About Us

Our Story

Markham student Fahmeeda Murtaza returned from an internship at the United Nations as a youth representative from Canada in 2013 with the idea to start an organization to increase youth involvement in standing up to humanitarian issues. With United States intern Johnnie Kenneybrew as Vice-President, Murtaza launched Youth for Humanity at Murtaza’s high school that year. Youth for Humanity fundraised to feed Syrian refugee families in Turkey in 2013 and install solar panels on an orphanage in Thailand in 2014.

 

 

In 2015, Youth for Humanity expanded outside the high school into Toronto. It became an official not-for-profit organization and launched its Humanitarian Ambassador Program—a program for youth to learn to take leadership on humanitarian issues. Under Murtaza’s leadership, Youth for Humanity expanded to be run by its Operations, Marketing and Communications, Programs and Finance subcommittees. In late 2015, Youth For Humanity introduced its International Affairs subcommittee headed by founding Vice-President Johnnie Kenneybrew.

Our Team

Youth for Humanity is run by its President and its Operations, Programs, International Affairs, Marketing & Communications, and Finance Teams on its Executive Team.

Fahmeeda Murtaza

President

Fahmeeda Murtaza is an 18-year old, currently in her first year at the University of Toronto. She is a global changemaker who is passionate about issues affecting women, youth and children, including women’s empowerment and access to education for children. After volunteering at a women and children's shelter in Northern Pakistan in 2011, Fahmeeda realized that women, children and youth in Pakistan and developing countries alike, were more likely to face inequality, poverty, hunger, lack of access to healthcare and education.

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Operations

Farheen Ahmed

Operations Coordinator

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Joy Wang

Operations Coordinator

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Programs

Gurneet Bhela

Programs Coordinator

Gurneet Bhela is currently a York University Student studying Global Health. She is passionate about raising awareness about social justice issues, such as access to education and healthcare within her community."

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Hareem Ahmed

Director of Programs

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Andrew Yin

Programs Coordinator

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International Affairs

Johnnie Kenneybrew

Director of International Affairs

Johnnie Kenneybrew was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and is currently attending boarding school in central New Jersey. She will be moving to Zaragoza, Spain to study abroad during her junior year of high school. Kenneybrew has always valued global citizenship and has been involved in international development since she was 10 years old. Kenneybrew has served as youth ambassador and liaison to the United Nations for non-governmental organizations and was an award presenter and delegate at the first United Nations youth takeover during Malala Day. She is extremely passionate about the topic of education and believes that solving the education crisis does not stop at building schools. Solving the education crisis encompasses creating and regulating quality education that can prepare individuals for a constantly changing world economy with different demands. Solving the problem of education leads to the eradication of poverty and other social problems as well, so investing in education is truly investing in generations to come.

Amanda Cacilhas

International Affairs Coordinator

With a background in International Development, my passion is to not only work towards the Sustainable Development Goals but it's also to encourage, engage and work with other youth who are just as motivated as I am. A few social justice issues that I’m interested in is environmental protection, children’s rights and gender equality. However I think the most important concept we should be educating is the idea of global citizenship. I truly believe that youth have the potential to create real change for our communities, our futures and make a real difference in the global community. I am very happy to be working with a youth-led organization that is creating better futures in developing communities.

Marketing and Communications

Joyce Zheng

Director of Marketing and Communications

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Shaziah Gafur

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

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Finance

Cynthiya

Director of Finance

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Tyler

Finance Coordinator

Tyler Chiu is a sixteen year old student in Richmond Hill, Ontario. As a commercial representative, who informs and listens to customer’s inquiries, he is respectful and resilient. He is persistent, likes problem solving and cooperating with others. As a hobbyist turned provincial player, Tyler has been an immense player of badminton and has participated in many team sports. In the last three years, Tyler has volunteered for the Canadian Cancer Society, the Youth Nation Alliance and has helped fundraise money for Red Cross. Tyler is excited to participate in community activities and is looking forward to working with Youth For Humanity.