Ms Penaherrea founded an association for parents of children with Down Syndrome. Her interests are journalism and human rights for persons with disabilities. Ms. Penaherrera would like to spend her Fellowship Year studying journalism, educational leadership and family counseling. She hopes to gain knowledge about inclusive education, independent living and promoting change in public opinion as it relates to persons with Down Syndrome. Ms Penaherrera has earned an advance degree in history and civilization from Ecole des Hautes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.