Youth Role Models
Varshini Prakash (age 26) is the co-founder and executive director of the Sunrise Movement. This non-profit is intended to build a coalition of young people to combat climate change. The Sunrise Movement was founded in 2017 and has grown considerably since then. It was one of the driving forces that made the Green New Deal a household term and that motivated major news outlets to host a 2020 Democrat forum about climate change. For her work, Prakash made the 2019 TIME 100 Next list. Learn more about Prakash and Sunrise Movement at the official website.
In the News
“What kept me up at night was that millions of young people felt just like us but didn’t have a real political vehicle to vocalize their fear and frustration”
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