public Policy and a doctorate degree Education Policy at the University of Virginia.
Nia Augustine is a second-year student at the University of Virginia and is interested in studying Leadership and Public Policy in the Frank Batten School. She is passionate about helping lower income populations gain access to adequate health care, and address health care disparities and inequalities in these specific communities. Her passion stems from her growing up on the small island of Grenada, where she experienced limited access to health care services and after coming to America seeing that command trend, she knew that she had to be a catalyst for change. Her involvement in IYFABW has been one of her most rewarding experiences thus far at UVa, along with her role as the Vice President of Contemplation@UVa and a board member of the HOOSFirst Advisory board. Her favorite quote is from Martin Luther King Jr., "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."
Tatenda K. Mabikacheche grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe. She moved to the United States to pursue a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics at Ave Maria University. Immediately after graduating from her undergraduate studies, Tatenda worked as an economic policy research intern at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, DC. Her research focused on tax, health-care, housing, and environmental policy issues. Most recently, she served as a Program Associate at the same company, AEI, where she managed public policy educational programs for undergraduate students. Her primary policy interests are in international development issues, such as, education, youth development, labor-economics and governance. She enjoys volunteering at programs that assist the homeless in her local community and conducts pro-bono consulting for non-profits. Tatenda is an aspiring social entrepreneur. Upon graduation from the Master of Public Policy program at the Frank Batten School, she hopes to work in international consulting and in the long-term, hopes to start a social venture and a public policy think-tank back in Zimbabwe.
Joyce Cheng is pursuing her B.A. in Human Biology and a minor in Global Sustainability at the University of Virginia. Her most significant involvements at UVA include participating in the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition (an environmental activism group), volunteering at The Heritage Inn (an assisted living and memory care community), playing in Kinetic Sound (an instrumental music group), and conducting public health research. Her family is originally from China and her immigrant parents have taught her the importance of hard work and obtaining a quality education, inspiring her to become involved in IYFABW. She plans to go to medical school to become a practicing physician in the future. Her career aspiration includes assisting and empowering marginalized communities that do not receive adequate healthcare, such as minority groups, elderly populations, impoverished people, immigrants, or communities affected by environmental injustice. Joyce is also passionate about social justice and environmental sustainability, as she believes these two issues are the most crucial aspects of creating a strong, mindful, and ethical society.
Samantha Mori is currently a fourth year student at the University of Virginia (UVA), studying Foreign Affairs and Chinese Language and Literature. She is also a graduate student in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy pursuing a Master in Public Policy. She hopes to further pursue a career in policy or international relations with East Asia. Her interest in policy began with her time interning at the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) a non-profit civil rights organization, and has blossomed into a passion for public service. Samantha has also interned with the United States Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service which combined her love of international relations and food policy. She hopes to continue to work on policy in these related fields. Outside of UVA and public policy, Samantha enjoys photography, traveling, and trying new foods!
Hema Shah is a third year undergraduate at the University of Virginia double majoring in mathematics and economics. Her hometown is Chesapeake, Virginia, although her family is originally from India. Hema currently works as a research assistant in the department of economics and plans to pursue a PhD in economics after graduation. She is strongly interested in the field of development economics, and she hopes to pursue a career in academia to study economic interventions in developing countries. Hema's current research focuses on aspects of corruption in the developing world and she is excited to use her knowledge of development economics to implement effective programs through IYFABW.
Brian Zuluaga is a third year student from Perkasie, PA, double majoring in Public Policy and Leadership and Anthropology. His areas of interest include humanitarian aid, international relations, and multicultural studies. Brian has volunteered with Bridging the Gap, which is a Madison House program in which UVA students mentor refugee students in the Charlottesville area. He will become a program director of this program beginning this fall. Upon graduation from the Frank Batten School, he hopes to either enter the humanitarian sector or attend graduate school.
Kevin George’s interests include youth development, community empowerment and international peace and security issues. He believes the future belongs to young people and encourages society to invest in them. Kevin was named a Rotary Skelton/Jones Scholar in 2014. He enjoys cooking, reading and travelling.
Abby is a first-year accelerated MPP student in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, originally from Richmond, Virginia. She is currently finishing her bachelor's degree at the University of Virginia in American Studies with a concentration in race & ethnicity. Her areas of interest include education policy, criminal justice policy, and broader issues of race, socioeconomic status, and equity. She is an editor with the Virginia Policy Review, a student-led policy journal at UVA, and she mentors high school students in Charlottesville through the organization Young Life. She has also volunteered with the St. Bernard Project, a nonprofit in New Orleans dedicated to housing reconstruction and recovery efforts from Hurricane Katrina. Upon graduation from the Frank Batten School, she hopes to work for the U.S. Department of Education or in the nonprofit sector.
Jason Corral is from Chicago, IL. He spent 7 years in the United States Air Force working as an intelligence analyst and also worked on counter terrorism policy measures while deployed to Baghdad, Iraq. He continued his studies at the University of Virginia after leaving the military and graduated with a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Psychology in 2013. Following graduation, he worked for a nonprofit organization that inspires military veterans to become more engaged in political activity. As a strong advocate for community engagement, he hopes to combine his military, education and work experience with his studies at the Frank Batten School, while building a network of free thinkers consisting of all segments of society.
We aim to work in Cambodia for up to 3 years to train, support, and produce 300 entrepreneurs, change-makers and leaders.
When Chandara Un found out about IYFABW, he said: “countless people helped me get to where I am today, and I want to do the same for future generations. As the first-generation Cambodian immigrant, I feel a strong connection to the IYFABW mission.”Chan is currently a senior accountant on Arabella Advisors’ finance team. He is responsible for a variety of accounting functions, including maintaining the general ledger, supporting the financial reporting process, and assisting the firm’s annual audit and tax return. He also maintains financial reporting and recordkeeping for Arabella’s family foundations.Before joining Arabella Advisors, Chan worked for three years in public accounting, providing tax services to individual, for-profit, and nonprofit clients in various industries, including professional services, information technology, and research and development. He helped clients with tax and financial planning, tax preparation, and state and local tax compliance.Chan has a BS in accounting from the University of Richmond and is currently sitting for his certified public accountant distinction.
Emily Burns is a professor of geology and oceanography at the Community College of Rhode Island. Born in Providence, she attended public, private, and alternative schools while growing up. She holds degrees in geology from Hampshire College and the University of California at Davis, and a Ph.D. in geological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. She teaches courses in oceanography, urban geology, natural disasters, and Geographical Information Systems (digital mapping). Her experiences at different kinds of schools and colleges have taught her a great deal about education, especially as a route out of economically and socially disadvantaged circumstances. She teaches at CCRI to help people make better lives for themselves. She joined the board of IYFABW to do more of the same.
Yuntian Lu holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and French from the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. She is originally from Shanghai, China and she is interested in helping students get access to more educational resources. After graduating from high school, she went to visit a primary school in a rural part of Shanghai and was surprised to find that there were students who had limited education resources even in one of the best-developed cities in China. Therefore, after she came to the United States for college, she joined volunteering programs that helped employees and international students on campus improve their English language skills. She also raised and donated money for students in provinces in China that were relatively poor and had fewer educational resources. She is dedicated to applying what she has learned from the Batten School and from her previous volunteering experience to help more students in developing countries.
Erin Tor is from Bozeman, Montana, and currently serves as Director of Communications at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Prior to her work at the Batten School, Erin was appointed by Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to serve as Director of Communications for the District’s health and human services portfolio. From 2010 to 2017, she held a variety of roles at the Peace Corps, including Press Director and Deputy Communications Director, positions appointed by President Obama. During her time at the Peace Corps, Erin led communications for the agency’s Let Girls Learn program, an initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, and worked with Peace Corps volunteers around the world to capture and tell their stories. She was selected as a member of the Obama Administration’s Public Affairs Leadership Program and a recipient of the Peace Corps’ Distinguished Service Award.
Sokharath (Ana) was born in Kandal Province, Cambodia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Management. Ana has been working as the assistant office manager for a real estate development company in Phnom Penh for 6 years. In her childhood, Ana saw her mother struggled with her work to afford family living expenses. That makes Ana so passionate about helping people through philanthropist action. She said, “sharing with others who are in need makes me happy.”
Chamroeun is from Battambang, Cambodia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Build Bright University and is pursuing his MBA at the University of Battambang. He served as senior IT manager for Dewey International for six years. He also worked as an adjunct IT instructor at Dewey International School. Additionally, Chamroeun taught IT for a nonprofit organization in for two years and a master of ceremony in a radio station in Battambang province. Growing up in the family of farmers, Chamroeun knows how difficult it is to pursue an education under poverty circumstances. He is inspired by IYFABW’s mission, so he joined and committed to utilizing his skills, knowledge, and experience to help other young people.
Max Amanu holds first class honors bachelor’s degree in Economics from Kyambogo University Uganda. He interned at the Bank of Uganda which is the country’s central bank. He is passionate about Economics, international development, Peace and Economic empowerment through fighting poverty which he believes can be done through education. He grew up in a small village in Teso sub region, in Eastern Uganda where he was raised by his grandmother due to unavoidable circumstances that led to the divorce of his parents at his tender age. He later got adopted by an amazing family that lived in the capital Kampala which gave a new light to his life after his adopted mother agreeing to support him to complete his education. This act of kindness has since sparkled his heart to support the needy and vulnerable groups of people like the disabled, old and youth in his capacity. His life experience has driven him to give back to the community where he has volunteered with both local and international organizations which are mainly youth led where he focused in the areas of project management, partnerships, fundraising, event planning and management. He is currently one of the youth peace Ambassadors for Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) CEWARN program in Uganda, a member of International Youth Fellowship (IYF), Afrika Youth Movement (AYM), and Uganda Country Director for International Youth for a Better World.
Vina is from Nak Leoung, Kandal province. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English for Education and Business Administration. She is an administration supervisor at Yinkok Food Corp. Co, Ltd. Vina likes to spend her spare time volunteering as a fundraiser for a few local NGOs. She loves helping people, especially children who are living in poverty. Vina mentions that “through my volunteering action, I have received precious reward: genuine smile from people that we help.”
Visal is an outgoing, optimistic, and open-minded person who is looking to make things happen rather than waiting to see what will happen. She wants to make her society and the world to become a better place by learning as much as possible and accepting challenges.
In between 2011, Visal had enrolled studied for a BA in English Literature at one university in her home town in Cambodia, but in her third years she did not complete due to financial circumstances. Since then, she started to work as volunteers with local and international organization across her country. For gaining experience of work and having connection with different communities, in the same year, visal could get opportunity to work as part-time job with HelpAge International organization in Cambodia. For working with her fresh role in this organization, she worked as an assistant of doing monitoring and evacuation by conducted interviews with elderly villagers about rural health issues, agriculture, and climate change. In order of this work, she also Data entry and statistical preparation through Microsoft Excel which is help her lots to pursue her social work.
Visal, with her bilingual English and Khmer language fluency and community volunteering experiencing, in 2009-2016, again she worked as research Assistant and Translator for Matthew J. Trew, anthropologist from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her role of this working is organized and conducted interviews, prepared statistical analysis through Microsoft Office, and performed archival research.In August of 2016, Visal Sorn has received a scholarship to study at Asian University for Women which is a private, liberal-arts institution known for empowering diverse women from disadvantaged backgrounds. Study at a university does not stop from activity of her social work. She has been extremely involved in a variety of related global activities, including those in Bangladesh as well as in her native Cambodia. She is very active in both political science and the arts, in addition to her extracurricular leadership roles in the AUW Animal Welfare, Model United Nations (MUN), Debate, and Photography Clubs. Her selfless dedication to others, and willingness to serve the community above and beyond her role as a student, show her to be an extremely committed and compassionate individual.
Through her commitment and hard work as well as support from her professors and friends, visal has applied “the ASEAN MY World 2030 Advocates Program, the UN SDG Action Campaign and UNV Asia-Pacific across ASEAN countries aiming to advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. As she comes from a conservative culture, she would like to apply what she has learned from “SDGs” to help women and venerable in Cambodia.
Vannat is pursuing master degree in Business Management and Administration at the University of Battambang, Cambodia. He also graduated from Royal University of Agriculture majoring Agricultural Economic and Rural Development. He has been working in rural development sector for six years with some different local NGOs. He is interested to be involved with IYFABW activities and sharing experiences among team. “I want Cambodian people to have equal opportunity and poverty to be reduced in the future,” he said.
Monyta Keo Bio Coming from the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Monyta is a second-year student at Pannasastra University, majoring in International Relations. She currently serves the vice president of Perfect 10, a newly established modelling and fashion company. Her dream is to be the first Cambodian female diplomat to the United States. Monyta loves traveling, volunteering for youth-focused organizations and other community services. She is committed to make education accessible to all girls around the world. Monyta says, “educated women not only empowered her family but will empowered the community and the world; girls and women have the power to change the world.”
Odam Ly Bio Oddam is from Battambang province. He has been working as a French teacher at Preah Monyvong high school since 2009. Before becoming an educator, Odam has always been committed to help his generation and the next ones through education and to make his hometown and country grow stronger in a positive way. He joins IYFABW to do exactly what he wishes to do.