By Audrey Willett:
Far Away Friends is all about helping improve resources in rural villages. The organization believes that where you’re born shouldn’t determine your access to wealth, health, or education. Please enjoy the interview!
AW: Tell us all about you and your organization!
MBW: My name is Miles Bradley-Winters, and I am a 16-year-old girl from San Diego, California! I am an aspiring activist and the President of a club at my high school called Far Away Friends. Far Away Friends is a nonprofit organization aiming to equip children in Namasale, Uganda, with the tools and resources necessary to break cycles of generational poverty. It was founded by two extraordinary women, Collines Angwech and Jayme Ward. It started in Lakewood, Colorado, and now new Far Away Friends chapters are starting up across the country! With the guidance of co-founder Jayme Ward, I started a Far Away Friends chapter at my new school in California. We have weekly meetings during the school year where we discuss a wide range of topics such as white supremacy, neo-colonialism, and period poverty, and how they specifically affect communities in Uganda. Along with having discussions on how to make a change, my peers and I also fundraise for things like new desks and sanitary hygiene kits for schoolgirls.
AW: Why do you think it’s important for your generation to let their voices be heard?
MBW: I think that it’s crucial for our generation’s voices to be heard because children and youth are the future. As a member of Gen Z, I truly believe that our generation is full of changemakers, and we will create pathways for a better future for not only ourselves but the generation that comes after us. When I look at Gen Z and everything we’ve accomplished, I am very hopeful for our future.
AW: Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future?
MBW: Oftentimes, it’s difficult to not be worried about some aspect of the future. I, myself, am guilty of this. Regardless of what we see on the news and hear on the radio, there are so many reasons to be optimistic about our future. I feel like Gen Z has passionately voiced our opinions on the issues we’re currently battling in our society and that our passion will ensure a bright future for all of us. I think we exhibit a determination to better our society that has never been seen before.
AW: What are the most important issues facing our world right now? And in the future?
MBW: Right now, I think our society is facing a multitude of issues. From white supremacy and nationalism affecting the world, and the major lack of gun-safety laws in our own country, it is vital that we work to fix these issues, as they’re not only