Nuzhat Maisha Hoque
Nuzhat Maisha Hoque recently graduated from Oregon Islamic Academy. Her family is ethnically from Bangladesh. She can speak Bengali and some Arabic conversationally. Maisha works to show that being quiet doesn't make anyone weaker and everyone's feelings matter and should be heard. She joined YAIR in order to be an active listener, bring a different perspective to the table, and build unforgettable bonds with other youth around the Portland area and (in the future) from all over the world. When not volunteering in her community, spending time with family and friends, or studying, she can be found with her nose deep in a book.
Shimon Dasgupta recently graduated from Evergreen High School. He plays the Viola in
Evergreen's Chamber Orchestra and is on his high school's tennis team. Outside
of school he is passionate about politics, social engineering, and cross-cultural
immersion. He joined YAIR because he believes that through cross-cultural
connections, we can build world peace and improve our overall quality of life.
When he's not spending time with family or relaxing with his friends, you can
find him in his room jamming out to music.
Youth Advocates for Immigrants and Refugees is a group of highly motivated high school and college students who have united to build bridges of cross-cultural understanding through art, activism and storytelling.
Kiley Hearst recently graduated from Lincoln High School. Kiley's family is from German-speaking countries and parts of Eastern Europe. She can speak German fluently. She hopes to ensure that everyone is given an opportunity to speak their minds as well as cultivate a deeper understanding and sense of respect between different groups. Kiley became a part of YAIR because she wants to instill a sense of caring in others through civil conversations. When not cooking, dancing or hanging out with friends, you can search for her in the great outdoors.
Olivia Cull recently graduated from St. Mary’s Academy. She speaks Spanish and participates in her school’s cross country team, drama, and choir program. She is also an Outdoor School leader and a mentor for refugee and immigrant youth at Kateri Park. Olivia is interested in developing ways to improve cross cultural communication among youth in order to create social change. In her free time, Olivia likes to play guitar and go on runs with friends (and her dog). She has led a workshop for UNITE day (a day designated for equity and inclusion workshops), and was an Amigos International volunteer in Panama during the summer of 2019.
Nayantara recently graduated from St. Mary’s Academy. As a first-generation Indian-American, she is passionate about social justice, equity, and inclusion. She is involved in leadership as a core leader of her school's Student Equity Team, leader of her school’s Asian and Pacific Islander Club, a workshop leader of UNITE day (a day designated for equity/inclusion workshops) and IRCO volunteer. Outside of school, Nayantara enjoys spending time with her family, playing the violin, swimming, and dancing Bharatnatyam. Fluent in five languages, Nayantara is a proud glossophile.