We aim to involve the youth and community members to path for youth educational programs and events that give back to the community by encouraging culture, arts, and financial sustainability.
Liyah is a dedicated social entrepreneur with a passion for giving back to her adoptive community and country. She was 10 when she came to the U.S, being put in Twin Falls by CSI after having to leave her hometown, Armenian, because of a devastating earthquake that left hundreds of thousands dead and injured. She graduated from Twin Falls High School in 2002 and attended at Southern Oregon University. There, she earned her associates in military science philosophy and her bachelors in international science, as well as political science. Liyah then went to College of Southern Idaho, worked for her associates in Latin and Western History. She's currently back in school to become a human rights lawyer!
Born in Kenya, now living in Twin Falls, is Winnie, the owner and founder of Culture For Change a non profit that works with women, girls and local youth by empowering them to become passionate, focused and successful advocates of the community to create a positive change. She is a cultural storyteller, speaker, a board member of the Magic Valley Arts Council, assisted in co-created the City of Twin Falls first Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the former director of Miss Africa Idaho for 6 years, a proud Rotarian, and a wife and a mother to three boys. Her ultimate goal with this foundation is to show people we are not that different, but with the differences each of us do have, we need to recognize and love them. Winnie states with care, "Your life matters, make it count. Live to inspire and support those around you and be mindful of how you make people feel because life is a chain reaction."
Zeze's childhood dream of becoming an engineer in electronics was halted and shifted to helping the less advantaged refugees some years ago. His interest and involvement in helping refugees started when he became a refugee in 1995. Zeze has years of professional experience of working with refugees in and out of the United States. Before and after receiving his associate of science degree in Computer Science, bachelor of science degree in Social Work, and master degree in Public
Administration, Zeze has played multiple key roles in refugee integration and self-sufficiency and some of his roles included executive director, program manager, administrator, community leader, grant writer, and much more.
Bernadette Nyirabariyang was born in Ruhengeri Prefecture in northern Rwanda. She moved to Boise, ID in 1995 and graduated in 2007 from Borah highschool and continued on to college where she attended University of Idaho and joined a sorority she that solidified Bernadette's love of philanthropy and community engagement. In 2012, she started a position with the City of Boise in the Parks and Recreation department and the Treasure Valley YMCA, Downtown Branch to continue and expand her community involvement
which led to working for Ballet Idaho 2015-2017. In 2017 Bernadette met Winnie Christensen and she became assistant program director of Miss Africa Idaho. Since 2019, Bernadette has been a member of the Global Village Festival, which promotes the diverse cultures in Idaho. Bernadette is excited to be part of the Cultural for Change foundation and can't wait to see the impact it has on the world.
Dr. Jacqueline Kavila moved to Idaho from Meru, Kenya. She obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Idaho State University College of Pharmacy. She enjoys serving the community in her role as a pharmacist both in the community and hospital. Jacqueline became interested in pharmacy after she spent most of her high school summers working at a pharmacy in Meru, Kenya.
When Kavila is not working, she enjoys discovering hiking trails, walking, travelling and spending time with her family.
Breean McKinney was born and raised on a ranch in Salmon, Idaho. After graduating at the top of her class, she went on to obtain her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Idaho State University, then later strove to earn her M.B.A. Active in the philanthropic community, she regularly engages in the organizing and carrying out of multiple fundraisers, galas and events every year across throughout the Treasure Valley and beyond. She's served in Many non-profit roles ranging form child welfare to domestic violence awareness to education and equal access. She enjoys connecting people and organizations int eh community, linking them together to form powerful, collaborative alliance.
Paige Wiscombe is a business manager of the women Ignite International teams. She has been a growing leader in the Treasure Valley for the past four years through her own adventures with entrepreneurship, as well as with Women Ignite. Outside of being all this, Paige consults many businesses and entrepreneurs on systems, platforms and procedures to help them succeed and to scale upward and outward with growth. She has a passion for diversity, world travel, fitness, the outdoors and creating value and significance everywhere she goes, both personally and professionally. Paige resides in Nampa, Idaho, with her two dogs Ellie and Emerson.
The Mission of the Change For Culture Foundation
The foundation sets out to empower the local youth with mentors and other resources to create more opportunity for their future.
Free 3 month sewing program in Twin Falls and Boise
Helps build confidence and new skill sets, which opens up the opportunities to pursue alteration careers enables more skilled individuals to enter the workforce.
Provides safe and motivating environment for youths across Idaho to learn, cultivate and thrive in today's changes