Elanie Paredes was a student at Barnard College where she majored in political science. She was part of the Young Women’s Initiative (Shewillbe), sponsored by the New York City Council, and was the Director of Operations for One Girl, a women’s empowerment nonprofit. In 2014, Elanie was chosen as an ANNpower Fellow by Ann Taylor and Vital Voices and was granted $2,500 to start her own community project, Ignited Voices. Elanie is passionate about uplifting the voices of young women of color in her community.