Like most high school seniors, 17-year-old Shreyaa Venkat is busy with schoolwork. But, she’s even busier outside of class -- because she runs four different volunteer programs, which help thousands of people.
One of the non-profit groups she founded, NEST Nurtures, has provided food and supplies to over 12,000 homeless people in the Washington, D.C., area. Another group, NEST Tutors, is a free tutoring program designed to help low-income kids in 19 schools. NEST Kares collects school supplies for at-risk kids, makes blessing bags for the homeless and provides disaster relief assistance. And, NEST Buddies provides a “birthday in a box” to low-income children and families.
She says her motivation is simple. She just likes doing good things and all her work brings her happiness and joy -- something she expects to continue when she goes off to college next year.