Who We Are

Nivriti Agaram
Community Organizer
Allie Agnoli
Community Organizer
Sofia Arlen
Regional Organizer
Amy Arredondo
Community Organizer
Surabhi Ashok
Community Organizer
Mina Azhar
Community Organizer
Saul Balcarcel
Regional Organizer
Adrija Bhattacharjee
Community Organizer
Giada Brose
Community Organizer
Emma Budke
Community Organizer
Jeffrey Camille
Regional Organizer
Tamia Campbell
Community Organizer
Mahzabeen Choudhury
Community Organizer
Mohammed Chowdhury
Community Organizer
Yignara Coronado
Community Organizer
Julie Cuevas
Regional Organizer
Hope-Marie Delgado
Regional Organizer
Nisha Dharmaraj
Regional Organizer
Alonda Duenas
Community Organizer
Nyla Duhon
Regional Organizer
Dionicia Fabian
Community Organizer
Jean Fayad
Community Organizer
Jamil Fayad
Community Organizer
Yamali Rodas Figueroa
Community Organizer
Ella Forsyth
Community Organizer
Christine Francois
Community Organizer
Jonah Frumkin
Community Organizer
Vanessa Garcia
Community Organizer
Chikago Gee
Community Organizer
Evelyn Gonzalez
Regional Organizer
Lizette Gonzalez
Community Organizer
Lejla Hamzagic
Community Organizer
Leela Hensler
Community Organizer
Sergio Herrera
Regional Organizer
Hiro Hirano-Holcomb
Community Organizer
Ummul Itu
Community Organizer
Tandile Jackson-Vinson
Regional Organizer
Paige Jenkins
Community Organizer
Maya Kakani
Community Organizer
Madina Khasanboeva
Community Organizer
Taekyoung Kim
Community Organizer
Eileen Kim
Community Organizer
Kylee Linnell
Regional Organizer
Ty Lipscomb
Community Organizer
Sophia Lynch
Regional Organizer
Reese Mahoney
Community Organizer
Maria. K Mendoza Manzano
Community Organizer
Mallorie Marsan
Community Organizer
Rachel McFatter
Regional Organizer
Khadija Mohammed
Community Organizer
Samuel Morales
Regional Organizer
Evelyn Morocho
Community Organizer
Mukilan Muthukumar
Community Organizer
Dayron Rojas Ordonez
Regional Organizer
Dalya Paka
Community Organizer
Netra Parikh
Regional Organizer
Sydney Patterson
Community Organizer
Peter Pham
Community Organizer
Ernesto Polo
Community Organizer
Sravya Potluru
Community Organizer
Rebecca Robinson
Community Organizer
Samantha Rodriguez
Community Organizer
Eric A. Forteza Romero
Regional Organizer
Allegra Saltzman
Regional Organizer
Sierra Sands
Community Organizer
Claudia Shin
Community Organizer
Zyad Sibai
Community Organizer
Hiba Siddiqui
Community Organizer
Lily Skoczen
Community Organizer
Eternity Sledge
Community Organizer
Zoe Som
Community Organizer
Allison Szvetitz
Community Organizer
Paola Torres
Community Organizer
Rhobie Toussaint
Regional Organizer
Sofia Valencia
Community Organizer
Melanie Vazquez
Community Organizer
Lorena Vazquez
Community Organizer
Nagendra Vishnumolakala
Community Organizer
Vanessa Whittle
Community Organizer
Raeed M. Zainuddin
Community Organizer

“Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature's law is wrong it learned to walk without having feet. Funny it seems, but by keeping its dreams, it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else ever cared.”
- Tupac

Our Story

Since first coming together in August 2021, we’ve done a lot. Read below to learn more about the decisions we’re voting on, culture we’re creating, and how our student-led process unfolded over our first two years. You can read about our origins in this article from Pomona College Magazine.

August 2021

90 Co-Founders vote on the name Rhizome and incorporate a nonprofit. We finalize our mission: to activate young people’s identities into action & help youth treat civic service as the work of a lifetime.

Winter 2022

One of the earliest decisions we voted on was to focus on Title 1 and under-resourced high schools as we grow. Fellows make visits to elementary schools, teaching democracy to K-5 students by engaging in democratic simulations. K-5 visits are a huge success.

Summer 2022

We clarify what it means to be "student-led": Organizers vote on our vision, goals, and changes to our work environment. Organizers also vote on nominations to the Board, and decide unified national actions. We create the framework for “Community Empowerment Events", which invite Fellows to take action around whatever ideas they are most passionate about. We build the website (for free, thanks Stephen Bourne-Brown!) and begin fundraising.

Winter 2023

Fellows continue leading local Community Empowerment Events around the inclusive, nonviolent, and nonpartisan ideas they are most passionate about. Fellows also finish teaching democracy to K-5 students

Summer 2023

We pause for a 6 week mental health break and engage in collective design processes to further streamline our model and make a greater impact in School Year 2023-2024. We celebrate our efforts and look ahead, as over 100 paid Youth Organizers prepare to support teams of Fellows in 26 Chapters.

The name Rhizome was decided by just one vote - democracy at it's finest!

Fall 2021

We select our Board of Directors and start organizing. We build an outline of the Civic Service Fellowship, design our system, and start to pilot our early programming.

Spring 2022

Teams of Civic Service Fellows build voter education drives to share paths to young people running for office, motivate others to engage in local elections, and help peers register & pre-register themselves to vote.

By August, a year after launch, we start to pay Organizers before anyone else. Upon learning they will actually be paid for their work, Organizers demand to know when Rhizome will purchase our first yacht.

Fall 2022

Ramp up recruitment for the Civic Service Fellowship, expanding from 3 Chapters to 13 Chapters across the US. Fellows conduct surveys to understand what others in their high school care about. We receive 501(c)(3) status, Part-time Mentors start to get paid, we start fundraising to pay full time staff.

Spring 2023

As our systems are streamlined, we expand exponentially to 125 high schools across 13 Chapters and stop recruiting to set healthy limits and protect the mental health of our Organizers. Fellows build voter education drives and help peers register themselves to vote. We raise funds to pay our full time staff person and begin hiring a 2nd person.

As part of our onboarding process, we made a shared album of songs that make us think about Rhizome. You're welcome!

Spotify Album