Our Co Executive Directors & National Co-Directors

ISRA HIRSI, 16

My name is Isra Hirsi, I am a 16 year old sophomore from Minneapolis, Minnesota. And I am one of the three Co-Founders and Co-Directors for the US Youth Climate Strike. 

 

Growing up in MN with the intense climate and in diverse communities, I have developed a very well rounded knowledge of climate change. Seeing pipelines being built in my state, extreme snow conditions, and hearing about Flint MI, I really wanted to do something about it. So I did, I joined my school's green team a year ago and got connected with iMatter Minneapolis. Currently, I am apart of MN Can’t Wait, a youth coalition of organizations ranging from Sunrise MN to MN 350. 

 

As a black Muslim woman, it is important to me to have intersectionality be brought into this fight!

Read more about Isra here!

HAVEN COLEMAN, 12

I’m Haven Coleman, Co-Founder and Co-Director of US Youth Climate Strike, and a 7th grade climate activist from Denver, Colorado.

 

My parents have always taught me that if there’s a problem, I can fix it. Growing up with parents who supported my ideas I grew up into a lets do it kind of person. I’ve always been vocal about injustices, but climate change has become my focus the past three years. I help groups with furthering their initiatives, by organizing, speaking and showing up. Weekly school strikes though are unlike any other activism I’ve done, connecting me with the world and creating tangible change rapidly. I’m excited to see how this movement connects and engages the youth of America to fight for climate solutions. It’s our future, our lives. Join us!

Read more about Haven here!

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Our National Creative Director

FELIQUAN CHARLEMAGNE, 17

My name is Feliquan Charlemagne. I am a 17 year old Junior from Ocala, Florida, and I am the National Creative Director and Florida State Lead for US Youth Climate Strike.

 

Climate change has always been an issue that’s personal to me. Born on a small island in the Caribbean called St. Thomas, I was forced to immigrate to the US at a very young age due to an already subpar economy that was continuously being destabilized more and more by the climate crisis. From hurricanes to rising tides, the effects of climate change are already all too familiar to me.

 

On almost any basis of my cultural identity, my communities will be the most affected by climate change. Beyond being a Caribbean-American, low income black communities have already been affected by rising rates of health problems due to low air quality. These communities will not be able to afford to live an a climate crisis economy. As a Floridian, my peninsula will literally end up as the Florida Sea if we don’t act. And last but not least, as a young person, this is the future me and my children will have to live in. This is why I am a part of US Youth Climate Strike.

Our National Press Director

MADDY FERNANDS, 16

My name is Maddy Fernands, I’m a 16-year-old from Edina, MN, and I’m the National Press Director for the US Youth Climate Strike. 

 

Whether it was watching C-Span in math class or participating in complex debates over policy, I’ve always been very involved and interested in politics and the press. When I entered the debate and speech spheres, many societal issues were brought to the forefront of my daily life, specifically that of climate change and how it presented a not-so-rosy future. Although I wasn't a full-fledged climate activist in middle school, I’ve always felt very connected and obligated to fight climate change because of its destructive impacts on all humans, animals, and ecosystems. With the release of the UN’s IPCC report and the 4th national climate assessment, I began to feel the dire situation that our society has created around climate change. The fact that our society only has 11 years left to avoid the worst consequences of climate change spurred me into action on climate. Furthermore, the moral basis for fighting climate change because of its disproportionate impacts on marginalized communities gave me the moral impetus to become a climate activist. Curbing climate change is a necessary step to create a more just world and a future for myself and my children, therefore it must be done. In addition to working on the US Youth Climate Strike, I’m also currently part of many organizations including: MN Can’t Wait, Youth Environmental Activists of MN, and Sunrise.

Read more about Maddy here!

Our National Finance Director

KARLA STEPHAN, 14

My name is Karla Stephan and I am a 14 year old freshman from Bethesda, Maryland. I am the National Finance Director. 

I have been an activist for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Austin, Texas, I accompanied my parents at age 4 in volunteering at voting polls. And when my brother, my mother and I had to flee the 2006 invasion of Lebanon, my parents took me to the Texas Capitol to protest the silence of the American people against war. In third grade, I organized my church, girl scout troop and classmates to provide hygiene items to the homeless in DC. I learned to value social justice from my Lebanese and Syrian immigrant parents and to never be silent for the rights of those who cannot defend themselves.  I look around and see only beautiful resources that we must value and protect, not abuse and destroy. Nature needs us to speak up and break the silence about the violations against our oceans and forests. As the finance director, I will strive to make our our movement more successful by partnering up with responsible sponsors and allocating resources to accomplish our goals. I look forward to supporting fundraising efforts in every state, every city and every school.

Our State Liason

SALOMÉE LEVY, 17 

My name is Salomée Levy and I am State Liaison from Las Vegas, Nevada. I am passionate about giving people of color a seat at the table and strive for environmental justice around the world. I love organizing as it gives me a way to make sure each voice is represented. I have organized past successful events such as Las Vegas Dance Marathon, the National Die In, and environmental strikes. I am also passionate about gender equality and work with the UN foundation GirlUp by launching the Las Vegas coalition and helping youth in the Las Vegas community learn how to organize. On my free time, I like to read poetry, paint and discover new coffee shops.

Our Executive Director

ISRA HIRSI, 16

My name is Isra Hirsi, I am a 16 year old sophomore from Minneapolis, Minnesota. And I am one of the three Co-Founders and Co-Directors for the US Youth Climate Strike. 

 

Growing up in MN with the intense climate and in diverse communities, I have developed a very well rounded knowledge of climate change. Seeing pipelines being built in my state, extreme snow conditions, and hearing about Flint MI, I really wanted to do something about it. So I did, I joined my school's green team a year ago and got connected with iMatter Minneapolis. Currently, I am apart of MN Can’t Wait, a youth coalition of organizations ranging from Sunrise MN to MN 350. 

 

As a black Muslim woman, it is important to me to have intersectionality be brought into this fight!

Read more about Isra here!

 © Fibonacci Blue

Our National Creative Director

FELIQUAN CHARLEMAGNE, 17

My name is Feliquan Charlemagne. I am a 17 year old Junior from Ocala, Florida, and I am the National Creative Director and Florida State Lead for US Youth Climate Strike.

 

Climate change has always been an issue that’s personal to me. Born on a small island in the Caribbean called St. Thomas, I was forced to immigrate to the US at a very young age due to an already subpar economy that was continuously being destabilized more and more by the climate crisis. From hurricanes to rising tides, the effects of climate change are already all too familiar to me.

 

On almost any basis of my cultural identity, my communities will be the most affected by climate change. Beyond being a Caribbean-American, low income black communities have already been affected by rising rates of health problems due to low air quality. These communities will not be able to afford to live an a climate crisis economy. As a Floridian, my peninsula will literally end up as the Florida Sea if we don’t act. And last but not least, as a young person, this is the future me and my children will have to live in. This is why I am a part of US Youth Climate Strike.

Our National Finance Director

KARLA STEPHAN, 14

My name is Karla Stephan and I am a 14 year old freshman from Bethesda, Maryland. I am the National Finance Director. 

I have been an activist for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Austin, Texas, I accompanied my parents at age 4 in volunteering at voting polls. And when my brother, my mother and I had to flee the 2006 invasion of Lebanon, my parents took me to the Texas Capitol to protest the silence of the American people against war. In third grade, I organized my church, girl scout troop and classmates to provide hygiene items to the homeless in DC. I learned to value social justice from my Lebanese and Syrian immigrant parents and to never be silent for the rights of those who cannot defend themselves.  I look around and see only beautiful resources that we must value and protect, not abuse and destroy. Nature needs us to speak up and break the silence about the violations against our oceans and forests. As the finance director, I will strive to make our our movement more successful by partnering up with responsible sponsors and allocating resources to accomplish our goals. I look forward to supporting fundraising efforts in every state, every city and every school.

Our State Liason

SALOMÉE LEVY, 17 

My name is Salomée Levy and I am State Liaison from Las Vegas, Nevada. I am passionate about giving people of color a seat at the table and strive for environmental justice around the world. I love organizing as it gives me a way to make sure each voice is represented. I have organized past successful events such as Las Vegas Dance Marathon, the National Die In, and environmental strikes. I am also passionate about gender equality and work with the UN foundation GirlUp by launching the Las Vegas coalition and helping youth in the Las Vegas community learn how to organize. On my free time, I like to read poetry, paint and discover new coffee shops.

Our National Outreach Director

ANYA SASTRY, 16

My name is Anya Sastry and I am a 16 year old junior from Barrington, Illinois. I am the National Outreach Director for the U.S. Youth Climate Strike.

 

While growing up, my parents always made sure that I was aware of global issues and current events, cognizant of the social injustices and wrongs of the world. Yet as I grew older, I began to realize that it is not enough to simply be conscious of prevalent issues around the world. Instead, it is crucial to combat those systems of oppression and inequality by advocating for those who have been silenced or ignored. And beyond that, empower others and amplify their voices in order to create a more balanced and equitable community where everyone can advocate for themselves and their rights.

 

Over the course of the past few years, I have been able to develop my youth activism and have had opportunities to work with kids from around the world on essential issues such as gun violence prevention, women’s rights, and environmental justice. Through my role as Outreach Director, I hope to bring this movement to communities that have not yet been included in this global fight for environmental justice and create more accessibility for communities that are marginalized and less privileged. Ultimately, while climate change affects everyone, these communities are the ones being impacted the most by the climate crises and environmental injustice, and it is vital that we have them on the frontlines of our intersectional advocacy.