Niki Pantazis, National Program Associate
While in college earning her B.A. in Community Studies with a focus on Youth Studies from UC Santa Cruz, Niki worked and volunteered for several different social justice and community development organizations. As part of an independent study project she was part of a team of students that created an after school media education program supported by the Santa Cruz County Board of Education for at risk and homeless youth entitled MS3. She was also an intern at the Homeless Garden Project (HGP) where she taught youth about organic and sustainable farming and the benefits of healthy eating. She mentored for and was the Mentor Coordinator for the Youth Empowering Youth program that connected college students with local high school students to create social documentaries about issues in their communities.
Working in the social justice field and with a youth focused organization is something Niki is extremely passionate about. She wants girls to develop a sense of self based on their intelligence, abilities, and own desired criteria rather than ones created for them by society. She finds happiness in running, playing roller derby, fire dancing and traveling. Niki feels extremely privileged to be a part of GFC and in the company of such vibrant, accomplished and passionate women and girls."