We are pleased to welcome our SVC winners from the Summer 2015 Youth Assembly at the United Nations. We had a terrific group of students that participated in the SVC, and our judging team – comprised of Guides, members of the Resolution Advisory Board, and representatives from Guggenheim Partners, Ernst & Young, and UBS – selected three new SVC Winners. These young leaders plan to launch three new ventures, creating impact in India, Moldova, and here in the United States.
We are thrilled to introduce:
Prospective Fellow: Veaceslav Cretu
Venture: DigiKidz – A Computer Science Summer Camp For High School Students
Description: Veaceslav will be tackling computer illiteracy among high school students in Moldova. He and his team will run a week-long summer camp that will teach basic computer science to high school students, help them gain IT skills, as well as comfort and familiarity with workplace software, and increase their ability to excel in higher education and compete in the workforce.
Prospective Fellow: Jasmit Heera
Venture: Global Health Fund
Description: In response to the high incidence of heart disease and death from cardiac arrest in India, Jasmit will work in Bangalore to train community members in CPR, raise awareness about preventive measures, and increase access to Automatic Emergency Defibrillators (“AEDs”), especially in areas where first responders take longer to arrive and first-aid skills are lacking, causing a steep drop-off in survivability of cardiac trauma.
Prospective Fellow: Thomas Uhler
Venture: Green Light
Description: Thomas Uhler aims to combat the negative effects of climate change by creating and distributing bioluminescent plants that produce light naturally with no carbon emissions. His for-profit venture, Green Light, will use these plants to reduce utility bills and provide new and eco-friendly lighting in “off the grid” locations. This would theoretically reverse the carbon equation for lighting – instead of lamps and streetlights consuming largely-carbon-fired energy, bioluminescent plant lights would also be producing oxygen and consuming carbon from the atmosphere!