Name: Iris Gao
Location: New York, NY
Position: Writer Intern

Fundraising Goal: $500

How did you get interested in global issues?
I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by incredibly brilliant and passionate people who work to instill positive change. We have a responsibility to be involved in issues that may not directly affect us, because as people, we are able to empower each other, regardless of our differences. As a result, they’ve inspired me to use my own voice for the better as well.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
There’s this stigma that the poor are in their shoes because they either caused their problems or that it’s an easily avoidable issue. Poverty is a much more complicated and multilayered issue. Rather than shaming others, people should be more understanding and compassionate, and learn about the stories of people who are struggling. As a writing intern, I’m hoping to further facilitate this process with my articles.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
I’m currently working on a book about female advocates, their passions, causes, and stories. I also speak 4 languages (English, Mandarin, Shanghainese and Spanish), and I play the flute/piccolo and sketch in my free time. You’re likely to find me out eating ramen with friends.


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