Michael Qian currently attends River Hill High School with big plans for the future. He initially stumbled across TYP after being introduced by Sohum Thakkar, and since then has been improving the productivity among his team members and leading the fundraising initiative. Outside of school and TYP, Michael routinely volunteers for local hospice care, the county hospital, and the Red Cross. He is also an active leader within his school’s business organization and enjoys practicing his alto saxophone.
Sudarshan Sridharan, 17, is the founder of Global Analytic – a Blockchain and Cryptocurrency consulting and analytics company. He is also an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at a Venture Capital fund in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a Director for the Americas branch of The Youth Project, Sudarshan is responsible for leading initiatives to reduce homelessness in urban areas as well as fundraising for TYP. During the Summer of 2016, Sudarshan was profiled by CNN Money for investing in stocks. Additionally, he has given a TEDx talk, is a contributor to the Huffington Post and has worked with the United Nations Social Impact Fund. Sudarshan enjoys playing basketball, traveling the country, and partying in his free time.
Shreyas believes that regardless of the multitude of problems the majority of us face in our lives, we are still more fortunate than the impoverished. Although we always want more material wealth, we have much more than we actually need to be happy. This thinking inspired Shreyas to join the TYP team as a director of the Virginia branch. Shreyas is currently a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and hopes to pursue his passion of artificial intelligence with a computer science major in college. Away from school, Shreyas enjoys watching Psych and Suits, listening to Bollywood music, playing basketball, learning new programming languages on Code Academy, and volunteering at Chinmaya Mission.
Akshith is the Assistant Director of the Virginia branch. He expresses strong interest in his ventures in aerospace and computer engineering. His long term life goal is to establish a company that introduces innovative technology to benefit those in need. In his free time, he likes to spend time with his friends, playing basketball, or even just relaxing with a movie. He enjoys playing the guitar, and even posts covers on his sound cloud page. Akshith enjoys spending time with his family and friends to discuss worldly and trivial topics. He has spent over a year teaching middle school children how to code and participate in competitions. He loves the outdoors and spending time camping and hiking, and even recently went on a big 2 week hiking trip in the desert.
Gokul is the President and Co-founder of The Youth Project USA. He is passionate about research, engineering, and social innovation. He would like to develop breakthrough technologies that are economical enough to impact the lives of disadvantaged people around the world. He enjoys being at the front of the attack for his soccer team as much as he enjoys dropping back to be the last line of defense. He’s passionate about bringing people together for a worthy cause, and centers his efforts around “social innovation”- the use of modern technology and ideas to enact social change. Gokul has been active in mentoring high school students in robotics in a village school in India. During the summer, he loves to travel, do research at Johns Hopkins Medical School, and play somewhat trashy video games (League of Legends). He played a key role on bringing together high school students for TYP projects both in Baltimore/DC and internationally, leading and guiding the administrative and organizational aspects and growing the organization through outreach activities.
Sohum Thakkar is currently a freshman at UC Berkeley, and serves as a director of the United States branch of The Youth Project. Sohum is one of the technological members of the TYP family – he played a big part in the re-design of The New Word Magazine. He is currently studying Computer Science and Business at UC Berkeley. When not working on TYP, he enjoys playing soccer, running off into the woods, binge-listening to music, and talking to random people on the streets. He also loves making things, from Android apps to quadcopters to 3D animations.