Mina Fedor


Mina Fedor is a sophomore at College Preparatory School in Oakland, California. In 2020, she founded AAPI Youth Rising (AYR) after speaking out against xenophobia targeting the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. She subsequently organized a rally in Berkeley, California, that drew more than 1,200 attendees. Recognizing the power of education to combat racism, Mina led AYR to develop an educational lesson about the history of Asian Americans in America that has been adopted by AYR's 150 chapters across 35 states. Through collaborations with Act to Change, Alliances for a Healthier Generation, American Girl and Teach for America, AYR has implemented its programs in more than 52,000 schools across the U.S. In 2022, President Biden recognized Mina as one of 16 Uniters at the United We Stand summit held in Washington, D.C. That same year, she received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Advancement through the Society of Science for her research on theta waves and memory. In 2023, the California Civil Rights Department named AYR as a community partner for the launch of California's first nonemergency hate reporting hotline. Mina's work with Act to Change (a national anti-bullying group) and Free the Pill (supporting over-the-counter birth control access) reflects her commitment to social justice issues beyond combating xenophobia against AAPIs. She has provided testimony to the White House, been featured in media outlets such as The Washington Post, "Good Morning America" and The New York Times and continues to advocate for a more inclusive and equitable society.