Top 24 Under 24: Lexi Vankevich, The Politico 0
Lexi Vankevich is in our Top 24 Under 24. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)
Lexi Vankevich has worked at the Prime Minister's Office in Ottawa and a Washington D.C. think-tank, but her real passion is for empowering women in developing countries.
The Langley youth dreams of studying international human rights and humanitarian law and is applying to universities in Europe after her graduation from Trinity Western next year. She added she was inspired by a volunteer trip this year to Peru, where she worked deep in the rainforest with a village where the buildings had been destroyed by flooding.
“It was my first time seeing poverty first-hand,” Vankevich said, “the reality of how so many people in the world live, and seeing how much we in the West take for granted.
“It was a partnership, not us going down and doing everything for them ... It's really inspiring work.”
As she learned about development in her history and philosophy studies at school, she was attracted to micro-credit programs which offer small loans to women.
“Micro-finance is a powerful way to empower women,” she said. “When women are granted economic self-sufficiency, it's a way to work towards empowerment of women while contributing to economic growth.”
She volunteered for four months this year as a policy intern at the PMO followed by a stint at the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies in the U.S. capital. Her next project is a development trip to Nicaragua this winter.