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MEET THE FAMILY!

Welcome to our Imani 4 Youth Mentors page! - use the hover function to get to know them a bit better.

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Divya Lakshmanan

Why Imani4Youth?

I joined Imani4Youth because I love working with the youth population! Young minds are extremely resilient and hardworking despite the various barriers they face. Through Imani4Youth, I hope to be a resource for the youth population and help them overcome challenges and gain access to various opportunities as they step towards achieving their dreams.

Pronouns: She, Her

Major: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior

Minor: Psychology and Statistics

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Kassandra Gonzalez 

Pronouns: She, Her, Ella

Major: Genetics and Genomics

Why Imani4Youth?

I choose to be a mentor for Imani4Youth because there are multiple educational barriers for underrepresented youth and I believe that by being a mentor I am able to help them overcome these challenges. Being a mentor has also gives me the opportunity to encourage youth to seek higher education and to believe in themselves. 

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Jovanna Huerta

Why Imani4Youth?

I chose to be a part of Imani 4 Youth because children should be afforded the opportunity and resources in order to grow to their fullest potential. The guide to success is discovering how to love learning so I want to guide students to find fun ways to study and retain information. 

Pronouns: She, Her

Major: Human Biology

Minor: Communications

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Carmina Alves 

Pronouns: She, Her

Major: Neurology, Physiology, and Biology

Minor: Psychology 

Why Imani4Youth?

 As a first-generation student, I found navigating college applications, AP courses, and choosing a major to be difficult. Therefore, I want to help other students in their academic life. Additionally, I love working with kids, and I am pursuing a career as a physician that specializes in pediatrics. Therefore, I am passionate about children's physical, mental, and academic well-being! I look forward to continuing to make a difference in students' lives through the Imani4Youth program. 

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Satvik Arani

Pronouns: He, Him

Major: Molecular and Medical Microbiology

Why Imani4Youth?

Equal access to quality education has always been on the forefront of my priorities to enhance. I have always yearned for all students to receive adequate educational outcomes regardless of socioeconomic conditions. My joining Imani4Youth allows me to try and aid in allowing all students to enjoy and flourish in their educational dreams.

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Renee Kwan

Pronouns: she/her

Major: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior

Minor: Public Health Sciences

Why Imani4Youth?

I joined Imani4Youth because I want to help the younger generation achieve their goals through education by providing them with academic resources and assistance. I’ve faced challenges in my own academic journey so I desire to help students overcome their educational barriers.

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Edria Jabil

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Linguistics

Why Imani4Youth?

From education gaps to unequal access to resources, the education system is far from perfect and still has room for improvement. However, I think equitable access to education and educational resources is something that all students should have from the get-go. I love that this program allows us to connect with students and become one of these resources for them so that we can support them and help them get closer to achieving their goals, which is why I wanted to become a part of this team. 

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Diya Shetty

Pronouns: She, Her

Major: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior

Why Imani4Youth?

I joined Imani4Youth because I have always enjoyed working one-on-one with students and helping them grow at their own pace. Educational resources can be limited, which is why individualized learning can be so instrumental to success.

Abinaya Senthil

Pronouns: She, Her

Major: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior

Why Imani4Youth?

I joined the I4Y committee because I enjoy interacting with and tutoring children, and want to be able to spread the knowledge I have, helping others. 

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Kuhu Mukherjee

Pronouns: She, her, hers

Major: Human Biology

Why Imani4Youth?

I chose to be a mentor for Imani4Youth because I believe in the significant power of education to help people achieve their dreams. By being a part of this program, I will be able to take a step towards bridging the gap regarding access to education and resources for underrepresented youth. I want to give them a platform to express their voice and show the world what they can accomplish.

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