|Katherine Adams is co-founder of Paper For Water and a high school freshman living in Dallas, Texas. She is passionate about running and an avid rower. About service and philanthropy, Katherine believes, “Everyone wants to make a difference in the world and when you give a lot, you get a lot and sometimes you get more than you gave. You just have to start out small and you’re never too young or too old to make a difference in the world!”|
|Abhi Desai is the founder of LexGen and a high school senior in Phoenix, Arizona. He loves watching basketball and is a Phoenix Suns fan. “Doing this service work has shown me that even young people like me can have an impact and can create change, not just on a local level, but on a broader national level… there is a place for young people in these big, important discussions.”|
|Ashlyn Devine is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Philanthropic Studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI, with a minor in Political Science. She is passionate about volunteering and public policy, and enjoys reading and travel. Ashlyn feels, "Everyone leaves an imprint on this world, no matter how big or how small. It's up to us to decide what kind of imprint it is."|
|Josh Estes has been with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for over 17 years and has served in many capacities from actor to gallery manager to his current role as the Director of Volunteer Services and the Power of Children Awards. When not at the museum, Josh loves cooking with his son and throwing the football with his wife (not simultaneously). Josh observes, “History has proven time and again that the most effective voice for change is the voice of youth.”|
|Jill Gordon is the Director of Learning at Indiana Philanthropy Alliance and the former Program Director of the Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her curious son and creative husband. Jill is passionate about life-long learning, loves to read, and enjoys long walks with her nosey rescue dog. She believes, "All young people have the power to change the world by using their time, talent, and treasure to help others."|
|Molly Grimm is a senior at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis pursuing a degree in Philanthropic Studies and a certificate in Event Management. Molly is a Southern Indiana native who is passionate about topics in health and education. Molly hopes to one day work in fundraising and special events.|
|Madison Hanna is a junior in the Philanthropic Studies program at IUPUI. Madi currently works at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (follow us on instagram @iu.pholanthropy). She is passionate about mental health advocacy and protecting the environment. Madi currently resides in Indianapolis with her beloved cat, Winnie.|
|Jennifer Holland is the Director of Digital Strategy at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, where she has worked has worked for 11 years. She is a mom to two toddler girls and an amateur photographer. About service and philanthropy, Jenny says, “If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never tried to sleep with a mosquito in the room!”|
|Jahkil Jackson is the founder of Project I Am and in 8th grade living in Chicago, Illinois. He is passionate about building awareness about homelessness and encouraging youth to be leaders in their communities. Jahkil says "Don't wait to be great. Young people do not have to wait until we are adults to become change agents to create the world we want to see because we can do it right now!”|
|Viraj Jayam is the creator of Helping Hands Long Island and lives in New York. He loves hiking and biking-he has trekked in many states across the country. Viraj shares, “It’s very gratifying for me that I’m using whatever skills that I have to go out and make a change and help people.”|
|Luana Nissan is Program Manager of the Power of Children Awards at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. For 25 years, she has been a writer, researcher, consultant and program director in youth service, education and philanthropy. She loves board games, family dinners, and vacations with her family. Luana believes, “By focusing on the common good, above self-interest, we can all be catalysts for good to make a better world.”|
|Benjamin Olshin is the founder and director of Babies With Books and a high school senior in Portland, Oregon. He is passionate about reading. Benjamin advises other young people, “Don’t be afraid to be the only young person in the room. Your passion and your creativity and your drive are most important.”|
|Jahin Rahman is the creator of Efforts in Youth Development of Bangladesh and a high school senior who lives in New York City. She is passionate about education and loves to plan innovative projects. Speaking about her work to improve the lives of street children in Bangladesh, Jahin shares, “This is how things are, but I can take a role to make a difference and make these situations better for them.”|
|Tim Scully is the Intern Program Manager at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Prior to joining the museum, Tim worked for close to a decade in higher education at the University of Indianapolis and Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Tim lives in downtown Indianapolis where he enjoys spending time with his dog Piper, going to yoga, and running.|
|Samyak Shrimali is the inventor of Sanjeevani, a system to reduce hospital-acquired infections, and a high school sophomore in Portland, Oregon. Samyak is passionate about innovating to solve real-world problems and loves to play the violin. He advises other young innovators to “be prepared for challenges and not give up on initial failure. Failure is just part of the process for any innovation… Learn from mistakes and just keep working hard, and you will reach your goal."|
Thank you to the people who made this learning and convening event possible!
Dr. Jeffery H. Patchen, President and CEO of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis.
Members of the staff of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis.
The Power of Children Awards Committee of The Children’s Museum Guild.