To escape the indiscriminate civil violence of her homeland, Yasmin Habib came to the United States in the late nineties as a six-year-old Somali refugee. This experience of displacement and resettlement has continuously fueled her desire to positively impact the world and work towards lasting social change. Yasmin graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A in Medical Anthropology & Global Health. After graduation she worked as a private consultant on projects and programs aimed at decreasing health disparities for refugee communities of King County. In 2014, she founded the Academy with a vision for a more holistic and equitable approach to youth development, especially for underserved young leaders.
YOUTH PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Belina’s experiences as the daughter of two working-class Eritrean immigrants shaped her understanding of the world and challenged her to think critically about the structural barriers that our communities experience, particularly within education systems. Belina continued to build on her analysis as an activist-student turned organizer during her undergraduate studies at Western Washington University where she helped lead important change initiatives. Belina took her experiences as a student organizer and worked within the labor movement at the University of Washington and has continued to work extensively on international and local human rights issues. Growing at the cornerstone of art and community remains at her core, but building space for innovation and creativity has led to her passion for utilizing technology in reimagining a world that is equitable and humane. As the Youth Program Coordinator, Belina brings her passion and her fierce dedication to uplift the mission of the WMCA to empower refugee and immigrant youth to emerge as the bold visionaries that they are.