Teen Pollyanna connects any students with an interest in diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging work in their school community, and empowers them to make change in whatever ways are possible.

About Teen Pollyanna


Teen Pollyanna consists of 8th-12th graders (13-18 year olds) from across the U.S. who are committed to helping their schools achieve their DEIB goals. We hold interesting and informative monthly programming. Monthly sessions feature a special keynote speaker followed by a themed group discussion centering on ways to improve each member’s individual school community.




Teen Pollyanna is led by Pollyanna Interns (and Teen Pollyanna members) Destynée Johnson, based in New York, and Josie Hoeber, based in California. 


Join Teen Pollyanna


Your voice matters! Teen Pollyanna is open to all students between 8th-12th grades interested in advancing DEIB at their school. Monthly meetings are not school-related and faculty chaperones are not necessary. We will have an adult from Pollyanna present on all Zooms. 

We will post our 2022-23 season over the summer. Stay tuned! Please use this form to join us and let us know you’re interested in coming to some or all of our monthly meetings.


10/9/21 – Teen Pollyanna Kick-Off

Keynote: Jason Craige Harris, DEI Practitioner

1/22/22 – Contributions of Others

Guest Marianne Macrae, Managing Director, Family Engagement, Robin Hood Foundation

4/9/22 – Pledge Projects

Guest: Scott Warren, Youth Civic/Political Engagement and Leadership Specialist at USAID

11/6/21 – Civic Engagement

Keynote: DeNora Getachew, CEO of DoSomething.org

2/12/22 – Be an Advocate, Ally, Activist

Guest: Semeka Smith-Williams, Director of Diversity & Equity at The Packer Collegiate Institute

5/14/22 – Reflecting and Planning

Guest: Young adult author Bill Konigsberg

12/11/21 – DEIB Work at our Schools

Keynote: Erica Corbin, Head of School, The Cathedral School

3/5/22 – Having Difficult Conversations

Guest: Megan Hogan, Chief Diversity Officer at Goldman Sachs

Contact us with questions or to lean more.

Contact Us: info@pollyannainc.org