Avijit Singh '22 was selected as a winner of the Leading up to the Georgia Youth Leadership Awards, presented by WarnerMedia. Georgia Youth Leadership Awards (GYLA) is a 21st Century Leaders (21CL) event honoring and celebrating outstanding high school leaders from across the state.
21CL honored the significant and impactful contributions of 21 high school students across Georgia who have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and exemplifies the five leadership qualities that truly embody a 21st Century Leader: passionate, forward-thinking, leverage diversity, resourceful and service oriented. The youth leaders were selected by a committee of business professionals and high school peers and recognized with an award and monetary grant for their work.
Avijit is using horticulture to improve mental health. He helped raise money for COVID relief in India, conducted research on the connection between horticulture and mental health, and coached students in Squash. Focusing on one hospital, Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital, he helped raise $28,000 in conjunction with organizations around Atlanta to pay for BIPAPs, oxygen ventilators, and PPE to be sent to the hospital. Towards the end of April 2021, the cases of COVID-19 in India were rising exponentially, especially impacting his mother’s hometown. The hospitals in the area were unable to keep up with the demand, running out of hospital beds, oxygen ventilators, BIPAPs, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Patients were being kept in hallways or turned out the door as they had already exceeded capacity. Avi helped gain an $800 grant from the Glenn Institute to pay for the BIPAP machine batteries in India.