How we can inspire and encourage youth to be changemakers, entrepreneurs, and activists to work towards making a difference in an area or field that matters to them. More specifically, how we can teach young people to look around them and identify challenges or issues within their communities and then take action towards finding a solution to those problems.
Pooja is currently a freshman at Harvard University concentrating in biomedical engineering with a secondary in global health and health policy. An advocate and speaker for encouraging girls in STEM and computer science, she is the founder of ProjectCSGIRLS (www.projectcsgirls.com), a national youth-driven nonprofit working to close the tech gender gap by running a national computer science competition for middle school girls and hosting workshops around the country. Pooja currently works as an undergraduate researcher at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering developing organ-on-chip models of the blood-brain barrier, helps design business and product development strategies for Barakat Bundle at the Harvard Innovation Lab, is working as an engineering intern for Walimu in spring 2016, and serves as an Executive Board Member for the South Asian Healthcare Leadership Forum.
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