Emily Morenike Carpenter
- Being a voice for women and girls
- Age: 18
- School: School of the Future
- Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
- Gender: Female
- Category: Arts and Culture
A poet, peace advocate and actor, Emily expresses her diverse passions in many ways. Working with Girls for Gender Equity, she helped organize workshops at New York high schools to teach teens about sexual harassment. She's a peer educator with the Center for Anti-Violence Education and has volunteered with the Nola Tree, a nonprofit that brings together teenagers to continue post-Katrina rebuilding efforts in New Orleans. That's not all -- Emily is also a three-time finalist in the Urban Word NYC teen poetry slam and, in 2011, appeared in SeeWatchLook, a street play staged below New York City's High Line.
Recently she interviewed Anita Hill in Anita, a documentary about the life of the woman who accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, and traveled in January to the Sundance Film Festival, where the film was screened. "What I'm really passionate about is human connection," she said. "I feel that in all the things that I've done, I'm really striving for people to talk and have conversations and reconcile and love each other."