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Our Bloggers

Aanchel Shah

Aanchel Shah is a Pakistani American residing in Orlando, FL. She is in her senior year at Dr. Phillips High School while she simultaneously participates in a dual enrollment program (where high school students take classes at a local college). In her high school, she is very active and upholds the responsibility of an officer in various clubs and honor societies including the presidency of Interact Club and Rho Kappa Honor Society. Although Aanchel is unsure of her future plans, she knows dreams are only unrealistic if one thinks of them as it. Through her passion, she hopes to leave the world, especially the youth, with a heightened sense of confidence and a fiery intensity to achieve their goals, no matter how unbelievable they may seem at the time.

Akap Oben

Akap is a sophomore at Georgia Tech studying to become a Mechanical Engineer. He is passionate about travelling and hopes to explore the world to promote growth in various communities. As an active member of the Engineers Without Borders, he applies his know-how to create innovative solutions to real world challenges faced in both developed and developing countries. In his spare time, he can be found stringing rackets, and is a self-proclaimed tennis-playing prodigy. He believes firmly in giving back to the community, and hopes his writing can inspire youths to become more active members of their communities.

Alison Matusofsky

Alison is a sophomore at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA studying Psychology and Sociology. She is a member of Phi Mu Fraternity and enjoys participating in the sorority’s philanthropic efforts. Alison is a member of Tulane’s Honors Program and on the Dean’s List. Alison loves all of the community services opportunities New Orleans offers, especially Outreach Tulane where students travel to dozens of sites to volunteer. In the fall, Alison will be studying at the University of Granada, Spain on her semester abroad. She hopes to attend law school after graduation but until then, she cannot wait to write about all of the amazing volunteering opportunities with VolunTEEN.

Amani Johnson

Amani is a senior at Southfield Lathrup Senior High School in Lathrup Village, Michigan. He is currently the president of a community service club that he started at his school called The Helping Hand, treasurer of his school's Interact-Rotary Club, and founder of a youth focused non-profit organization. He volunteers with a variety of organizations, but especially enjoys tutoring inner city elementary school kids. He aspires to double major in Political Science and Business Administration in college, obtain a law degree, and someday pursue a career in politics as well as entrepreneurship. He is thrilled to begin collaborating with his peers in order to empower youth and make the world a better place.

Anita Rahmawati

Anita Rahmawati is a junior at SMA Negeri 1 Yogyakarta High School, in Indonesia. She is passionate about learning from people that inspired her and giving back those stories that she learned to inspire other people. One day, she wants to make a project to help children learn to read in Indonesia. Anita loves to accept all opportunities to help other people around the world. She thinks that all teens around the world love to help other people too, but it is just a matter of providing them with opportunities to serve.

Ashlee Latimer

Ashlee Latimer is a sophomore at Pellissippi State, studying theatre and business. She currently works as an instructor and director for the Knoxville Children’s Theatre, and is the director of the drama club outreach program at a local inner city elementary school. She is passionate about the blending of the creative arts, education, and social justice. Following her graduation, she plans to pursue career opportunities that give her the chance to work in the United States and around the world with underprivileged children. Ultimately, she plans to open and run a children’s theatre that will focus on increasing access to quality arts education for children in at-risk environments. She looks forward to channeling her passion into blogging for VolunTEEN Nation as a part of their efforts to empower young people. 

Breeyawna Edwards

Breeyawna is a senior at I C Norcom High School in Portsmouth Virginia. She is currently third in her class and is a cum lade honor student. Breeyawna is passionate about seeing that others are able to take full advantage out of their education, which is the primary reason that she volunteers to mentor/tutor her peers and those younger than her.  She hopes to one day have a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University. Breeyawna also wants to start a nonprofit organization to aid in the educational process for inner-city youth. She is thrilled to join the community of other VolunTEEN Nation Ambassadors so she can extend volunteer opportunities to as many of her peers as possible.