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Our Bloggers

Emet Tauber

Emet is a sophomore in college at Arcadia University where he studies Global Media with a minor in Political Science. Currently he serves as a fellow for Organizing for Action PA and a National Advisory Board member at GLSEN. He has experience with the media and speaking about LGBTQ issues, especially those pertaining to gender identity and expression. He is also a member of the Roosevelt Network, a policy think tank for college students. After college, he hopes to pursue activism full time and eventually work at a non-profit organization.

Emily Lundberg

Emily is a 15 year-old writer from southern California. She has interned for companies such as Radical Parenting, Arklu Toy Company, and blurrbook among others. She is also an American College Foundation honor student and spends many weekends volunteering at her local animal shelter. At school she is part of a program that tutors elementary students and loves encouraging children to find interest in their studies. She hopes to one day start a communications company where she can mentor her own team of young interns. In the meantime, she is thrilled to be serving you by helping to provide new volunteer opportunities.

Erikka Olson

Erikka is a junior at Burlington-Edison High School in Burlington, Washington.  She is an active member of her school Art Club, Key Club, Peer Mentor Program, and National Honors Society. She serves as the Vice President as well as Communications Director of her high school DECA chapter, a club dedicated to leadership, social responsibility, and business.  She enjoys working to increase environmental awareness in her community, and volunteers with many organizations such as the Skagit Stream Team, a group dedicated to monitoring local water quality. She recently attended a Youth Leadership & Environmental Summit in Costa Rica, and has returned with many ideas to increase environmentally focused volunteer programs in her community by combining her passions of art and nature. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, photography, and learning languages. 

Gabrielle Simmons

Gabrielle is an upcoming senior at Ball State University with a major in Communications and a minor in Spanish. In college her volunteer experience is mostly fulfilled at Motivate Our Minds, an after school, tutoring program in Muncie, Indiana.  She enjoys working with the 3-5th grade student’s homework, reading, and even some of the girl’s “boy problems.” She plans to go to graduate school in Arizona to receive a Masters in International Relations.  She aspires to have a non-profit organization that is both national and international with a goal to help the homeless.  Her interests lie within photography, philanthropy, and motivating anyone who needs a lift up. She is excited to work first hand in helping youth finding their passion in community service.

Gary Calzada

Gary is a high school senior at Farrington High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. As part of student council for three years, he works tirelessly to plan events and pep rallies that will energize his classmates and boost school pride. Gary's talent for technology is often called on to create posters, advertisements, and even televised commercials for school events. He is also the Vice President of his school’s Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America chapter. He brought additional honors to his school after initiating a recycling project that received a gold medal at a statewide career and technical competition and advanced to a national competition. As a volunteer for many organizations, he hopes to make an impact on others through service. In the future, he wants to become a computer scientist making life more efficient, interconnected, and comfortable for others.

Gina DiPaola

Gina DiPaola is a junior at Irondequoit High School in Rochester, NY. At her school, Gina is the president of her class, the president of Student Service Club, and an active member of Debate Club and Model UN. Outside of school, she is the editor and social media manager of the non-profit organization Girls4STEM, a committee member of the New York Women's Equality Coalition, and a magazine writer and blogger for Her Culture. Gina frequently volunteers at Stepping Stones Learning Center, the Irondequoit Community Cupboard, Together Including Every Student (TIES), and ElderONE Nursing Home. Gina is passionate about service, women's empowerment, human rights, politics, and advocacy; she aspires to pursue a career in social justice and international development in the future. Follow her on Twitter @Gina_DiPaola.

Hannah Moyles

Hannah will be entering Duke University as a freshman in the fall of 2013 to pursue psychology and public policy. She is the founder of From Ewe to You, a charity created to aid the disadvantaged in her community and across the nation. She was one of 252 Coca-Cola Class of 2013 Scholars. She has teamed up with many community organizations to raise awareness about the needs of her community. Hannah’s greatest passion lies in educating others, especially her peers, about the importance of civic engagement and service. She is currently working on developing an organization for the youth of today geared towards social change and human rights. She is excited to share her experiences and give advice on how to empower youth.