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The SPARKteam

One of the most unique, important things about SPARK is that we’re a movement by girls, for girls and girls’ allies (including boys and grownups). Our SPARKteam is made up of engaged, passionate girls and young women who are building their own solutions and leading a movement against the sexualization, objectification, and violence against women present in the media. Got questions, comments, or want to reach the SPARKteam for a story? Get in touch with us here.
sparkteam leadership
 

Alice Wilder, 20is  is from North Carolina and is in her third year at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Alice has been with SPARK Movement since 2012. She’s also on the board of national nonprofit Girls for a Change and the Opinion Editor for the Daily Tar Heel You can follow her on Twitter @Alice_Wilder.

Aviv Rau, 18, is a freshman at Wesleyan University, where she hopes to study Sociology and Middle Eastern Studies. Originally from Atlanta (by way of Ohio and Florida), Aviv is the co-founder of the Feminist Youth Coalition of Atlanta (FYCA). Aviv is especially passionate about sexual violence prevention and young girls’ empowerment. She hopes to someday incorporate these passions, along with her interest in conflict resolution, into her career. In the meantime, though, you can find Aviv on the internet, arguing passionately about social issues or in real life, standing up to (and occasionally intimidating) men twice her age/size with way more credentials than her.

Elisabed Gedevanishvili, 17, is from the country of Georgia. Mostly obsessed with everything, she lives in a world of confusion and excitement. She’s currently taking a break (aka gap year) from the hard work and sleepless nights that took away 12 (!) years of her life, and hopes to dedicate this year to things she enjoys doing. In general, If she’s not dancing, arguing, art-making or sleeping Eli is volunteering, working (hopefully), preparing for European Youth Parliament’s another session, or reminiscing about her foreign exchange year in the land of corn- South Dakota. She has very little plans for the future and hopes to travel around the world. You can read her autobiography in twenty years or check-out her Tumblr instead.

Georgia Luckhurst, 16, is an activist based in Kent in the UK. She can usually be found on Twitter, discussing selfies, feminism, or whatever TV series she’s currently watching on Netflix. Having been with SPARK since she was 13 years-old, she’s excited for the organisation’s future, and to play her part in supporting other young feminists.

Jazmin Martinez, 21, is a first generation college student in her junior year at California State University Long Beach, where she majors in Women’s and Gender Studies. She’s originally from the Eastern Coachella Valley where she still likes to return to sometimes organize community projects and be present for other events community members put on. When not freaking out about figuring out how to “adult” she enjoys reading, spending time with her dog Oona, and mastering her make-up / fashion game, which you can track on most social media sites @jazminbobby.

Joneka Percentie, 20,  is a junior at UNC Charlotte and is passionate about the representation of Black women in the media. When she’s not working with SPARK, she enjoys blogging with For Harriet, singing with her sisters, and dancing along to Beyoncé concert videos. Joneka hopes to encourage teen girls to express themselves through writing and art and embrace their amazingness.

Mariah Hall, 21, is a senior at Michigan State University studying Neuroscience and Anthropology. Driven to stop living in a society riddled with rape culture, she is the Political Outreach Chair for the MSU Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention team and is trained as an in-crisis advocate. She advocates for victims and survivors of sexual assault and educates against the rape myths and victim blaming ingrained in our society’s mindset. She has a passion for raspberries, decolonizing the mind, ending the patriarchy and dismantling white supremacy. She also enjoys long walks on the beach with her dog, Cocoa.

Montgomery Jones, 22, is a student from Michigan trying to use this year to figure out she wants to do in life.  This is her third (and final) year of SPARK, and she is also a girl scout leader, YMCA camp counselor/after school supervisor, and an intern for She’s So Boss.  She enjoys traveling, reading, activism, hiking, and getting to know new people.  Not to mention, Netflix.  You can follow her twitter page where she talks about her love of Taylor Swift and FKA Twigs at @montgomeryjones .