Kizzy Hannibal Xolani

As a founding member of EcoRise, Kizzy has played various roles for the organization since its inception. She has over 15 years of youth development experience as an impassioned sustainability educator and youth facilitator. Fueled by her natural orientation towards supporting youth to discover their unique potential in shaping our future, she employs an inquiry-based approach that effectively engages participation, draws out collective knowledge, inspires creative problem-solving, and creates spaces for authentic and meaningful connections across differences.

Her diverse experience in education spans across classrooms and communities in Nigeria, Brazil, Jamaica, Hawaii and Austin and includes; classroom teaching, group facilitation, program development, curriculum development, youth facilitator training as well as leadership and professional development.

Kizzy has been an avid member of the non-profit world since she finished college. She is also a founding member of Amala Foundation and their first Youth Program Director. In this position, she created and directed Amala’s ground-breaking program, the Global Youth Peace Summit, which unites immigrant, refugee, international and local teenagers for a week dedicated to personal growth, cultural exchange, leadership development and community building. She held this position for 5 years before she helped launch EcoRise.

Kizzy is a heart-centered, highly adaptable, dynamic individual that is committed to helping foster cohesion, collaboration and meaningful connection for organizational and community growth.