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Girls Inc. Welcomes 6th Cohort of the National Teen Advocacy Council


Girls Inc. is thrilled to welcome the newest cohort of the National Teen Advocacy Council (TAC). The TAC is a leadership body of Girls Inc. girls (grades 10-12), who advise and inform our organization’s advocacy by sharing their life experiences and views about issues facing girls and youth in their communities. Throughout this year-long leadership position, TAC members develop their advocacy skills from National staff and issue experts, represent Girls Inc. when various media opportunities arise, and lead Girls Inc. advocacy efforts through activities such as social media campaigns and meetings with congressional offices. 

The 2021-2022 Teen Advocacy Council comprises twelve inspiring girls passionate about advocacy, representing nine Girls Inc. affiliates across the United States and Canada. Get to know more about these outstanding leaders below!

Michelle Adutwum
Girls Inc. of Alameda County

My name is Michelle Adutwum and I am a senior at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo, California! In my free time, I enjoy baking treats, such as meringue and banana bread. I also love to read, especially fantasy or historical fiction books. I am interested in pursuing a career in STEM and hope to become a physician in the future. Although this is only my second year with Girls Inc. of Alameda County, I am grateful to learn more about the organization through the Teen Advocacy Council and I cannot wait to see what the year holds for all of us! 

Taibat Ahmed
Girls Inc. of the Berkshires

Hi! I’m Taibat and a junior at Taconic High School. I enjoy writing short stories and reading long books in my alone time. I also participate in my school’s Fall Festival of Shakespeare and the spring play as well as the cross country, track, and swim teams. I’m a big believer in honesty and having an open mind so I love discussions about everything!

Samhita Bhowmik
Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta

Hi! I’m Samhita Bhowmik and I’m a 15 year-old high school student attending Westwood Community High School in Fort McMurray, Alberta. I have been affiliated with Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta since fall 2020 as a mentor. Through also volunteering as a mentor in programs such as the Big Brothers Big Sisters and Girls Inc., I have become profoundly engaged in my passion for youth and female empowerment. In school, I am active in Student Council in an executive role as a treasurer. My vision is to create an environment where women continue to break the glass ceiling and thrive in their leadership roles. Aside from my daily activities, in my spare time I like to get physically active and play badminton or soccer with my family and friends. 

Zalayah Bryant
Girls Inc. of Chicago

Hello, my name is Zalayah! I’m 16 years old and attend Lindblom Math and Science Academy in Chicago, Illinois. I enjoy writing poetry, reading, listening to music, and watching ballet. I am an aspiring aerospace engineer and pilot. 

Snigdha Doraj
Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta

Hi! My name is Snigdha Doraj, I’m 15 years old, in grade 9 and I attend Westwood Community High School. I enjoy running, biking, reading and baking. I want to help improve the quality of gender equality in my community and help advocate issues for teenagers, and girls in particular.

Amelia Dorko
Girls Inc. of San Antonio

My name is Amelia Dorko. I am seventeen years old and a senior in high school. My main interests are cybersecurity and foreign language, with a focus in Russian and German. In my free time, my hobbies include writing fiction, embroidery, and nail art. I also spend a lot of time reading. I have a passion for helping others and educating young people. Introducing new opportunities and pathways to others is the fastest way to make a change in this world, so I’m excited to be on the Teen Advocacy Council!

Saniya Fleming
Girls Inc. of Memphis

I’m Saniya Fleming. I am from Memphis, Tennessee. I am 15 years old and I go to Whitehaven High school. I love to play the piano, sing, and dance. I am interested in becoming an entrepreneur or anything in the business field. I hope to go to Florida State University or Spelman University.

Fatima Ibrahim
Girls Inc. of Omaha

Hello! My name is Fatima, I am 16 and go to Omaha South High Magnet school. Something I love is dancing! I am a dancer in La Fuerza Dance Company and I’m also part of my school’s marching band where I play the clarinet! I pride myself in being an extrovert and I love making new friends! 

Morgan Nguyen
Girls Inc. of Orange County

Hello! My name is Morgan Nguyen, a current senior at La Quinta High School in Westminster, California. My goal is to attend the University of California, Los Angeles next year majoring in Political Science and minoring in English Literature. I hope to be involved with a non-profit such as Asian-Americans Advancing Justice in the future working behind the scenes. My hobbies include playing with my dogs (in the photo is my dog Bread Flour), hanging out with my sisters, and trying out food places. I am a huge boba lover and am always seen with a boba drink in my hand. My to-go drink is Matcha Milk Tea. 

Bella Noriega
Girls Inc. of Orange County

My name is Bella Noriega and I am a senior at Foothill High School. I have played tennis for around 10 years and I am the captain of my school’s varsity tennis team. My favorite interest is fashion, which is why I sew in my free time and read Vogue articles. I also have always been incredibly passionate for activism, which is why I began the Student Activists Club at my school. I’m so excited to engage in activism with other Girls Inc. girls from across the nation and promote awareness for global crises. 

Ayana Rizvi
Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

I’m Ayana Rizvi, a 17 year old 12th grade student at Rutgers Preparatory School. I’m passionate about helping people in any way I can, whether it’s through small actions such as holding the door open for someone at school or holding a large-scale charity fund. In my spare time, I love to learn languages, play instruments, take and edit photos, and dance! 

Ameara Smith
Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

My name is Ameara Smith. I’m 15 and I’m a sophomore at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I play competitive tennis, I love to read and I’m an amateur film photographer. I’m an avid history buff and love travelling to historical places. I’m interested in pursuing a career in anesthesiology or law, both being careers in which I can help to make a difference and aid in diversifying.


At Girls Inc., our direct service and advocacy work are integrally linked; each fuels the other. We strive to center girls’ voices on the issues that matter to them, and to give girls the tools and opportunities that build a new generation of leaders. We congratulate the 2021-2022 Teen Advocacy Council and look forward to an inspiring year of girl-led advocacy ahead.

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