In the drive towards making a difference in our communities, Ambassador Shabazz and Tulaine Montgomery call us all to action.
Banan Garada is co-chair of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Youth Preparedness leading the Central United States teams in advocating for and encouraging health and safety awareness. Most recently, Banan created a young children’s storybook, which was recognized by the First Lady of the United States, and the “Safety Matters” bi-monthly webinar series to address pandemic awareness. Since the first webinar held in September the series continues to grow, featuring speakers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, FBI and CISA (on digital safety), and the CDC.
As a young tech leader, Banan is hopeful to bridge the gap of female leaders in professional industries. Banan’s understanding of technology led to her contributions as part of the selective International Summer School Fellowship in Trentino, Italy. There, her work on utilizing artificial intelligence and deep learning to enhance medicine, was acknowledged by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) when she was nominated as an Aspirations in Computing winner. Banan also participated in a Women in Tech conference in Urbana, Illinois, where she currently resides as a high school senior. As a female, Banan wants her voice to be heard as a young leader who knows her worth.