Our Team

Our team consists of dedicated high school students from 11 Bay Area schools.

Kaushik Tota

Founder and Director of Operations

My name is Kaushik, and I’m a junior at Saint Francis High School. I created the Climate Youth Ambassador Program because I am passionate about solving the climate crisis, and I believe that awareness is fundamental in spurring on widespread adoption and advocacy for progressive climate policies at a local, nationwide, and global scale. I am very interested in renewable energy and data science, and I love teaching children as well. Aside from being a Youth Ambassador, I am a member of my school’s Science Bowl, Quiz Bowl, Science Olympiad, and robotics teams.

Natasha Yen

Director of Newsletter

Hi! I’m Natasha, a junior at The Harker School. I believe that as youth who are inheriting this beautiful Earth, we need to make sure it will not only be a safe and wonderful place for my generation to call home, but also for future generations. I believe that education is important for raising awareness about climate issues and its solutions, which is why I joined the Youth Ambassadors. Aside from being a Youth Ambassador, I am a Youth Commissioner for the City of Santa Clara, an officer on the Harker Green Team, and a double-sport athlete (volleyball and softball). A fun fact about me is that I am a proud vegan (except for chocolate, I am working on that)!

Jonathan Ke

Director of Web Operations and Photography

Hello! My name is Jonathan, and I'm a junior at Leland High School. I became a Climate Youth Ambassador because I have always been interested in building a sustainable environment. I want to share my knowledge about the current climate crisis with others and raise awareness of these urging problems. I firmly believe that education is the key to bring changes. It is important that we carry out our mission of educating the younger children and youths because the younger generation holds the future of the world. Aside from my work here as a Youth Ambassador, I am a member of the Youth Advisory Council at San Jose, and a photographer for Leland’s newspaper. I love photography. When I am not in school or volunteering, you can find me in the city with my camera, or maybe at home in front of my laptop editing photos.

Rajeshree Rajpara

Education and Outreach Associate

My name is Rajeshree Rajpara and I am a senior at Presentation High School. Climate change is a topic that is not given much attention nowadays, so it is my passion to spread awareness about this topic and encourage youth and the general public to get involved in ways that can make a positive difference towards the environment. I sincerely believe that educating future generations can arouse a strong sense of impact as the future can be inspired to live greener lifestyles and save the planet. Aside from being a Youth Ambassador, I am the president of Science Olympiad, an ambassador for College Ambassadors Club in which I represent my entire school as I organize, coordinate, and collaborate with other high schools to invite colleges of interest to our campuses, a key contributor to Panthers in Medicine, Big Sister in which I help incoming freshmen acclimate to high school, and Hip Hop.  
 

Ethan Osier

Director of Marketing

My name is Ethan Osier, and I am a senior at Bellarmine College Preparatory. Ever since the first time my dad took me to a National Park, I have been fascinated by the environment and have pushed myself to do whatever I can in order to protect it. I joined the Youth Ambassadors because I appreciated their stance on educating youth about the environment, as I find that education is absolutely vital if we aim to protect the planet. Other than being a Youth Ambassador, I am in my school’s Jazz Band and Speech & Debate program, and I have been a musician for practically my entire life.

Mrudula Chodavarapu

Education and Outreach Associate

My name is Mrudula Chodavarapu, and I am a sophomore at Presentation High School. I have always been interested in environmental science and preserving the environment; since the people that Climate Youth Ambassadors aim to reach out to are children and the Ambassadors’ presentations will have a lasting impact on them, we have a greater likelihood of preserving the environment and the resources and creatures that are present on Earth today. Being a Climate Youth Ambassador allows me to do my part and help others do their parts in protecting everything on our planet today. Outside of being a Climate Youth Ambassador, I am also in my school’s choir, play the ukulele and violin, and volunteer almost every weekend.

Pranay Tiru

Education and Outreach Associate

My name is Pranay Tiru and I am a junior at Lynbrook High School. My passion for the environmental crisis stems from the fact that people are not as aware of the situation as they should be. By joining the youth ambassador program, I want to spread awareness to the issue in the hopes that people will take action upon understanding the true extent of the crisis, or, at the very least, a larger conversation will spark.
Aside from my participation in this program, I am also a Boy Scout, a member of my school’s FBLA Chapter, and a volunteer for the Red Cross Club. Additionally, I play the piano and am part of a MATE ROV robotics team.

Danica Kubota

Education and Outreach Associate

Hey there! My name is Danica Kubota, and I am currently a freshman at Presentation High School. When I was around six years old, my aunt took me to a bookstore and I spent the whole day reading there about our environment and climate change. I was greatly intrigued by the world and its many wonders, and as I grew older, I became more interested in protecting our planet and its many diverse ecosystems for generations to come. I strongly believe that educating others about our world and climate change will lead to more actions taken to help protect our planet, such as legislation, and because of this belief, I joined the Climate Youth Ambassadors Program. Apart from being a Climate Youth Ambassador, I am part of Presentation’s environmental action club, SEAS, in addition to doing cross-country at Pres and dance outside of school. In addition to that, I also volunteer every Sunday to teach kids Vietnamese and play the piano.

Abdullah Naveed

Education and Outreach Associate

I’m Abdullah, a junior at Lynbrook High School. I decided to join the Climate Youth Ambassador team because I strongly believe that we as humans have a responsibility to take care of the Earth and make it sustainable for ourselves and for future generations. I could find no better way to do my part than by educating others about climate change and inspiring them to make changes in their lifestyles to save our planet through my work as an Ambassador. Aside from my environmental efforts, I volunteer at a hospital and I am a committee member of a business accelerator startup. I also love to read and play cricket.

Prati Mehta

Education and Outreach Associate

Hi! My name is Prati, and I’m a freshman at Evergreen Valley High School. I joined the Climate Youth Ambassador Program after realizing how unaware the people around me are regarding global warming and similar environmental crises. I hope to spread my knowledge to others and educate them so that we can fight this major issue together. With everybody’s combined efforts, we can continue to call Earth our home and feel safe in our surroundings. Apart from being a Youth Ambassador, I am a Green Team member at my school, an officer for UNICEF, and an artist. I am proud to say that, as of one year now, I have been vegan.

Helen Deng

Education and Outreach Associate

Helen Deng is a junior at Archbishop Mitty High School, co-lead of Silicon Valley Youth Climate Strikes, and a member of the San Jose Climate Action Team. At school, she works through the Mitty Advocacy Project and the Green Team on environmental causes and other local social justice issues, as well as being an editor for the Monarch newspaper and running cross country. In her free time, you can find her biking to coffee shops, playing guitar, making smoothies, exploring nature, or trying to convince her parents to let her go to more concerts.

Carolina Villa

Education and Outreach Associate

Hi, my name is Carolina Villa, and I am a junior at Presentation High School. I joined the Climate Youth Ambassador team because I am truly passionate in advocating for climate justice. I believe that educating about this is an extremely crucial step in resolving the climate crisis. My activism doesn’t stop here; I speak at strikes, organize rallies, attend climate fairs, and do everything I possibly can to help. I love arts and crafts, dancing, running, and playing soccer.

Anika Khandavalli

Education and Outreach Associate

My name is Anika Khandavalli, and I am a sophomore at Fremont High School. I believe that the youth are the only people that will accomplish anything that will better their future, which is why teaching the younger generations about taking care of our environment is crucial for our future. Educating them and others will create a lasting impact on our environment and our society for the better. I hope to accomplish this and instill a need to act within the younger generations through the Climate Youth Ambassadors Program. Along with this, I am a part of the Silicon Valley Youth Climate Strike, am a passionate photographer, and participate in other clubs at school.

Aditya Manikonda

Education and Outreach Associate

My name is Aditya Manikonda, and I am a junior at Lynbrook High School. Ever since I was a kid, I would always love to go out and explore nature. But as I learned more about the climate crisis, I started to become worried for our future. I joined the Climate Youth Ambassador Program because I wanted to not only share my concerns, but also show younger generations that it is never too late to save our planet. I believe that younger generations are the key to our future and if they are uneducated about our climate crisis, we will never implement change. Aside from being a Climate Youth Ambassador, I run on my school’s cross country and track and field teams, compete with my school’s Original Oratory team, and volunteer at both the Calabazas and West Valley libraries. I am also the secretary/treasurer of Sunnyvale’s Youth Public Policy Institute and an avid Super Smash Bros player.

Abdulrahman Naveed

Education and Outreach Associate

Hello! My name is Abdulrahman Naveed, a freshman at Lynbrook High School. I joined the Climate Youth Ambassador Program because I  believe that the climate crisis is a very serious topic that needs to be addressed to everyone around the world. I want to educate people about climate change in hopes that they will take action against climate change and rebuild our planet. Aside from my work as a Climate Yout Ambassador, I am a part of our school’s DECA team, and I love to bike and play sports.

Adarsh Ambati 

Education and Outreach Associate

Hi, I am Adarsh Ambati. I am a high school student at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, California. Through the Climate Youth Ambassador Program, I hope to combine my interests in protecting the environment and social policy to help better my community.  My interest in the environment originated from participating in science fairs and conducting projects in biology and computer science. Furthermore, I am passionate about volunteering in science-related activities such as teaching STEM to impoverished girls in India as well as to the children at a local homeless shelter. I am also a member of a local community DIY lab, and my volunteering activities include teaching wet lab classes like PCR and Gel Electrophoresis to middle and high school students. Being a member of the San Jose District 10 Youth Advisory Council, I also understand the importance of effective policy in combating societal issues such as climate change. I also enjoy taking photographs of nature.

Derrick Siscar

Education and Outreach Associate

My name is Derrick, and I am a senior at Saint Francis High School. I joined the Climate Youth Ambassador Program because the climate crisis scares me and I know I can’t just sit around doing nothing. I believe that many of my peers are aware of the crisis but are too scared to act. Because of these fears, many people brush the problem off and let others deal with it - I want to be the change. I want to influence others, especially the younger generation, to be the change as well. Aside from the Climate Youth Ambassador Program, I am a Varsity T&F sprinter, ambassador for T&F in the SFHS Athletic Directors Council, and an ambassador for the SFHS Student Ambassadors group.

Amelyn Phang

Education and Outreach Associate

Hi! My name is Amelyn and I’m a junior at Dublin High School. My interest in the climate crisis stemmed from an interest in science and the natural world. The more I learn about the world-wide environmental crisis, the more motivated I become to bring a change. By joining the Climate Youth Ambassador Program, I hope to contribute to the push for a more sustainable future. I strongly believe that awareness is the first step to a lasting change; educating students at an early age is just one step closer to creating the change. Aside from being a Youth Ambassador, I am a member of my school’s Varsity Hip Hop dance team, Build Club, and my city’s Youth Mayor’s Council. In my free time, I also enjoy doodling, exploring cute cafes, and visiting beaches with my dog Q-tip!

Joyce Feng

Education and Outreach Associate

My name is Joyce Feng, and I’m currently a junior at Lynbrook High School. I believe that youth are the future and teaching the next generation about preserving the environment will have a lasting impact. I hope to bring awareness to climate change and sustainability by being a part of the Climate Youth Ambassadors Program. Aside from being a Youth Ambassador, as a class officer for the past three years, as I am very involved in our school government. I’m also a part of our school’s Acts of Random Kindness club, FBLA chapter, and Engineering Club.

Anita Chamraj

Education and Outreach Associate

Hi! My name is Anita and I’m a sophomore at Monta Vista High School. I am very passionate about making sure we have a clean environment to pass onto future generations and I am very interested in learning more about the impact climate change has on animals and their ecosystems. I believe that climate change will negatively impact our health as adults if we don’t take action now. I found out about the Climate Youth Ambassador Program through the Youth Climate Strike earlier this year. Outside of this program, I am also part of the Young American Policy Advocate’s environment group and I am a part of my school’s Mock Trial and Environment Science Club. I love spending time with my dog and my family, including both of my super annoying brothers!

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