Gen Z Spotlight: Maya Friedberg


While COVID-19 sentenced millions of teens around the country to their homes, fifteen year-old Maya Friedberg decided to combat quarantine boredom with the planning and launch of
The Rising Youth.

Focused on educating and engaging Gen Zers, The Rising Youth is a blog that raises awareness for social justice issues by posting articles on topics discussed at a national level as well as subjects not often talked about, but necessary to understand.

The Rising Youth is also taking action to support its community. Within a month of starting The Rising Youth, Maya brainstormed ways to help her hometown of Houston, Texas during COVID-19. For The Rising Youth’s first philanthropic endeavor, Maya made keychains to sell throughout Houston. She intends to donate the funds to No Kid Hungry, a non-profit organization created to end child hunger in America.

Maya’s passion for politics stemmed from her transition to a new school in the midst of the 2016 election, where both physical and verbal fights would break out over different viewpoints. This inspired Maya to learn more about the biggest issues dividing the nation, run for student government, and launch The Rising Youth.

Maya’s ability to translate her interests into a project aimed at helping her community and fellow Gen Zers through a troubling time is a textbook example of Gen Zers’ advocacy and adaptability.