Walters Chin, Project Coordinator  

Walters Chin is a student at Buea University who has been working with YAN since 2009.  Walters coordinates all program logistics, runs orientation, and is available to YAN fellows throughout the year. 

Charles “Chalo” Bawe, Local Partner

Charles is the manager of I.T. Solutions, the internet café YAN uses every week in Buea Town.  He believes his work is more than just a profession, it is a call to carry others to the world by giving them access to computers and internet services. It is in this respect that he is "proud and privileged to accommodate Youth Advocacy Network in my cyber café and to help pupils and students of GHS Buea Town.” 

Mr. Pasiah Kenneth Bobvah, Local Partner

Mr. Pasiah is the Chief of the Multi Media Resource Center at the Bilingual Grammar School – Molyko. He has had personal experience with the YAN program as his daughter was a student in 2012-2013 and has donated much time and energy to the program.  Mr. Pasiah touts the tangible benefits YAN brings to the students.

Antonia Morzenti, Youth Advocacy Network Fellow 2013-2014

Antonia just completed a 6-month internship in Buea and is ecstatic to be extend her stay in Cameroon as a YAN Fellow. Her passion for human rights, gender equality and social justice led her to a BA in International Studies with an emphasis in Post Colonial Africa and Globalization. Antonia has taught environmental education in Uganda and conducted cultural research throughout West Africa. Change and progress come from the youth and Antonia is looking forward to empowering Buea's youth this upcoming year with YAN!

Maddy Hejna, Youth Advocacy Network Intern 2014

Maddy is a junior at the University of Vermont, earning her undergraduate degree in Women's and Gender Studies. She has carried her interest in social justice to Cameroon, participating in a Community Development exchange program through Antioch University in Ohio. She is studying at Buea University, and is excited to be working with YAN as her service learning project during her stay. Social change begins with a grassroots approach, and Maddy is happy to be impacting the lives of the students through media technology education.

 Clara Rowe, Youth Advocacy Network Fellow 2012-2013

Clara joins Youth Advocacy Network from Ecology Project International, an educational nonprofit in Costa Rica focused on empowering youth to take a role in conservation. Previously, she worked for the Environmental Defense Fund in Mexico. Clara is particularly excited to bring an environmental perspective to students as they analyze issues important around them in their community. Clara earned her undergraduate degree in biology and environmental studies from Amherst College.

 Josh Nathan, Youth Advocacy Network Fellow 2012-2013

Josh joined Youth Advocacy Network in 2012, and is thrilled to be working for the coming year as a fellow in Buea, Cameroon. Prior to his fellowship with YAN, Josh was an 8th grade writing teacher at Boston Collegiate Charter School in Boston, Massachusetts, as well as a 2010 Teach For America Corps Member.  Josh has also taught inmates in a Massachusetts jail for one year and spent 3 months teaching children in a rural community in Sierra Leone. He earned his undergraduate degree in English from Amherst College, and his Masters degree in curriculum and teaching from Boston University.

Barbra Bearden, Youth Advocacy Network Fellow 2011-2012, Grant Writing Consultant

In October of 2010, Barbra returned from Iraq where she managed a UNDP capacity building project in Basrah,  In Baghdad Barbra contributed to communication support, project monitoring, and grant writing for International Medical Corps. In the US and Eastern Europe Barbra has worked with a number of non-profits providing support and leadership for advocacy campaigns, membership initiatives, and grant writing. She has a Master degree in International Communication, specializing in global networks.

Heather Faison, Youth Advocacy Network Fellow - 2010-2011

Heather Faison is a digital journalist and award-winning web designer from North
Carolina. She is a graduate of Howard University and an Ohio State University Kiplinger
Digital Media Fellow where she completed a multimedia project on childhood obesity in
African Americans. As a YAN fellow, she will be teaching a New Media Advocacy class
at the Bilingual Grammar School Molyko – Buea and teaching video production at the
Buea Deaf School.

Joshua Whitener, Youth Advocacy Network Fellow - 2010-2011

Joshua Whitener graduated from The University in Washington before moving to Cameroon to volunteer full time at Buea School for the Deaf in 2009.  Since arriving, he started a computer class for the students, mastered basic Cameroonian sign language, and proved indispensible as assistant to YAN both at BSD and the Bilingual Grammar School Molyko - Buea. As recently made fellow he will finish off the 2010-11 school year for the New Media Advocacy class at BGS Molyko and complete the educational Sign Language DVD for the parents of deaf students in Cameroon.

Wegmuller Ikone Efokoa, Advisor and Board Member

As an entrepreneur and artist, Wegmuller ikome efokoa owns a production studio blue drops studios and has directed and produced award winning video clips. One of his artists is presently a KORA All Africa nominee. He is a producer with a passion for quality work and the founder of Bluedrops Studios in Buea, Cameroon.

Akwanga David Nkemtaji, Advisor and Board Member

David Akwonga is the emeritus Chief of the Technology Center at the Bilingual Grammar School Molyko - Buea.  His dedication, hours of overtime and wealth of ideas are the foundation upon which YAN's program in Buea was built.


Gabga Stanley Miki, Advisor and Board Member

Gabga Stanley Miki hails from Limbe and has been in cinema for eight years. As an editor, he began developing a love of motion graphics. In 2007 Stanley started working as a cinemotographer, editor and graphic designer in both national and international projects. He was involved in BREAK-IN a soap opera which won Best film by the public in Fako Film Festival and  MBELIGI a Doc-Drama which earned a nomination to the Nuff Global Festival for climate change.

Erin Wildermuth, Executive Director

Erin Wildermuth started YAN after completing her MSc at the London School of
Economics, where her thesis centered on how access to technology prevents the global south from participating in global decision making.  She began working with young people in 2001, when she spent a year designing and implementing a learning-service program for underpriveleged youth.  She has since worked with a number of youth organizations to teach service-learning, leadership, and new media technologies. She has also managed a range of projects relating to youth, training, and video production.