High Schoolers for Hillary happened pretty simply: we became sick of the pervading notion that young people are unenthusiastic about Hillary and her campaign. In our high school, Bernie support was fervent and unified, while Hillary supporters were frequently struck down and denigrated. We heard stories of other high schoolers for Hillary experiencing backlash and hatred for their beliefs, becoming afraid to voice their opinions in public or on social media. We want to change that, and that's why this site exists: to unify, arm, and activate teenagers to be effective Hillary advocates, provide a safe haven/community for her supporters, and to spread the goodwill and social inclusion of her platforms.
Founders- Bella DeVaan and Hayden Clark, WA
Bella DeVaan and Hayden Clark are high school seniors at Lakeside School, old friends, and lifelong, die-hard Democrats from Seattle, Washington. In early July of 2016, the two traveled to the Hillary for America Campaign Headquarters in Brooklyn, New York to volunteer, meet likeminded high schoolers, and lay groundwork for their project by meeting with campaign leaders in digital, millennial strategy, and campus organizing.
Director Bella DeVaan (@BellaDeVaan) is a Student Ambassador for Save the Children Action Network, the Gates Foundation Visitor Center, and the Global Citizens Institute; President of the TeenTix New Guard Arts Leadership Society; social action intern with the documentary Audrie & Daisy; contributor to Metiza Magazine and her school paper; and feminist comedy enthusiast. With Save the Children Action Network, Bella lobbies annually on Capitol Hill for federal investments in early childhood education and maternal, newborn, and child survival, and with TeenTix, Bella's developing an equity initiative to make arts more accessible for underserved urban youth. She's been obsessed with Hillary since day one for her fervent championship of women's and children's rights.
Founding Member Hayden Clark (@IAmHaydenClark) assists the director of the Children's Home Society of Washington's Walla Walla summer program for children of migrant farm labors, co-authored "Ethnic Conflict, Statelessness, and Forced Migration in the Dominican Republic," a work presented to the State Department, founded a student organization to combat depression and bullying in middle schools, and canvassed in Iowa for Obama's 2008 campaign. He credits the School for Ethics and Global Leadership--a high school semester school in Washington D.C.--as an essential catalyst of his current political engagement.
New York lead; Voices Blog head contributor: Ilana Cohen, NY
Ilana Cohen is a junior at The Beacon School in New York City. She is a former intern at the Office of Council Member Brad Lander where she worked on youth engagement for the District 39 Participatory Budgeting process, work she now continues as a newly appointed member of the District Committee. In addition to her creative writing pursuits, Ilana is the co-editor-in-chief of her school newspaper The Beacon Beat, the Communications leader of her school's Model UN club, and the General Manager of her school's Project A.B.L.E. chapter. As a longtime volunteer at the Hillary for America Brooklyn Headquarters, Ilana hopes to do whatever she can to support Hillary on her way to the Oval Office.
Content curator: Clara Nevins, CA
Clara Nevins is a junior at the Marlborough School in Los Angeles, California. She has always had an interest in politics and activism. Clara is the founder of two nationwide organizations, the UNICEF Young Ambassadors and Change Climate Change. In 2015 she was a delegate with the National Resources Defense Council to the United Nations Paris climate conference, COP21. She also serves as a high school fellow to the Hillary Clinton campaign. In the future, Clara hopes to combine her love of writing with her passion for activism, politics, and global affairs.
Ohio lead: Nick Sattele, OH
Nick Sattele (@NickSattele) is a senior at Solon High School in Solon, Ohio. Politics always interested Nick, which he pursues as an integral member of his school's Model UN team, Public Relations officer of his high school's champion Debate team, and as an active member of his school's Junior State of America chapter. Nick fellows with the Hillary Clinton campaign and is the Founder and President of his High School Democrats club. Outside of politics, Nick enjoys marching in his school's drumline, serving as the Class of 2017 Vice President, volunteering with Amnesty International, and working at a pizza shop. Nick has backed Hillary since the start and hopes to see her in the Oval Office with the world knowing that the next generation of voters are excited and behind her.
Community organizing contributor: Sarah Shamoon, NY
Sarah Shamoon is a rising high school senior from New York. A lifelong Democrat, Sarah grew up in a very progressive household that encouraged political participation. She currently serves as a Co-Chair for the New York State High School Democrats. Sarah has also worked on various local races in New York and is very excited to be working with High Schoolers for Hillary.