Amaya Flores is IGNITE’s New York Fellow. She is currently a sophomore at Columbia University double majoring in Political Science and African American Studies. Amaya is also the president and founder of Columbia University’s IGNITE College Chapter. As a coordinator for America Reads, Amaya seeks to nurture the value and joy of learning through mentorship while learning more about the socioeconomic disparities throughout the Morningside Heights and West Harlem communities. Previously, she was a District Office intern with Congresswoman Escobar. She then went on to intern for Congresswoman Esobar's DC office; here she briefly took up the role of staff assistant and assisted in legislative areas. She is passionate about increasing civic engagement in minority communities, diversifying the narrative and helping others find their voice. Contact Amaya at firstname.lastname@example.org.