University of Toronto
Apefa Adjivon was born on a refugee camp in Ghana, Africa. Growing up in a low-income community in Canada, and hailing from a family in which girls traditionally do not go to school, she became aware of issues girls face both in the western world and in developing countries. Having female education and empowerment as passions of hers, Apefa has lead youth groups, advocated for girl’s rights and spoken at women’s empowerment conferences. On campus, she is studying International relations and women’s studies, focusing upon the effects of international development on women in small communities. Apefa is the founder of the Pearl Project; a center that runs after-school programming for girls in low-income communities and pairs them with mentors, career counselors, and opportunities for them to reach their goals.