ICC Fellowship

The ICC Fellowship provides a special opportunity for young leaders from around the world to make a change in their own community through the creation and implementation of projects on inclusion and citizenship. Launched in 2016 as the 6 Degrees Junior Fellowship, we have welcomed 22 fellows from 11 different countries into the program. These outstanding young people were chosen based on their dedication to fostering inclusion and building citizenship in their respective communities.

Read about our 2017 cohort of junior fellows here, and our 2016 cohort here.

2018 ICC Fellows

Seyi Akiwowo

Age: 26
Country of birth: United Kingdom
Current location: London, United Kingdom

Project: An immersive, impactful program that will educate young people on their digital rights and responsibilities, enabling them to be active digital citizens and agents in tackling the rise of hate and abuse online.

Bio: Seyi (Shay-ee) was elected as the youngest black female councillor in Newham. She is a London School of Economics graduate, and a Fellow at the Royal Society of the Arts. Seyi founded Glitch!UK, a not-for-profit that advocates, organizes, and trains against online abuse and harassment. Seyi has spoken for Amnesty International’s #ToxicTwitter campaign on online abuse against women and more recently at the UN in Geneva and Washington, D.C., on the online violence politically active women face.

April Marie Alayon

Age: 27
Country of birth: Philippines
Current location: Vancouver, Canada

Project: A community hub that will provide the necessary skills, resources, and networks for people of colour who are interested in working in the technology industry.

Bio: April is a front-end developer and designer with New/Mode, an engagement platform for social change. Her work with community-based grassroots organizations such as Megaphone Magazine and The Tyee has grounded her digital and design work in creating practical and accessible user experiences. April currently lives, works, and plays on unceded Coast Salish territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Qayqayt (Kee-Kite) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations also known today as Vancouver, B.C.

Eduarda Aun

Age: 26
Country of birth: Brazil
Current location: New York, United States

Project: A digital platform that will use interactive maps to enable citizens to participate in civic events, organize, and reclaim public space in Brazil.

Bio: Eduarda is a strategic and urban designer. She is one of the five women who co-founded Coletivo MOB (Movimente e Ocupe o seu Bairro), a civic-engagement organization for urban and social transformation based in Brasilia. She moved to New York to pursue her MSc in design and urban ecologies at Parsons School of Design and is currently working for the NYC Department of Transportation.

Megan Beretta

Age: 24
Country of birth: Canada
Current location: Ottawa, Canada

Project: A non-partisan, consultative process that will examine digital rights needs of underrepresented communities, and empower these communities to know their rights and bring this conversation into the mainstream.

Bio: Megan is a youth engagement activist, who for the last six years has been interested in how youth engage on politics. She helped co-found Ottawa Civic Tech in 2016. Megan recently graduated from the Oxford Internet Institute, where she completed a master’s degree in the social sciences of the internet. She is returning this fall to work on digital government challenges with the Government of Canada.

Yonis Hassan

Age: 23
Country of birth: Canada
Current location: Toronto, Canada

Project: An initiative that will equip diverse youth organizers in the City of Toronto with the digital skills necessary to tackles some of their communities pressing social problems.

Bio: Yonis is a passionate and active community builder. He believes in a grassroots approach to community engagement and development. Yonis currently serves as the Fund Development Coordinator at Artscape and previously served as the Community Engagement Lead at the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club. He sits on the Board of Directors at FoodShare and advises various community groups in his community of York-South Weston in Toronto.

Janelle Hinds

Age: 26
Country of birth: Canada
Current location: Mississauga, Canada

Project: A project that will explore how young people get engaged in their communities and, in consultation with these young people, design an online tool to facilitate greater youth engagement.

Bio: Janelle is the founder of Helping Hands, a platform that helps youth volunteer and get civically engaged while building skills for their future careers. She delivers workshops to newcomer and racialized youth to build leadership skills and more to ensure all youth are active citizens.  Janelle also founded HackItMac, a collaborative community to learn about technology, and organized DeltaHacks, the first student-run hackathon in North America with a focus on enabling positive social change.

Hiba Ibrahim

Age: 25
Country of birth: Canada
Current location: Toronto, Canada

Project: A website that will provide Somali refugees and immigrants with accessible information on mental health resources and work to remove the stigma surrounding mental health.

Bio: Hiba is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in international development studies with a minor in critical migration studies and sociology. In the future, she hopes to complete her master’s degree in social work and work in resettlement.

Ruth Mojeed

Age: 29
Country of birth: Nigeria
Current location: Victoria, Canada

: A documentary that will bring to life the experiences of women, immigrants, Indigenous peoples, and other minority groups who are working in the tech industry, with a focus on how inclusion in this industry can be achieved.

Bio: A community organizer and connector, Ruth seeks to help create a more inclusive community where people belong. She hosts and produces Community Connect, on Shaw TV, where she engages stakeholders on various topics around equity, diversity, and inclusion. Ruth holds a master’s degree in international communication from Royal Roads University, and a certificate in leadership and organizing from Harvard University. She is currently enrolled in the mentor training program in community-based participatory research at the University of Victoria.

Samantha Perlman

Age: 23
Country of birth: United States
Current location: Marlborough, United States

Project: A collaborative community-building program that will use technology to connect students from diverse backgrounds, and foster civic education and political engagement, through peer-to-peer learning.

Bio: Samantha is a Senior Program Associate and FAO Schwarz Fellow at Generation Citizen. Samantha graduated magna cum laude from Emory University in May 2017.  Previously, Samantha worked within the judicial and legislative branches through state and federal government internships in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. She is passionate about empowering young women to be involved in government and their local communities, which led her to serve on her city’s cultural council, and as a peer advisor for the Obama Foundation in Boston.

David Timis

Age: 27
Country of birth: Romania
Current location: Bucharest, Romania

Project: A digital platform that will showcase the stories of diverse, young political activists and provide information and resources to other young people, inspiring them to become active European citizens.

Bio: David is the co-founder of European Heroes, an initiative aimed at encouraging civic engagement among young Europeans and an active member of the Global Shapers Community, a network of inspiring young people under the age of 30 working together to address local, regional, and global challenges.

Thank you to the following partners for supporting the 2018 ICC Fellowship:

Presenting Partner
Victoria Nunes & The Lions Group

Growth Partner
LiUNA! Local 183

Seed Partner
Global Centre for Pluralism
City of Vancouver
Jodal Health