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Students in Action

 

During COVID-19, a number of local students have taken initiative to impact their community in positive ways. From education to advocacy to service, check out some of the efforts they have been part of below.

Know another student who is making an impact in the community? Email Janan Jajeh at jjajeh@sanramon.ca.gov

Changemakers

Rewire Community's Changemakers is a non-profit youth group based in San Ramon. The group is committed to raising awareness and education for social justice issues with a vision to building integrated, inclusive communities.

Changemaker youth leaders Eshna Kulshreshtha, Mahika Arya, Vaidehee Durgude and Avani Gireesha have been active during the pandemic to create healthier communities.

Through the pandemic and SIP, the Changemaker leads have organized online youth check-ins to create a sense of community, connection and keep healthy dialogues going.

The conversations have ranged from the importance of mental health, to recreational games, hosting a PRIDE event with local GSA leads, and presentations on social justice. The most recent effort is a weekly book club building diversity and equity among the youth. By collaborating with other groups, all of four youth leads have also been sewing cotton masks that were donated to various non-profits and/or people in need such as farmers, shelters, low income communities and Navajo Nation.

Vaidehee Durgude, Changemakers

Vaidehee Durgude is going to be a senior at Monte Vista. Vaidehee is passionate about equity in all its forms, and believes strongly in questioning one's own internalized biases and listening to others share their stories.

Mahika Arya, Changemakers

Mahika Arya is going to be a junior at Dougherty Valley High School. She is very engaged in social justice, enjoys reading and drinking coffee, and making her community more aware one person at a time.

Eshna Kulshreshtha, Changemakers

Eshna Kulshreshtha is a rising junior at Dougherty Valley High School. Eshna is passionate about sparking change in the fields of environmental protection and climate justice, as well as being an ally to the LGBTQ plus community. She believes that no matter how small, every person can make a difference if they choose to.

Avani Gireesha, Changemakers

Avani Gireesha is going to be a junior at Venture High School and loves giving a voice to those who have not been heard. She is passionate about de-stigmatizing mental health and is currently actively working on Covid-19 relief with local non-profits and creating inclusive events with Rewire Community.

Rewire Community on Facebook
Rewire Community website

East Bay Students in Service

Students in Service

Students in Service is a group of high school and college students based in the East Bay that is committed to assisting local communities and at-risk populations in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the recent unique circumstances COVID-19 has created, a large number of organizations are in need of assistance ranging from local city and county governments to nonprofits and businesses. Our group has dedicated itself to serving these organizations and other in-need populations within the community.

More info, including contact email: ebstudentsinservice.org

Projects (Past & Present)

Grocery Matching Algorithm, Local Business & Nonprofit Consulting, Mask Making, Mental Health, Organizational Outreach, Racial Allyship, Senior Letter Writing, Senior Resource Spreadsheet, Senior Tech Literacy, Virtual Tutoring, Writing Contest, and Youth Buddy Program

Organizations (Serviced or Servicing)

Agape Assisted Living, Alliance Home Healthcare, American Legion Post 246, Boys and Girls Clubs of Contra Costa, Building Futures, Carlton Senior Living, City of Hayward, City of San Ramon, CityTeam Oakland, Contra Costa County District 2, Eden Housing, Free Masketeers, Immigration Institute of the Bay Area, Oakland At Risk, One For The World, Sunrise Senior Living, Visiting Angels Senior Care, and West Oakland Health Council

Team Members

Ada Zhong (Northwestern ‘24), Aditi Raju (Dougherty Valley ‘21), Albert Sun (Duke ‘23), Alvin Zhang (UChicago ‘23), Anish Bathwal (UPenn ‘23), Arshia Mehta (Barnard ‘24), Daniel Zhang (UMichigan ‘24), Danielle Lee (Cal High ‘21), David Jung (Columbia ‘23), David Zhi Luo Zhang (Dougherty Valley ‘21), Elaine Yang (Johns Hopkins ‘24), Eshal Sandhu (Dougherty Valley ‘22), Evan Siu (UWashington ‘23), Jade Wang (Dougherty Valley ‘22), Jasmine Aggarwal (Dougherty Valley ‘21), Junwoo Kang (Duke ‘24), Kavin Kumaravel (UC Berkeley ‘24), Keshav Raghu (UChicago ‘22), Matt Oflas (USC ‘23), Megha Bhargava (UC Irvine ‘23), Meghna Sudhakar (Dougherty Valley ‘21), Mishka Narasimhan (WashU ‘24), Ruchir Baronia (UC Berkeley ‘24), Saad Jamal (UC Berkeley ‘23), Samik Gupta (Dougherty Valley ‘21), Sanjana Ranganathan (Dougherty Valley ‘21), Sarah Yao (Dougherty Valley ‘21), Sean Lee (Northwestern ‘23), Shaheer Sandhu (UC Berkeley ‘23), Shobha Joneja (Santa Clara U ‘24), Shruti Adusumilli (UC Davis ‘23), Shrutik Kulkarni (Dougherty Valley ‘21), Stephanie Yu (UChicago ‘23), Tanaya Bhakat (UChicago ‘23), Tristan Shaughnessy (DVC ‘23), Vikram Balasubramanian (UPenn ‘23), Vineela Gogineni (UC Berkeley ‘24), Vishruti Ganesh (MIT ‘23), Vivian Kuang (UC Berkeley ‘24), Won Bin Lee (UPenn ‘23)

Edu Atlas

Paul Zhang Vivian Amber

Paul Zhang (left), a rising senior attending Dougherty Valley High School, is a co-founder and the Chief Technology Officer of Edu Atlas — an easy-to-navigate website with fun and educational activities for children. Edu Atlas is a collection of high-quality, categorized activities for children to browse through and select on their own.

Edu Atlas was originally envisioned by Paul’s San Diego friend Vivian (center), who’s the Executive Director. Amber (right), also from San Diego, is a co-founder in addition to directing the #CardsforCaregivers initiative, which gives children the opportunity to create appreciation cards for medical personnel battling the COVID-19 crisis. Both Vivian and Amber are rising seniors at Canyon Crest Academy. Thank you for reading, and please check out Edu Atlas!

Paul Zhang is also the founder and director of Give Local— a website with local charitable organizations you can donate to, listed by county. These include community response funds, hospitals requesting PPE, and food banks in need of donations. Through Give Local, Paul hopes to save donors valuable time that would’ve been spent on researching local organizations to donate to and help concentrate support in local organizations already dedicated to public service. Thank you for reading, and please consider donating to organizations listed by Give Local!

Genuine Global

At Genuine Global Foundation, we have one mission. Providing aid to people who need it the most. Our purpose is to help people in any way we can during these tough times, as well as providing opportunities for volunteers to support their community along with us. We use various platforms to do this, such as LinkedIn and our own app (coming soon). Our team is distributing LinkedIn Premium subscriptions (received from LinkedIn directors and also funded through donations) to individuals who are in desperate need of a job. People have given over $1.4k in donations so far! We have found success in our most recent campaign, our LinkedIn project, and we hope to continue it to help as many people we can.

Learn more: projectgenuine.com

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Genuine Global

Row 1 (L-R): Zane Salah, Co Founder/Website Manager at John’s Creek High School; Aditya Chudasama, Co Founder/Content Creator at Amador Valley High School; Abhyudaya Srivastava, Co Founder/Content Creator at California High School; Raghav Misra, Co Founder/Technology at Amador Valley High School. Row 2 (L-R): Yash Kaushik, Head Founder at Foothill High School; Lehuy Hoang, Co Founder/Technology at Foothill High School; Aaryan Munshi, Co Founder at Cupertino High School; Chris Kavin, Co Founder at Foothill High School.

Give Local

Paul Zhang  

Paul Zhang, a rising senior attending Dougherty Valley High School, is the founder and director of Give Local— a website with local charitable organizations you can donate to, listed by county. These include community response funds, hospitals requesting PPE, and food banks in need of donations. Through Give Local, Paul hopes to save donors valuable time that would’ve been spent on researching local organizations to donate to and help concentrate support in local organizations already dedicated to public service. Thank you for reading, and please consider donating to organizations listed by Give Local!

Hansamo

Michelle Kim, Hansamo

Hi! I’m Michelle Kim and I’m an incoming senior at Dougherty Valley High School. I have an interest in computer engineering and playing sports, such as badminton and tennis. I’m also passionate about understanding Korean culture and spreading them to new people which is one of the main reasons why I joined Hansamo. Having first joined Hansamo in 6th grade, I now proudly stand as the student body president.

Hansamo is a non-profit organization in Contra Costa County established in 2011, composed of local Korean-American students and parents that have the passion to promote and recognize the beauty of Korean language and culture. Our primary aim is to assemble strong leaders who can further incorporate Korean culture into our society through various volunteering services and activities in support of diversity.

Our organization consists of Korean classes, a performance and dance team, newsletter team, web team, and PR team. Before the pandemic, we had been practicing Korean traditional instruments together and actively engaging in various events to help promote Korean culture to more people. Due to the pandemic, many events and performances were cancelled along with our weekly classes and activities. We have been holding online classes so we can continue our practice for the performance and dance team.

Recently, we have also taken the initiative to support our local hospitals in their endeavor to fight against the Coronavirus by presenting gift baskets, video messages, and thank you cards.

Thank You to Our Medical Heroes & COVID19 Project Participants during the Pandemic: 

Samulnori Dance
 Nanta Communication
Michelle Kim Sophia Bek Alexis Kwon Kate Suah Lim
Junyoung Jeong Jennifer Son Alexander Choi Hannah Kimyung Kang
Minho Jeong Alexis Kwon Alexander Pak Junyoung Jeong
Woohyuk Choi Erica Kim Alyssa Kwon Rhea Jeongeun Park
Eumin Lee   Brian Choi Brian Yoo
Rachel Pak   Katelyn Pak Iris Park
Chayeon Son   Kyle Chun  
Jennifer Choi      
Kenny Han      
Daniel Jung      

Video for the thank you messages to local hospitals:

For more information about Hansamo, visit hansamo.org

Imaginative Hearts

Hello everyone, my name is Hasita Manda. I am an incoming junior at Quarry Lane School. My sister, Bhavya Manda, is an incoming 7th grader at Diablo Vista Middle School. We both founded Imaginative Hearts, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to serving its community and helping the environment.

Imaginative Hearts is comprised of dedicated members who are determined to take part in community service, not letting the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions restrict them from bettering the community and protecting the environment. Imaginative Hearts is a non-profit which is 100% comprised of members with utmost dedication, passion, and creativity. This is why we refer to ourselves as a community instead of an organization.

Imaginative Hearts has multiple projects that touch upon multiple real-world issues, raises awareness about them and find solutions. Our first project is the #NoPlastic Initiative. This initiative was started in response to the vast amounts of plastics that are thrown into the ocean. After researching further into this, we found that over 8 million tons of plastic are thrown into the oceans every year. This is impacting our environment very negatively, hurting our oceans and marine life. After more thorough research, we found that recycling plastic is not enough.

Therefore, the #NoPlastic Initiative encourages others to reuse plastics instead of recycling them or throwing them away. There are various projects under this initiative, such as making plastic water bottle bird feeders, plastic yogurt tub plant pots, and plastic room decor. This initiative is for kids and adults of all ages. We encourage others to use creativity and imagination to come up with more ways of reusing plastics and making projects. This is one of many ways to have fun while protecting our environment. We were inspired to help our community through our first of many projects, by reusing and upcycling plastics to make creative projects to help our environment, rather than recycling them or throwing them away.

The #NoPlastic Initiative was also inspired by the efforts done by Dr. Jane Goodall's “Roots and Shoots”. There is a Roots and Shoots club at our school, which inspired us to start this organization and this project. It has been our long-term dream to start an organization that makes a positive impact in our environment. Our goal for Imaginative Hearts and the #NoPlastic Initiative is that they become global. We believe that the world can work together, as a team, and solve the issue of plastic pollution. TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More). In this case, if we all work together, we can all achieve our goal: to reduce the amounts of plastics that end up in our environment and our oceans.

The most important aspect of Imaginative Hearts, however, is its CORE Team and members. Our seven dedicated, passionate officers have taken the initiative to lead the organization to success at achieving its goals, and work together with the members to make our projects successful. Here is our CORE team:

Hasita and Bhavya Manda, Imaginative Hearts

Co-founder/Executive Director: Hasita Manda, an incoming junior at the Quarry Lane School

Co-founder/Executive Director: Bhavya Manda, an incoming 7th grader at Diablo Vista Middle School

Tejasvi Hariharan, Imaginative Hearts Varsha Kuchibotla, Imaginative Hearts

Vice Presidents of Public Relations: Tejasvi Hariharan, an incoming junior at the Quarry Lane School, and Varsha Kuchibotla, an incoming sophomore at California High School

Aheli Banerjee, Imaginative Hearts

Vice President of Projects: Aheli Banerjee, an incoming junior at Monte Vista High School

Srusti Acharya, Imaginative Hearts

Vice President of Membership: Srusti Acharya, an incoming junior at the Quarry Lane School

Nithya Kuchibotla, Imaginative Hearts

Youth Secretary: Nithya Kuchibotla, an incoming 5th grader at Twin Creeks Elementary School

Youth Secretary: Alekhya Khandrika, an incoming 6th grader at Peterson Middle School

We have a website where we post all the information about our organization and our #NoPlastic Initiative. We also have an Instagram page (@imaginativehearts) where we will post updates, progress, achievements, and pictures of our projects. We are looking for more people to participate in this initiative and help us achieve our goal and protect the environment.

Our vision statement for Imaginative Hearts: An imaginative community, gleaming with passion and determination, inspired to help develop a better society.

Imaginative Hearts strongly advocates for protecting the environment and this is one way we contributed to a better society and community, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jasmine Foundation

Mira Prabhakar, Jasmine Foundation Tarini Raj, Jasmine Foundation Shreya Korlipara, Jasmine Foundation Aavani Raj, Jasmine Foundation Divyabharathi Senthilarumugam, Jasmine Foundation

Hello! Our names are Divya, Aavani, Mira, Tarini, and Shreya, and we are a small group of teenagers from San Ramon who started an organization known as the Jasmine Foundation which focuses on teenage mental health. Teenage mental health is currently a prevalent issue because many teenagers don’t always feel comfortable or safe talking about their well-being with their parents, school counselors, or friends. Our goal was to create an anonymized, free, and accessible service that allows teens to have access to mental-health resources.

Here are some cool features on our website:

  • Peer Support Groups: where teenagers may chat with other teenagers that have the same interest/hobby as them, and can start their own group with people of their choice for mental health support
  • A 30-second survey teens can take to be matched up with a counselor that suits their specific needs, and direct peer support, which is an alternative to those who feel uncomfortable with professional counseling, where teenagers may receive direct support from an experienced peer in order to help them manage their mental health issues
  • Specialized mental health resources for men, those who identify as LGBTQIA+ and minorities
  • A place where teens can submit mental health/psychology-related content that they created to get a chance to be featured on our Blog page, and where they can read the stories of other teens as well!

Visit our website here

The Jasmine Foundation also plans to hold seminars related to mental health for teens in the coming future, so stay tuned for more information!

Follow our social media where we spread awareness about current issues/mental health:

Instagram: @thejasmineefoundation
Tiktok: @jasminefoundation
Email: jasmineefoundation@gmail.com

Who we are

Technology Team:

Mira Prabhakar, Jasmine Foundation

Mira Prabhakar, Chief Operating Officer
Hey, I’m Mira Prabhakar! I’m an incoming sophomore at California High School. My interests are art, writing and science! I also love to cook and read and bother my friends whenever I can. I spend most of my free time drawing or trying to do something creative.

Tarini Raj, Jasmine Foundation

Tarini Raj, Chief Marketing Officer
Hey! I’m Tarini Raj and I’m an incoming sophomore at California High School. My interests are playing soccer, listening to music, and watching TV and I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.

Shreya Korlipara, Jasmine Foundation

Shreya Korlipara, Chief Financial Officer
Hey! I’m Shreya. I’m an incoming sophomore at Dougherty Valley High School who has a passion for all the sciences. I love studying and doing complex research in topics related to the biology, chemistry, psychology, and medical field, and want to pursue a science-related major in my future. In my free time, I love dancing, spending time with my friends and family, watching TV, and listening to K-Pop.

Management Team:

Aavani Raj, Jasmine Foundation

Aavani Raj, Chief Executive Officer
Hi, I’m Aavani, and I’m an incoming Senior at California High School. I have a passion for science, especially Biology, and I volunteer my time at science museums to spread my love of science to kids. I love watching movies, baking, writing, and spending time with my dog!
 

Divyabharathi Senthilarumugam, Jasmine Foundation

Divyabharathi Senthilarumugam, Chief Legal Officer 
Hi, my name is Divya and I’m an incoming senior at California High School. I love to spend time listening to music, jamming to BTS with friends, making DIYs, and just being around others.

KidtoKid Greeting

Ellie Yan, KidtoKid Greeting Joy Ying, KidtoKid Greeting Rahul-Konchada, KidtoKid Greeting Sumukh Cadpakar, KidtoKid Greeting William Zeng, KidtoKid Greeting

KidtoKid Greeting connects art to people through our selection of hand-designed greeting cards. Our mission is to create brighter futures for the patients at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Since 2017, KidtoKid has donated 100% of proceeds and more than $9,500 to the LPCH’s Children’s Fund at local farmer markets and sales of greeting cards. As an established club at Dougherty Valley High School, KidtoKid promotes artistic creativity and provides marketing, business, and PR training for student volunteers. Club members from grades 9-12 are offered opportunities to showcase their artistic abilities in monthly design submissions and cultivate their leadership skills at weekly farmer markets. We strive to inspire the future generations of artists and leaders to surpass their limitations.

To learn more, visit http://www.kidtokidgreeting.com and https://www.stanfordchildrens.org

Meaningful Teens

Meaningful Teens is designed to connect youth with organizations that can benefit from volunteer support. Through the use of online technology, our motivated volunteer tutors emerging bilinguals individuals directly from all across the country and beyond. This work will not only help educate learners from nonprofit partners, but it will also enable our high school tutors to expand their view of the world. Meaningful Teens currently has more than 200 volunteers and helping more than 150 students.

Sign up to volunteer at www.meaningfulteens.org.

Instagram: @meaningful_teens

Founding Students:

Isabella Capelli, Meaningful Teens  

Isabella Capelli (rising 11th grader at San Ramon Valley High School) - Growing up in a multilingual family has fostered in me a love of different languages and cultures. I learned to translate for my grandparents at an early age and have developed a great appreciation for the power of communication. Without communication, we can never understand the background and culture of others. I want to give others this same opportunity.

 Carolyn Considine, Meaningful Teens 

Carolyn Considine (rising 10th grader at Campolindo High School) - I am currently a 10th-grade high school student who believes the world is truly a better, stronger place when people come together in unity. Art and design are an integral part of my family's passion and culture, and hence, I have integrated visually stimulating and culturally significant art as teaching tools for emerging bilingual learners. I want to provide volunteer opportunities to all my peers who share the same goal of enriching the lives of others.

  Aria Capelli, Meaningful Teens

Aria Capelli (rising 9th grader at The Athenian School) - I became a volunteer because I know the difficulty of being a student whose first language is not English. Growing up in a bilingual home, I’ve always listened to my mom’s childhood stories about struggling to learn English at a young age. Through Meaningful Teens, I am working to provide young students with the same opportunities in education that my mother and I were fortunate enough to have, so they can better realize their full potential.

One Step at a Time

Divyanshi Singh, One Day at a Time Heidi Tam, One Day at a Time Vikram Karmarkar, One Day at a Time Alex Hu, One Day at a Time Aadity Sharma, One Day at a Time

We are One Step at a Time, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping elementary and middle school students cope during this time of school closures. By providing them with the assistance they need right now, we ensure that they can be prepared in the fall. With over 50 tutors mentoring students in various subjects from all across the Bay Area, we help our students rise above this pandemic and further their education and enrichment.

One Step at a Time website 
Instagram: @osatforstudents

Team Members:

(L-R) Divyanshi Singh (Dougherty Valley ‘22), Heidi Tam (Dougherty Valley ‘22), Vikram Karmarkar (Dougherty Valley ‘21), Alex Hu (Dougherty Valley ‘22), Aadity Sharma (Dougherty Valley ‘22)

Project Community Against COVID

Project Community Against COVID Proejct Community Against COVID

Project Community Against COVID is an initiative providing assistance to local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic and educating individuals about the pandemic. The initiative was started by Aditya Jain and Prayrak Bajaj, who are both rising sophomores at Dougherty Valley High School.

Our mission is to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases and reduce the transmission rates of the coronavirus. We recognized that local businesses can be a point of transmission of the virus, and many businesses are ill-equipped to fight the pandemic. In response to this issue, we donated 250 care packages consisting of reusable masks and gloves to local businesses in an effort to lower the transmission rates at these locations. Here is the link to the GoFundMe page that helped us bear the cost of these care packages.

San Ramon Valley Community Interact Club

San Ramon Valley Community Interact Club

The San Ramon Valley Community Interact Club is a group of kids ages 12-18 who organize service projects internationally and locally.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the club has sewn and donated more than 400 masks and 300 homemade face shields to the San Mateo Medical Center and Sunol Memory Clinic and fundraised for medical centers. The club also donated bulk amounts of coloring books, crayons, and hand sanitizers to help with patient care and disease prevention.

Past projects:

  • Donating over $1,000 and 2,000 supplies through MedShare
  • Winter toy drive for the Lucille Packards Children's Hospital culminating in a 400+ toy donation
  • Crayon Initiative which donated crayon packages to children's hospitals
  • Donation fundraiser to support human rights issues in Venezuela
  • Fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten-Mid Isle to help support a shelter for women and children who have experienced domestic violence

For more information, visit https://www.srvcinteract.org/

Members:

Joanna Ho (California High School Grade 11), Samhita Nagubandi (Monte Vista High School Grade 12), Aahan Patel (Dougherty Valley High School Grade 9), Abhipri Chowdhury (Dougherty Valley High School Grade 12), Akash Ponna (Dougherty Valley High School Grade 12), Akilesh Kale (Dougherty Valley High School Grade 10), Anika Kumar (Dougherty Valley High School Grade 12), Anika Sharma (Dougherty Valley High School Grade 12), Anu Tirumala (Dougherty Valley High School Grade 10), Anushree Banerjee (Dougherty Valley High School Grade 12), Anvi Padakanti (Windermere Ranch Middle School Grade 7), Aryan Patel (Dougherty Valley High School Grade 12), Avani Gireesha (Venture High Grade 11), Devery Parkins (Dougherty Valley High School Grade 9), Dipika Chopra (Dougherty Valley High School Grade 12), Esther Wang (Dougherty Valley High School Grade 12), Esha Chakraborty (Dougherty Valley High School Grade 12), Gabriela Felix Domeni De Goes (Dougherty Valley High School Grade 12), Shiva Katragadda (Dougherty Valley High School Grade 10), Julianna Ho (California High School Grade 11), Juhi Sehgal (Dougherty Valley High School Grade 10), Kushal Tirupathi (Dougherty Valley High School Grade 12), Manas Tummala (Monte Vista High School), Meha Banga (California High School Grade 9), Minahil Afzal (California High School Grade 9), Pragnya Kunamneni (Dougherty Valley High School Grade 11), Rajarshi Tummala ( Monte Vista High School Grade 11), Rheeya Chakraborty (Dougherty Valley High School Grade 10), Sachi Patel (Dougherty Valley High School Grade 10), Sanya Mittal (Dougherty Valley High School Grade 10), Rithika Chalamcharla (Winderemere Middle School Grade 7), Shardul Dhongade (Dougherty Valley High School Grade 12), Shikha Pogalur (Dougherty Valley High School Grade 9), Sohan Emani (Winderemere Middle School Grade 7), Sophie Luu (Dougherty Valley High School Grade 11), Sreshta Talluri (Dougherty Valley High School Grade 12), Viraj Shivadevuni ( Dougherty Valley High School Grade 10).

San Ramon Virtual Tutors

The new coronavirus has forced schools around the world to close their doors, and many young, aspiring students have had their education halted as a result. San Ramon Virtual Tutors is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization run by a team of high achieving DVHS students who want to help other students achieve their academic dreams.

The organization aims to aid the San Ramon community during this time by providing free, high-quality, and personalized tutoring via virtual means (google meet or zoom.us) to young students entering high school or currently in middle/elementary school in a variety of subjects including Math, Science, AP/Reg. Biology, Honors/Reg. Chemistry, English, History, and Coding (Python).

Furthermore, this organization has partnered with ezedutunity.com, a company that connects opportunity providers (OP's) with high school students looking for volunteering opportunities in order to provide a means for other high-achieving high school students to give back to their community. From this, we have gathered a variety of students willing to tutor from across the Bay Area.

San Ramon Virtual Tutor’s website can be accessed here.

SRVT Team

Viraj Verma, San Ramon Valley Tutors

Viraj Verma is an incoming junior at DVHS who has just taken AP Biology and AP World History, achieving a 5 on both AP Exams. He is a Co-founder, President, and Head of Public Outreach at San Ramon Virtual Tutors. He has been tutoring/volunteering consistently in different organizations and clubs since freshman year, including San Ramon Science Alliance, DVHS Connect Ed, CSF, and has volunteered at Senior Homes where he participated in educating seniors on how to use their electronic devices. In regards to tutoring, Viraj primarily focuses on Science-based subjects, including Chemistry and Biology and hopes to continue tutoring in these subjects and one day pursue a career in Molecular Biology.

Richard James, San Ramon Valley Tutors

Richard James is an incoming junior at DVHS. He is a Co-founder and the Vice President of San Ramon Virtual Tutors. He excels at standardized testing and has experience grading for an international tutoring organization, but prefers teaching over grading. He hopes to do cutting-edge work in genetic engineering or AI, and has a passion for science.

Harsh Dadhich, San Ramon Valley Tutors

Harsh Dadhich is an incoming junior and a developer experimenting with Python modules, Rust, and back-end web design. He wishes to go into CS and artificial intelligence development. He is enrolled in multiple Advanced Placement classes. He has also tutored at OSAT and lead marketing/logistics in ACEVL.

Vrushank Prakash, San Ramon Valley Tutors

Vrushank Prakash is an incoming junior at DVHS. He is also a Co-founder and Head of Marketing at San Ramon Virtual Tutors. He is focused on problem-solving in math and technology, having developed a Discord bot for the popular game Valorant called Veloxis. He has also received straight A's in every math class he has taken through AP Calculus AB. He has also participated in math competitions, such as Mathcounts and AMC, since 7th grade. He hopes to share his knowledge through tutoring others in a wide multitude of subjects.

Manikandan Ravi, San Ramon Valley Tutors

Manikandan Ravi is an incoming junior at DVHS. He is also a Co-founder and Co-Head of Communications at San Ramon Virtual Tutors. He is a bright student who was accepted in a dual-enrollment program called College Connect that allows him to take classes at DVC alongside the high school curriculum. He has been participated and volunteered consistently since Freshman year, at places like the Lawrence Hall of Science, CSF, and was a part of DECA.

Dhruv Suresh, San Ramon Valley Tutors

Dhruv Suresh is an incoming sophomore at DVHS. He is also a Co-founder and Co-Head of Communication at San Ramon Virtual Tutors. Dhruv is a student who has a strong motivation to do well in academics, and desires to share his knowledge with others through classes and tutoring. He has tutored math to students before at various other organizations prior to this.

Deepak Ananthkrishnan, San Ramon Valley Tutors

Deepak Ananthkrishnan is a rising junior who just finished taking Honors Physics, Honors Precalculus, AP European History, and has previously taken Honors Chemistry at DVHS. He is someone who has previous experience teaching Tae Kwon Do classes for over 100 combined hours and volunteering with organizations such as CSF and Red Cross. He aspires to acquire a job in the computer science field and loves messing around with technology as a hobby.

SHE

Hello! We five are a group of rising juniors from The Quarry Lane School who have started a youth-led nonprofit called SHE: Sustainable, Heard, Empowered. We strive to empower women in rural areas by providing them with hygienic, sanitary products.

Disposable pads contain dioxins which are formed in the process of bleaching used pads. As a result, these dioxins end up in the bloodstream of a woman. Also, disposable pads are harmful to the environment. Billions of trees are cut down yearly to manufacture them. A single disposable pad has the equivalent of four plastic bags, which means an equivalent minimum of 40,000-60,000 plastic bags are discarded per woman throughout her entire menstrual cycle.

That is why we at SHE started promoting reusable pads. During these unprecedented times, we are doing the best we can to help those who are not as privileged as us. Currently, we are packing sanitary packages for homeless women which consist of 1-2 reusable pads, hand sanitizers, handmade masks and dental care kits. These will be delivered monthly.

Along with this, we are selling hand sanitizers to the general public. The funds we get will go towards sanitary products for homeless women, and other initiatives taken under our cause. If you would like to order hand sanitizers, please use the link attached below.

We are also open to new youth ambassadors! Click here to apply 

Much love, 
Team SHE

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heard.empowered/ 
Website: https://heardempowered.wixsite.com/she-ngo (recommended to view on desktop)

Tejasvi Hariharan: Founder/Executive Director
Tejasvi Hariharan, SHE

Amandeep Kaur Dhaliwal: Project Director
Amandeep Kaur Dhaliwal, SHE

Anjali Kalidindi: Marketing/Sales Director
Anjali Kalidindi, SHE

Srusti Acharya: Co-Finance/Sales Director
Srusti Acharya, SHE

Insha Kurji: Co-Finance/Sales Director
Insha Kurji, SHE

Anwita Chaudhry

Anwita Chaudhry

My name is Anwita Chaudhry, I am an incoming freshman at Dougherty Valley High School. My hobbies include writing, choreographing, and acting.

The current pandemic has caused many issues for various groups of people, one of these groups being teenagers as we feel cut off from our friends. We also face big let downs as graduations, field trips, sports seasons, college visits and other long-planned events are cancelled or postponed. This is why I created DesiHeart. With the mission to provide a safe, healthy, productive, and engaging place for students to interact with each other in an attempt to create a new normal in these difficult times amidst the Coronavirus.

We do this by engaging in a common goal, to spread love and appreciation for Indian culture throughout the community through various art forms including dance, theater, cooking, crafting, singing, writing, story-telling, and much more while having fun and making good memories. We welcome all level performers and artists from all ethnicities to display and develop their talents. Students will get a chance to learn from each other. We meet virtually throughout the school year and summer for events, parties, workshops, and meetings.

For more information on this initiative visit DesiHeart.org

Alexander Chen

Alexander Chen

My name is Alexander Chen, and I am a recent graduate of Foothill High School in Pleasanton and a rising freshman at Harvard University. Having always been interested in exploring the intersection between public policy and healthcare and recognizing how the COVID-19 pandemic has only made navigating the healthcare system even more confusing than it already is, I've launched a student-run initiative called Bills Made Clear to help regular citizens decipher their medical bills in this unprecedented time.

An online informational webinar is planned for August 8 from 2-4 p.m. PST and will feature a panel of experts in the field of patient advocacy. I am also developing a comprehensive guide to understanding medical billing during COVID-19 as part of my project and hope to make it accessible in multiple languages and throughout the state.

For more information about Bills Made Clear and to RSVP for the webinar, visit billsmadeclear.org.

Esha and Arya Cyril

Arya and Esha Cyril

Esha and Arya Cyril are twin siblings in their junior year attending The Quarry Lane School in Dublin. Amidst these difficult times with COVID-19, they wanted to help the community through meaningful initiatives.

Esha and Arya have consulted with health professionals that are experts in Western and Ayurveda medicine to develop wellness tips to stay healthy. They have sent information to the City and Government Offices for Public Health. They are active youth advocates for the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University, a nonprofit organization that works to advocate health policies and raise awareness towards Liver related diseases. They have designed a Jade color face mask to help support the cause. Esha and Arya are virtually involved with Rare Diseases Legislative Advocates (RDLA) which makes an impact on federal policy changes towards rare diseases.

Both Esha and Arya have decided to launch their long-time passion of starting a nonprofit organization that aims to remove education barriers in underprivileged communities across the world by connecting students through language, experience involving guest speakers speaking on current topics. “Although these times are full of uncertainty, we strive to make a positive change in any way we can. We also encourage our peers to take part in any action as every little thing counts.”

Tony He

Tony He

My name is Tony He, I am an incoming junior at California High School and I love making positive impacts on my community.

During the pandemic, I noticed that many people have lost their jobs. Since they lost their jobs, their money is probably very tight and knowing how to effectively manage their money can be very crucial. This is why my friends and I founded a financial literacy club. Our club’s purpose is to teach low income students to make wise financial decisions since educating teens early about financial literacy can help them accomplish more goals and live more comfortably. Currently, our club has 10 members planning and teaching lessons for low income students.

Other than making a financial literacy club, I tutored many new immigrant kids on their math, reading and speech for free. I also taught many kids to play Rubik’s cube and spent all the class fees ($240) buying PPE to donate to Kaiser and St. Anthony’s church. Furthermore, I made thank you cards, face shields for health care workers and recorded positive messages for sick COVID patients to fight the pandemic.

I believe that spreading positivity and doing good things to my community is very important since during this unexpected time, it is very easy for us to feel upset and negative. If we work together and spread positivity everywhere we go, we will conquer any obstacle that’s in our way.

Amelia John

Amelia John

Amelia John, incoming senior at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, CA.

“As we shelter-in-place in our homes, I have been thinking about kids who have been removed from their home, due to family violence or trauma. Youth Homes is a group home close to where I live. I wanted to find a way to reach out and support them during this difficult and unsettling time. I bring my love of art and creativity to 16 foster kids each week. I hope to help them feel supported, inspired and cared for. Kindness is a gift that anyone can give. I have been creating and packaging art projects for kids in foster care; I also host instructional Zoom meetings each Wednesday. Check out my blog to see our weekly projects!

“I am so beyond grateful to have been featured on the Youth Homes Blog! Click here to read our story."

Natasha Koneru

Natasha Koneru, Talks for Teens

My name is Natasha Koneru, and I am a rising senior at Dougherty Valley High School. I founded Talks for Teens, an initiative designed to allow youths to gain valuable information about diverse topics including college admissions and mental health, as they relate to COVID-19. The objective of Talks for Teens to disseminate relevant information while ensuring teenagers feel supported during the pandemic. 

Talks for Teens has hosted a talk with a college counselor, allowing teenagers access to information about how changing admission requirements due to COVID-19 will affect them and providing a place for them to seek answers to relevant questions. I wanted to support other groups who are struggling as a result of COVID-19, so my first talk doubled as a fundraiser for domestic violence shelters in the Bay Area. Thanks to everyone who donated, we raised over $500 for SAVE and Narika, two local domestic violence shelters.

In the future, I plan on hosting talks about careers in STEM, personal finance, and teen activism, and other topics.

If you would like more information about Talks for Teens, follow @talks4teens on Instagram.

Suraj and Anjani Pangal

Suraj and Anjani Pangal

Hello, my name is Suraj Pangal and I am a rising sophomore at Monte Vista High School.In light of the recent COVID19 pandemic, my sister, Anjani Pangal, and I started a self-isolation pledge signature campaign dedicated to preventing the spread of the virus and flattening the curve.

Our main objective is to create a ripple effect, where people not only pledge to stay inside their homes and limit their contact with others, but also encourage their friends to do so as well. This way, we can come together to create a larger impact and flatten the curve, reducing our burden on the healthcare system and workers that are putting everything on the line to protect our community.

Through this initiative, we have reached hundreds of people and even gained the support of San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ronald Blair. We hope to reach many more to effectively combat the virus until the threat to public health is completely eliminated.

Self Isolation Pledge Website

Watch the video of support from Ronald Blair below, or click here to view on YouTube.

Naina Sabbineni

Naina Sabbineni

My name is Naina Sabbineni. I am a rising junior at Dougherty Valley High School and am the President of the California chapter of the Miracle for Youth organization, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in March 2020 that is dedicated to filling the gaps of education by providing free online tutoring and educational help.

Early in this unprecedented public health crisis the shortage of protective gear for healthcare workers concerned me. I was able to reach out to many local construction and woodworking companies for donations of N95 masks which I was then able to provide to the hospital and nursing homes in the area.

As COVID-19 required schools to shift to online learning, we realized that students are not getting the necessary learning experience at home, and we wished to supplement that by offering a free tutoring service. The goal of Miracle for Youth is to help support under-funded elementary school students by having our volunteers offer free tutoring services through an online video conferencing platform. Our service also includes free mini-lectures and curriculum courses for elementary students that are carefully drafted based on school curriculums in collaboration with local teachers and private academies.

I am grateful to my team including Charlotte Zhang (Westridge ’22), Aditii Srinivasan (Dougherty Valley ’22), Evalyn Wong (Dougherty Valley ’22), and Emily Wong (Dougherty Valley ’24).

For more information about Miracle for Youth, please see www.miracleyouth.org.

Apara Sai Jella

Apara Sai Jella, Smilecard

Apara Sai Jella is a rising Junior at California High School, San Ramon. She has founded Smilecard.org along with her sister Ghrini Sai Jella, a rising 5th grader at Hidden Hills Elementary School, San Ramon.

Over the last several years, Apara Sai has being volunteering and interacting with the seniors at the shelters. She had also shadowed doctors and interacted with the seniors at the hospitals during her recent winter break. She got connected to the joy of the seniors when she and others visited them. The simple act of spending a little bit of time talking and laughing made their day more enjoyable.

Apara Sai with her sisters Ghrini Sai and Tulaja Sai made more than 250 cards and canvas paintings to bring smiles to seniors at Brookdale Senior Living. They also sent the digital version of cards to several senior communities throughout the country, who were very excited to receive them.

Seeing the need for digital cards, Smilecard.org was visualized in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020. With the stay at home, and shelter in place orders all over the nation, the visitors to the senior centers and hospitals have been limited causing loneliness and isolation of seniors.

To help ease the situation and cheer up the lonely, Smilecard.org came alive with the mission to bring a smile to everyone through the power of expression in the form of cards, letters, poems, and any other form of art. As of now over 150 senior communities have benefited from these cards. These communities will be sharing the cards on a regular basis to give them to the seniors in order to bring a smile on their faces.

Thanks to several individuals, who have already contributed to Smilecard, the gallery is growing.

Together, let us bring smile, one card at a time! The digital artwork sent to Smilecard will be added to the gallery on the website, which can then be downloaded and shared by the senior shelters and hospitals directly and handed over to the residents and/or patients.

Learn more and join Smilecard here

Gatik Trivedi

Gatik Trivedi

My name is Gatik Trivedi and I’m an incoming 9th grader at Dougherty Valley High School. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading about biological innovations, playing basketball, and of course lots of video games. I represented my middle school as an ambassador in San Ramon’s Teen council. I worked with SRVUSD and San Ramon Council members to set up city-wide initiatives to help address mental health issues and special needs programs.

I recently won the first prize in Contra Costa Science Fair and also awarded “The Lemelson Early Inventor Prize”. I created a low-cost non-invasive glucose meter because currently, there is no cost-effective and non-invasive way to measure glucose levels at home. My goal is to make this affordable product widely accessible to all communities.

During this pandemic, I am doing my part by steering my research in the biotechnology area and finding new ways to develop cost-effective solutions to help our community.

I believe in 3 things which are: be kind, be respectful not only to others but to yourself, and give your best in anything you do. I look forward to serving our community with the best of my ability and making our community more resilient as we work together to life as our new normal.

Anvi Vasa

Anvi Vasa

Anvi Vasa is an incoming sophomore who is passionate about helping her community during the global pandemic. She used her creativity and crafting skills to give back to her community throughout these difficult times.

Anvi was inspired to donate masks to her community members when she saw her neighbors walking around her community without a mask. Some took to the extreme of covering their mouth with a napkin or the back of their hand because they simply did not know where to find affordable and readily available masks. She realized that it may be hard for seniors as well as low income families to find masks for their entire families in the panic buying environment throughout stores today. After diligently trying many different face mask patterns, she decided to develop a mask design of her own that is both effective and up to the CDC standard. She made four different designs that fit the needs of men, women, teens and young kids.

Throughout the spring and summer months, Anvi has made and donated almost 30 masks to her neighbors in the tri-valley area for free. Each mask is colorful and handmade, in hopes that she could help flatten the COVID-19 curve one mask at a time.

For more information and to order a mask, you can visit www.freemasks.weebly.com.