Zoe Abdul-Malik is not your average 15 year old. Although she enjoys singing, dancing, acting, and spending time with family. She also loves the beach as well as to make waves in her local community. She is a 10th grade honors/AP student that is passionate about advocacy, science and social justice. At the Youth March for Justice, Zoe has stood up against police brutality. She shared a speech expressing her concerns at her local city hall along with other young people. She has also supported the deaf community which created change in LAUSD policies and collectively resulted in an astounding victory for increased educational equity and access for all children!
She has participated in community plays such as A Journey of A Lifetime Sentence, that brought awareness to child abuse and the cycle of trama at the age of 9. She volunteers at her church and has assisted with bringing joy to elders in local nursing homes through song and encouragement. Zoe has participated in pageants such as Little Miss African American which helped to set the foundation of public speaking at the age of 6. Zoe’s platform is to increase wellness and self-esteem among youth. Zoe encourages girls to never be afraid to be themselves and to appreciate their unique gifts. She has assisted in the development of Project Butterfly, a support group for girls, promoting positive self-esteem, goal setting, mindfulness, and self advocacy.
She will also use her platform to bring awareness to environmental issues that are plaguing our society today and affecting our overall health and food sources, being a part of the change! Zoe is a scholar who is currently participating in the dual enrollment program at her school and taking college classes. Upon graduation, Zoe is interested in sharing her gifts in the field of Biology or even has explored the possibility of working with NASA! Her continued plans are to travel the world, learn new languages, and make her mark. As a trailblazer, she is looking forward to paving the way for other young girls in underrepresented STEAM careers while continuing to show honor and respect for those who have come before her. She has a growth mindset and is prepared to make a difference wherever she goes.