Mehar Gujral is a high school senior and youth activist from New Jersey. She is passionate about women’s rights, equal opportunity, and education reform on a local, national, and international scale. She currently serves as a national Teen Advisor for Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation that works to empower and educate girls in developing countries, and as an activist with the SPARK Movement, an organization that fights against the sexualization of women and girls in the media. Additionally, Mehar has founded a project to help underprivileged girls in rural India, lobbied her representatives on Capitol Hill, successfully co-petitioned Google to make their Google Doodles more diverse, and spoken at the United Nations on the International Day of the Girl. In the fall, she will attend McGill University, majoring in Economics and International Relations.
Miribel TranMiribel is a junior at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, California. She is the founder/president of her school’s first science organization called Science National Honor Society, the first SNHS branch in Orange County. In addition, Miribel is the youngest research intern at UCI Neuropsychiatric Center who is also sponsored by the Southern California Academy of Sciences to conduct her own research project on cognitive performance of schizophrenic and bipolar disorder patients. She is a contributor and high school ambassador for HerCampus.com, the Jet Division Projects Chair for Cal-Nev-Ha KIWIN’S, and part of Senator Lou Correa’s United States ’13-’14 Youth Senate Program. Each year, she mentors freshmen during the summer at her high school and aspires to raise money this year to travel to unprivileged countries such as Vietnam to provide healthcare not readily accessible or affordable as in other countries. She aspires to earn a Gold Congressional Award.
Morrisa MarshallMorrisa is a senior at Eastern Illinois University studying Public Relations and Health Communication. She has helped promote and organize service events with the organization Black Student Union. She has also teamed up with many community organizations to raise awareness about the needs of her school's community. She enjoys traveling, enjoying the outdoors, and aspires to increase awareness of early cancer screenings in the future. She enjoys volunteering and is looking forward to helping others find volunteering opportunities in their community.
Njeri JenkinsNjeri is going to be a sophomore at Steinert High School in Hamilton, NJ. She is currently involved with church events, concerts, Real Faith TV, working at carnivals and much more. She is also part of the National Society of High School Scholars, Who’s Who Registry of Academic Excellence and within the past year she has been a part of the drama club, choir, FBLA club, Black History Committee, JV girls Basketball, her favorite the track team, and part of a USATF AAU track & field team. She enjoys track and field, playing basketball, reading, volunteering, watching the news, and learning about the world around her. She aspires to attend a four year university majoring in political science and world history, later becoming a political analyst. For now she is sharing her views and looking to the future.
Rachael is a junior at Minnetonka High School and is an IB diploma candidate. Rachael is President and founder of the service club Teens Taking Action. The club focuses on counteracting poverty in the Twin Cities and has members ranging from freshmen to seniors. Recently the club received a grant from Katie’s Krops and is excited to start their vegetable garden in the spring. All the produce harvested from their vegetable garden will be donated to their local food shelf. Rachael is also secretary of the Hands On Youth Advisory Board, a group that promotes youth engagement with local nonprofits. She is also a leader for the program Backpack Tutoring, which is a program made up of 400 students who travel to an intercity middle school to tutor at risk students every week! Rachael has a passion for both service and sailing so she also mentors at a local non-profit sailing school in the summer! Rachael is excited to share her thoughts with you on empowering youth and spreading youth volunteerism!
Rachel is currently a sophomore at Stevens Point Area Senior High. She is the founder of Literacy for Little Ones, a program which donates book packages to 4 hospitals in North Central Wisconsin. She also serves on generationOn’s National Youth Advisory Council and DoSomething.org’s Youth Advisory Council. As an avid volunteer herself, she has a passion for engaging other youth in service. Rachel is excited to share her experiences and thoughts about service on Volunteen Nation!
Raquel Torres is a senior at Mountain View High School in Mesa, AZ. This fall, I will be volunteering at Future for Kids and the Child Crisis Center which help make personal connections with children lacking love and support from their families. My success in life is being able to impact at least one person for the better. In addition, I plan on going to college and majoring in astrophysics. I have always had an interest in mathematics and science, and I want to pursue this interest as a career.