Meet the Ambassadors
With the goal of connecting youth from different races, religions and socioeconomic origins in free writing workshops, Our Ambassadors are students interested in exploring their writing talent through the lens of identity, as well as co-facilitating writing workshops in schools, houses of worship, and community centers.
Brynna Connolly hopes of becoming an influential writer while studying psychiatry after high school, in order to help people cope with mental illness. The One Earth Writing Ambassadors' program welcomed Brynna during her 11th grade year at Mercy High School. The 16 year-old, West Bloomfield resident, joined because it embodied what she wants to do: make change.
Ishika Gupta joined the Ambassadors during her 8th grade year at East Middle School, Grand Blanc. At 13, Ishika hopes to become an entrepreneur and start her own business that helps kids reach their true potential. She joined the Ambassadors program because she believes it will help her improve her writing skills and focus on another passion - journalism.
Sabriya Imami came to the Ambassadors program during her 11th grade year at Detroit Country Day. "My dream has always been to be a writer. It's the thing I always want to do, more than anything else. I have a vision to write a Best Selling Novel." She applied for the Ambassadors program because she believes the idea of a safe-space with her and a group of peers, all of whom love to write, seemed nice. "I'm always looking for more opportunities to write, so this program is a great fit for me."
Azjana McClendon, 11th grader at Cass Technical High School, Detroit wants to become successful and knows this requires accomplishing all her goals. At 17, she joined the Ambassadors program because she wanted to accelerate her writing skills and meet new people.
Janey Salenbien, 9th grader at Dundee High School, hopes to work in the medical field to help people who deal with unbelievable feats, as well as write published novels to have her voice heard. She wants to help those with mental illnesses know they are not alone. She joined the Ambassadors program to make a difference in not only her Dundee community, but the world.
Madelynn Webb, 10th grader at Howell High School joined the Ambassadors program to find people with the same dreams. When asked about her dreams, Madelynn said, "Where to begin...I want to be wealthy. As much as I don't want to be materialistic. I want nice things. In actuality, I want to be a screenwriter/Director akin to Woody Allen. If that dream doesn't pan out, then a federal agent that works with other countries using my language skills."