About Us

The Youth Project is a foundation that was established in February 2014 as a medium to give back to society and to start making a change.

We are a team of young people who are striving to make a progressive impact in the world in every way possible. The organisation is based on the belief that anyone with honest intentions and a simple idea can make a difference. The Youth Project has been growing rapidly since we started and now have a large membership which spans across the globe. We want to eliminate the common perception that young people are incapable of making a positive difference.

What we do?

We have and will set up a variety of projects to improve the lifestyle of different people through providing them with equal opportunities. To date, we have set up over 100 projects around the world, ranging from helping the homeless, to a digital magazine that voices young people. To keep up to date with our projects please check out our projects page.

In order to fund these projects, we organise a number of fundraising events and campaigns.

Causes

One thing which is really different about TYP, is the genuine variety amongst the causes we support. Our members are passionate about a number of different things and we are open to the idea of supporting almost anything that works towards the provision of equal opportunities for all.

Global Board

Eashan Thakrar
Founder
Eash is a firm believer that age and grades should not define who you are in society. From founding TYP to every project he leads today as CEO of our now global board, Eash is living proof that you can make social change despite your background. Eash is extremely passionate about supporting the underprivileged kids in the slums of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He visits them regularly, teaching them at school and coaching them football on the pitches TYP built there. Next year, Eash will be taking a gap year in order to travel the world and learn as much as possible. In his spare time, Eash can either be caught eating or playing FIFA - his only two other passions other than TYP.
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Valavan Ananthakumaraswamy
Vice President
Valavan has grown up in Edmonton; it can’t have been easy. Perhaps this explains his ardent desire to want to make the world a better place. Valavan is always looking out for everyone else ahead of himself and is the true definition of a selfless individual. He has a strong passion for bringing people together and that is why he works so hard on the schools and universities project. Starting at Stanford University in September, Valavan has made it a personal challenge for him to catalyse the growth of TYP USA and overtake TYP UK. When not focusing on TYP, he likes to act like a road-man. He learns the lyrics to grime songs and walks around aimlessly on the streets of London.
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Directors

Karan Patel
CEO of TYP UK
Karan is that deep, philosophical guy who in a conversation makes you consider whether you’re talking to Karan or Plato. He is motivated and driven (most of the time) and without his passion and drive we wouldn’t be who we are today. He initially built the whole digital magazine, The New Word, on his own and 90% of our digital designs are done by him. From the start, Karan has always been the first one to contest Eash and he’s not afraid to stand out from the norm if it means pushing what he believes is right, even when nobody else has the confidence to. In his spare time, Karan teaches himself guitar, competes as a black belt martial artist, makes gains at the gym and flanters with people - a LOT.
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Aadil Khan
CCO of TYP UK
Aadil is the unsung hero of TYP and is one of the most dedicated and driven members of our team. He is one of the very few people that believed in and embodied our vision from day one. Even when he is not working on TYP (which he spends the majority of his time doing), he is still serving others. He likes to share his academic genius, and tutors a refugee weekly for free. Aadil is such a perfect image of trust, so much so that you can never, and we mean never, catch him without a blazer or a shirt on. Aadil speaks a number of languages fluently and is going to be studying Mathematics with Modern Languages at UCL.
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Dylan Gokani
CIO of TYP UK
Dylan is the realist amongst us. At our directors’ meetings we tend to get carried away with world-changing, global concepts which may be a tad ambitious at that particular time. Dylan is the one that makes us see sense and get back on track. He's also that guy on event days who confuses you as to whether you're dealing with a TYP member or professional venue staff. We are blessed to have had Dylan as part of our family since the beginning. Dylan loves Economics and has a passion for micro-finance initiatives. His forever happy mood and caring personality ensure that everyone is having a good time when they're around him. When he is not working on TYP he is probably studying, doing homework, studying a bit more or losing hopelessly at FIFA.
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Keya Sajip
COO of TYP UK
Keya has been quick to take the reins of events at The Youth Project with outstanding results, where her determination and vision led her first two events to being TYP UK's largest to date. She's the charitable and loving individual who finds her own ways to inject good into everything that we do. Even when she doesn't believe in herself, her selfless actions inspire everyone else at The Youth Project to want to do more and has them believe that everyone can change the world without even realising. When she's not busy with her charitable endeavours, Keya impressively performs Piano, Clarinet and Bharatanatyam at a Grade 8 level and excels in her academics at The Henrietta Barnett School. In her spare time, she loves a bit of gossip - 'a bit' being an understatement - and is always out having fun. She is genuinely an asset to our team.
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Rishi Hindocha
CTO of TYP UK
Rishi is an experienced developer who loves to help out with whatever he can get his hands on to help make a difference. Ever since he joined us at The Youth Project he has thrown himself wholeheartedly into anything he can help with, be it designing an app for The New Word, or setting up e-ticket sales for events! Through technology, Rishi is always trying to make a change, that is when he isn't fixing/breaking things. When Rishi isn't busy working, helping out or learning new things (very rarely) you'll find him either watching Netflix or sleeping.
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Nikhil Shah
Editor in Chief of The New Word
Nikhil's passion for service is epitomised by the fact he sold tickets for our events before he'd even joined. Nikhil's passion and dedication to his work is unparalleled at The Youth Project despite the difficult task that balancing his academics (in which he shines) at Westminster School and his extensive list of extracurricular commitments provides. Since joining, Nikhil brings the life to the group and ensures that TYP's vision of making service fun is achieved. Nikhil's drive leads him to be the member of our team who isn't afraid to get his hands dirty and help his friends out at an event. In his spare time, he likes to drop jokes in Gujarati so that the rest of us can't understand it and he can't resist a party. We know for a fact in years to come, that Nikhil will drive The Youth Project to newer and greater heights.
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Ridwan Uddin
CDO of TYP UK
Ridwan is what can best be described as a global citizen. He cares deeply about improving the lives of those less fortunate both domestically and internationally. Due to his interest in law, Ridwan has also researched the impacts of legal aid reform on disadvantaged individuals and has written arguing against proposed cuts. Having visited his home country of Bangladesh for the first time in 2015, he was struck by the sheer number of people living below the poverty line and was inspired to act. He will be returning this year in order to volunteer his time and effort to improve conditions for those living in inadequate circumstances. In his free time, Ridwan teaches himself Arabic and competes as an inter-schools debater.
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Martin Bazin
Director of TYP France
Martin is a French student who is studying political sciences and international relations. His relationship with The Youth Project started with a trip to India that led him to co-found the French branch of the organisation with Constance. His passion lies in equal rights and access to education for all and in order to achieve this Martin takes pride in working regularly with refugees from all over the world. Aside from The Youth Project, he loves travelling and discovering new places over anything. He has lived in a number of cities all around the world.
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Constance Estienne
Director of TYP France
Constance is originally from Brazil but now resides in Paris. She studies at Université Paris-Est Créteil. Constance and Martin founded the French branch of The Youth Project together and have gone on to empower and inspire many young people. Constance is passionate about improving the lives of those less fortunate than herself and, like many TYP members, has served at Manav Sadhna in Ahmedabad on numerous occasions. Constance is also very passionate about serving the youth of her home countries, Brazil and France. She's worked with refugees on a regular basis. She also cares very much about youth engagement, holding regular Cafe Info projects with TYP France. Constance is really good fun to be around and everyone enjoys her company.
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Godfrey Wandera
Director of TYP Kenya
Godfrey is commonly known as Podgy in his village and amongst his friends. He is a Kenyan Citizen by birth and is a student at Daystar University pursuing International Relations and Security studies. Godfrey is an avid public speaker and is hugely respected within his community, often being asked to give motivational talks. He believes he, and other young people are able to change the world and will not rest until he does. When not directing TYP in his country, Godfrey loves to play field hockey and is interested in global politics.
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Sohum Thakkar
Director of TYP USA
Sohum Thakkar is currently in 12th grade, and serves as a director of the United States branch of The Youth Project. Sohum is one of the technological members of the TYP family - he played a big part in the re-design of The New Word Magazine. He plans on studying Physics and Business at UC Berkeley. When not working on TYP, he enjoys playing soccer, running off into the woods, binge-listening to music, and talking to random people on the streets. He also loves making things, from Android apps to quadcopters to 3D animations.
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Michael Quian
Director of TYP USA
Michael Qian currently attends River Hill High School with big plans for the future. He initially stumbled across TYP after being introduced by Sohum Thakkar, and since then has been improving the productivity among his team members and leading the fundraising initiative. Outside of school and TYP, Michael routinely volunteers for local hospice care, the county hospital, and the Red Cross. He is also an active leader within his school’s business organization and enjoys practicing his alto saxophone.
Gokul Kannan
Director of TYP USA
Gokul is the President and Co-founder of The Youth Project in the USA. He is passionate about research, engineering, and social innovation. He would like to develop breakthrough technologies that are economical enough to impact the lives of disadvantaged people around the world. He enjoys being the last line of defense for his soccer team, as much as he enjoys making an assist for a goal. He is passionate about bringing people together for a worthy cause, and leading by example. He has been active in mentoring high school students in robotics, in a village school in India. In summer, he enjoys Johns Hopkins CTY programs and performs research at Johns Hopkins Medicine on manipulating the glymphatic system for treating traumatic brain injury. He played a key role on bringing together high school students for TYP projects in inner city Baltimore and Washington DC areas, leading and guiding the administrative and organizational aspects and growing the organization through outreach activities with the help of celebrities.
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Anuhya Challagundla
Director of TYP USA
Anuhya believes every individual has the ability to change the world and to pursue their dreams and to set a Legacy of Leadership. She enjoys making a positive impact on the lives of others. Anuhya is honored to be part of expanding TYP to all around the world. She envisions a world where more and more youth should, no matter where they are, should be given the opportunity to serve others and grow as a future leader. Something that she finds particularly special is TYP’s ability to profoundly impact our communities at the local, state, and national level. Anuhya is passionate about changing the world, and she hopes to one day have her own cybersecurity company or an It consulting firm. In her spare time, she is either found wandering off into the woods, working, binge watching YouTube, or choreographing to the latest Bollywood music.
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Onike Chelangwa Mcharo
Director of TYP Tanzania
Onike holds a degree in Economics and Sociology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management. She has spent six years working as freelance Research Assistant as part of various projects, ranging from maternal health to socioeconomic and youth development. She is also a member and the treasurer for the Chuo life organisation which is a non-governmental youth agency which aims to empower the youth to use their skills and potential to aid personal development. Onike likes to work on youth development as she believes that youth have the power to change the world. The synergy between her current work and TYP led her to want to establish a branch in her home country of Tanzania. When not working on empowering the youth, she likes to read, listen to music, understand fashion trends as well as cooking and traveling.
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Yasmeen Jassim
Director of TYP Middle East
Yasmeen is a motivated, self-driven individual who believes that anything can be achieved through sincerity and hard work. She has had a prominent role in encouraging young girls to pursue STEM fields in her country Bahrain and is particularly passionate about women's rights and the current refugee crisis. Having been accepted to Stanford University, Yasmeen plans to major in engineering to help solve some of our world's biggest problems. As a recipient of the Crown Prince's International scholarship, she hopes to go on to pursue a PhD and make a lasting change in her country, the Kingdom of Bahrain. When Yasmeen isn't hard at work as a catalyst for change, you can find her surrounded by instruments, a self-taught musician who understands the beat that encourages our youth.
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Advik Banerjee
Director of Marketing UK
Being of Indian origin and growing up in London has exposed Advik to various cultures and allowed him to witness the dire conditions the thousands of people in India’s slums have to live in. Having taken part in one of The Youth Project’s homeless drives, Advik was inspired by the impact the charity has on people’s lives. This experience encouraged him to get involved with the Charity. Since, Advik has gotten involved with the online magazine and more homeless drives. His work with The Youth Project gives him the satisfaction of helping out others. However there is a lot more to Advik than just his charity work. Advik has been taking singing lessons in Indian classical music for the last decade, and has given performances at various cultural events and competitions across the UK. A keen sportsman as well, Advik enjoys football and cricket, representing his school in both sports. With a bubbly personality, Advik enjoys meeting new people and can always be seen striking up conversation with people at charity events. His determination to make an impact on the world as well as his smile make him a pleasure to have on our team.
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Jacob Luo
Director of TYP USA
Jacob is a senior currently attending River Hill High School. He directs homeless relief initiatives throughout the DC area to positively impact underprivileged individuals. Aside from engaging his peers in his local community, he also manages finances for his school’s business and Science Olympiad organizations. As an active hospital volunteer and pathology laboratory intern, he aspires to enter the field of biomedical research and hopes to pursue healthcare administration as a minor. For leisure, Jacob enjoys listening to EDM, playing the piano, and breakdancing.
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Junior Directors

Olivia George
Junior Director of TYP UK
Appalled by the fact that even in the twenty-first century, UNICEF estimates more 22,000 children die each day due to poverty, Olivia is committed to turning the dream of a world without poverty into a reality. As Secretary General of her school’s Model United Nations Society (think debating but with diplomatic street-cred…) she is constantly evaluating the world in which we live, and considering not just what we need to change, but how change can be accomplished. Olivia believes that the empowerment of young people is perhaps the most important instrument to achieve this, which is why TYP’s mantra of ‘for the youth, by the youth’ lies so near to her heart. In her spare time you’ll find her with her nose in a newspaper, binge watching documentaries on Netflix and singing in the shower very, very loudly. One day she dreams of becoming Beyoncé, but, for now, Olivia thinks being a member of the TYP family is also a pretty incredible opportunity.
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Sahil Handa
Junior Director of TYP UK
Since Sahil joined, his focus has been on working out strategies to spread TYP's visions to other people. Sahil uses his artistic qualities to find modern ways of marketing TYP's vision at events and in recruitment, a key characteristic that also shines through in meetings. Sahil has always been involved in service, having been part of both ‘Giving iz Living’ and the Leos Club prior to joining TYP. Sahil also dedicates his time to the performing arts where he excels in art, dance and drama.
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Charran Santhalingam
Junior Director of TYP UK
Having seen the disastrous impact war can have on a country as a young child growing up in the civil war of Sri Lanka, Charran is always trying to have a positive impact on society. Whether it's helping someone lost on the street or being that polite gentlemen who holds the door open for half an hour, Charran is the epitome of the person who changes the world one small, good deed at a time. In the fall, Charran will be studying Land Economy, the multidisciplinary study of law, economics, real estate and environmental science at the University of Cambridge. He would like to be part of micro-finance initiatives while at college and aspires to be in private equity in the future - both fields where he can use his studies to help reduce inequality by providing more business opportunities. When he’s not busy being Mr Nice Guy, Charran teaches himself the ukulele, plays Table Top Simulator and swims pretty fast - international level fast.
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Laura Block
Junior Director of TYP USA
German-born Laura has always been an active member of her local community and volunteers within her church and youth group, utilizing her passion for music by leading the worship. Having always been a natural leader as school prefect and council representative, Laura was ecstatic about taking The Youth Project to Cambridge, where she witnesses vast potential for empowering young people on a daily basis. Laura manages to find a way to achieve anything, however small or large the task, and challenges herself to establish a TYP Cambridge before she jets off to the Big Apple - New York City - in the fall and establishes a TYP team over there. Her buzzing personality coupled with her vision of making the world a better place makes her our perfect ambassador to take on the largest city in the world. In her spare time, Laura plays for the school hockey team and actively prepares herself for the Gossip Girl lifestyle.
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Luke Mansfield
Junior Director of TYP Nottingam
Luke has a passion for service and making a difference in the world around him. From volunteering at Shelter to playing the drums at local holiday clubs, Luke takes every opportunity to help people and improve his local community. As a founder and leader of his school’s ‘Spanish Young Leaders Club’, he’s had experience in empowering those around him through his interests and he sees The Youth Project as a way to make a genuine difference in Nottingham before he flies out to study in Memphis. Rhodes College is the perfect place for someone focused on helping the less fortunate as it’s the #1 service-oriented college in America, and Luke is excited to take advantage of the endless opportunities Rhodes offers to make a difference in Memphis and beyond. Aside from this, Luke’s main passions in life include waiting for Frank Ocean’s new album and loitering in Taco Bell.
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Matthew Morvan
Junior Director of TYP France
Matthew Morvan deeply believes that human contact, art, service and self-reflection compose the journey towards a personal fulfilment. He is currently studying his way through 12th grade at the Lycée International of Saint Germain en Laye in France. Similarily to Eashan he was changed by his stay at the Manav Sadhna community of Ahmedabad in India, where he first met The Youth Project team. Writing about his experience in this community pierced the superficial materialist bubble he was living in as he decided to create the Kassiopé Project at the Age of 15. This project is an association, and its goal was to create a sustainable, mobile eye care clinic for the slums of Ahmedabad. The project finally bloomed and successfully achieved its goal in the summer of 2016, coincidentally the same week Matthew and his team met Eashan and Valavan. This combination lead to an explosion of projects and ideas flooding the Kassiopé team's mind. Currently Matthew has also been responsible for organising our first homeless drive in Calais, in order to help the growing refugee population over there. When Matthew isn't writing or undertaking new projects, he is either self-reflecting, running, admiring art or undergoing all three at the same time.
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TYP Awards

The TYP Award is our annual award, it is presented at the event marking TYP Day (28th February) for the previous year. We choose a team member, across all of our countries, who has shown exceptional commitment, passion, drive and ability.

Valavan Ananthakumaraswamy
TYP Award Winner 2015
Valavan was chosen for the first ever TYP Award by all of the other directors at the time. He is one of the main driving forces behind a lot of our work and without his passion and commitment we certainly would not be where we are today. Being one of the first 5 members, he has been on the journey since day one and has been part of our whole story.
Sohum Thakkar
TYP Award Winner 2016
Sohum was chosen by the global board to receive the 2nd TYP award. His unwavering enthusiasm and drive are undeniable. He led the effort to start and grow the team in the USA, worked on several global projects, and even helped run events in the UK. Despite setbacks in his life, his dedication to TYP has shone through every step of the way.