IHRAF Publishes-Youth is new platform initiated by IHRAF Youth Fellow Uma Menon for writers under the age of 21 to submit poetry, creative nonfiction, short fiction, essays or any other format that comes from the heart, and focuses on social and activist themes.
Speech & Debate
As the captain of her school's team, Uma has debated for four years and become the Four-Time Regional Champion in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. She received the distinction of Academic All-American from the National Speech & Debate Association and placed third at the National Coolidge Cup Debate Tournament. Uma has had the privilege of debating for important leaders, including the Florida Secretary of Education and the President of the Mexican Business Forum.
Since childhood, jewelry has played an important role in Uma's life. She founded Mystic Manasa, an online store through which she sells handmade jewelry created through advanced beading and metalwork techniques. She began the shop to share her passion and give back to the world that has given her knowledge of the craft.
College Board Student Leader
As one of fifteen student leaders across the globe, Uma serves on the Youth Advisory Council on Access to Education, created by College Board and DoSomething.org. Through this position, she advises College Board on initiatives to increase accessibility to higher education and leads discussions among students.
In the summer of 2019, Uma was a Congressional Intern at the Office of US Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy and the first high school outreach liaison in the district. She conducted research for a nonprofit database project, performed administrative tasks, wrote constituent responses, created legislative talking points, and organized district events.