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.
Dominique is a 13-year-old vocalist and member of the Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Airmen Music Corps. Dominique received the Silver Service Presidential award at her middle school graduation this year. She is the reigning Miss New York City’s Outstanding Teen 2014. Over the past year Dominique has volunteered more than 100 hours and has organized fundraising events in Staten Island, Manhattan and Brooklyn. Raising more than $2,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals she is the recipient of the 2014 CMN Miracle Maker Scholarship award. Each year she organizes the Miracle Game Night at SI Yankees. She has given speeches about volunteering and the Miss America Scholarship Program. Dominique has founded YES, IAM… Youth Empowerment thru Service, Inspiring All Millennials!Dominique recently launched the “YES” campaign to encourage more youth to pledge more time to their communities.
Janay recently graduated from Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, CT. She was invited to attend the Girls Speak Out conference at the United Nations as well as declare an International Day of the Girl in the City of Hartford. She was the founder of Girls United as well as a member of student government and Young Women Creating Change. Her involvement throughout high school has made her eager to continue being involved as she moves onto college. She will be attending University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT in where she will be majoring in Psychology. Janay feels that there are not enough young adults active within the community and has made it a goal to develop more opportunities to increase their presence.
Samantha Yvellez is a sophomore at Chattahoochee High School in Johns Creek, GA. Samantha loves to volunteer and uses her baking skills for worthy causes. She makes the most creative cupcakes and sells them and donates the proceeds to worthy charities. Samantha encourages teens to help serve their community and enjoys holding positions of responsibility to serve as an example for other teens. Over the last few years, Samantha has volunteered hundreds of hours to help various causes. As a Girl Scout Senior, she enjoys to encourage younger Girl Scouts to continue their journey with courage, confidence and character. Samantha is starting a new club at her high school called Gamma Gamma Sigma. This club encourages older girls to stay in Girl Scouts or become a Girl Scout and to volunteer in their community.