Maya McKenzie is one of two Web Content and Blogging interns for the Beaded Treasures Project. Within this position, she collaborates with fellow interns to create and brainstorm meaningful and purposeful content in the name of BTP. A current senior at the University of Louisville, Maya majors in Communications with a focus in Journalism and minors in Social Change.
It is with intentions for advocacy through journalism in her future that Maya found Beaded Treasures Project. BTP's efforts towards entrepreneurial education as a means of uplifting and equalizing align with her own personal beliefs of equity. Using her voice to advocate and push the agenda of social change is what drives her, and BTP is the vessel through which she sees serious, and impactful change from the Louisville area and globally. In her time here, she hopes to continue to learn about refugee women and gain tools to better advocate for their needs. Maya believes storytelling is the stepping-stone in breaking barriers, and seeks to share the stories of those affected by BTP in any facet. She sees the importance of coalition and aims to inspire and encourage those of the Louisville community to hear the stories of these women, and continue to contribute to the empathetic community Beaded Treasures Project inspires.
In her free time, Maya enjoys reading, concert-going, and exploring any and every restaurant in Louisville. She is involved in many organizations that echo BTP's theme of female empowerment, and is so excited to share in this effort and learn more about the strength of the women surrounding her, and herself.