The Xirimiri Lab offers free global and multidisciplinary training with seminars and conferences. And it aims to become a kind of youth think tank for associations, organizations and institutions, and thus contribute to public policy. But that’s not all. True to the spirit of ‘adapt and be flexible in adversity, to turn it into opportunities,’ Amaya was also the first to realize its vision, during the pandemic confinement. “While we were confined, I was thinking that a year earlier I was preparing for the selectivity, the university entrance exam. And I was reflecting on the difficulties that all high school seniors must experience in preparation for the exam, under such difficult conditions. So I imagined a way to help them,” he recalls. Said and done. The economist created in Instagram the movement @yoteayudoconlasele, I help you with selectivity, and then a web, which netted more than 724 university volunteers, willing to tutor the 6,000 high schoolers, who signed up and benefited.
An experience that grew with even after the lockdown beyond the strictly university sphere, and that has availed Amaya the ‘Innovactora Junior 2020’ award. Do they weigh so many accolades at only 20 years old?, we ask her. “For me the important thing is to do as much as I can day after day,” she replies. “I believe that life has given me many gifts and my responsibility is to share them with those who have not had the same opportunities.” Active, dynamic and supportive, Amaya is also a traveler who accumulates many community experiences abroad: “I participated in a cooperative trip to Uganda during my freshman year of high school, and then to Ethiopia the following year,” she recalls. “But one of the most enriching was the walking route through the Pyrenees, which I did in the summer of 2019 with people at risk of social exclusion from all over the world. It’s where I touched on how we are all the same, we seek the same affection, we are moved by the same desire to share life, the same transforming gaze.”