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In the summer of 2012 (winter in South Africa), three graduate students from the Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School in New York City went to Cape Town as part of The New School’s International Field Program.


In Cape Town, we partnered with Equal Education to pilot a youth media and social activism workshop with five of their student-members from Khayelitsha, where Equal Education is based.


Together, we created Amazwi Wethu [Our Voices] to help the students develop media skills to amplify their voices in their movement for more quality and equitable education.


Meet our founders below!


Carlos grew up on the slopes of Telluride, Colo., and insists that the right pair of sweatpants can be appropriate for any occasion. He enjoys traveling, eating chicken feet and sharing stories. He believes in the potential of young people, and hopes to help them share their stories with each other and the world.



Jordan is a native of the Boston area, has an accent and is proud of it; loves 90’s R&B and Hip Hop, but can’t understand why people like Dubstep. He believes that the scariest thing to the status quo is a youth who is critically conscious and unafraid to challenge those who stand in the way of equality. He strives to empower every youth to achieve that goal.

Palika, aka “Pali”, can’t fall asleep without the background noise of a well-crafted 90s sitcom, and loves the city of Chicago with a true and genuine fervor. She believes that every person on this earth is a storyteller, and hopes to spend the rest of her life unleashing that potential.

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