Meet Aariyah! 

Aariyah Johnson

Hello my name is Aariyah Johnson. I am a born and raised Colorado native. I recently graduated from Eaglecrest High School. I am passionate about social justice and as cliché as it sounds I want to change the world one day. I am a youth activist/organizer in Denver. I have worked alongside the NAACP Aurora branch and other groups such as YASSPA. I am a firm believer that if you don’t stand up for what you believe in then who will. I am a people person I enjoy meeting new people and hearing about different backgrounds. When I am not doing things in my community you can find me like most teenagers playing video games and spending time with my family.

The GIV Fellowship places young adults (18-24) across Colorado in a remote fellowship with grant-making foundations. The program is designed for individuals from underrepresented communities in the philanthropic sector to 1) gain experience in the field, and 2) provide community & youth insight into foundation operations. Fellows will split their time between being together in a cohort with YouthRoots to learn the basics of philanthropy and being placed in a (virtual) internship at one of the participating host foundations. Participants will be paid $17/hour for 8 hours/week during the fall semester (8/23 to 12/3).

A big welcome and thank you Aariyah for her interest, passion and contributions to AJL! We are so thrilled she's here!