Comments from the 2012 Next Generation Seva Leaders Conference in Washington D.C., co-hosted with the White House
My name is Vishal Kamdar and I am a senior at Rutherford High School in Rutherford, NJ. I love to travel, play tennis, and spend time with family and friends. I am interested in majoring in business with hopefully a minor in film. For me, the HASC conference in Washington D.C. was an inspiring experience. Just seeing the enthusiasm and passion people had for helping others made me realize that I wanted to be a part of this phenomenal movement.
My name is Raashmi Krishnasamy and I am a sophomore at Peters Township High School in McMurray, PA. My job, as an EMT member, is to manage this site. Some things I enjoy doing include spending time with my family and friends, travel, dance (indian classical - bharatnatyam), sing, and play basketball. I am interested in pursuing a profession in medicine and would therefore like to major in Pre-Med. I too like my fellow Executive Management Team attended the HASC conference in Washington D.C. and found it very exhilarating. Seeing and listening to all of the speakers that came to the White House made me want to be a part of this organization and make a difference in the world. This conference really opened my eyes to the world of Seva and I am very thankful that I attended. At the conference we really talked about scaling and spreading the word about this wonderful organization, so my seva project this year is going to be based on that idea. I plan to conduct various seva projects through the youth organization we have at the Pittsburgh SV Temple and then slowly start collaborating with other youth groups of other temples in Western Pennsylvania.
My name is Harsha Nahata. I'm going to be a junior at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I'm studying public policy, and hope to one day work in journalism or policymaking.
The conference was an amazing experience for me. I met young leaders from all over the country, all eager to make a change and enthusiastic to act right away. We heard from some of the most inspiring speakers, from Valarie Kaur from Groundswell to Paul Monteiro from the White House Office of Public Engagement to Tina Tchen from the First Lady's Office. Everyone we heard from was doing phenomenal things - whether it is in the realm of the government, the non-profit sector, academia or faith based organization. I learned so much and was able to take away words of advice and information from people really working hands on in the field.
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