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Youth aware: Connecting Youth

Youth Aware is a platform for youth to connect, exchange ideas, and voice their opinions about current events. We believe that the world is in our hands to reshape, recharge, and refresh-and our voices matter.

This initiative will give you an opportunity to share your thoughts and submit your writing to be published in our magazine.

Our Founders

MEHR GREWAL

Hello, I'm a 7th grader in Bellevue. I'm passionate about community outreach and hope to make a difference to my community. I am the Volunteer Jr. Program Manager of SMPL at dePaolo Labs, UW.

Youth Aware is an effort to connect with the youth, engage my peers in meaningful conversations, and encourage the love of the written word. Youth Aware is a platform giving voice to youth.

SIMAR GREWAL

Hello, I am a 1st grader in Bellevue, Washington. I love helping out in the community with my sister.

I enjoy painting, sewing, cooking, and crafting.

We created Youth Aware to connect with you. Hope you enjoy it!

our team of columnists:

Eesha Jain: STEM

Hi! My name is Eesha Jain and I am a 8th grader in Bellevue, Washington. I am motivated to spread creativity and inspiration among my community to help people grow! I attempt to look at every situation as an opportunity to learn and encourage others to do the same. I also have a huge passion for STEM. I love every aspect of STEM and I love to learn about the new ways that STEM is being implemented into our day to day lives. I hope you continue to learn, grow, motivate, and inspire! Happy learning!

sunehri nog: travel

Hi, I’m Sunehri and I am going into 7th grade this year. I have always loved writing about travel and exciting places to visit in the world, and I want to share that passion with everyone at Youth Aware! I enjoy writing in all genres from science fiction to narrative writing. Especially during this COVID-19 pandemic, I see writing as a way to express myself and to share my experiences and thoughts with the world.


Mark perez: wellness

More than anything, I believe that when you and I can create a better life for others, united we create a better world. If there is anything that can be counted on. It's that we all want to make things better, and how we make things better matters more than anything else. As an author and speaker, I write and speak to spread the message of better happens daily. And all you need to know about me, is that much like yourself, I'm just trying to make things better.

shravya kotha: environment

Hello, I’m Shravya Kotha and I am an 8th grader. I love writing, especially writing about myself and my experiences. I am very passionate about the environment and I believe that we need to preserve and protect our Earth to keep our planet beautiful. In my free time, I enjoy art and calligraphy.


ivanka varshney: animals

Hi ! I’m Ivanka. I’m 8 years old and I live in Michigan, USA. I’m an avid animal lover and my favorite wild animal is a wolf. My favorite pet is a dog. When I was born, my parents already had 3 rescue dogs at home. I grew up with my fur-siblings and I think that’s where my love for animals came from.I love to spend time with my dogs Molly and Jumbo. I like to visit animal shelters and volunteer. I also like horse back riding. I like to attend vet classes and visit zoos and petting zoos. I also like to see animals in their natural setting. I’ve been on whale watching trip , seen wild dolphins in the ocean, swam with sting rays, seen wild bears in Alaska, and been to a crocodile farm in Mexico. I want to be a veterinarian when I grow up. I love animals and want to help them in any way that I can.

bhavana nimma: world

Hi! My name is Bhavana. I'm an 8th grader in Washington. I love to write, and I think it's important to be knowledgeable about the things going around you. It's especially important to know about the current events and issues that affect our world today.I hope all of you enjoy reading my World column!

Ajooni dhanoa: culture

Hello, My name is Ajooni Dhanoa. I'm a 6th grader in Bothell, Washington. I'm happier when people around me are happy. That's 1 reason I like helping people. I've loved doing Bhangra since 3 1/2 years old. Other interests include: Singing, Art, Learning Indian history, and Reggae history. If you're reading this I wish you well and I'll see you next time!

ms. katie rempe: happiness

Hello Youth Aware readers! I hope you enjoy reading my column. We are all looking for ways to be happier these days. This series of articles on Happiness Tips is meant to encourage new habits, ones that will help you enjoy and appreciate the positives in your life. Happy reading!

harkirat minhas: medicine

Hello, I'm Harkirat and I live in Renton, Washington. I'm very passionate about medicine and public health. I think it's very important for all of us to be aware of the latest developments in the medical field, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope you enjoy reading and have a great day!

dr. bill keppler: bird migration

Climate change has had a drastic impact on animals and plants, especially birds. Bird migration is fascinating, especially when the effects of climate change are considered. Through my column at Youth Aware, I hope to raise awareness about the impact of climate change so we can all come together to protect our planet.

ameiya isaac: physical fitness

During quarantine, it has become extremely difficult to stay fit due to closure of gyms, pools, parks, etc.According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), physical fitness continues to be important during theCOVID-19 pandemic. My column will focus on ways that you can continue to stay active during this time. I hope you enjoy!

rebecca depina: community engagement

Hi Youth Aware! My name is Rebecca and I am a Senior in Bellevue, Washington. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I realized that many of us have found it hard to stay connected with our community. My column aims to provide information about community events and service projects you can participate in to connect with members of your community and help those who need it most in these trying times. I hope these articles help you find ways to stay involved!