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Volunteer

Inspire the next generation and support Sahasra Deepika! Many volunteer opportunities are available in the US and India. Assist with an event, spread the word about our work. Connect your youth or school group with our students. Together we can help more children achieve!

Youth Leadership

Sahasra Deepika has worked with students at several schools around the USA to promote friendship, cross-cultural understanding, and an awareness of gender issues that impact the lives of girls from diverse backgrounds. Some of the programs we’ve partnered with include the Girls Leadership Council of Lower Merion and Harriton High Schools in suburban Philadelphia; Dominion High School in Sterling, Virginia, and GIVE in Chicago. Please view their 2015 White House Student Film Festival entry which won Honorable Mention and features our students. We welcomes inquiries from similar youth organizations and school groups in the U.S. and abroad. If your program is interested in developing a relationship with Sahasra Deepika, please contact us.

Youth Ambassadors Program

Sahasra Deepika’s Youth Ambassadors Program gives bright, talented high school girls a unique opportunity to use their leadership skills and talents for a great cause. Through film, blogging, public speaking, and more, these exceptional young women raise awareness not only of Sahasra Deepika’s mission, but larger issues of gender equality, poverty and cultural understanding. We are pleased to have two exceptional inaugural Youth Ambassadors: Neha Mukherjee and Shanthi Ramakrishna. If you would like more details on the program, rules,  and how to apply, please contact us at info@sdie.org.

SD Youth Ambassador Neha

Hi! My name is Neha Mukherjee. I am 17 years old and live in suburban Philadelphia in the United States. I am beyond honored to be a Youth Ambassador for the Sahara Deepika Foundation. Girl’s education is one of today’s most pressing issues. Bringing a strong foundation of not only education, but also of love, strength, and compassion to young girls is so important for both their futures and our world’s future as a whole.  I am so grateful that I get to be a part of connecting girls around the world to become independent and empowered.

SD Youth Ambassador Caitlin

Hi, my name is Caitlin, I am 15 years old, and I live in San Diego, California. It is a great honor to be a Youth Ambassador for Sahasra Deepika. Learning about the girls of Sahasra Deepika and hearing their stories sparked my interest in girls education. Girl’s education is a very relevant and important topic in today’s society, and I have come to realize how important it is to support girls around the world. I look forward to further advocating for girls and their rights to an education and having a voice in this world.

SD Youth Ambassador Shanthi

Namaste!  My name is Shanthi. I am 16 years old,  I live in Orlando, Florida, and my name means peace. Ever since I can remember, I have been told of the significance within the meaning of my name, and now, I want to live up to the meaning through action. Being a Youth Ambassador for Sahasra Deepika allows me to campaign for a more peaceful society through girls empowerment and gender equality, and it also blesses me with the opportunity to learn from my sisters across the ocean. As a Youth Ambassador, I will take firm action towards showing as many people as I can the power of one girl to cast a countless amount of light into the lives of others.

Events

Celebrate International Women’s Day at “Leaders Light the Way”

Join us on March 12th for “Leaders Light the Way,” the first in a series of programs highlighting women leaders. Enjoy brunch and conversation with two of DC’s most iconic journalists: Andrea Roane of WUSA9, and Hillary Howard of WTOP. The event will be held at Bombay Tandoor in Vienna, Virginia. Tickets are $25; sponsorships are also available. For more details, click here.

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Join these donors who’ve inspired others to support girls education.

Shamala ran a marathon and raised funds
Shamala ran a marathon and
raised funds
Gowri and her dance troupe donated proceeds from their show
Gowri and her dance troupe donated proceeds from their show
Vaishnavi and her classmates gathered school supplies
Vaishnavi and her classmates gathered school supplies