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Simone Bernstein

Simone graduated in May 2014 from St. Bonaventure University and was a Fulbright Scholar. She is currently in medical school at George Washington University Medical School. At the age of 17, Simone founded the nonprofit organization St Louis As an active volunteer in the community since the age of 12, she was frustrated with the lack of information and resources available for area youth that wanted to volunteer in the community. Simone and her brother Jake expanded the local site and co-founded VolunTEEN Nation, a comprehensive national organization for youth and families to find volunteer opportunities. Simone Bernstein was given the Jaffe Award, named one of Traditional Home's Classic Women, one of the 2013 Glamour Top 10 College Women, 2010 L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth, January 2011 Huffington Post Person of the Day, and listed on the 2012 Forbes 30 under 30 list. Got questions for Simone? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Sharan Subramanian

Sharan Subramanian is a freshman at the University of Chicago studying Economics. He is the Founder and President of “Invest in Chess,” a chess advocacy initiative that is working not only to spread, teach, and promote chess, but also to raise awareness of its practical and educational benefits. At the University of Chicago, he is on the board of the Uncommon Fund (a philanthropic fund containing $85,000 to fund impactful projects), the advisory board of the Center for Leadership and Involvement, and is a member of the Student Leadership Institute, a selective leadership development program for students in the college. He is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others and believes deeply in the transformative power of chess. Sharan is a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award and was recently named to The Prospect’s “20 Under 20” list featuring 20 incredible teens changing the world.

Julia Schemmer

Julia Schemmer is a senior from sunny California, who participates in five AP classes, is co-captain of the Mock Trial team, and is the president of the Female Empowerment Club; all while maintaining a 4.1 GPA. In her spare time, she's the CEO of She Speaks Media and The Face of Cancer, an author, a public speaker, an executive for Her Culture Magazine, and an avid Sam Smith enthusiast. One day, she aims to become an international human rights lawyer, foreign correspondent and diplomat working on anti-genocidal policies in developing countries.

Gina DiPaola

Gina DiPaola is a junior at Irondequoit High School in Rochester, NY. At her school, Gina is the president of her class, the president of Student Service Club, and an active member of Debate Club and Model UN. Outside of school, she is the editor and social media manager of the non-profit organization Girls4STEM, a committee member of the New York Women's Equality Coalition, and a magazine writer and blogger for Her Culture. Gina frequently volunteers at Stepping Stones Learning Center, the Irondequoit Community Cupboard, Together Including Every Student (TIES), and ElderONE Nursing Home. Gina is passionate about service, women's empowerment, human rights, politics, and advocacy; she aspires to pursue a career in social justice and international development in the future. Follow her on Twitter @Gina_DiPaola.

Sareana Kimia

Sareana is in high school, and is concurrently enrolled at the University of Maryland College Park. She is a youth activist and believes in community organizing. Sareana serves as a Student Member on Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee; the President/CEO of Youth for National Change; Director of Congressional Outreach for the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council; and an Advisory Board Member of both, EntrepreneuHer & MissHeard Magazine. She also writes articles for both, Her Culture and Girls Leadership Institute. Sareana participates in efforts that will enable for this world to be a better place. She helps and serves others through cooking meals for the hungry; helping under-privileged students; fostering an encouraging environment for girls; volunteering at senior citizen homes; advocating for better youth health; participating in environmental clean-ups; or whatever else she can do in the community.