New Yorks Top Youth Volunteers Of 2019 Selected By National Program

Jothi, a senior at Lakeland High School, has partnered with corporations and universities to conduct more than 45 technology workshops for girls in grades 3-12, while connecting them to female role models who have had successful careers in science, tech, engineering and math (STEM). “Thirty-three boys. Zero girls. My jaw dropped,” Jothi said, when her brother mentioned the gender ratio of his computer coding class. She knew firsthand how valuable those skills are, because her mother, an engineer, had been able to step back into her career and support the family after the death of Jothi’s father. “It fired up my determination to even the playing field,” she said. Her response was to start a nonprofit organization called “ThinkSTEAM,” with an “a” for “arts” added to STEM subjects. “I realized that so many girls are incredibly artistic, and teaching them how to combine their own creativity with technology is the perfect way to encourage them to learn about STEM,” Jothi said.

The program judges also recognized eight otherNew York students as Distinguished Finalists for their impressive community service activities. Each will receive an engraved bronze medallion.

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