I am Vern Caruso and I am very passionate about art, activism, and sports. I enjoy most medias of art. I play volleyball and swim team. I am also an actor and model, which i do both professionally. I am most passionate about fixing Climate Change.

My name is Bhavya Surapaneni, and I’m a high school junior, avid musician and reader, and passionate about current affairs and politics! My top issues are immigration/race relations and mental health, and I want to work to foster a more inclusive, diverse community without discrimination and prejudice.

My name is Isha Thakkar and I am passionate about taking care of the earth and making it kinder! In my free time I love to read and go thrifting!

My name is Maya Vendhan. The #1 issue I care most about is equitable access to education, because there are currently many disparities in this area. I love to play piano, rock climb, and travel.

I am the sophomore at Legend High School, the number one issue I care about is either race and equity or mental health because I have worked closely with these issues and people who have experienced injustices. I am very interested in the medical field and hope to be a transplant surgeon in the future.

Hi there! My name is Skylar Stader and I’m currently a sophomore at ThunderRidge High School. I’ve just moved to the USA from Singapore – making this my 6th move. I believe one of the most pressing issues to tackle is poverty, and I think it is the root of many other social and environmental issues that exist. One thing people should know about me is that I sometimes overthink, but it’s because I want the work I produce (individually or collaboratively) to be the best it can be.

I was born in South Africa but relocated to Holland in 2006. My early childhood consisted of watching Dutch children’s shows on television, learning to speak in Afrikaans & attending the British School of the Netherlands in English! My Dad got transferred to the USA when I was 5. Exposure to third world South Africa, Dutch socialist politics and capitalism as seen in the privilege of white America made me very passionate about philanthropy and the concept of equal rights for all. I am very passionate about protecting and enhancing the rights of women and the LBGTQ+ community.

I am Monal Sharma and a junior at SkyView Academy. My #1 issue is about kids in our community and helping them feel good about themselves. Something I wish people knew about is that I am an introverted person but love helping people out.

I’m Samruddhi Tak and I’m Indian. I love learning about the world and the people in it. I think that our environment is incredibly important and we need to take care of it, before it’s too late.

The 2021-2022 cohort has chosen and is fundraising for their final needs! View the needs below and check back in spring to view their grantees.

2021- 2022 Impact

Environmental sustainability

Mental health

Coming Spring 2022!

350 Colorado

Second Wind Fund

Download last year’s full impact report here.

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