Currently, Andrew String is working as a Marketing Associate at L'Oréal. Reflecting back to his roots, Andrew founded and led his high school SIA team to nationals 2 years in a row. Since he joined the TBT back in March of 2017, he has seen how Multiplying Good has been able to transform the meaning of service. Supporting their mission, Andrew 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, specifically the LGBTQ+ community.
Shannen Recio is a current junior at UC Davis pursuing a degree in Global Diseases Biology, where she is focusing on researching ancient diet and diseases. She has been part of Multiplying Good for almost eight 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.
Jaden is a junior at The George Washington University studying political science and english. He has been a member of Brownsville Students in Action, a national award-winning team from Western Pennsylvania. Since then, he has joined the Think Big Team, and is excited to continue serving as a youth advisor to Multiplying Good!
Jason is a student at Carnegie Mellon University working towards a Bachelor of Architecture with an interest in human-computer interaction. 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, Jason is a member of groups centered on diversity and inclusion such as Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM), and the National Organization for Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) as well as service-centered groups such as Emerging Leaders and Freedom by Design. Today, Jason is involved in growing the Youth Alumni Network through the Think Big Team.
Abby created digital media for her high school’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 sustainability and accessibility, and uses creative arts programming as a tool for building community and advocating for change.
Chiara is a high school junior and a student ambassador for Wonderbag, where she works to bring non-electric slow cookers to low-income communities around the world, helping provide women and girls the time to determine their educational and financial futures. After receiving a Jefferson Award for her work, Chiara participated in the 2020 ACLU National Advocacy Institute and increased her focus on civil liberties, organizing and advocacy. This year she is looking forward to planning Marin Academy’s Conference on Democracy where she will design sessions and facilitate conversations about the sustainability of democratic governance in the 21st century. She is inspired by Multiplying Good’s ability to raise a diverse selection of voices and perspectives as they recognize excellence in service and leadership
Jordan is a senior at Moorestown Friends School in New Jersey. At age 10, Jordan Grabelle founded Love Letters for Literacy, an innovative nonprofit which promotes childhood literacy in at-risk communities. Over the past seven years, Jordan has recruited 22,000+ volunteers to create 53,000+ literacy packets for children-in-need across all 50 states and 31 countries. Each packet includes 26 A-Z flashcards, a note encouraging learning to read, and instructions explaining engaging games to play with the flashcards. Jordan hopes to provide all children with the tools needed to learn to read.
Safia is a sophomore studying media art and design in Middlesex County College and is planning on transferring in the next year to a 4 year school to pursue fine arts education and graphic design. She first got involved with Multiplying Good as a 6th grader in her school where she was an active member of Students in Action. She carried on being a part of her SIA team throughout high school and joined the Think Big Team in her junior year of high school. Soon she became the head of the previous Communications committee of the Think Big Team and is now on the Executive Council of the TBT as the VP of Marketing and Communication. Outside of the Think Big Team her service passion focuses on racial equality and mental health as both play a big impact in her life.
Cat Martinez is a senior at Sky Mountain Charter School and plans to study History in college. She became involved with Multiplying Good through Students in Action, where she served as President of her SIA team. She and her team were recognized both regionally and nationally for their work with foster youth. She is passionate about civics and engaging younger individuals in civic work through mentorship and the cultivation of their leadership potential. In every service opportunity she partakes in, she makes it a point to draw attention to the topic of mental health and implores others to look for ways they can be a part of a bigger solution. She is a strong believer in the importance of dialogue and conversation to overcome issues and create solutions to those things that divide us as a society. As a member of the Think Big Team, she hopes to continue her work in advocacy and have the opportunity to create change at every possible level. In her spare time, Cat enjoys writing, playing guitar, and spending time with her friends and family.
Kyzelle is a senior at Stratford High School. She became involved with Multiplying Good since joining her high school’s Students In Action team as a freshman. She serves as the president of the Students In Action team at her school for the 3rd year now. Kyzelle strives to engage her community, especially her peers, in service through a great range of substantiate causes. With this mission, she helps build big, positive impacts, such as combating hunger and poverty, engaging students to others through acts of kindness, and encouraging people to promote a passion for service within the local community and beyond South Carolina.
Mallorie a high school senior at Lexington High School in South Carolina. Her service passion is Public Health Education and providing donations/services for areas in need of proper healthcare. Her goal is to become a PA with a specialty in infectious diseases and to implement service into her career every day.
Noreen Singh is a current senior at California State University, Stanislaus studying psychology, where she is focusing on child development. She has been a part of Multiplying Good for almost 8 years and has served many positions in her Students in Action team at El Camino High School. She has hosted and led over 30 service events and conferences. She is also a part of Multiplying Good’s High School Heroes Alumni Team. Her love and passion for service and volunteerism is illuminated in all aspects of her life. She is very passionate about education, mental health, diversity, and advocating equality for minority groups. She strives to empower and inspire others to make a change in their community and accomplish their goals and dreams no matter what may come.
Sophie is a junior at Clemson University studying Psychology with a minor in Women's Leadership. She was a founding member of the Greenville Technical Charter High School's Students in Action team in 2015 which went on to win the National Jefferson Award in 2016. While at Clemson, Sophie has worked with a team of student Senators to establish the first LGBTQIA+ Living-Learning Residential Community in the state of South Carolina. In addition to advocating for the LGBTQ+ community, Sophie is also passionate about women's empowerment, mental health, self love and acceptance, and the power of empathy in the fight for social justice.
Katelyn Ma is a junior at Amador Valley High School and plans to study Cognitive Science in college. They co-founded the organization, Purple Koi Project, in their sophomore summer to amplify youth voices and their mental health experiences. Through anonymous submissions and interviews with professionals, Purple Koi Project offers diverse perspectives to widen the lens through which people view their world through. Katelyn hopes his efforts to promote destigmatization will spark conversations for change.
Lauren is a Politics and International Affairs major and a Poverty Studies Minor on the Pre-Law track at Furman University. She has been involved with Multiplying Good for three years as a member of the Students In Action program and a Think Big Team member. Lauren founded the Book Fairies of South Caroline during her senior year of high school. She has made over 500 bags that include a children's book, a toy, school supplies, and a snack to help promote the importance of childhood literacy. The bags are left around communities for children to find and enjoy.
Maddie is a junior at the Academy for Arts, Science, and Technology in Myrtle Beach, SC for the Pre-Medicine program. She is involved in many different activities, such as the Tree Huggers Club oriented towards helping the planet, HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), multiple Honor Societies, and is a founding member of her school's Students In Action program. Through her SIA chapter, she has worked to give children with special needs a bigger voice in the school system, along with hosting an end-of-year prom for those students who wouldn't be comfortable or safe attending their schools traditional proms. Through this service project, done during the beginning of COVID-19, Maddie was able to stretch her skills as both a leader and a coordinator, as adapting to the ever-changing situation during the first year was a good preface of what was to come: hard work and a wonderful, promising outlook on future service projects.
Hailey Richman is a Freshman in high school. She is the founder and director of KidCaregivers, a nonprofit which offers peer-to-peer support for youth with family members who have Alzheimer's disease; and provides intergenerational programs for students and Alzheimer's patients. She is also the Executive Director for PuzzlesToRemember a nonprofit which collects and distributes puzzles for Alzheimer's patients.
Gabby is a junior at Frankton High School. She began her journey with Multiplying Good through Students In Action which she is on her 5th year of. She has a focused passion on civil rights and mental health. She is a peer helper and is passionate about service projects. She has a strong ideology that everyone can make a difference and works very hard to do so.
Ayaz is a junior attending high school at An-Noor Academy. He spent most of his life in Piscataway, New Jersey, where he now is the co-president of his SIA team, which he helped found. He is an avid reader and a strong believer in justice through advocacy. Ayaz hopes to continue his work with the Think Big Team and grow a strong network of people who are willing to fight for change.
Sonja is graduating from The George Washington University in 2022 with a BA in International Affairs and a concentration in International Development. She became affiliated with Multiplying Good in high school through Students In Action and has been on the TBT since 2017. Along with advocating for women’s and LGBTQIA+ rights, Sonja is passionate about social justice, global citizenship, and providing service that creates sustainable change.
Yaseen is a junior at John P. Steven High School. She competes in Model United Nations, Mock Trial, and regional debates with her school teams. Yaseen actively participated in Students in Action since 2018, and she is now the co-president of Khidma SIA. She manages monthly food drives, gift drives, hygiene supply drives, and much more. In 2019, her SIA team won the Governor’s Award for public service, following which her team competed in the national Jefferson Award ceremony at DC, where they received the bronze medal. In her free time, Yaseen enjoys baking, sleeping, and watching Netflix!
Carla Garcia-Robinson is a Junior at Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies, and is a part of a hybrid college program at her HS. She will be expected to graduate 2023 not only with her HS diploma, but an AA from Pierce College. This is her second year being apart of SIA, and Multiplying Good. Last year her team won the National Jefferson Award in Service from Los Angeles. She looks forward to embracing new environments and new ways to provide service to those, and whose cause need it most.
Abigail "Abby" Verino is a first generation Filipina-American who is a senior at El Camino High School, and is currently serving in her second year as ASB President, and second year as a Student Trustee on the South San Francisco School Board of Trustees. Through SIA, Abby was able to amplify a nonprofit organization she started her junior year, called the Student Trauma Open Platform (STOP), created in partnership with a local nonprofit in her area, Rape Trauma Services, to educate students on sexual violence prevention and provide a brave space for students to grow and heal. With being part of SIA, the STOP Program received a Gold Banner after being presented at Public Service Pitch Day 2021. Through servant leadership, Abby has been able to find her passion of serving others, echoed through her volunteerism in youth ministry, school community, and local nonprofits. She aims to increase the dialogue for social justice and diversity and equity inclusion of minorities, and provide students with better education resources on the topic of sexual violence prevention. By having the opportunity to serve on the Think Big Team, Abby wants to make love visible to the people she serves, reminding every individual that they are capable of becoming their own leaders to further create change and impact in their own communities, to lead with love.