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Anindita Das, community development specialist, has been with the Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa for about 15 months and her impact already is being felt in many important ways.
During the 4-H Youth True Leaders in Equity Institute, Anika Shrotriya, Shreya Srinath and Sivani Manimaran from Story County have been preparing to be change agents to create more welcoming and inclusive environments.
The Dream Iowa Youth Leadership Summit empowered attendees with knowledge, skills, networks and strategies for growth. This event was free and open to all middle school, high school and college-age youth.
An Iowa pioneer for youth rights and free speech shared a message of positive change with the Iowa 4-H Teen Influencers for Equity and Inclusion. On Sunday, Feb. 13, the teens met virtually with Mary Beth Tinker of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District (1969).
Members of the Iowa 4-H Teen Influencers for Equity and Inclusion toured the Iowa State University campus to explore potential career opportunities, network with peers and increase their awareness of available programs. The group brings together seventh through 11th grade youth and adult mentors from across the state to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills and prepare youth to make a difference in their communities.