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LOUISVILLE —This week, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) grassroots organizing intern Nyet Abraha is being recognized nationally for her exemplary work in raising awareness for access to reproductive health care. Pay Our Interns (POI) will award Abraha as their first-ever Trailblazer Award recipient in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Nov.12. 

POI is a nonprofit that advocates for intern pay in Congress, serving as a research platform, advocacy guide, and internship database for young adults across the country to help ensure paid internship opportunities are created and accessible for all.

Sara Hall, PPINK Program and Policy Associate, nominated Abraha for the award: 

“Nyet has worked tirelessly to help her classmates, co-workers and community understand the intersectionality of identities and the way that they may influence one’s right to comprehensive reproductive health care. Through community outreach, and as a young immigrant, woman of color, Nyet has increased visibility to the barriers and inequities of reproductive health access, creating spaces for community members to volunteer and share their stories. In all the work she has done with us, her mission has been steadfast in connecting the work with social determinants of health, creating a more sustainable future for our programs and for reproductive rights in Kentucky.”

Nyet’s interest and passion for equity and the health of marginalized communities is what motivated her to get involved with Planned Parenthood. She has interned for PPINK as a grassroots organizing intern and voter engagement specialist, and spent this summer interning at Planned Parenthood Federation of America in D.C. as their youth organizing intern. She is a senior at the University of Louisville, majoring in Public Health and Biology, and the current president of her university’s chapter of Generation Action, and is also a member of Planned Parenthood’s National Storytellers. 

She hopes to one day make use her passions and interests as an attorney specializing in health care.