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Yeleka Barrett

Ashoka Canada
Venture Representative
Yeleka holds a BA in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario, and a BASc in Public Health from Ryerson University. During her time at Ryerson University Yeleka volunteered with Youth Challenge International spending 2 months in Zanzibar, Tanzania working with youth and local community based organizations (CBO's) on, youth employment, peer education and HIV/AIDS awareness and stigma reduction. After graduating from Ryerson, Yeleka completed a CIDA internship as a Capacity Building Officer in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania with the: Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development, and the charity organization: Canadian Support of Rural African Initiatives (CSRAI). In this role, Yeleka worked with a wide variety of CBOs helping them to effectively combat the effects of HIV/AIDS through business training, project implementation and outreach. Today, she continues to volunteer on the board of CSRAI as acting Project Committee Chair. Yeleka is passionate about community health development and is enthusiastic about working with Ashoka to help drive the vision of: Everyone A Change Maker.