Atlanta INtown named Anup Bottu '20, Zander Kassabian '20, and Daven Yadav '20 to its 11th annual "20 Under 20" list of students for 2019. The paper annually recognizes young people who give back to the community through volunteerism and philanthropic work.
The group of juniors created START, Inc. (Science to Action Road Trips), a nonprofit that offers experiential learning opportunities to students who might not otherwise receive them. Instead of the traditional method of teaching, Anup, Daven, and Zander embrace hands-on learning and ask kids to connect math and science with their own lives, building positive connections between science and fun in their brains. In the year ahead, the trio have organized trips to places like Sky Zone and iFly for more than 320 elementary school students.
Five other students received honorable mentions by the publication:
Baird Kazazian '19 founded the Atlanta Junior Chapter of The Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief, serves on the executive committee of the UNICEF Southeast Youth Board, and received the Congressional Gold Medal for his volunteer efforts in 2018.
Jessica Lao '19 co-directs the student-run Circle of Women group at Westminster, which increases access for secondary education for girls around the world. She served as director of fundraising last year and helped the organization raise $15,000.
Albert Liang '19 created Chess Buddies Foundation, a nonprofit that teaches the game in both English and Spanish. He’s also traveled to Guatemala to build homes and regularly volunteers to help tutor and mentor in Spanish.
Brooke Stevens '20 started a chapter of Play Unified, a national organization through Special Olympics that encourages people to work with those who have disabilities.
Aaron Yu '21 volunteers with Meals on Wheels, tutors in mathematics, performs music at local retirement homes, and helped students hone their debate skills.