Aaron Witt is a freshman biology student at the University of Toledo with a concentration in Pre-Vet. He founded a local organization called Pups For Purpose, where members visit special education classrooms with dogs as a form of therapy. He was actively engaged in Students In Action in high school, and was President his senior year. Aaron has a passion for dogs, members of the military, and individuals with special needs.
Abigail Elsey is an Early Childhood Education major with a minor in Psychology at the University of South Carolina. She was the president of her Students in Action team in high school and served as the Intern Conference Coordinator for the multiple Students in Action conferences in the Midlands. Abigail is the founder and president of the Multiplying Good Collegiate Society at USC which serves to inspire a passion for service in elementary aged children and celebrate those doing great service on campus. She believes that kindness can change the world and by inspiring and empowering the youth of today, we will be bettering the world of tomorrow.
Andrew String is a sophomore who is studying government and politics at the University of Maryland. His hometown is Sewell, New Jersey. Currently, Andrew is most significantly involved as the Director of Alumni Relations and Tradition for the Student Government Association, as a Resident Assistant in Wicomico Hall, on the Honor Council of the University Student Judiciary, and as the Vice President of Campus Programming for the Student Alumni Leadership Council. Andrew’s strives to give his service meaning, his mission as a public servant is to give every minority a voice, and use his privilege to create equal opportunities for underrepresented and underserved populations.
Ashlee is actively involved with many service projects and initiatives and supports an action-oriented volunteer culture within her community. She received the President’s Award for Volunteer Service, is a two time Jefferson Youth Award recipient and a regional recipient for the National Spirit of Community Award. She has helped to raise over $40,000 and collected over 8,000 items for others internationally and domestically this year. Ashlee attends The Ohio State University studying Biology-Pre Med and Spanish and believes in the motto “service above self.” Together, we can make a difference and change the world.
Leanne is studying Psychology on the Pre-Medical track at Furman University. She has been involved with Multiplying Good for four years as a Globechanger and Think Big Team member. Leanne founded Positive Impact for Kids a 501(c)(3) non-profit at age 12. Her organization provides hospitals with requested items from their wish lists. To date, she has raised over $140,000 and partners with two hospitals in every state. Positive Impact for Kids has donated more than 130 iPads and over 2,000 gift cards, impacting more than 500,000 pediatric patients.
Shannen Recio is a current freshman at UC Davis pursuing a degree in Global Diseases Biology, where she is focusing on researching T-cell lymphomas.. She has been part of Multiplying Good for almost five years now and was president of the Students In Action team at her school for two years. Her passion for service extends beyond Multiplying Good. She started her own nonprofit organization when she was a sophomore in high school called 'New Beginnings' aiming to provide hope, love, and a new beginning to a refugee family in need through care packages. Continuing with her passion for refugees, she served as a Congressional Action Team member for UNICEF and a youth speaker and advocate for genUN.
Sonja is a student at The George Washington University studying International Affairs and Global Public Health. She joined Students In Action as a sophomore and was president of the SIA team at her high school. In addition to the Think Big Team, she is also a member of the SIA Curriculum Advisory Board. Sonja is passionate about women’s health and gender equality and focuses her studies and community service on women’s empowerment and public health. Working with this organization has allowed her to engage her community in service, effectively spread her message, and maximize the impact of her work.
Jaden Harvey is a freshman at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where he is studying political science. He was an active member of his high school’s Students in Action team for three years. As a part of the S.I.A., he worked on a project called Operation Falcon Revitalization, which seeks to bring new economic and social opportunities to the historic community of Brownsville, Pennsylvania. He believes in the unique ability of young people to create real, lasting changes in their communities, and is especially passionate about inspiring others to serve their hometowns.
Jason is a student at Carnegie Mellon University working toward a degree in Architecture. He has an interest in using kindness as a platform to let others be heard and spread the infectious power of service. Jason began Multiplying Good as a member of Students in Action as a high school sophomore and has continued organizing service projects into college. At Carnegie Mellon, he works as part of Emerging Leaders and Freedom By Design through the American Institute of Architecture Students to educate, aid, and defeat adversity in the local Pittsburgh area.
Abby is currently a third year student at Ithaca College, pursuing a degree in Documentary Film, Art History, & International Politics. She created multimedia for her alma mater’s Students in Action program for three consecutive years, and was invited to attend the national ceremony in Washington DC as a senior. This experience led her to pursue service-oriented work in higher education and beyond. Abby is passionate about women’s rights, environmental sustainability and prison reform, and uses a multidisciplinary approach to share stories and create change.
Jeremiah is from Iowa City, IA, and graduated from Pepperdine University with a bachelor’s degree in History and Conflict Management. Outside of school, Jeremiah started an anti-bullying and anti-suicide movement that has spread to over 100 countries on six continents and been recognized as exemplary by the United Nations. Jeremiah’s work utilizes social media, an online suicide hotline, radio, and restorative justice techniques to mitigate bullying. On average, two people every week are saved from committing suicide because of Jeremiah’s work.
Rahil was born in Indianapolis and is now a senior at Fisher High School. Four years ago, he got the idea to design an electronic device to assist his grandmother with her Alzheimer’s therapy. Rahil began with showing photos to his grandmother. They brought back the memory of a person and she could tell a story about them. Rahil founded the SnapLink in 2014. In that year, he and a few sponsors won a Sundance Audience Award for the screening of the film “Alive Inside.” Presently, Rahil and TheSnapLink is working on a clinical trial and IRB approval. Rahil Thanawala was selected as one of the recipients for the 2016 National Power of Children Award. He is an Eagle Scout and enjoys playing tennis.
Chiara is currently a freshman at Marin Academy in California. Over the past three years Chiara has worked to bring non-electric slow cookers, called Wonderbags, to low income communities around the world. Through grassroots fundraising she brought these eco-friendly cooking tools to over 800 families in South Africa, and now is working to activate Wonderbags with Bay Area families. Wonderbags save up to 80% of the fuel needed to cook your food and reduce time poverty, allowing women and girls the time to determine their educational and financial futures. She is also passionate about improving girls’ access to education. By activating community partners around her area, she hopes to improve the quality of education for young women in her community.