Mari Copeny

2019 YBCA 100 Honoree

In May 2016 at the age of eight, Mari Copeny wrote an open letter, published in the Los Angeles Times, to President Barack Obama challenging him to visit Flint, Michigan, and see the water crisis and state negligence firsthand. Copeny has raised more than $500,000 for her Flint Kids projects and has given away more than a million bottles of bottled water. She has been featured in many publications for her vocal opposition to the injustices of environmental racism.