Make Your Voice Heard: Fighting Islamophobia


In 2015, reported hate crimes against American Muslims increased 67%, reaching the highest levels in our nation’s history. Responding to this rapid increase, The Muslim Association of Puget Sound  (MAPS) and Kids4Peace Seattle collaborated with local journalists, activists, judges, artists, and concerned citizens to produce the workshop “Make Your Voice Heard.”  The workshop set out to empower Muslim and non-Muslim youth to use media to tell positive personal stories about American Muslims and fight the mischaracterization of Muslims in mainstream media. In this video you’ll hear directly from Muslim youth about their stories, and experience a snapshot of the day’s event, held at Seattle University on January 15, 2017, Martin Luther King Day.

Roles: Videographer, Editor, Producer

Video Work

Life Poa: Fostering Youth Entrepreneurship in Africa

Providing a bank account and financial education for youth is such a powerful and straightforward way to address poverty, though the various barriers to making it happen are unnecessarily complex.  Numerous structural and regulatory barriers work to prevent youth from saving or opening bank accounts, even if they have the funds to do so. I also shared the misconception that youth in impoverished communities likely aren’t able to save money, which turns out isn’t true.

Last October I went to Kenya for a video project about YouthSave’s Life Poa program, which works to remove some the institutional barriers (such as removing minimum bank balances and ID requirements), establish savings accounts, and provide financial education and support to youth in impoverished areas. I left Kenya super inspired and impressed by the children and families working to save and improve their lives, and the large network of smart and caring people who are working hard to see change happen.

Roles: Videographer, Editor, Producer, Project Coordinator