Shreya Joshi is a junior from Naperville, Illinois and founder of Project TEAL. She firmly believes in the power of the youth and Generation Z’s ability to create a more inclusive and tolerant society. She is passionate about social justice, women's equality, politics, and the intersection of journalism and civic advocacy. In her free time, you can find her binge watching Parks and Recreation or scrolling through TikTok.
A native of the Chicago suburbs, Ainsley Barrett is a current junior at Carl Sandburg High School. Ainsley dedicates most of her time to public service and civic engagement--working closely with local volunteer efforts and on her school's equity board to converse about necessary administrative changes. Ainsley is also the USG of Logistics for her school's Model UN program, a player on her varsity tennis team, a writer for her school's newspaper, and a member of several honors societies. She hopes to study foreign affairs and economics in the future. A 2020 graduate of Running Start's high school program, Ainsley is eager to spend the rest of her life impacting the world through positive action, compassion, and empathy in all fields.
Roman Messali is a sophomore in Maryland who is deeply interested in civics engagement and politics. By competing and staffing in his school's Model UN, participating in advocacy work with Amnesty International, and writing for humanitarian organizations, Roman pursues his passion in fostering change through education and advocacy. Additionally, Roman runs several school initiatives to build consensus and bridge political division, as well as increase political literacy. Aside from civics and politics, Roman plays saxophone in his school's Wind Symphony and enjoys creative writing.
Kendall Carll is a 17-year-old junior from Fairview, Texas. Kendall believes in the ability of Gen Z to influence legislation and works to ensure he has a hand in causing that change. Kendall has a background in competitive debate where has qualified to state, national, and international level competitions. Additionally, he serves as a journalist for Redefy, writing about everything from U.S. arm sales to the raid on the Capitol. He hopes to use his experience in research and writing to develop an accessible yet informative curriculum for Project TEAL workshops. In his free time, you will find Kendall tending to his pet lizard and being really bad at golf.
Grace Theriot is a 16 year old junior from Knoxville, TN. She is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate, and holds a variety of school and state leadership positions. In school, she is involved in National Honors Society, National French Honors Society, Harvard Model Congress, and Youth Leadership Knoxville. She also helps lead her school’s Model United Nations, Youth in Government, Student Council, National Art Honors Society, and Global Politics Book Club. Outside of school, Grace is extremely passionate about advocacy and fighting for others. In the past, she has attended the ACLU Advocacy Institute, and met with local representatives to speak out against societal injustice. Grace Theriot was appointed Project TEAL’s Director of Campaigns in January of 2021, and is so excited about bringing her love for political engagement and advocacy together to create some interesting events! She hopes, through these campaigns, that fellow teenagers are inspired to become more politically active and advocates in their own community. You can often find her reading, writing, attending protests, or watching Disney Movies!
Catherine Callinan is currently a freshman from Monmouth County, New Jersey. She is the New Jersey State Lead position for Project TEAL where she is primarily responsible for organizing a task force aimed to establish a high school civic education requirement in New Jersey and working with local civic education organizations that share a similar mission to Project TEAL’s. Through Project TEAL, she hopes to help inspire and support the generation that has inspired her through their activism and advocacy. Other than education reform, Catherine is passionate about environmental justice, criminal justice reform, and immigrant rights. When she is not working for Project TEAL, she works for the Girl Scouts, reads historical mysteries and biographies, and binges any show on Netflix.
Meghan Pinkston is a sophomore from Knoxville, Tennessee. She is passionate about cultivating an open-minded and empathetic society, and believes that Gen Z is the generation that is capable and willing to make necessary change. Through her state lead position in Project TEAL, Meghan hopes to encourage her generation to continue their effort to end the epidemic of ignorance plaguing our society through meaningful discussion and education. In her free time, Meghan can be found reading or watching Netflix.
My name is Shreya Senthilkumar, and I am 14 years old. I am the Colorado State Lead. I am passionate about spreading civic education and engagement while advocating for issues like gender and racial equality. I hope to help create a better future of democracy by encouraging civic engagement amongst youth.
Jenna Rowen-Delson is a sophomore from Orange County, New York. She is extremely passionate about youth involvement in politics, and hopes to major in government one day. when not working at Project Teal, Jenna is working for youth led political organizations, writing political articles, and running the Youth and Government club at her school.
Karlin Decker is a junior from a rural town in Northeastern Michigan. Although Karlin wants to study medicine, she is extremely passionate about having the youth become educated and become involved in our democracy. She is interested in human rights, advocacy, and politics as a whole. In her free time, Karlin loves to bike, swim, run, and hang out with her friends, and family (including her two labrador retrievers).
Annabella Rinaldi is a sophomore in the biomedical magnet program at Wheaton high school in Maryland. She is very passionate about many things, such as social and racial justice, as well as gun violence prevention, and civic education. She believes that civic education will greatly improve the ability for adults in this country to make educated decisions, which is vital for our democracy. She is also passionate about sports, an avid soccer player as well as running track and field. Also a Greys Anatomy lover, and can recite all the famous quotes better than most.
Arrey Enow is a senior at Harrison High School in Atlanta, Georgia. She’s extremely passionate about Racial Injustice and Immigration. When not working at Project Teal, she works as a scriptwriter for a progressive campaign organization and runs various organizations at her school, including political clubs like Young Dems and Political Converse. Outside of politics, she loves fashion, upcycling, reading, and watching Netflix.
Ben Glick is a junior at Groves High School in the Metro Detroit area of Michigan. He is very interested in politics and international relations. He works as a district lead, and wants to make sure the people in his community and beyond have an adequate civic education which he thinks is key to a better future for our country. Ben does Policy Debate, is in NHS, works at a pizza place, and helps out at his Sunday school when he has time.
Hannah Quigley is a junior in high school from the Washington, D.C. suburbs. Hannah is passionate about politics and civic engagement, volunteering her time in the 2020 election cycle to working as a student leader at Biden for President and phonebanking for Georgia runoffs. Hannah also spearheaded a mock 2020 presidential election for her student body, organizing and distributing voter registration links, political literacy materials, and a digital ballot. As a graduate of Running Start’s 2020 high school program, Hannah hopes to run for national office someday. Outside of politics, Hannah loves musical theatre, reading, and music.
My name is Lucia Gordon and I am a sophomore at West High School in Knoxville TN. I have a hedgehog and a dog. I play soccer for my club team, and I love to get involved in activism. The first “protest” I went to was the women’s march in Washington DC in 2016, so that was when I was in 6th grade. I am so excited to be apart of this team and all that we will do!
Ali Hashim (he/him) is a senior in Southern California. He is passionate about cultivating civic engagement and believes strongly in the power of education to bridge divides and break the cycle of political polarization gripping our country. Ali has a background in policy research, classroom teaching, and volunteering with voting reform organizations in California. He hopes to bring his experience in political advocacy and education to creating engaging and informative curriculum. Outside of politics, Ali loves playing tennis, watching Netflix, and sleeping.
Trevor Benos is a high school junior in the suburbs of Chicagoland and curriculum developer for Project TEAL. Being very invested in both civil advocacy and the performing arts, he participates in his school’s Model UN program, is a member of the ILMEA All State Honors Chorus, and participates in his school’s theater program. Trevor is a firm believer in the fact that the youth of our society can create a positive impact for the future.
Hello, my name is Clizia Martini and my pronouns are she/her! I am excited to be working with Project Teal as an outreach manager. I am passionate about climate change and advocating for sexual assault awareness. For college, I would love to study clinical neuropsychology and possibly environmental studies. Some of my hobbies include playing the violin, grabbing boba with friends and traveling to new places!