Shaina Zafar, 17, was born in Brooklyn and currently resides in Long Island, New York. She is a senior at H. Frank Carey High School planning on majoring in International Relations with a pre-medical focus. Within her high school, she is the founder of the Red Cross Club, president of S.A.D.D. and Science Honor Society, and editor of her school newspaper, the Carey Clipper. Her start-up, Code for a Cause, provides young elementary girls with experience in bloc programming about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and works in conjunction with the United Nations Foundation’s, Girl Up. Through her activism, she has spoken at conferences at the World Bank and United Nations and she has been named a Coca-Cola Scholar, received the President’s Volunteer Service Award, and been selected for AOL’s #BUILTBYGIRLS Wave Program. She currently conducts research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and is interested in exploring the applications of socioeconomic status and gender roles in empathetic relationship analysis. Outside of all of this, she loves drinking bubble tea, listening to Lorde’s music, and doodling calligraphy!
Channel Kindness is a digital platform created by Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. It is a safe space for young people to tell their stories of kindness, resilience, and community. By highlighting the people and organizations that are doing good in their communities, Channel Kindness’ audience is inspired to create a kinder and braver world, one story at a time.