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.

Fall 2017

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."

Academic year 2016-2017

Neely Allen joined the Ambassadors program during her 7th grade year at Berkshire Middle School. At the age of 12, Neely dreams of starting something that can make a difference or raise awareness for critical issues by going to college, hopefully film school. “I want to use film as a medium to share stories with characters people can relate to and I joined the Ambassadors program because I want to help make a difference in the world.” Neely is continuing in the Senior Ambassadors program hoping to unite her Bloomfield Township community. 
Ashleigh Garrison joined the Ambassadors program during her senior year at International Academy East – Troy. A 17 year-old Detroit Native, Ashleigh hopes to work as a broadcast journalist for a national news company, covering everything from the economy to breaking national and world news events. After, I hope to continue working in communications by serving as the White House Press Secretary. She joined the Ambassadors program because she wanted to be in an environment in which there was a true passion for writing and helping others. “I felt that by being a OEW Ambassador, I would have the opportunity to improve my own writing, help others improve their writing, and connect with people from all different backgrounds through stories. I was also excited to improve my leadership skills.”
Chloe Halprin, 11th grader at Berkley High School, plans on going to college, perhaps studying law or journalism. She joined this program because she believed it to combine two things she loves: writing and global action. “I have enjoyed this program because I have been introduced to people from all walks of life, and have had the chance to expand my abilities as a writer.”
Writing, for Sohil Jain, goes much further than just essays and novels. “I really like writing in general because I can truly write about anything. One Earth Writing Ambassador’s program has taught me to write about anything and everything. I enjoy writing because it really gives paper and pen to my subliminal thoughts. I never really thought of myself as a writer until I joined One Earth Writing.” Sohil joined the Ambassadors program during his 11th grade year at International Academy East. A 16 year-old, Sterling Heights resident, found the whole experience “one of the best of my life. Writing became more important to me as I realized that writing is really just your voice. I feel that in order to write, all you need is an idea and a pen and paper, and the world is at your mercy. Writing can lead to your personal exploration. Exploration of the deepest of seas or highest of peaks. Writing is an art meant to be shared, and through One Earth Writing I learned how to create art that is worth sharing.”
 
Shikha Lakhani, 11th grader at International Academy East – Troy, dreams of starting a business that benefits all people and enhances their quality of life.  She joined One Earth Writing Ambassador’s program to break down barriers and build relationships in her Troy community by honing in on her writing skills and using the words from her heart. “I loved the idea of connecting the world through our written words.”
 
After high school, Jillian Lesson would love to attend the University of Michigan, and then making writing a career. Her vision is to write for newspapers, or maybe start a business of her own. “I have always loved to write and I thought this was a great opportunity to improve my writing skills while connecting with people who have the same interest as me.” Jillian joined the Ambassadors program during her at age 13 during her 8th grade year at West Hills Middle School – West Bloomfield.
Anna Cervantes-Mayville hopes to be a psychiatrist when she’s older, and continue to write in her free time. She joined the Ambassadors program during her 8th grade year at Millenium Middle School, South Lyon, because it combines two things she loves: equality and writing. “It provides me with the opportunity to write and connect with people that care about the same things I do. I have always been passionate about diversity and this program allows me to express my ideas in hopes that equality will become the societal norm.” 
 
Jasmein Minhas, 11th grader at International Academy East -Troy doesn’t have a set goal for her role outside of high school. A free-thinker with the vision of having the creative freedom to lead the life she wants, Jasmein inspires to be a traveling journalist. With writing being the one constant in many people’s life that allow you to connect with another, she joined the Ambassadors program because “using a simple, yet powerful tool like writing allows individuals to make connections with different religions, races, cultures, etc. In society, it’s almost become a daunting task to try and do things like this, but I feel writing takes away those barriers and fears because it’s the one thing that relates to so many individuals. Regardless of the skills one possesses as a writer, in the end, writing is just a jumble of words thrown onto a page but it’s the people who read it and discuss it with others that bring it meaning and life. Being a OEW Ambassador has given me this ability.”