Youth work has been a lifelong passion for Michaela. She graduated from University of Ulster in 2008 with a degree in Community Youth Work. Throughout her 12 years of experience, Michaela has worked on various youth projects in her home city of Belfast with young people outside of education, training and employment on personal development, good relations, peace and reconciliation and citizenship projects. Michaela has also worked overseas on women’s empowerment projects in Tajikistan, youth rights projects in Palestinian refugee camp in The West Bank of Palestine and in refugee camps across Greece. Michaela is a dedicated activist for Palestinian rights, housing for all, refugees and asylum-seekers rights, access to social welfare and effective mental health provision.
Michaela’s passion for social justice, equality and human rights led her to join Atlantic Fellowship for Social and Economic Equity in 2019. While completing her year's fellowship Michaela also studied a Masters in Inequalities and Social Science at London School of Economics & Political Science with an interest in learning more about the root causes of inequalities and the leverage points to impact change. Following her year in the academic world, Michaela is looking forward to bringing her passion, experience and skills to this role and learning from the young people and her colleagues at Just for Kids Law.