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Panelists (from left to right) Taylor Roberson, Marketing Program Manager at the United Way of King County, Fadumo Roble, University of Washington Graduate student and Discovery Center Youth Ambassador Alumni, Afrikaan Sahra, Seattle University and Alfie Scholars Alumni, and moderator Abari Charles, Manager for Participatory Budgeting Project Seattle and Discovery Center Changemaker advisor, share insights and experiences with the audience at Creating Connections for a Sustainable Tomorrow, hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center, in Seattle, WA on November 2, 2023.
Panelists (from left to right) Taylor Roberson, Fadumo Roble, Afrikaan Sahra, and moderator Abari Charles share insights and experiences with the audience at Creating Connections for a Sustainable Tomorrow, in Seattle, WA. ©Gates Archive/Charina Pitzel

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