Youth Team

Youth team members at the Oct. 9th Mindful Walking and Yoga event we organized to support NAMIWalks.

Sania Khanzode—Podcast Lead

Sania Khanzode is a sophomore in high school and is very interested in supporting others throughout their mental health journey as well as learning more about mental health. 

Malavika Eby—Webmaster, Community Projects Lead 

Malavika Eby is a first-year college student who plans to study Psychology and Medical Anthropology on the pre-med track. 

She loves working with Taarika Foundation because she believes mental health education is integral to empowering young people to feel healthy, whole and fulfilled. Malavika is hopeful that with enough interventional resources at a young age, we can inspire a whole new generation of people who prioritize character growth and health above status, accomplishment and more surface-level displays of happiness. 

In her free time, Malavika enjoys drawing, crocheting, dancing, singing karaoke with her sister, and writing about her interests.

Anya Deshpande—Marketing: Graphic designer 

Anya Deshpande is an eighth-grader who loves dancing and art. She likes to help people and talk to them. She also loves to travel, explore, and learn new things. Her skills include making flyers and newsletters and creating podcast episodes and videos on mental health. In school,  she is a part of the Leadership Class, which is her school’s active student body. 

What she enjoys about the Taarika Foundation is that it helps so many people. She really values education and the mental health field for its contributions to our wellbeing. She hopes that her contribution to the Taarika Foundation will do good for the world.

Krupa Shanware—Website Maintenance

Krupa is a junior at Monta Vista High School. She volunteers with the Taarika Foundation because she’s deeply invested in public mental health and wellbeing, and enjoys learning and contributing to Taarika’s goals of youth mental health.

Currently, she is president of the volleyball club and plays on varsity at school. In her free time, she loves painting, reading, and spending time with her friends.

Vihaan Parekh—Treasurer

Vihaan is a sophomore in high school and has a natural voice that commands a room! 
He feels awareness for mental health is an important matter in the world we live in, and he’s excited to play a part in spreading mental health awareness through the Taarika Foundation. 

In his free time, he loves to play the piano and tabla. He also loves to sing.

Anika Nambisan—Communications, Marketing: Blog-writer 

Anika is a voracious reader and a high school sophomore. Other than being a bookworm and a Harry Styles fan, she is a complete boba-holic who loves STEM as well as writing.

Outside of school, she loves sports and enjoys playing with her five-year-old spoiled golden named Brownie. 

Anika believes that mental health is just as vital as physical health, if not more important. She hopes that by being a member of the Taarika Foundation she can not only learn more about mindfulness as well as spread awareness about it.

Seerat Dang—Podcast Creator

Seerat is a middle schooler and enjoys bringing her ideas to life with determination and courage. She is intrigued by emotional health in kids and believes in enjoying every moment. She launched a monthly newsletter for Sunday School and started a series of clubs for Sunday School, focusing on learning from each other. She is also a Junior buddy in the Summer Learning reading program. 

She loves sketching and experimenting with all sorts of paints and assembling many IKEA furniture pieces with a small Swedish gadget! Her recent project is a makeover for her porch. Seerat has a passion for exploring hiking trails and heading to new beaches. She can be found by the fireside with s’mores or planning for her next adventure.

Krish Jhurani—Podcast Creator

My name is Krish Jhurani, and I am a current sophomore at Homestead High School. I am really intrigued by Taarika Foundation’s objectives, which is to prevent mental-health ailments beforehand, through awareness about them.

My current role, as a podcast creator, is to take and record interviews with professionals regarding the subject of psychology and neuroscience. It has been a great experience for me here and would recommend this non-profit to anyone who is looking to benefit others.

Aside from mental-health awareness-raising, I enjoy researching and studying quantum physics and astronomy, playing basketball and swimming.

Meghaa Ravichandran—Communications, Marketing: Blog-writer 

Meghaa Ravichandran is a high school junior with an interest in raising awareness for youth mental health and generating creative outlets for stress management; similar to the goals of the Taarika Foundation. She writes articles for Taarika, and during her free time, she enjoys traveling and playing lacrosse. 

Arya Jodh—Communications

Arya Jodh is a sophomore who is passionate about advocating for mental health. 

She hopes that she can utilize her skills and be an asset to the Taarika team by learning more about mental health and helping educate others on mental health topics.

She also works in leadership roles to bridge equity gaps in her school district and in turn hopes to create a more intersectional environment. 

Arya enjoys cooking, martial arts, travel, running, and taking care of animals!

Divya Venkataraman—Secretary

Divya Venkataraman is a high school junior with a passion for mental health that motivates her to advocate for emotional and mental wellness through the Taarika Foundation. 

She enjoys contributing to a cause that helps such a large audience of adolescents and hopes to both spread awareness about mental health and make a difference in peoples’ mental health through her ideas and efforts. 

Divya enjoys participating in scientific research, public speaking, traveling, piano and dance.

Soven Saste—Community Projects Lead 

Soven Saste is a sophomore who wants to help people with their mental health and make a difference.

He wants to spread knowledge about mental health to the public and erase the stigma about mental health disorders.

He hopes to use his skills to help the Taarika Foundation spread its message and reach more people.

He likes to mountain bike, hike, swim, play with his dog, and play the piano. He also loves sports.

VOLUNTEER WITH US

You can find our application to become a Taarika Foundation Youth Ambassador here.

www.forms.gle/5kRbpf1XJAMxEMhL7

If you have recently filled out the volunteer application, please allow us 1-2 weeks to process the information and get back to you. Thank you for your interest! Please reach out to us through info@taarika.org if you have any questions.