Natasha Barnes is 25 and lives in Christchurch. She has recently completed a Masters of Arts Degree in Political Science at the University of Canterbury.
Natasha is the Education and Communications Officer at the Disarmament and Security Centre. She is currently involved in setting up a company called Teaching Youth Global Responsibility (TYGR), which is working with computer games developers to teach, motivate and stimulate youth interest in global peace and conflict resolution.
Natasha is involved in the Pacific Forum Centre for Strategic and International Studies Young Leaders Program and was the NGO Adviser to the New Zealand delegation at the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations in New York. She has recently been appointed to the Public Advisory Committee on Disarmament and Arms Control
Natasha has had a hearing loss since birth and has worn hearing aids since her teenage years.
Natasha is really excited to become a mentor. She believes high school is a really crucial time when young people begin to define themselves and figure out who they want be. She says it is a real privilege to work with teenagers as they explore themselves and share their experience.