Varoun Gulati is a sophomore from Newton, Massachusetts. Academically, he is primarily interested in Economics, Statistics, and Mathematics. Varoun is passionate about social change, and created project Fostering Hope to raise funds and awareness for children in foster care around the Massachusetts area. He has been involved in the YLC Boston summer program for four years and hopes to continue to help youth to become empowered leaders in their communities. In his free time, Varoun enjoys squash, baseball, golf, and lots of house music.
Jonathan Iyandemye is a junior in Kirkland House. Born and raised in Rwanda, Jonathan grew up with a desire to make a change, and as he puts it “to make the world less cruel.” He helped found and build a Charity organization called SEVEN United for the Needy, which aims at transforming communities through the effort of enthusiastic young people. Jonathan is a product of the Bridge2Rwanda Scholars Program, which identifies best Rwandan students who aspire to make a change and help them pursue higher education abroad (mostly in the US). Jonathan started a business at age 16 among other things. He is looking forward to helping build a generation of servant leaders through LIHC’s Youth Lead the Change. Jonathan enjoys walking in evenings while listening to Gospel Music.
Megan Gao is a sophomore at Harvard University from Calgary, Canada. She founded numerous initiatives including an international anti-bullying movement and a musical mentorship program at a local hospital for patients with mental disabilities. At Harvard, she loves her club field hockey team, and enjoys cooking, photography, and going to (way too many) concerts. She plans on pursuing a career that allows her to foster her passion for leadership, creativity, and service.
Gillian Hess is a sophomore in Dunster House studying Economics. Originally from Long Island, New York, she has always had a passion for serving others through leadership roles both inside and outside of school. Aside from YLC, Gillian is involved in Harvard China Care, which raises money for underprivileged orphans. She is also a proud member of the Radcliffe Choral Society, the Harvard Undergraduate Economics Association, and Alpha Phi. In her free time, Gillian loves learning new languages and traveling, which she hopes will become a bigger part of her life in the future.
Kais is a junior living in Adams house, concentrating in Social Studies–a mix of politics, philosophy and economics. His family is originally from East Africa, but immigrated to Canada in the 1970s; he was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. Kais is interested in technology, philosophy and international development. On campus, he serves as the President of the South Asian Men’s Collective and staffs conferences for Harvard Model Congress. In his spare time he enjoys playing pickup basketball, snowboarding, watching French films, and cheering on the Vancouver Canucks.
Jenny Liu is a freshman from North Carolina, and currently lives at Holworthy Hall on campus. In her last year of middle school, Jenny co-founded an environmental education nonprofit to educate youth on the importance of environmental protection. Every year since then, the organization has hosted a summer camp to allow kids to have fun with environmental studies. Through this experience, Jenny became interested in the development of future leaders through education programs for youth, and hopes to contribute to this endeavor through involvement with Youth Lead the Change as part of the Leadership Institute.