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CELEB DYK: Yara Shahidi

“Giving back isn’t something you do when you’re old, it’s something you do when you’re young as well, and that means right now.” – Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi is living proof teenagers can change the world. On top of starring on the ABC hit show Black-ish, Yara is a self-described “current humanitarian” with a 4.6 GPA and taking AP Calculus and Honors Chemistry classes. She’s met with UN Women to discuss gender equality and on a panel called “Cracking the Code: Diversity, Hollywood, and STEM” at the Paley Center for Media.

”I met a girl who told me, ‘I took this extra science class because of you,’ and that was one of the best compliments I had ever gotten in my entire existence. It’s up there with the girls who say, ‘I see myself represented in you.’”

DoSomething.org, a non profit group helping young people create social change, partnered with Yara in 2015 to create a PSA to encourage young women to go into the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Watch that here!

 

Sources:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqJaikiRIAA

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/29/fashion/black-ish-star-yara-shahidi-is-a-role-model-off-screen.html?_r=0

http://www.wmagazine.com/story/yara-shahidi-16-year-old-actress-and-activist

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/rowan-blanchard-yara-shahidi-cover-interview-december-issue-representation-activism

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2016/06/30/yara-shahidi-black-ish-talks-career-life-service/86531620/

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