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Oakland’s Sarah Melek Among World Youth Change Makers

Updated: Jan 9, 2019

Local Millennial Artist and Activist Received Scholarship to India

OAKLAND, CALIF. – The first surprise came for Sarah Melek when she was asked to serve as a volunteer in exchange for waiving her fee to attend a weekend course – Source and Synchronicities – simulcast to various cities from India. Source and Synchronicities is a two-day course that helps people to awaken to the power of Source (their connection to the Divine of their understanding) and the power of Consciousness. Participants are led through wisdom teachings and ancient spiritual processes. The surprise turned into to shock when she learned that she and other volunteers would receive funding to participate in the World Youth Change Makers (WYCM) program.

“I have been practicing meditation since I was 15 years old,” said Sarah Melek, Moyo scholarship recipient to attend World Youth Change Makers in 2018. “I have experienced so many benefits from the practice, including stillness, peace, and vivid visions of my chakras opening, creative surges, and increased empathy.”

Twenty-six-year-old Melek is an artist and activist. She is an example of the heart-centered leadership among youth that is making a difference in the world and will have an impact into the future.

“I am part of a team of healers who work with survivors of sexual assault and trafficking,” she continued. “We do performance art: dancing, singing and healing ceremonies to bring awareness and healing around this trauma in our community.”

“We see something in Sarah,” said Gwendolyn Mitchell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Moyo Institute, Inc. “She has come to meditation evenings and inspired several of her peers to attend also, she understands and appreciates how being in a connected state of consciousness is helpful not only to herself but for others as well. We want to help young people like Sarah get wisdom teachings and connections to be able to sustain their contributions to the world.”

In 2018, with funding from individual donors, Moyo facilitated the participation of 17 youth by providing scholarships to cover their tuition, accommodations, and transportation between campuses and village sites. Moyo’s goal for 2019 is to send 90 youth to experience WYCM.

Youth who have participated in the World Youth Change Makers program report gaining insights about their own suffering and feeling inspiration, clarity, and gratitude.

“During my time at Word Youth Change Makers, I had the chance to gain a better understanding of how meditation and oneness blessings affect our bodies, minds, and spirit,” said Melek. “I am grateful and I look forward to bringing back what I’ve learned to help my community.”

“Moyo Institute is committed to supporting young people on the path to inner peace, transformation and success,” continued Mitchell. “If they are successful, life will be better for all of us.”



Moyo Institute, Inc.

Moyo Institute, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to offer heart-centered educational experiences that foster inner peace, happiness, wellbeing, creativity, connection and oneness. Tax-deductible donations can be made online or by snail mail.

Online donations can be made at:

Mail checks or money orders to:

Moyo Institute, Inc.

P.O. Box 10084

Oakland, CA 94610-0084

Scholarship requirements and applications can be found at

O&O Academy

Founders of O&O Academy Krishnaji and Preethaji are modern day philosopher sages. Their vision is to end the misery born of self-centric thinking and awaken one to the interconnection of all existence. Their insights on life, mind, self, presence, consciousness and the universe are breakthroughs in human thought and are clearly ahead of our times. A rare ability to move into transcendental states of being at will, coupled with a fearless and reflective mind, underlies all their wisdom, that carries a distinctive flavor of truth, freedom and mystic to it.

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell (510) 904-4069, ext.101,


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