Nza-Ari Khepra

Nza-Ari's 15-year-old friend, Hadiya Pendleton, was shot and killed on January 29, 2013, just days after she participated in President Obama’s second inaugural celebration in Washington, DC. Nza-Ari and her friends founded Project Orange Tree to educate youth about gun violence in Hadiya's memory. Their work was the inspiration for Everytown for Gun Safety's annual Wear Orange campaign for Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 2nd. Nza-Ari is a rising senior at Columbia University.