Issue Area: Education

Ailaina Danielle Aquino

Ailaina is a Management Engineering student from the Ateneo de Manila University. She has joined various exchange programs and often travels both domestically and internationally with her family and friends. She is a purpose-driven and passionate being who wishes to create a meaningful impact through sharing ideas and experiential education.   Her love for traveling, …

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IBA aims to provide low-income Filipino children with the opportunity to travel and immerse in different cultures through an annual summer camp that promotes the values of solidarity, respect, and nationalism.

Madel Beaudouin

Madel Beaudouin recently graduated from Queens College with degrees in Political Science and Economics and is an incoming analyst at Moody’s Corporation. Passionate about learning new ways to spur community wealth building, she founded the Queens Entrepreneurship Fund. The Queens Entrepreneurship Fund designs one-year fellowships that equip college students with the skills and experience in …

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The Queens Entrepreneurship Project

Madel Beaudouin is the founder of The Queens Entrepreneurship Fund, in Queens, New York. Through her social venture, Madel (who pitched to us for the second time this year) will give rigorous training opportunities for Queens College students to provide consultation services to small businesses in the neighborhood surrounding the Queens College campus. In so …

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Agbesi Worlanyo Koku

Agbesi Worlanyo Koku grew up in the eastern region of Ghana and now resides Accra.  In 2009 he completed Burma camp, the school for soldiers garrisoned in Accra, and then went on to Mawuli senior high school where he studied general science. During high school, he led the school as head boy in his third …

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Sumati Joshi

Sumati is passionate about women having access to, and educational resources for, best hygiene practices so that they can realize their ambitions. She founded Mission SanScar and volunteers with NGOs with this aim. With a background in engineering, work experience in niche consulting firms and an enthusiasm for design thinking she hopes to address pressing …

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Mission Sanscar

Sumati Joshi and Urvi Talaty are the founders of Mission Sanscar, a social venture that will work in Mumbai, India to eliminate the restrictions, shame, and impact on school attendance and success that accompanies the onset of women’s menstrual cycles. Mission Sanscar will work to shift women and girls to the use of cotton napkins, …

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Urvi Talaty

Urvi Talaty is a chemical engineering student who aspires to one day turn environmentalist. She has won the Harvard Diplomacy Award at Word MUN Seoul, 2015 and is passionate about the environmental and social problems that plague the world. She has trained in the Indian classical dance of Bharatanatyam for seven years and bungy-jumped and …

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Layla Nassar

Layla Nassar is currently pursuing a B.S. at the University of Miami in Neuroscience and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology with an emphasis in molecular and behavioral neurobiology. Layla researches in a neural circuitry laboratory and plans to pursue a doctoral degree and eventually a career in academic research. She is an active NIH IMSD participant …

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Grace Jean

Grace grew up in Palm Beach Florida. Although she was not wealthy by any measure, she wouldn’t call herself underprivileged. She grew up in an environment that supported education and truly made her feel that she could be whatever she wanted to be as long as she was willing to put in the work. When …

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