2020 Spotlight

At the Youth Climate Justice Panel, co-founder, Alexia Leclercq was invited to speak with  SolarOne Green Design Lab's, Amy Colorado, and other youth activist panelists about their personal activist work and work with Start:Empowerment.


Alexia Leclercq (She/They) is the co-founder and co-director of Start:Empowerment. They are a strong advocate for social and environmental justice and believe in fostering justice and community-centered education to propel meaningful change. 

Alexia's work has been recognized by NYU Gallatin, NYU Global Awards Center, the DOE Office of Sustainability, and more. They have been invited to speak on their work, experiences, and environmental justice organizing at multiple events and panels hosted by NYU Gallatin, NYU Sustainability Office, Future Coalition, Solar One, Our Climate Voices, National Student Divestment, EarthJustice, and Austin Youth River Watch. They have reached over 7,500 people and hope to continue inspiring action.

Kiersten Blake is a Jamaican-American womxn who leads Start:Empowerment's operations and external affairs efforts. They believe in creating group dynamics and cultures that can foster not only socially and environmentally just practices but also spaces that are also ecologically restorative. 

Recognized by the NYU Liberal Studies Social Impact Panel, NYU Office of Sustainability, DOE Office of Sustainability, actress Regina Hall's Solutions Project, and the NYC Urban Fellows Alumni Association for their commitment to public service both domestically and abroad, their efforts have lead them to further break down boundaries through their involvement in community organizing and their work through Start:Empowerment.

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