In 2015, I was accepted into the Youth Ambassador Program with the Akshaya Patra Foundation USA. Eager to create a positive impact that goes beyond my community – to touch the lives of disadvantaged school children a world away, Akshaya Patra’s mission “no child shall be deprived of an education because of hunger” became my own in no time.
As a Youth Ambassador of Akshaya Patra, I had set a goal of dollars to raise in one year. Due to my rigorous academic schedule, sports and extracurricular activities, I had to find ways to raise money other than the traditional door to door approach.
My passion towards this goal, inspired me to seek organizations within our community that would fully match my collections. I reached out to friends and families that worked in those organizations and persuaded them to add Akshaya Patra to their corporate giving program. I presented Akshaya Patra’s cause and mission at company’s cultural events and functions and was instrumental in utilizing large gatherings to maximize the impact and awareness of the organization.
I am also expanding my efforts by teaching other kids to adopt innovative thinking in areas such as these. This summer, I plan to visit Akshaya Patra’s kitchens to see the exemplary work they do and am eager to experience the happiness of the kids that are benefiting from this initiative.