Meet Fiana! Our Lead Fellow!

Georgia Shift gives marginalized young people a seat at the table of democracy through electoral action, hands-on advocacy and education, and civic media programs. We envision a Georgia where marginalized young people of color are the fundamental driver of political impact and public policy at every level of government in an unbridled democracy.We offer a few paid fellowship and internship opportunities throughout the year. Meet Fiana Arbab, our Lead Policy Fellow who has lead most of our state legislative planning this summer and helped professionally develop our other fellows.  Fiana Arbab identifies as a Bangladeshi Muslim American and is a proud feminist. Before relocating to Georgia, she formerly served as the Statewise Youth Organizer for the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion. In 2017, Fiana graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a double major in Women’s and Gender Studies and Psychology, and a minor in Sociology. Currently, she serves on several Michigan-based nonprofit boards including Women’s March Michigan, Michigan Student Power Alliance and Rising Voices of Asian American Families. Fiana will be obtaining a Master of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame starting in August 2019. She hopes to continue doing work that uplifts marginalized and oppressed groups through an intersectional transnational feminist analyisis, transformative collective organizing, and operating in the global development sector one day.  Why is civic engagement important to you? “Civic engagement to me is the most accessible first step towards building collective political power for marginalized communities. Vulnerable communities have obstacles to having their voices heard due to historical trauma, inaccess to political information, and deprivation of capital (like generational poverty, working...

Meet Woojin! Our Policy Research Fellow!

Georgia Shift gives marginalized young people a seat at the table of democracy through electoral action, hands-on advocacy and education, and civic media programs. We envision a Georgia where marginalized young people of color are the fundamental driver of political impact and public policy at every level of government in an unbridled democracy. We offer paid fellowship and internship opportunities throughout the year. Meet Woojin Kang, our Policy Research Fellow, who has taken on local and statewide policy projects. Woojin is an Augusta, GA native. Currently, she’s a rising senior at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, where she participates in various clubs such as science club, NAHS, and Beta club. In addition, Woojin is an active volunteer with the Augusta Red Cross Youth board and hopes to continue her activities as a volunteer for years to come. She is an avid volunteer and is passionate about  being able to support her community. Despite not having any prior experience in political and social advocacy, her passion for learning new skills and serving her community, has driven her passion for creating change for the betterment of her community. She has excelled in all her projects at Georgia Shift. Why is civic engagement important to you? “I believe civic engagement is a way for under-represented people to have their voices heard – to express their perspective and have their input thoughtfully considered. It allows common people, like me, to be able to speak out against issues within their community without having the threat and fear of hatred hindering you. Even aside from directly addressing issues within our society, civic engagement allows you...

Meet Summa! Our Community Outreach Fellow!

Georgia Shift gives marginalized young people a seat at the table of democracy through electoral action, hands-on advocacy and education, and civic media programs. We envision a Georgia where marginalized young people of color are the fundamental driver of political impact and public policy, at every level of government in an unbridled democracy. We offer a few paid fellowship and internship opportunities throughout the year. Meet Summa Jones, our Community Outreach fellow, who has boldly analyzed gaps in our education system, led an increase in community partnerships, and who has helped us in organizing internal projects Summa Jones is a native of Barnwell, South Carolina, but has recently relocated to Augusta, GA. Currently, she’s a junior at USC Aiken, majoring in Fine Arts with a minor in Communications. Growing up in a small town exposed to Summa various degrees of bias, particularly in the school system. She realized trends in disparities and injustice done to many students/families who have lower income, families who have less formal education, and for those whom are systemically misinformed/have less ease of access to information. This has motivated her to find methods to raise awareness on what’s going on in their community.  Why is civic engagement important to you? “Civic engagement is important to me, because I’ve seen how lack of knowledge affects multiple generations of people of color. I hate to see people go without the education and resources they need to improve their lives and the lives of their families.”  What’s one thing you want people to know about you? “I want people to know I am passionate about changing the way...

Meet Sam Pilgreen! Our Field Event Fellow!

            As an organization with a mission to give marginalized youth a seat at the table of democracy, Georgia Shift aims to build relationships with a variety of individuals. In many efforts to understand the local community and our audience’s needs, we want to hear your stories. For the month of June, we want to highlight Samira “Sam” Pilgreen, our new Field Event Fellow.             Sam was born in Spain, but has spent majority of their life in Atlanta, GA. Currently, they are studying at Augusta University (AU), pursuing a Bachelors of Art in Communications degree.  At AU, Sam stands as the president of the LAMBDA Alliance, the university’s gay-straight alliance. This organization “makes an effort to promote equality, increase gender/sexuality minority awareness, and disperse information on LGBTQ+ issues that affect communities.” In addition, Sam currently works as the Field Event Fellow here at Georgia Shift. They hope to raise voter turnout in the Augusta area, but mostly want to bring awareness of helpful resources to the local LGBTQ+ community.  Why is civic engagement important to you? “The biggest reason is reaching out to those who feel excluded or feel that there isn’t someone on a grander scale that can help them with their personal issues. It’s also about helping those who aren’t actively engaging in civic duty realize that there’s someone in their same demographic who is trying to make a difference on a larger scale. A lot of LGBTQ+ people are sometimes told that because of who they are, they won’t succeed. Therefore, seeing someone else within their community achieve the things they wish they could gives them the courage...

Meet Kiana Harrison! Our Digital Organizer!

What inspired you to get involved with civic engagement? It’s important that individuals who look like me are represented, advocated for, and simply respected. The lack of this in everyday life is what has pushed me to get involved in civc engagement. Despite the differences, our voices deserved to be heard, especially when it comes to things that affect our well-being. Civic engagement gives me the opportunity to stand up for what’s right, the unheard and ignored, and myself. If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why? Hands down, I would want to meet Eartha Kitt. I do not need to say anything else. How do you recharge? Honestly, just some quiet, alone time is the perfect way for me to recharge, especially after a hectic day. What are three things still left on your bucket list? Visit all 7 continentsVisit all 50 statesFinish learning Spanish and French If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose? To be able to do any and everything at the snap of my finger. Snapshot Bio I’m a Georgia native, where I attended Davidson Fine Arts and fully submerged myself into the arts. After my high school graduation, I pursued a bachelor’s degree in business marketing at USC Aiken. My passion for the arts, travel, and diversity has led me to do digital work at Georgia Shift. Currently, I have my own interests in women’s prison reform and women facing homelessness. Truthfully, I believe that Georgia Shift is the next huge step in my career and giving back to my...