Class of 2026
T. Joyous Tarlue was born in and raised in Liberia. At age 5, she moved in with her uncle and aunt in Monrovia to start her education. She grew up in a family of 9 where she is the only girl in the home. While in high school, Joyous served as student council president and the captain of the school’s debate team and was awarded a scholarship for her academic performance. This scholarship enabled her to complete high school without facing financial difficulties. She from graduated high school as a high performance student and was awarded a certificate of academic excellence, an award given to students who have topped their class for over 3 years.
Joyous is the founder and executive director of Initiative of Water, Sanitation and Health (IWASH), a nonprofit organization that aims to aid national government with providing clean and safe water, proper sanitation, and a clean environment to all. She is a member of the Girls Get Equal Campaign, Liberia Chapter - a global campaign that promotes the inclusion of girls through its three pillars: Equal Power, Equal Freedom and Equal Representation. She is also the Public Relations Officer of Girls Alliance For Future Leadership - a girls-led organization that engages with young women through education and empowerment initiatives. She has also been engaged with other activities that focus on women’s involvement in society like Girls Led Digital Research project, Girls Takeover, and Messengers of Peace Liberia.
Joyous aspires to be a public health specialist to address major and minor health problems with sustainable, cost-effective strategies, interacting with people, and providing specialized services such as peer counseling and disease prevention.