We wouldn’t be able to make the YUGA Leadership Summit the fun, enriching experience that it is without our expert staff. Check out the backgrounds and bios of our staff from last year's Summit!
Note: This list does not include the many international Plan staff and development professionals who join us as chaperones, or the speakers and workshop leaders who teach and talk to our youth participants at the Summit. We convene an entire community in order to deliver an amazing Summit!
Laura Brazee, Youth Engagement Manager
Laura manages the Youth Engagement team at Plan and has been at the YUGA Summit for three years. She recently returned from Johannesburg, South Africa where she worked with human rights defenders all over the world and learned to drive on the other side of the road! Her goal is to train thousands of young people (just like you!) how to be advocates and agents of change that make this world a better place for youth. She’s addicted to seltzer water and hummus.
Dounia Bredes, Youth Outreach Coordinator
Dounia manages the outreach and marketing of the Youth Engagement team at Plan, where she works to turn “slacktivism” into “activism.” She hails from a small town in Vermont, but spent a life-changing semester studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal, and now hopes to put her skills (and her Anthropology degree) to work in helping young people make change for themselves and their communities.
Tracy Allen, Senior Counselor
Tracy, a middle school guidance counselor in Massachusetts, has enjoyed a long relationship with Plan and YUGA. She is an active volunteer in her community and encourages her students, and those around her, to also lend a helping hand to those in need. While her knowledge of all things pop culture is beyond belief, Tracy also enjoys bragging about her nephews and directing middle school musicals. Her true spark comes from working with young global active citizens who like to dance and want to make a difference in the world.
Adewole Akinbi, Counselor
Adewole (or Wole) is a Rhode Island native, born and raised in the city of Providence. He recently graduated from Rhode Island College with a degree in Public & Professional Communication. He loves to play basketball and watch movies in his spare time, and he absolutely loves meeting new people. Wole loves working with youth and can't wait for this year's YUGA Summit!
Maame Yankah, Counselor
Maame is an Economic Development major at the Templeton Honors College of Eastern University in Pennsylvania. When she is not at school, she spends her time catching up on the TV show “Scandal.” She is also a proud youth ambassador for Plan International USA and 10X10. After college, she hopes to return to her native country, Ghana, and work to promote the betterment of her community and her country as a whole.
Thomas Garnett, Counselor
Thomas is originally from Liberia, West Africa, but moved to Delaware when he was in high school. He recently earned a masters degree in Strategic Peacebuilding and Development from Eastern Mennonite University. Thomas is passionate about helping young people reach their full potential and make a difference in their communities, and the world. In his spare time, he likes to play sports (primarily soccer!) and dance to any/all music styles.
Caitlin Indermaur, Counselor
Caitlin is a sophomore at Clark University in Massachusetts, where she is pursuing a self-designed major in Photography, Filmmaking, and Social Change. She was born and raised in Kansas and moved to Rhode Island in high school (we're not in Kansas anymore Toto!). Caitlin is an avid music lover and sings in two bands. She also runs a photography business, taking pictures of the New England music scene. She's been involved in YUGA for 5 years!