top of page

558 items found for ""

  • VT Seva Austin Events

    Youth volunteer guidelines : ⁠After completing your first 2 volunteering activities, complete your goal of Fundraisng to support a child education ($1/day =$365) to continue with VTSeva further volunteering opportunities. Be active on WhatsApp . Set a time in a day and check for messages and respond in the group . Participate atleast one event a month . Participation in annual events like "walkathon", fundraising , beats for a cause , youth carnival, adopt a park is mandatory (Either on event day or preparation ) Spread the flyers in your groups . Should attend the monthly meeting actively and be interactive . ⁠Be committed to your signed up activities. ⁠submit your hours regularly ⁠Committed volunteers will be given preference to lead a team . ⁠Plan your calendar and be ready to actively participate in discussions and suggesting . Meeting Details : http://tinyurl.com/VTSevaMeeting Time : 11:00-12:00 Every first Saturday of the month Our Goal to empower Youth : Built trust. This trust has significantly shaped our journey. Leveraging the power of community is an excellent way to build that trust. When people share their journeys within the community, it inspires others to take action. Our most significant marketing channel has been word of mouth. We avoided fancy or expensive marketing campaigns, sticking to the basics. This approach has led to an incredible number of referrals. Monthly Events Community Drives  Impact someones lives out there with simple acts this summer by running drives in your community and Earn extra volunteer hrs. Youth Empower Events Ask us how you can help us raise funds Celebrate with Us Adults Get Involved Impact of your volunteering and donations VTSeva Austin Summer internship (CLOSED) : VT Seva Austin is looking for passionate youth volunteers for our summer internship program. We are looking for individuals who are self-driven, compassionate, and hardworking.  Here  is the link to the list of positions available with the roles and responsibilities of each in detail. Interns must be committed for a duration of three months from June 1st to September 1st.  Interns must actively participate in the Whatsapp group, join monthly meetings, fundraise a minimum of $180 for education for underprivileged and visually impaired students, and complete a minimum of 25 volunteering hours with VT Seva for the January to May quarter. Only hours that are logged in myservicehours.com  will be considered.   If applicants did not reach their fundraising goal of $180 or meet the minimum 25 hours with VT Seva by the application due date, they have until June 1st   to do so.   Applications close at 7:00 am on April 15th . You will hear back from us by April 22nd through email communications. Short fifteen minute interviews will be held in the following weeks. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Siri Bandam (512-369-9572 or siribandam@gmail.com ).  SUMMER INTERNSHIP IS CLOSED

  • Shining Light in Darkness: Empowering the Visually Impaired

    VTSeva Austin Annual fundraising Impact. Thank you for your generous support always. $1/day can tranform life of a visually challenged and a tribal student. Scroll below for the impact your donations can make with the donation options you choose. With you support VTSeva Austin branch can atleast empower 150 students out of 1300 visually challenged and underprivileged students VTSeva Austin Local Impact : Empowering youth and adults to take service forward and inculcating community give back. Major services Austin branch does ·      Spreading equality among youth through speech contests and public speaking platforms. ·      Converting TSBVI(Texas school of blind and visually challenged) library books to audiobooks to enhance accessibility. ·      Establishing a cutting-edge listening space at TSBVI library to support diverse learning needs. ·      Conducting annual book drives for Title I schools and fundraising events for tribal and visually challenged education. ·      Empowering service leadership among youth through VTSeva clubs in ISD schools. ·      Engaging in environmental protection efforts through park cleanups, seeds for tomorrow and natural farming workshops ·      Raising breast cancer awareness through community walkathons. ·      Volunteering at Senior citizen hospice centers. ·      Gratitude activities for our frontline Heroes (disabled American veterans, Fire fighters, Police) Disaster relief activities - supporting local food pantries monthly like roundrock area service center and Renold McDonalds Home of charities, central texas food bank. VTSeva Coorporate activities employees engagements .  1.    Forget me not -Blue flower for Disabled American veterans 2.    BirthdayCards for the Senior citizens at hospice care. 3.    Birthday Cards for our fearless Fire Fighters. And many more. VTSeva Austin Supports TSBVI  efforts and doing its part to build a listening space at TSBVI library to empower the visually impaired and enhance their learning skills. Our volunteers and donors are impacting the local organizations like Roundrock service area center, Renaold Mc Donalds Home of charities, City of Cedar park with their monthly services. India Impact : To mention few 100% Pass Rate in academics . First visually challenged Robotics team to win championship award aganist visual team. Para olympics winners National Men Cricket Champions World Women Cricket Champions and more.... Causes you can choose : Education : Educate a Visually challenged  Sports Education for Visually challenegd Special Needs for Blind and Visually challenged kids. Support Health Insurance. Feeding Hope  - Provide Nourishing meals for the visually challenged and underprivileged. You can sponsor the meals on your special occassions and we ill send the pictures and beautiful thank you messages from our students. Get Involved:  Join us in making a difference!  Learn more about volunteering, sponsorship, or partnership opportunities at www.vtsworld.org . Connect with us on social media: LinkedIn: VTSeva Austin Facebook: VTSeva Austin   Instagram: @vtseva-austin

  • VTSeva Austin Feeding Hope

    Our feeding program plays a crucial role in the success of our Visually challenged and tribal school students.  Proper nutrition is fundamental to the physical and cognitive development of children, enabling them to focus, learn, and perform at their best. For many of these children, the meals they receive through our program are their primary source of nutrition. Here are just a few highlights of what your support has helped us achieve: International Sports Success:  Our students have competed and won awards at international levels, showcasing their talent and determination on a global stage. Academic Excellence:  Many of our visually challenged and tribal school students have excelled academically, earning top honors and scholarships. Holistic Development:  Beyond academics and sports, our programs include extracurricular activities such as dance, art, and music, fostering well-rounded individuals. To continue this momentum and support the ongoing growth and success of these children, we need your help. Your donation to our feeding program will ensure that these students have the nourishment they need to pursue their dreams and achieve even greater heights. By contributing to this program, you are not just providing meals; you are fueling the potential of bright, talented children who are overcoming incredible odds to succeed. Your generosity can make a lasting difference in their lives, their families, and their communities. Please consider making a donation today to support our feeding program. Together, we can continue to nurture these young minds and bodies, helping them reach their full potential. Thank you for your kindness and support. Share the joy of your special occassion with these incredible students. Thanks to our VTSeva Austin supporters every month who are helping continue this program

  • Admin volunteering activities

    Youth Empowerment - Web Development Team’s Task: To address/manage each of the following tasks written below and make sure the following tasks are completed by their due date. Web Development Volunteer Job Opportunities:  Updating Upcoming Events -  Volunteer Capacity for Updating Upcoming Events:  1 Volunteer  Uploading The Event Logger -   Volunteer Capacity for Uploading The Event Logger:  1 Volunteer   Blogging Monthly Events -  Volunteer Capacity for Blogging Monthly Events:   2 Volunteers *Job Info - The following volunteers who have chosen to blog monthly events must follow up on monthly events, getting as much information as their capable and mindfully blog those events by the acknowledged detail. [Monthly] Newsletter Journalist -  Volunteer Capacity For Blogging Monthly Events: 2 Volunteer  Hours of commitment - 4hrs monthly *Job Info - The following Newsletter Journalist will update the monthly newsletter with the upcoming events and links going alongside them. To update the newsletter the volunteer may need to stay in contact with the volunteers blogging the monthly events. (The Base Newsletters are already set)  Admin Volunteer Tasks:   Task Name Volunteer Assigned Status New Volunteer reachout Lead Volunteer hrs submission lead Track mandatory fundraising activity track monthly meeting attendance Volunteer assessment NewsLetter Editor Updating Upcoming Events - Uploading The Event Logger - Blogging Monthly Events -

  • Blood Drive VTSEVA-Atlanta

    VT Seva Atlanta facilitated its 1st Blood Drive in collaboration with LifeSouth on June 2, 2024. We have more than 60 donors. Blood cannot be manufactured, it can only be donated by the people who want to make a difference in the lives of others. We are very fortunate that we have such people around us. LifeSouth Director was very impressed with the level of service VT Seva volunteers have exhibited today. From 11 am to 7 pm all LifeSouth employees were super busy drawing blood and our VT Seva volunteers are busy in greeting all Donors, giving them juice, healthy snacks, VT Seva pens etc. It’s a great Attitude of Gratitude ✌✌✌ Hello everyone! VT Seva Atlanta is collaborating with LifeSouth and hosting a Blood Drive on June 2nd, 2024 from 11 AM - 6:30 PM at the Cumming LifeSouth Center (1550 Market Pl Blvd, Cumming, GA 30041). Approximately 29,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the US, so blood is always in demand. Please join us to save lives! The best way to contribute is to donate blood. All donors will receive a $20 e-gift card for their generous contribution! To donate, you must be at least 16 years old. Here is the link to sign up as a donor: https://forms.gle/11vw231kXgfYmrZA7 Thanks for coming forward to support the Blood donation drive and make it successful! VT Seva Atlanta Team

  • 2024 VT Seva Detroit 1st Dance Fitness

    VT Seva Detroit is organizing the very first Dance Fitness session on September 21st, 2024, at 3 PM in Legacy Church, 45301 W 11 Mile Road, Novi, MI 48375. All proceeds from this program will go toward supporting the schools for the visually challenged children at Nethra Vidyalaya .  These schools provide higher education to visually challenged students and enable them to be independent and compete with other students.   Date:    September 21st at 3.00 PM Venue: Legacy Church  – 45301 W 11-mile Road, Novi, MI 48375. Come join us to Dance for a cause! Open for Everyone Age 12 and above. $20 per participant   Dance with Happy Feet Dance Fitness Choreographer Ms. Arpitha Chakkudige Contacts : Arpitha: 248-797-7788 (or) Nishanth: 423-903-4122 Vanitha: 248-227-3094 (or) Srinath: 949-232-9477

  • VT Seva Atlanta - Feeding hope, your special day, their special meal!!

    https://www.vtsworld.org/specialoccassion June 29th 2024 June 27th 2024 June 26th 2024 January 23rd 2024 Birthday occasion at Netra Vidhyalaya Sponsored by Madhuji January 1st 2024 Krishna Guntaka and Atlanta team has donated $500 for all Nethra students on Jan 1, 2024. With generous contribution, all Nethra Vidyalaya students and tribal students of India were provided 3 meals on Jan 1st- breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This generosity is a beacon of hope for the young minds, empowering them to focus on their studies and dream of a brighter future. Here’s the link https://www.vtsworld.org/specialoccassion

  • VT Seva Atlanta Youth led Walkathon 🏃‍♀️🏃🏃‍♂️

    The Atlanta VT Seva youth are conducting the ‘Be Yourself Walkathon’ , from August 1st to August 24th. All team or individual progress in miles will be registered virtually. The Walkathon Finale will be held August 24. Join us at Chattahoochee Pointe Park at 9:00am! “Blindness is an unfortunate handicap, but true vision does not require the eyes.” ~ Helen Keller The Atlanta Center for the Visually Impaired helps promote this message by “Empowering people with vision loss to live with independence and dignity.” It’s an non-profit organization which supports the path of the visually impaired; demolishing their limitations and amplifying their possibilities. All proceeds go towards The Atlanta Center for the Visually Impaired. Do you want to lead a team in the walkathon? You can have your own team to stay healthy and support families impacted by cancer! All you have to do is sign up if you are interested in Team Lead Signup Link: https://forms.gle/6z8ZVgekprCRcdoT9 Individual Registration: atlanta.vtwalk.org Please make sure to select your team while registering. Waiver/Release of Liability: By registering for this event, you acknowledge that you and/or your child are participating on your own accord and that you alone assume liability for injury, accident, or other risk incurred. Consult with your healthcare provider regarding your health risk. Information presented during this event is not intended or implied to be a substitute for individualized professional medical advice and attention.

  • VTSeva Austin School Clubs

    Want to start a VTSeva schol club? Submit your application here . Club Manual Brochure

  • VTSEVA AUSTIN: Community Drive

    Give your unused items a new purpose and clear up your clutter! We are calling all volunteers to conduct book and eyeglasses drives! Books have an unparalleled ability to open minds, inspire creativity, and foster a lifelong love of learning. Yet, access to books remains a challenge for many communities. Hosting a book drive is a simple yet profound way to positively impact your community. It promotes literacy, strengthens community bonds, supports educational institutions, encourages sustainability, and nurtures a profound interest in reading. So, gather your friends, family, and neighbors, and start a book drive today. The books you collect will not only fill shelves but also hearts and minds. Along with reading, the ability to see is a privilege that is often overlooked. By donating eyeglasses and other frames, we are actively allowing a multitude of impoverished individuals the ability to conduct their daily activities with ease. Starting an eyeglasses drive in your community can make a profound difference, providing clear vision and a brighter future for those in need. How to conduct your book drive: Set up a bin outside your home to collect books Send out a flyer to your community (duplicate the template page and change the address for the drop-off location. Once your flyer is ready, make sure it is locked so that the information will not be edited! Please do not tamper with locked flyers!) Make your cause known in your communities and ask for book donations Make sure the books are of appropriate reading levels (K-12) Once collected, drop the books off at this address 209 Great Circle Cv, Austin, TX 78717 How to conduct an eyeglass drive: Set up a bin outside your home to collect the glasses (make sure its separate from the book box) send out a flyer to your community (duplicate the template page and change the address for the drop-off location. Once your flyer is ready, make sure it is locked so that the information will not be edited! Please do not tamper with locked flyers!) Make your cause known in your communities and ask for eyeglass donations glasses can be any type-prescription or sunglasses-but make sure they are in quality condition and do not have any blemishes/cracks Once collection is completed, drop the glasses off at this address: 209 Great Circle Cv, Austin, TX 78717 Once all of the books are collected, we will then donate them to various Title-I school libraries before school starts! Join us in turning pages and changing lives—host a book drive today and help your community read toward a brighter future!

  • VT Seva Houston Robotics Camp

    VT Seva Summer Robotics Camp July 22nd - July 26th, 2024 Join us for an exciting 5-day Summer Robotics Camp by VT Seva Houston.  It is designed for children entering grades 4-7. The camp will run from July 22nd to July 26th, from 8 to 11 am each day for grades 6-7 and from 1-2 pm for grades 4-5. Campers will work together and dive into the world of robotics through hands-on activities and interactive learning.  All proceeds will be donated to Kids Meal of Houston. Pl ease make sure to review the waiver form listed above, before clicking here to enroll in the VT Seva Houston Robotics Camp:

  • VTSEVA AUSTIN: Round Rock Area Serving Center

    Interested in hands-on volunteer work? Round Rock Area Serving Center is just the place for you! Join VTSeva Austin on the second Saturday of every month to help serve our community. RRASC provides free food and reduced-cost appliances, clothing, and furniture to provide for those living in unfortunate situations. As a volunteer, you will help sort the pantry, clean the premises, tend the garden, and much more! Date : Every Second Saturday  Time : 10:30 AM - 12:30 AM Location : Round Rock Area Serving Center (1099 E Main St, Round Rock, TX 78664) Sign Up : https://forms.gle/y8D35Qn5qJzuCchk6   Contact us : austinvtseva@gmail.com

  • VTSEVA AUSTIN: RMHC Lunches With Love

    Join us in our monthly mission to serve! Austin VTSeva supports RMHC Lunches with Love by providing up to 50 sandwich bags to help support the families of in-patient kids at various children’s hospitals.  This activity occurs on the second Saturday of every month and we encourage anyone aged 12+ to pack lunches. However, if you are not available to pack lunches on the volunteering day but would still like to help the cause, we highly encourage food donations that are used during packaging! Date : Every Second Saturday Time : 10:00 AM Location : Ronald McDonald House Charities (1315 Barbara Jordan Blvd, Austin, TX 78723) Sign Up : The sign-up genius will be posted ten days before each event in the VTSeva Austin volunteers WhatsApp group Contact us : austinvtseva@gmail.com

  • VTSEVA AUSTIN: TSBVI Audio Books Project

    How would you like to use your voice to light up a world of stories for those who cannot see? If this interests you, read on! The TSBVI Audio Book Project is an ongoing volunteer initiative to provide students of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired with audiobooks read by their peers. We are calling all elementary and middle school children to join us in gifting these children the chance to enjoy story books the same way we love reading them. This project has been running since October of 2022, and since then, we have successfully recorded 150+ books with the help of various youth volunteers.  Requirements: Grades 3-8Windows or Mac device (Laptop/PC) OBI Software (Instructions to download software included in welcome email) Optional: External Microphone (recommended)  Once you sign up, you will receive a welcome email within 2-3 days detailing all the necessary information to get you started. As a member, you must join the WhatsApp group where all further communication occurs there. For any further questions, contact: vtsevatsbvi@gmail.com

  • 2024 VT Seva 5th Annual Soccer Tournament -Soccer For A Cause

    VT Seva is organizing a soccer tournament, on June 29th, 2024 from 10:00 AM in Total Sports Novi East. Proceeds from this tournament will go to schools in India for visually challenged children. VT Seva supports Schools for the visually challenged in India such as Nethra Vidyalaya. These schools provide higher education to visually challenged students and enable them to be independent and compete with other students. VT Seva Detroit is conducting its 5th Annual Soccer Tournament this summer. All the proceeds go to VT Seva supported Schools for the Blind Date:    June 29th, 2024 from 10:00 AM EST Venue: Total Sports Novi EAST 41550 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48375 Thank you for supporting the VT Seva causes! Registrations for the 2024 Soccer Tournament are now closed. We will see you at the event on June 29th, 2024. Three different age groups to play in: ¨      Group 1 : Age 6 yrs. to 9 yrs. ¨      Group 2 : Age 10 yrs. to 12 yrs. ¨      Group 3 : Age 13 yrs. and above Come join us and play for the cause! VTSEVA SOCCER TOURNAMENT LIABILITY WAIVER FORM Participant Waiver & Liability Agreement I understand that there are risks associated with playing all sports and field related activities. In consideration for the privilege to use the Novi Total Sports facility and/or attend the VT SEVA Soccer tournament, my participation indicates that I assume the risk of any injuries that myself or my children/wards may sustain while participating in any VT SEVA organized sports activity and for any injuries which myself or my children/wards may sustain while on the premises of Total Sports, Novi. I assure that I am, or my child is physically and mentally able to participate in physical activities and have been examined by a licensed medical physician within one (1) year prior to attending this clinic/camp. By registering for the tournament, I am signing this Waiver and Liability Agreement. I acknowledge that I HAVE READ AND FULLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO ALL OF ITS TERMS AND CONDITIONS INCLUDING PERMISION TO TREAT AGREEMENT. I further state that I have executed this waiver and liability voluntarily and with full knowledge of its significance to be binding on my, my heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns. ___Signature assumed automatically if you register_______ Participant’s Signature (Parent/Guardian if under 18)

  • 2024 VT Seva Detroit 1st Basketball Tournament

    VT Seva Detroit is organizing the very 1st Basketball tournament, on Aug 10th, 2024 from 9:00 AM in ITC Community Park at 51000 8 Mile Rd. Northville, MI 48167. All proceeds from this tournament will go toward supporting the schools for the visually challenged children at Nethra Vidyalaya. These schools provide higher education to visually challenged students and enable them to be independent and compete with other students. Date:    August 10th, 2024 from 9:00 AM EST Venue: ITC Community Park - 51000 Eight Mile Rd, Northville, MI 48167 Open games 3 v 3 format. Come join us and play for the cause! VTSEVA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT LIABILITY WAIVER FORM Participant Waiver & Liability Agreement I understand that there are risks associated with playing all sports and field related activities. In consideration for the privilege to use the ITC Community Park, Northville, MI facility and/or attend the VT SEVA Basketball tournament, my participation indicates that I assume the risk of any injuries that myself or my children/wards may sustain while participating in any VT SEVA organized sports activity and for any injuries which myself or my children/wards may sustain while on the premises of ITC Community Park, Northville, MI. I assure that I am, or my child is physically and mentally able to participate in physical activities and have been examined by a licensed medical physician within one (1) year prior to attending this clinic/camp. By registering for the tournament, I am signing this Waiver and Liability Agreement. I acknowledge that I HAVE READ AND FULLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO ALL OF ITS TERMS AND CONDITIONS INCLUDING PERMISION TO TREAT AGREEMENT. I further state that I have executed this waiver and liability voluntarily and with full knowledge of its significance to be binding on my, my heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns. ___Signature assumed automatically if you register_______ Participant’s Signature (Parent/Guardian if under 18)

  • A Heartfelt Thank You to Our Generous Donor: A True Champion for Education

    In a world where generosity often shines in the most unexpected ways, we are thrilled to share a heartwarming story of a remarkable act of kindness that has deeply touched our hearts and will undoubtedly change many lives. Recently, we were honored by the extraordinary generosity of Austin, Tx residents Mr&Mrs Srimathi, Balaji garu who has chosen to make a profound impact on the lives of visually challenged students. During the Upanayanam ceremony of their son, a significant and cherished milestone in their  family, Srimathi Garu and Balaji garu have  made an inspiring decision. Instead of receiving gifts for her family, she invited all her guests to contribute to VTSeva, supporting our mission to educate visually challenged students. This selfless act of diverting gifts towards a cause so dear to our hearts speaks volumes about her family’s compassion and dedication to making a difference. Her thoughtful gesture not only highlights the importance of supporting education but also sets a powerful example for others to follow. The funds raised from this generous act will go directly towards providing quality education, necessary resources, and a brighter future for our visually challenged students. Thanks to Mr &Mrs Srimathi , Balaji garu’s and their family and guests, these students will have access to the tools and opportunities they need to succeed and thrive. We extend our deepest gratitude to Srimathi garu’s family for their unwavering support and incredible generosity. Their actions remind us that even in moments of personal celebration, we can find ways to give back and create lasting positive change. To Srimathi Garu’s family and her wonderful guests, thank you for being true champions of education and advocates for the visually challenged. Your support empowers us to continue our mission and brings hope to many deserving students. Acharya Mangalasasanams to the new Dwija Avneesh Balaji , family and friends. We are truly grateful and look forward to sharing the success stories that your contributions will help create. Your kind acts will help transform lives of not just visually challenged but their families and generations to come.

  • VTSeva Austin 3rd Annual "Walk For Her"

    "Breast cancer is not just a disease that strikes at women. It strikes at the very heart of who we are as women: how others perceive us, how we perceive ourselves, how we live, work and raise our families — or whether we do these things at all." —Debbie Wasserman Schultz Together, let's walk for a cause, spread awareness, and make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. "Join us for a meaningful morning of empowerment and support at our Breast Cancer Awareness Walkathon! So lace up your sneakers, gather your friends, and join us for a morning filled with purpose, camaraderie, and the joy of giving back. Register now to secure your spot and be a part of something truly impactful! Date: June 15th Time: 7:30 am Location: Brushy Creek Lake Park Last day for Registration by Jun 5th This 5k walkathon isn't just about covering the distance; it's about coming together with like-minded individuals who share the same passion for making a difference. Together, we'll stride forward for hope, knowing that every step we take brings us closer to our goal of spreading awareness and providing support to those in need. So lace up your sneakers, gather your friends, and join us for a morning filled with purpose, camaraderie, and the joy of giving back. Your monetary donations would help us continue our awareness camps in India and Nepal to reduce breast cancer victims. Sponsor for Breast or cervical cancer kit ($25/kit) Sponsor for medicines (25 /head ) Sponsor a camp ($250 - 50 women screening ) ($500 - 100 women screening ) ($1000 - 200 women screening ) "We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with the Greater Austin Telangana Association (GATA) this year, as we join forces to create an even greater impact in our breast cancer awareness camps in Telangana. By registering for our Breast Cancer Awareness Walkathon, you are not only supporting our vital awareness camps but also contributing to the collaborative efforts of GATA and our organization to make a meaningful impact on breast cancer awareness and support services in Telangana and other states in India. Together, let's make a difference. Register now to be a part of this inspiring collaboration and help us create positive change in Telangana. We look forward to walking alongside you!" We can't wait to see you there!" Want to support our mission ? Your participation in our annual 5K will help us spread the mission and keep our local communities strong and healthy. Your monetary donations would help us continue our awareness camps in India and Nepal to reduce breast cancer victims. Sponsor for Breast or cervical cancer kit ($25/kit) Sponsor for medicines (25 /head ) Sponsor a camp ($250) - 50 women screening ) ($500 - 100 women screening ) ($1000 - 200 women screening ) Donate Here Special Thanks to our Sponsors

  • VT Seva Atlanta Alumni Meet

    2024 VT Seva Atlanta 1st Alumni Meet is organized on May 19, 2024 by youth leaders to bridge the gaps between Middle School, High School, and College students and build meaningful relationships. All 11 VT Seva youth club members presented their inspirational stories, activities, challenges, and how they overcome their challenges, and converted threats to opportunities. College students shared their college selection process, experiences and how they balance studies, co-curricular activities and pursue their dreams. VT Seva Atlanta 1st Alumni Meet was a big success in terms of breaking barriers between Middle, Highschool, and College students. It’s a very inspiring event and many youth came forward to start a youth club in their schools and bring a positive impact on the community!

  • Atlanta Police Appreciation - PVSA Award & Thanksgiving Ceremony

    2024 PVSA and Police Appreciation The Atlanta VT Seva Team, led by Dr. Madhu Nemani, organized the 2024 Presidential Award Ceremony and Police Appreciation event on May 18th, 2024. In this ceremony, 67 Atlanta VT Seva youth volunteers received Gold, Silver, or Bronze Awards for their service. These awards were presented by distinguished chief guests: Police chief Mark Mitchell, sergeant Dimitri Caldwell, corporal Charles Kistler, officer Richard Gray, officer Rob Hall, officer Ann Briggs, officer John Jennings, and GA state representative Todd Jones. These volunteers were recognized for their hard work and commitment towards serving the community. Many of the volunteers pushed themselves to dedicate time to volunteer despite the workload of school, sports, music, and more. These 67 youth VT seva volunteers are great examples of how there is always time to help the community. For Police Appreciation week (May 12 to May 18), Dr. Nemani gave a speech saying that the Atlanta VT Seva Team appreciates the selfless service of our Police officers and as a token of appreciation, gave them gift cards along with Thank you cards made by Atlanta youth volunteers. More than 150 people were present in this successful event to support the VT Seva youth volunteers. This included friends, family, and the parents, who encouraged their children to volunteer throughout the year. So, the parents were also appreciated, as without them, this event would not have been possible. At the end of the event, chief guests police chief Mark Mitchell and sergeant Dimitri Caldwell spoke about the value that the police department places in selfless service and how they saw that in the volunteers as well. Chief guest GA state representative Todd Jones gave a moving speech about the importance of helping the community, asking “If you left your community right now, would they notice?” This is just a beginning…Atlanta VT Seva team is building great relationships with the Johns Creek Police officers and the GA state representative, Todd Jones. They have invited us to the GA State Capitol building to discuss collaborative projects in Atlanta. Overall, it’s a great inspirational cum rewarding event, a memorable one with a message for all - Each day you have a choice - To do or not to do one or more deeds for the good of others. You always have a Choice, Always! Atlanta Police Appreciation for Thanksgiving 2023 VT Seva Atlanta appreciates the selfless services of the Police officers on 2023 Thanksgiving - Highlights of today’s event on Nov 18th, 2023 - 1. Tour of the Police Dept 2. Interactive session with the police officers to learn & understand defensive driving, ticket handling, dos and don’ts of driving, how to handle citations, police encounters etc 3. Thank you cards and appreciation lunch for the police officers. Police officers were highly appreciative of the VT Seva services and announced that Johns Creek Police Department will organize a ‘Young Driver Workshop’ soon for the VT Seva youths to provide hands-on training to them. Overall, it was a grafting event for us to thank our front-line hero’s to keep our community & country safe! Where and When: Johns Creek City Council Building May 20th 2023 Time : 1:00 - 3:00PM EST Event Agenda: Welcome Tour of the Facility Interaction with the City Council Leaders & Police Officers PVSA Certificate Distribution Vote of Thanks Our 2023 PVSA Event VT Seva Atlanta celebrates National Police Week & pay tribute to the brave men & women in duty to keep our communities and families safe. Police Chief, Mark Mitchell, Sergeant Dimitri Caldwell, Sergeant Colin Belisle, Officer Dominique, Officer Jennis, Officer Hall, and Officer Gray attended the ceremony today. Also, Erin Elwood and Dilip Tunki, Johns Creek City Councilwoman and Councilman attended the function. They rendered PVSA Awards to our 37 Atlanta youths and were highly impressed with the service attitude & service projects of Atlanta VT Seva youths. We have built partnerships with the Johns Creek Police department and Johns Creek City Council members and soon will be launching collaborative projects with them. Atlanta VT Seva held PVSA Award Ceremony and Police appreciation event along with City council meet at Johns Creek City Council building on May 20, 2023. Dr. Madhu Nemani delivered the welcome note, appreciating the youths, police officers, volunteers and went over the initiative and projects done by the Atlanta youths. A beautiful and well-prepared video by our youth Nikhila was played to the audience which showcased all the great work out Atlanta youth has done during the year. All the Cards prepared by our youths for the police officers were also on display at the event. Council members, Police Sergeant and Dr. Madhu Nemani discussed some projects that will provide an opportunity for our youths to do more for the community. Further, Sergeant Dimitri Police gave the tour of gave a tour of Johns Creek Police Department and youths had the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about Johns Creek police department. It was also discussed to provide an opportunity for the other youths to have such tours to gain insight into the police officers day to day work. The event was concluded by thanking all the Police officers, city council members and volunteers for taking their valuable time out of their busy schedule to be present and making the event successful. Police officers were provided with Yummy Pizza and refreshments as a token of appreciation for their dedication and commitment in serving the community. We are very proud of 37 youths and 1 adult volunteer who were recognized for their contribution in serving the community during the year 2022 with Gold, Silver and Bronze Presidential Volunteer Service Awards. These awards were presented by the Police officers and Council members and each awardee also received a water bottle from the Police officers. Our 2022 PVSA Event VT Seva Atlanta was proud to organize a ‘Police Appreciation cum Award Ceremony’ at City Hall on May 12th, 2022, at Johns Creek City Hall. This event was organized in collaboration with Johns Creek Police Department (JCPD). During this event, our VT youths of Atlanta were graced with the presence of Sergeant Seymour and Officer Wear, as well as several other police officials that night, allowing our students to directly thank their heroes with homemade cards during the National Police Appreciation Week. The program started with a Welcome Note by Dr. Madhu Nemani, VT SEVA Atlanta Director and later a video was played exhibiting and highlighting the initiatives and activities performed by VT SEVA youths in year 2021 & 2022 which comprises of Mask Making for the Special Needs Kids of the Laurel Heights Hospital, Eco-friendly April Cool Seedling project, Feed the Needy though Meals By Grace program, and serving the underprivileged by participating in American Kidney Services and American Heart Walk, VT SEVA Youth Club in Lambert Highschool, Summer Camp program, Card Making for Nethra School Kids and SUBHA Annual Event. All the police officers were fascinated at the hard work, dedication, and diligence shown by the youths and adults of VT Seva Atlanta. U.S. Peace Officers Memorial Day falls on May 15 each year to pay tribute to the brave local, state, and federal peace officers who have died or been disabled in the line of duty. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Our police appreciation event was organized on May 12th which is during the National police appreciation week. Our VT youths gave ‘Thank You’ cards to the police heroes for appreciating their hard work in protecting our communities 24/7. In addition to this, 33 youths and 2 adult volunteers were recognized for their great service to the community in year 2021 with Gold and Bronze Presidential Volunteer Service Awards, which were presented to the nominees by Sergeant Seymour and Office Wear of Johns Creek police department. There were 35 Presidential Awardees which are listed below: Abhinav Adigopula, Abhiram Chilakamari, Abhiram Nalla, Adithya Karthik Upadhyayula, Aditya Thatavarty, Akshaj Nalla, Ameya Agnihotri, Anshi Rudraraju, Charishma Bijum, Dharanija Peram, Jayaditya Abbireddy, Naimisha Kodali, Nikhila Mannepalli, Omkar Konkimalla, Pranuti Kothapalli, Pranav Arkatala, Pranav Mocherla, Pranav Vempati, Rikhil Sai Duvvuri, Rishi Narendran, Rishi Vempati, Ritika Vemulapalli, Samved Gazzala, Shivangi Panda, Shreyas Medicherla, Shriya Yadavalli, Siri Arkatala, Sreeja Sappati, Srimayi Kukkadapu, Srivanth Magham, Sriya Gourisetti, Sujay Reddy, Trisha Vemulapalli, Dr, Madhu Nemani and Madhavi Kodali The students were honored by all the JCPD members present and thanked for their service to the community. Later, a tour was given of Johns Creek Police Headquarters and youths had the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about Johns Creek police department. At the end of the event, VT Seva Atlanta thanked police officers and provided wonderful dinner as a token of appreciation of their hard work and service to the community.

  • VT Seva Houston Summer Art Camp

    VT Seva Summer Art Camp July 15th - July 19th, 2024 Vt Seva Houston is excited to share an Art camp for all starting with age 7 years and above. Art is a colorful meditation that is relaxing and refreshing and allows you to be engaged with your creativity. Learn to draw the basic elements of each art form. Create a piece of art on each day of the summer camp. Dates: July 15 - July 19 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Online class at Zoom All proceeds go to Houston Kids Meals. Last day to register: July 10 The camp admission fee is $75 For any questions, please message 832-431-7215 Please make sure to review the waiver form listed above, before clicking here to enroll in the VT Seva Houston Summer Art Camp:

  • Baking for a Brighter Future

    A Heartwarming Bake Sale Story (Homemade Goodies for Our Peers’ Education) Hello, everyone! My name is Abisrishti Ram. I am a youth volunteer of VT SEVA Detroit Youth Board, and I’m thrilled to share an inspiring story with you. On October 28th, 2023, I organized a bake sale with a purpose to raise funds and donate for the education of children at NethraVidhyala School supported by VT SEVA. Let me take you through this heartwarming journey. The Motivation VT SEVA supported NethraVidhyala school students’ remarkable achievements deeply impressed me. Their determination and resilience inspired me to take action. I firmly believe that education should be accessible to all, regardless of their circumstances. With this conviction, I embarked on a mission to make a difference. Baking with Purpose Having baked countless treats for my family and friends, I decided to channel my passion into something meaningful. I set my sights on sponsoring the education of at least one student, which required raising $365. The Power of Teamwork Knowing that I couldn’t achieve this goal alone, I rallied my friends (Shruthi and Kirupali) . Together, we formed a team of enthusiastic bakers and salespeople. Our shared commitment fueled our efforts. Crafting Vegan Delights Recognizing the growing interest in vegan options, I spent a week experimenting with various vegan cookie recipes. Once I perfected them, I documented the recipes—essential for transparency regarding ingredients and potential allergies. Our menu featured sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and pumpkin spice cookies (courtesy of my talented friend). Preparation and Setup The day before the bake sale, I diligently prepared the cookie dough, allowing it to chill for optimal flavor. On the big day, we set up a charming table outside my garage. Each baked item came with its recipe, prominently displayed for visitors to see. We wanted everyone to feel confident about their choices, especially those with dietary restrictions. Sales and Outreach Sales started slowly in the morning, but as the day progressed, our efforts paid off. Undeterred, we hit the streets, distributing bake sale flyers door-to-door. Along the way, we honed our sales skills and learned valuable lessons about customer service. Not everyone was friendly, but we remained focused on our mission. The Irresistible Selling Point Our secret weapon? The tagline: “Homemade Goodies for Our Peers’ Education!” This simple phrase resonated with our community, emphasizing the dual purpose of our bake sale. Triumph and Impact By day’s end, we had surpassed our initial goal. Together, we raised over $750, enough to sponsor the education of two children at NethraVidalya. The joy and fulfillment we felt were immeasurable. This experience has left an indelible mark on my heart, and I’m committed to making it an annual tradition. A Call to Action As I reflect on this journey, I encourage everyone to use their abilities to uplift others. Let’s create a world where education knows no barriers. 🌟 Blog written by: Abisrishti Ram Blog Published by: Nandini Cheemalamarri

  • VT SEVA Houston Semi Classical and Light Music Workshop

    VT SEVA SEMI-CLASSICAL AND LIGHT MUSIC WORKSHOP July 8th - July 12th, 2024 Dates: July 8th to July 12th. The last day to register is JULY 5th, 2024. There will be two sessions each day: - Session 1: 10:00 am CST to 11:00 am CST for 5 -10 years - Session 2: 11:00 am CST to 12:00 pm CST for 10 years and above This is an online camp on Zoom. All song recordings and lyrics/notations will be provided. More details will be sent out as we near the camp date. At the end of the workshop, we will have a performance in Ashtalakshmi Temple on July 27. More details will be sent out near the performance date. The camp admission fee is $50. For any questions, please message 408-592-0096, or email himaponnapalli@yahoo.com. Please make sure to review the waiver form listed above, before clicking here to enroll in the VT Seva Houston Workshop:

  • Living Sustainably - Atlanta

    Go Green webinar We had our Go Green webinar event at Sharon fork Library on 04/13/2024 10:30Am- 12:30PM . We learnt about Sustainable Living - - what is sustainability and why is it important? - 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) - How to practice Reduce and Reuse in daily life - Why recycle? - What can you recycle (paper, plastic, metal) - Recycling exercise (sorting of mixed items) - What happens to your recyclable items after collection (video) - Goal setting by youths for sustainable living Earth Hour 2024 Earth Hour is one hour in the year that we all turned off our power to help Earth. Earth Hour believes that each and every one of us has the power to make a positive impact on our planet, but it’s up to us as individuals to decide how we do so. Anyone, anywhere can join the Biggest Hour for Earth by spending 60 minutes doing something - anything - positive for our planet. This year, 21 VT Seva youth volunteers participated in this amazing event. Many people lit candles to light their homes. Some even used the moonlight. But, they all had fun while helping conservative earth’s resources make it a better place. April 4th 2024 Fresh Water Treatment Facility Have you ever wondered what goes behind the scenes to produce clean, safe drinking water? Atlanta VT Seva youths visited ‘Tom Lowe Atlanta Water Plant’ on April 4th to learn water treatment process. Our youths learned what goes behind-the-scenes and produce clean water for the fulton county residents each day. Clean drinking water is vital to our good health and it’s our responsibility to save water for the next generation. More than 40 Atlanta VT Seva youths participated in this educational Water Tour. This water plant has an incredible track record of providing clean, safe drinking water to more than 300,000 residents in Fulton County. Our youths will share the feedback about this tour and also their Action plan to save water in their daily life. We have build good relationships with the Water plant officials and they learned about VT Seva and the good work of VT Seva Atlanta team! DIY Composting & Agroecology Webinar On March 3rd, 2024, VT Seva Atlanta has organized ‘DIY Composting Webinar’. More than 50 youths attended this session and understood the science & art of composting. They learned various types of Composting - Hot Composting, Cold Compisting, Trench Composting, and Vermi Composting. They will make their own organic compost for the April Cool Seedling project! April 2023 Waste Water Facility Tour VT Seva Atlanta facilitated 2nd Waste Water Facility Tour on April 4, 2023. More than 70 plus VT youths and parents participated in this educational tour. We had a warm welcome by the organizers, David Horton and Camilla Russell and were led into the main conference room. Their we learned about trash, debris, etc are present in waste water and what prices it goes through to get clean drinkable water again. We understood how important it is to use the water responsibly without wasting it during brushing the teeth and taking long showers. We had a wonderful Q&A session in which VT youths participated actively and got to know information like how this facility cleans 12000 tons of water every day and send that water to residential areas, businesses and finally, extra water to Chattahoochee river. Later, we were taken inside to see the waste water plant and we got good insights on architectural design, monitoring system, and how they control the odor and sound of this big plant. This waste water tour was facilitated by Jeya, Hithesh, and Madhu, Atlanta VT Seva core members. Overall, Atlanta youths had a great interactive session where they got the insights on waste water treatment process, dewatering, recycling, wastewater landscape and much more… We have build good relationship & partnership with the Johns creek environmental officials and they were thrilled to see our youths participation and feedback from the last tour. We all had fun, got color changing water bottles as a gift from them, and went home with some really good take-homes. As a VT Seva team, we gave them VT Seva Calendar, Brochure, and hand-made Thank you cards. They have never heard about VT Seva before, but now it’s in their minds and they want our youths to come forward and collaborate & help them in their research projects. Its’s a great learning, enriching, and rewarding experience for us as Atlanta VT Seva team. March 2023 Waste Water Facility Tour Have you ever thought about where your water goes from the sink and toilet once it flows down the drain? VT Seva Atlanta inspired youth to know what goes behind a water treatment facility and how to use water responsibly and take action to make a difference. At the amazing Johns Creek Wastewater treatment facility on March 10th , 2023, around 30 Atlanta youth toured the facility to learn the importance of water. The facility staff had been extremely professional and showed us all the processes that go on in the facility. The first process Bar Screening takes away all the big items like rags, plastic, and other big items. Then it goes to the grit chamber where this whirlwind takes down all the grit, rocks, and sand. Then the water goes to a place where they let the water sit because the small particles will slowly sink to the bottom allowing the top water to be cleaner. After that process, the water reaches this chamber where small microbes and membranes will break down the harmful bacteria in the water. Before the UV light process it is taken to a tank where this membrane technology called Zeeweed has microscopic holes that will transport only the clean water to the top so the treatment can continue. Next it is sent to this UV light that is able to destroy the rest of the harmful bacteria. Last but not least they add chlorine and other helpful chemicals to make it extremely clean. All that water that has been made will go back to the Chattahoochee River for further uses. The tour was very educational and helped us learn about water and how to treat it before sending it back into the river. This is a sustainable way of recycling important Mother Earth’s natural resources which is water, and keeping the Earth clean for other animals, aquatic, plant life and future generations.

  • VT Seva Atlanta South Forsyth Youth Club

    March Everyday, we text people because it is quick and easy, but sometimes, writing a letter can be more personal, allow for more depth of communication, and can have more formality. It is vital that we are connected with our loved ones, and we should make them feel appreciated whenever possible. To do this South Forsyth High School VT Seva, started a letter-writing activity that has helped teenagers connect with their loved ones on a deeper level. It was a fairly successful project and we observed that our volunteers were able to connect with their family and friends! October SFHS youth made book marks, kindness stones, and thank you cards in the month of November to celebrate and appreciate the hard work and support of teachers , and promote education and reading. They gave cards to healthcare workers, police officers, and fire fighters to thank them. VT Seva Atlanta - South Forsyth High Nature write up SFHS VT Seva's first project was the Nature Writeup in which our members wrote paragraphs about times when they helped nature, how nature has affected them, or simply about the beautiful aspects on nature. We chose this topic as we thought of the start of seasonal change in September, when the a light chill mixes with the air, the sky blue deepens in shade, and the leaves of the trees gradually turn orange and red. This beautiful nature compelled us to start this project and spread the knowledge and appreciation of nature to everyone around us. We had a total of 22 very well written responses, and we compiled them all into a portfolio named "The Canvas of Nature" to portray our members' creativity and inspiration from nature! https://www.canva.com/design/DAFvlXzoMtI/rJdENHfFn5NMiYUnjfbeyQ/view?utm_content=DAFvlXzoMtI&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=publishsharelink#1 Club Initiation South Forsyth Highschool is our 7th VT Seva youth Club in Atlanta. It is established on August 28, 2023. Please read the message below from our youth club President Nikhila, very inspirational Hello everyone, my name is Nikhila Mannepalli, and I am the President of South Forsyth High School VT Seva Club! Our now VT Seva members including myself have been separately trying to start this VT Seva club since January of this year, long before any of us knew there were others trying to start the club. It was a difficult process at that time, as no teacher was willing to sponsor the club, we hardly had any members, and the process was very scattered and unorganized. Throughout those experiences, each one of us learned a lot individually about communication, teamwork, and taking initiative, and got together to form a new, bigger SFHS VT Seva group at the beginning of August. Soon enough, with proper communication, productive meetings, discussions, and good organization, we were able to successfully find a sponsor, submit an application, and get the club approved today! What was taking us months of time as we attempted to start the club separately took mere weeks when we all came together to be a team.

  • VT Seva Atlanta Chattahooche High School Youth Club

    On Labor Day 2023, VT Seva 8th Youth Club in Chattahoochee Highschool was established. Another inspirational story of persistence, not to quit inspite of several rejections✌️✌️✌️ Hi all, this is Parthu Valluri, the President of VT Seva club at Chattahoochee Highschool. I'm proud to say that we have established VT Seva Youth Club in our school on Sep 1st. This club has been in the works since last year; the idea of the club was introduced to me by Madhu Aunty when I first joined VT Seva. Although it has been in the works for a while now, these last three weeks have been a series of unexpected twists and turns, as finding a proper sponsor was a huge issue. Our first two sponsors both quit immediately after submitting the application. Finding teachers only got more difficult as dozens rejected me and quickly, two weeks had flown by. It wasn't looking too good for us as time was running out. Thanks to Yoshna, one of our Vice Presidents, we managed to get a sponsor that was willing to help us last minute and thanks to him we are able to start our club! Now we are going to get started on pitching our club to the school this coming week and work together to spread VT Seva to Chattahoochee. Community service always starts small and becomes a big and beautiful collaborative activity, exactly what VT Seva Chattahoochee aspires to become. I look forward to working with my wonderful team of officers here in order to bring value to our community and to support the cause that VT Seva has brought to the world. - VT Seva Chattahoochee High School Team

  • Upcoming VT Seva Seattle Events - Get Involved and Make a Difference!

    Guiding Principles Youth Powered, Youth Drive. Own Your Adventure. Participate regularly in meetings to stay informed, share ideas, and collaborate with fellow members. Contribute your time and skills to various events and initiatives, making an impact. Approach all activities with empathy and kindness, understanding the importance of serving others selflessly. Current Events Run Jog Walk VT Seva presents Run Jog Walk an initiative designed to promote fitness and well-being among our members. Regardless of your fitness level, our expertly crafted schedule will guide you on a journey to better health. To participate please join the WhatApp group. Recurring Events Musical Volunteering at Ciel Memory Care Biweekly Music Volunteer Opportunity at the Memory Care Senior Center, spreading joy and warmth through music. Youth play instruments such as the guitar, violin, and piano. Time: 1:30-2:15pm Location: https://cielseniorliving.com/community/ciel-of-issaquah/ 23845 SE Issaquah-Fall City Rd., Issaquah, WA 98029 VT Seva Digital Library for Blind and Print Disabled An initiative to convert books and print material into digital content that can be accessed by the blind and visually challenged indviduals.

  • VT Seva Detroit Youth Led 4th Annual Walkathon

    VT Seva Detroit Youths are conducting the fourth annual walkathon from June 1, 2024, to July 12, 2024. The In-Person Finale Walkathon will be conducted in Shiawassee Park, Farmington on July 13, 2024. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” –Lao Tzu When cancer becomes a part of one's life, there is a lot to worry about. Angels of Hope provides financial assistance to Michigan families in need to ease the burden caused by the disease. All the proceeds go towards Angels of Hope. Do you want to lead a team in the walkathon? You can have your own team to stay healthy and support families impacted by cancer! All you have to do is sign up your interest in Team Lead Signup Link: https://bit.ly/vtsdetybwalk2024teamleadsignup Please make sure to select your team while registering. Waiver/Release of Liability: By registering for this event, you acknowledge that you and/or your child are participating on your own accord and that you alone assume liability for injury, accident, or other risk incurred. Consult with your healthcare provider regarding your health risk. Information presented during this event is not intended or implied to be a substitute for individualized professional medical advice and attention.

  • Atlanta Lambert Youth

    On March 31st 2024, Lambert VT Seva took part in the Great Forsyth County Cleanup. We spent 4 hours cleaning up Caney Road and filled up 3 trash bags! This was an experience that showed us how much waste could be collected from a road that looks clean at first sight. After meeting at Caney Reserve Park, our volunteers walked along the road, unearthing a huge variety of trash- cigarettes, plastic bags, water bottles, PVC pipes, alcohol bottles, etc. It was a fun experience, and we all enjoyed talking with each other while cleaning up the environment!! Dental Kit Drive On Feb 17, 2024 with freezing cold temperatures in Atlanta, number of non-profit orgs came forward to help the homeless by providing food, dental kits, and toys to spread the kindness and warmth with the less fortunate ones. Atlanta VT Seva youths from lambert highschool with their President Srimayi also participated in this ‘Wellness’ event and gave more than 100 dental kits to the homeless families. Along with food and dental kits, homeless people were also provided a place to take shower along with onsite doctors assistance for any medical help. We are very proud of our Atlanta VT Seva youths for coming forward and serving the needy on this National Random Act of Kindness Day! AP Biology Tutoring VT Seva Atlanta youth is hosting a tutoring service. All the proceeds from this service go to support underprivileged students' education in India. Student Tutor Qualifications: Srimayi Kukkadapu is an exemplary biology student who has experience in teaching AP biology. In school, she had a 100% average in Honors Biology and a 97% average in AP Biology. She has also received a 5 on the AP Biology Exam. For more info. please contact Srimayi - 470-953-9219 Please note - 1. All proceeds from these online AP Biology classes will go to support the underprivileged student's education in India. 2. ⁠The suggested donation is $75 (for all the classes combined). There will be one two-hour class every week, and there will be a total of 15 classes (30 hours of total teaching). All classes will be held on weekends. 3. ⁠Recordings will be shared with the students who have missed the class. 4. ⁠Registration Pre-requisite: Must have taken at least one high school biology class Please read the VTS Tutoring Conduct and Waiver here:

  • VT Seva Alliance Academy Youth Club

    During the month of April, Alliance Academy VT Seva Youths participated in an Annual Mental Health week from April 23th-April 26st. Throughout the week, we created content on Instagram that promoted healthier living and pushed a focus on better Mental Health. Those activities included tips on how to develop better study habits, a mental health check-in, and various discussion questions such as: “What are words of affirmation you resonate with?” and “How do you like to de-stress?” This gave AAI VT Seva members and students the opportunity to discuss and share their feelings about the topic. VT Seva Alliance Academy Atlanta Youth Club is Thankful to have their family, friends, and the members and supporters of Atlanta VT Seva this Thanksgiving on Nov 23rd, 2023! Watch out this video to see what the team is thankful for this year! - https://www.instagram.com/reel/Cz_7EdBOB4G/?igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA== On November 16th 2023, Alliance Academy VT Seva, AAI HOSA, ICA, and Student Diversity hosted a Bollywood Night sponsored my Suvidha International Market. Students were able to participate in Bollywood dances, cheer on their friends performing, and enjoy the night with Samosas, Vada Pav, Bread Pakora, Malai Jamun, and Thumbs Up brought to us by Suvidha. Students had a great time learning more about the Bollywood Culture. Big thank you to Suvidha International Market for making this happen! In the month of October 2023 , Alliance Academy VT Seva youths serviced their community by participating in a Trunk or Treat! They were able to interact with young children and have fun with their community. At the October Chapter meeting, youths made meaningful connections with one another by playing Halloween games and learned about the core values of VT Seva. Alliance academy VTSEVA youth club had 1st chapter meeting in October where they talked about the upcoming projects.110 kids signed up to join the club at this meeting. Kate Chirapornsuk - Alliance academy VT Seva youth club Vice President traveled with her family in Summer 2023 to Bangkok to volunteer and give back to an organization-The Pakkred Babies Home. We were able to support the cause by donating 7000 Baht to the organization to support children’s education, medical bills, and food costs. The Pakkred Babies 50 years ago, The Pakkred Babies Home in Bangkok was created to help newborns until age 6. Their goal is to be able to help those kids who suffer family issues including mental illness from the parents, abuse, or even lack of funding. All of the donation money goes to support the child's ability to fully recover in society. Volunteers can also donate necessary items to the organization such as cleaning supplies, hygiene supplies to support the children, and essential items to help the kids succeed at school. To respect the children’s privacy, we blurred the faces of the children. Please go support our cause by Liking and Sharing on Instagram. Atlanta Alliance Academy Mental Health Workshop During the month of April, Alliance Academy VT Seva Youths participated in a Mental Health week from April 18th-April 21st. Throughout the week, Kate Chirapornsuk (Vice President) and Suveer Jaisingha (Public Relations Officer) created content on Instagram that promoted healthier living and pushed a focus on better Mental Health. Those activities included tips on how to manage stress, a mental health check-in, and various discussion questions such as: “What are you grateful for?” and “How do you like to manage stress?” This gave AAI VT Seva members and students the opportunity to discuss and share their feelings about the topic. On Thursday, April 20th, Alliance VT Seva Executive Officers went around their school to interview fellow students and teachers about their thoughts on mental health-related topics about how they are, what they are grateful for, and how they manage stress. Interview Video https://www.instagram.com/reel/CrTa-t6MnI3/ To end the Mental Health Week, on Friday, April 21st, Alliance Academy VT Seva hosted a Mental Health Workshop discussing healthy study habits and learning about managing stress. The workshop idea was created by Rishi Vempati (President) and then was planned and hosted by Kate Chirapornsuk and Aviral Gupta (Vice Presidents). The vice presidents invited guest speakers, Mr. Neighbor and Mrs. Kim Han, counselors at Alliance Academy to the workshop. There, they went over topics about exam preparation, confidence building, and the importance of maintaining a positive outlook. Then, officers served a light breakfast of pastries, juice, and coffee to those who attended the workshop. All foods and beverages were provided and set up by the Yotakhong/Chirapornsuk Family and Karnav Trivedi (Treasurer). Look this presentation for more information: https://docs.google.com/.../1qBQRadPYbYV1MbqogiZt.../edit... And here are more highlight: https://www.instagram.com/.../highlights/17987894992940046/ VT Seva Atlanta Alliance Academy Youth Club Letters of Love VT Seva Alliance Academy Youth Club wrote Letters of Love to the Ukrainian refugees on April 29th, 2023 to instill hope and demonstrate in a personalized way that each refugee is not alone during this hardship. The refugees highly appreciated the mindfulness and kindness of Alliance Academy youth. They have received a Certificate of Appreciation and a Thank You Letter from the Ukrainian Authorities. February Meeting 2023: The goal for this meeting was to introduce this club, and gain members who were interested in volunteering opportunities. Here we were able to introduce the executive officer team, Rishi Vempati (President), Kate Chirapornsuk (Co-Vice President), Aviral Gupta (Co-Vice President), and Rishi Desai (Director of Operations). Then we went over the ins and outs of how VT Seva works. We also discussed past projects as well as future projects at VT Seva including, April Cool, Digital Book volunteering, and the Raffle plan to support those in need in Turkey after the earthquake. We ended by answering questions from new members. March Meeting 2023: Our agenda for this meeting was to gain new members as well as introduce new projects for March and April. Our most notable project is sending/writing cards to children in Ukraine. Their main idea of this workshop is that if we come together, we can make a global impact. This initiative is led by Kate Chirapornsuk, and Aviral Gupta. Another project is our Spring Bootcamp where volunteers teach younger children important life skills that will help them throughout their middle/high school years. These skills can be anything such as English, Math, Programming, Art, etc. More information to come once we get more volunteers. Our raffle plan is currently under review! Official information will be released soon. We ended our March meeting by serving Krispy Kreme donuts, and getting to know the 30 new members we gained. Alliance academy youths created thoughtful cards for the kids of Ukraine to help them stay strong during this tough time YEAR 2022 Alliance Academy youths had a strong desire to open VT Seva club at their school. It’s a private high school in which starting a VT Seva youth club is very very tough. No teacher was ready to become the club sponsor, but our VT youths didn’t give up and looked into all the possible ways to make it happen. After 5 weeks to hard work, persistence, and going back & forth with the school authorities finally they found a WAY (where there was no way) and got 2 sponsors - Mr. Philips & Mr. Demerly and now VT Seva Youth Club at Alliance Academy was established on Sep 20th, 2022. VT Seva Alliance Academy Youth Club members made ‘Thank You’ cards and gave small gifts to the custodial and kitchen staff members of Alliance today to appreciate their sincere efforts in keeping the school clean and providing healthy lunch. This initiative is from Kate Chirapornsuk, the Secretary of the club. This club promotes diversity & inclusion and many Americans are youth members of this club. It’s a gratifying experience for all the club members of Alliance Academy For Innovation on December 15th, 2022.

  • VTSeva Austin Equality Contest

    "In honor of the great philosophers of India and America—Swami Ramanuja, an 11th-century saint known for his unwavering commitment to equality, and Martin Luther King Jr., a 20th-century social reformer—VTSeva Austin is hosting an Equality Speech Contest on April 27th. Join us in celebrating their legacies and sharing your own perspectives on equality. Let your voice be heard in our quest to promote inclusivity and equity for all." We are happy to share the news that Feb 5th 2024 has been declared as “Equality Day” In Austin,TX by Austin Mayor Kirk Watson!! Equality Speech Contest concluded on April 27th 2024 and registrations are closed. Winners : Here are the Winners from each division: Div 1 -  Samarth Anchoori, Pranshi Mehta and Sudarshan Rangarajan Div 2 -  Kanishk Lalith, Arjun Guthikonda and Kharanshu Sayani Congratulations to all the participants! Please find the link to the photos from the event: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Bwasnctpy1MY6nRdA Students age 8 to 12 ( div 1) and ages 13 to 17 ( div 2) are invited to prepare and present a 2- 3 mt speech on one of the following topics: 1. Finding my voice 2. How can one practice equality in today's world? 3. My Hero  /  My Champion Registration ends Apr 10, 2024. You will receive an email on April 11th with all necessary details! The contest will be held on Apr 27th, 2023 from 10:00 am to 3 pm . Rubrics for judging: https://tinyurl.com/vtsevarubric FREE PUBLIC SPEAKING WORKSHOP FOR REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS: April 13th , 2 PM- 4 PM Trillium Montessori, 9707 Anderson Mill Rd #350, Austin, TX 78750 Limited registrations for each age category.. So huuuurrrry and register at the earliest

  • Out of the Darkness Walk

    April 14, 2024 - Atlanta April is a Stress Awareness month and our Atlanta VTS Hope Team participated in the “Out of Darkness” walk on April 14, 2024 to bring mental heath awareness amongst teens and adults for their overall well-being! Atlanta VT Seva youths from 6 Highschools (Denmark, Forsyth Central, Lambert, Northview, Alliance Academy and Innovation Academy) participated in this Out of the Darkness Walk for Mental Health.

  • 𝗩𝗧 𝗦𝗲𝘃𝗮 𝗗𝗲𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗶𝘁 𝗠𝗮𝘆 𝟭𝟭, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟰 𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗹𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗵 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗡𝗼𝘃𝗶 𝗣𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗗𝗲𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁

    Every year, 𝗩𝗧 𝗦𝗲𝘃𝗮 𝗗𝗲𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗶𝘁 𝘃𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗶𝘁 𝗮 𝗽𝗼𝗶𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗽 𝗯𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗡𝗼𝘃𝗶 𝗣𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗗𝗲𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗣𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸 (𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗯𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗠𝗮𝘆 𝟭𝟮, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟰 – 𝗦𝗮𝘁, 𝗠𝗮𝘆 𝟭𝟴, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟰) to appreciate them for their selfless service and sacrifice towards our communities.   VT Seva Detroit has always recognized the difficult job of being a Police Officer facing many odds & challenges, including the safety of their own lives. It was so nice of the 𝗗𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝗣𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗰 𝗦𝗮𝗳𝗲𝘁𝘆/𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗲𝗳 𝗼𝗳 𝗣𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗘𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗪 𝗭𝗶𝗻𝘀𝗲𝗿, 𝗢𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗲𝗿𝘀: 𝗝𝗲𝗻𝗸𝗶𝗻𝘀𝗲𝗻, 𝗧𝗼𝘁𝗵, 𝗔𝗺𝗯𝗿𝗼𝘀𝗲, 𝗕𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲, 𝗪𝗼𝗹𝗼𝘀𝗸𝗶 & 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗼𝗻 to meet our youth and adult volunteers and appreciate our community service efforts. We also thank 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝘆𝗮 𝗚𝘂𝗿𝘂𝗺𝘂𝗿𝘁𝗵𝘆 - 𝗡𝗼𝘃𝗶 𝗖𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗹𝘄𝗼𝗺𝗮𝗻 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗮 𝘄𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗷𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻. This year, we asked our youth volunteers to make handmade ‘Thank you!’ cards for our police officers, and it was great to see how enthusiastically some of our youth made very creative and heart-touching cards. Kudos to these youth who came forward for this wonderful act!!! 𝗞𝘂𝘀𝗵𝗶 𝗞𝗮𝗻𝘂𝗺𝘂𝗿𝗶, 𝗔𝗱𝗵𝗶𝗽 𝗣𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗽𝗮𝘁𝗶, 𝗦𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗮 𝗥𝗲𝗴𝗲, 𝗡𝗶𝗸𝗵𝗶𝗹 𝗔𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗯𝗮𝘁𝗶, 𝗞𝘂𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗹 𝗗𝘂𝗿𝗴𝗮, 𝗥𝗼𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗹, 𝗦𝗵𝗿𝗮𝘆𝗮 𝗩𝗲𝗱, 𝗦𝗮𝗶 𝗦𝗿𝗶 𝗥𝗮𝗺 𝗞𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶, 𝗦𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗸 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝗿𝘂𝗺𝗮𝗹𝗮𝗸𝗮𝗻𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗶, 𝗬𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗶 𝗦𝗵𝗲𝗸𝗮𝗿 𝗗𝗲𝗯𝗯𝗮𝘁𝗮 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗢𝘃𝗶𝘆𝗮 𝗝𝗮𝗶𝘀𝗮𝗻𝗸𝗮𝗿. Our Youth volunteers explained all the activities and community service projects we execute to benefit underprivileged people locally and internationally. The officers really admired the fantastic effort of our youth and all others in VT Seva Detroit. All the officers got really moved and overwhelmed receiving these kind appreciation cards from our youth. We also gave the Police Chief and the officers a plaque for their efforts, courage, and gallant duties they perform, as a small token of appreciation.  VT Seva Detroit was very happy to buy the officers pizzas, donuts, desserts, and sodas for their lunch. Here are our awesome adult volunteers who participated in this event as well: 𝗡𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗶. 𝗦, 𝗡𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗶. 𝗖, 𝗦𝗮𝘃𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗮. 𝗣, 𝗦𝘄𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗶. 𝗗, 𝗞𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗵𝗶. 𝗗, 𝗩𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗮. 𝗚, 𝗔𝗻𝗮𝗻𝗱. 𝗥, 𝗦𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗻𝗶𝘃𝗮𝘀. 𝗖, 𝗦𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗵. 𝗞, 𝗦𝘂𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗵. 𝗥, 𝗦𝘂𝗱𝗵𝗲𝗲𝗿. 𝗞, 𝗥𝗮𝗷. 𝗣, 𝗦𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗵𝗮𝗻. 𝗗 Few of the kids also grabbed the opportunity for an impromptu Tour of the Police Station and asked some very interesting questions. 𝗪𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻'𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗲𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵, 𝗡𝗼𝘃𝗶 𝗣𝗗! 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗸𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝘀𝗮𝗳𝗲 𝗴𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝗮 𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗮𝘆! We all owe them a debt of gratitude, so let’s make sure we take time out of our day-to-day lives to recognize their efforts and give back however we can! Blog Written by: Suresh Rajan Blog Published by: Nandini Cheemalamarri

  • VT Seva - Atlanta Fathers/Mothers Day events

    Our Moms are our Superhero’s and biggest supporters, but we usually don’t tell them enough how much they’re appreciated. Atlanta youths made personalized Mother’s Day cards along with household chores coupons on May 12, 2024. They shared their views about what they are grateful and thankful for with their mothers! Fathers Day 2023 Atlanta youths had a Father’s Day activity & CEO Prep activity on June 17, 2023. Youths made surprise gifts for their fathers - cards and special artwork to show their love and affection for their dad. Children also created Father’s Day artwork in their summer camp art class. In addition. The dads were elated to receive these heartwarming gifts from their kids. They also brainstormed youth presentation ideas for the upcoming CEO visit in Atlanta. They are working hard in putting together VT exhibits & skit presentations for the Big Day on July 19th.

  • VT Seva Atlanta CPR Session

    CPR Workshop April 29th 2024 VT Seva Atlanta organized a CPR workshop on April 29, 2024 at Sharon Library. It was a successful event with more than 50 youths and adults 35 learned how to do good quality CPR, dos and don’ts of CPR, and how to get CPR Certified from Dr. Jawahar Gazzala, Atlanta Heart Specialist and Cardiologist. Having a mindset to save somebody’s life requires knowing what to do, when to do, and confidently taking action at the time of need. The enthusiastic participation of the youths and adults highlighted their willingness to learn life-saving skills that is much needed in modern world. We raised $1000 for the education of blind / visually challenged students of Nethra Vidyalaya. It’s a great hands-on learning experience for all! April 30th 2023 Atlanta VT Seva team has organized a CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) session on April 30th, 2023 at the Cumming Library in Forsyth County. The main objectives behind this CPR session are to share CPR insights, provide hands-on training, and assist youths and adults in practicing CPR. This CPR session started with an Atlanta VT SEVA 2021-2022 Initiatives & Activities video exhibiting various service projects in 2022 and 2023 by the Atlanta VT Seva team. This CPR session was facilitated by Dr. Jawahar Gazzala, Atlanta Heart Specialist, Cardiologist by profession, and Sumir Nemani, GA Tech CPR-certified student. Dr. Jawahar first shared the American Heart Association (AHA) CPR guidelines, dos and don’ts of CPR, 3 Cs of CPR (check patient, call 911, and start chest compressions), what to do when you see people having cardiac assets in public places, and much more. Later Dr. Jawahar and Sumir gave CPR live demonstrations of 1 Person CPR on a practice dummy and all children and adults practiced with them using their pillows assuming their pillows to be human bodies. They also went over how to do 2 personal CPR and helped our youth and adults practice it. They urged everyone to register in CPR classes and become CPR Certified, as it's an important life skill to have which can save somebody’s life in case of emergency. Overall, it was a fantastic CPR session in which we had over 90 participants in-person. In the end, each participant who attended was given a certificate of participation and a cheat sheet of what to do regarding CPR. It was great to see our VT Seva community learn the valuable skill to save someone’s life. June 4th 2022 Atlanta VT Seva team has organized CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) session on June 4th, 2022. The main objectives behind this CPR session is to share CPR insights, provide hands-on training, and assist youths and adults in becoming CPR certified. This CPR session started with a ‘Welcome Note’ by Dr. Madhu Nemani which was followed by Atlanta VT SEVA 2021-2022 Initiatives & Activities video exhibiting various service projects in 2021 and 2022 by Atlanta VT Seva team. This CPR session is a kickoff for VT SEVA Atlanta Summer Camp 2022 for Elementary, Middle, and High School students. This CPR session was facilitated by Dr. Jawahar Gazzala, Atlanta Heart Specialist, Cardiologist by profession and Sumir Nemani, GA Tech CPR certified student. Dr. Jawahar first shared the American Heart Association (AHA) CPR guidelines, dos and don’ts of CPR, 3 Cs of CPR (check patient, call 911, and start chest compressions), what to do when you see people having cardiac assets in public places, and much more. Later Dr. Jawahar and Sumir gave CPR live demonstrations of 1 Person CPR and all children and adults practiced with them using their pillows assuming their pillows to be the human bodies. In the end, it was open for Q&A in which Dr. Jawahar and Sumir answered all their questions. They urged everyone to register in CPR classes and become CPR Certified in 2022, its an important life skill to have which can save somebody’s life in case of emergency. They also offered valuable resources of getting CPR certification from their schools and AHA site. Overall, it was a fantastic CPR session in which we had 45 zoom connections from all across US. It was a gratifying experience for all and its very well received by the audience, especially VT Seva Muscle - our VT Seva Youths. CPR Recording https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zryz9FJhVZohbTJgl403Ixaf__zBwNpX/view?usp=sharing

  • Nethra students see the world through Robotics

    In a world where the language of robots, AI, and machine learning is the new frontier, a tale of unyielding determination, relentless grit, and unwavering commitment takes flight. These subjects, complex and intricate, pose a formidable challenge even to many conventional students. Yet, in this world of coding and robotics, a bold and audacious idea is born. The return of the FLL national competition in India after a long break kindles a spark of inspiration. Why not equip our visually challenged students of Netra Vidyalaya for this challenge? The task is monumental; teaching robotics to visually impaired children, nurturing their innovative ideas, and refining their presentation skills. But, a flame of confidence, fueled by past experiences of their indomitable will, burns bright. The journey begins with the blessing of VTSeva CEO, HH Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji. His thoughtful insights and unwavering support bolster the resolve. The flame spreads, igniting the passion of our subject matter experts and the dynamic teachers of Netra Vidyalaya. Doubt is absent; instead, electrifying energy fills the air as they embrace this ambitious goal. Within days, the teachers select the students who will be part of the FLL competition. They are introduced to FLL bricks, coding, and how to build a robot using Legos. For two months, they worked tirelessly to understand, design, test, rebuild, and make their innovative ideas work. They not only improve their skills in robotics but also get better at presenting their ideas eloquently in English. For the whole two months, all the students, teachers, and mentors worked together to turn these nine children into proud representatives who can stand tall on the national stage. They named their team ‘Thought Notch Robotica’. The two-day national competition in Goa sees participation from 350 teams from all over the country. Against all odds, the Netra Vidyalaya team did exceptionally well, showcasing their innovative idea of ‘Sudoku for Visually Challenged’ and their passion for ‘Cricket for Blind’. Their performance was outstanding, and the judges praised their effort. Their project caught everyone’s attention. They presented real solutions to the problems they face as visually challenged individuals. The Sudoku idea they presented is the first of its kind for the blind. They gave it their all and did just as planned. The result is a testament to their hard work - they won the ‘Champions Award’. The children, teachers, and mentors are overjoyed, all their hard work for two months has paid off. It’s not just about the win, but they gained much more - they get to see the world of robotics and stand on the national stage with special approval. The "Thought Notch Robotica" team is scheduled to present on Friday 4/19 from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM as part of the conference session. Our team is not competing in Houston. Many thanks to the FLL organizers for not only giving a chance to a completely visually challenged team but also not charging them an entry fee because they are a nonprofit organization. Special thanks to Mr. Chandra Polisetti (FLL 54520 and FRC 2976) from Seattle for being a mentor and guiding the team every step of the way, and also for getting his friend Mr. Siddarth from Vizag to help the team in person. Without their support, this would not have been possible. This victory would not have been possible without our Netra Vidyalaya teachers, they are the backbone of this win. Many thanks to our donors who believed in them to sponsor their education. This is a story of triumph, a story of overcoming odds, a story that inspires us all. This is an uplifting tale about seizing an idea, fully embracing it, and giving it your all. It’s a story that sparks inspiration. This is their story for all of us. "This is a moment that etches itself in our hearts, serving as a beacon of inspiration. There are days when we find ourselves in the labyrinth of life, seeking purpose and motivation to persevere against all odds. These children, with their humble backgrounds, and the teachers, devoid of luxuries, find their sole motivation in the triumph of these young souls. Let this narrative ignite a spark within us during those times when life seems to be an uphill battle. Let it remind us that even in the face of adversity, victory is possible. This is not just a story; it’s a testament to the indomitable human spirit." Please click here to support our Nethra Team: https://bit.ly/helpnethrateam

  • VTSeva Detroit First Quarter Blog 2024

    Our VT SEVA Detroit Youth Board kicked off the beginning of the 2024 volunteering season with the closing of the 1st quarter! Every project was a great initiative and a way to help out our community and gratefulness extends to all the youth and adult volunteers that devoted their time to such a noble cause! Here are the projects we have covered from January to March this quarter: Youth Board Projects: Dog Rescue Towel DriveGrocery Bag DriveCASS Community Cooking Event VTSeva Detroit Youth Board Teen Mental Wellness EventVTSeva Youth Board Coats and Socks Drive Open Door Food Ministry Volunteering EventBrilliant Detroit In-Person Volunteering Detroit Projects: Food Gatherers Packing Event DRAW Warehouse Capuchin Soup Kitchen World Medical Relief Center Clean Love Project FMSC Food Packing Event Food drive and fundraising for Lighthouse pantry with Kroger stores solicitation Destined For Greatness Ford Wellness Center Annual / FundRaiser Events: VT Seva Detroit 7th Annual Public Speaking Workshop VTS Club Events: Troy High and IAE- Boxing groceries for The Dre Project North Farmington HS VTS Club- Fleece and Thank You Troy High VTS Club- Book Drive for Making Spirits Bright Troy IA VTS Club- Sorting at Children Hospital Troy HIGH VTS Club- Grace Center of Hope Soup KitchenIAE VTS Math Kangaroo Competition VTS Troy High- Gleaners Fundraiser Video of Event Slides Youth Board Projects: Dog Rescue Towel Drive- 1/31/2024 Animals offer numerous benefits to our well-being, including mental, physical, and social support. Unfortunately, not all animals receive the care they deserve. To address this issue, we've partnered with Last Day Dog Rescue to donate towels and essential items to aid their efforts in helping animals in need. 35 Youth Board members from 10 different cities collected 105 towels. 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 LEAD: Oviya JaiSankar 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀:  Aanya Das, Abisrishti Ram,  Aditya Sankar, Akshitha Mylavarapu, Akshith Ashwant, Ananya Sankar, Anish Jaganna, Anoop  Sharva Jaganna, Avni Patel, Cordelia Laframboise, Hajanthan Muhinthan, Jenna Najor, Jishnu Kandalam, Joseph Najor, Kushal Durga, Mohammed Hussain, Nidhi Rao, Nikhil Aerabati,  Oviya Jaisankar, Rachana Raghunathan, Rishi Adduri, Rishi Chowdhry, Saicharan, Sai Sahasra, Sai Sri Ram, Samhith Eganti, Shraya Ved, Shruthi Adduri, Swara Rege, Tian Han Pelon, Varnika Jakka, Varshan Muhinthan, Varshini Barla, Veena Karthik, Yathisekar Debetta 𝗔𝗱𝘂𝗹𝘁 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀:  Priya, Srinath, Vanitha, Vijay, Samynathan, Prasad, Jaisankar, Komathy, Suresh, Shobana, and Jyothi FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/share/p/VhL2bjrNgQchSuNR/?mibextid=qi2Omg INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/p/C27cVq5O5ZY/?igsh=MXJqaGFqbHRrOHE3dQ== Grocery Bag Drive- 1/31/2024 Despite our access to resources like food and warmth during the cold winter, many families in our community still lack these essentials. Organizations like Open Door Ministries provide crucial support to these families by operating food banks. To aid their efforts, our Youth Board donated grocery bags for packing food. With the collaboration of 39 members, we collected over 3000 bags to support our local food bank. 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 LEAD: Shreya Shetty 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐕𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐬: Aanya Das, Abisrishti Ram,  Aditya Sankar, Akshitha Mylavarapu, Akshith Ashwant, Ananya Sankar, Anisha Madalla, Arnav Sharma, Avni Patel, Cordelia Laframboise, Hajanthan Muhinthan, Jishnu Kandalam, Kushal Durga, Mohammed Hussain, Nidhi Rao, Nikhil Aerabati,  Nithin Ramkumar, Oviya Jaisankar, Rachana Raghunathan, Rishi Adduri, Rishi Chowdhry, Rishma Madalla, Sai Charan, Sai Sahasra, Sai Sri Ram, Samhith Eganti, Sanjula, Sathvik Tirumala Kanduri, Savithri Bhatta, Shivam Shah, Shraya Ved, Shruthi Adduri, Shyam Bhatta, Swara Rege, Tian Han Pelon, Varshan Muhinthan, Varshini Barla, Veena Karthik, and Yathisekar Debetta 𝐀𝐝𝐮𝐥𝐭 𝐕𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐬: Priya, Srinath, Vanitha, Vijay, Samynathan, Prasad, Jaisankar, Komathy, Suresh, Shobana, and Jyothi FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/vtseva.detroit/posts/pfbid02BwhV4pw64EGRSbwCny1XAd8YE6zgkMwzyc7gBetwd6L4ur7kjRzGfUmUkK4YeArBl INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/p/C2wvBHVufe6/?img_index=1 CASS Community Cooking Event-2/18/2024 The Cass Community Social Services Cooking Service Event is always a memorable experience, filled with joy, tears, and even some singing. Residents were greeted with a clean dining room and pantry, appreciating the effort to provide a welcoming environment. Making a difference was truly delicious, as we were able to feed 130 people who enjoyed the food we prepared. We look forward to returning for another rewarding experience. 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 LEAD: Oviya Jaisankar 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀: Oviya, Jishnu, Varshini, Diya, Rithvik, Rishabh, Akshitha, Shruthika, Soumya, Aanya, Shruthi A & Soham 𝗔𝗱𝘂𝗹𝘁 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀: Priya, Jaisankar, Niveditha, Srilatha, Savithri, Lalitha, Niladari, Nalini & Shailaja FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/vtseva.detroit/posts/pfbid0jxB29KCkfsvTMPqMpCs72v1z9CibDr2iaTeZEmDrHbTRszFMnL9JKuMKyVfhsZwRl INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/p/C3hzjEfuL88/?img_index=1 VTSeva Detroit Youth Board Teen Mental Wellness Event Teen mental wellness is crucial for adolescent health, covering emotional, psychological, and social aspects. Friendships are vital for this wellness, offering support and belonging. Our youth gathered on this day to exchange positive messages, fostering a supportive community. 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀:  Aditi, Akshitha, Oviya, Shreya, Pelon, Shivani, Shivam, Sai, Sreenika, Anvika, Ishan, Akshaya. Anirvin, Jayanth, Shruthi, Shruthika, Rishi, Izzy, Sathvik, Swara & Sneha. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/vtseva.detroit/posts/pfbid0Mz3rJ3dC2vYYhWb49mUB8HnGnufc8cPgZypExGtP2NVRcNeubKFWfEwVz9z9W9uol?__cft__[0]=AZVa5OvXPnu71YYSHVxUGYl3rgx0sMl6ls04AKhnKHn7s13z5fdjy8pinsPqRaXYI0aDd48Cyhmmtpk4yE1WmyZSMko2q6RJrTnwTnzteQ9B_hEbilcBBGTguA9F0NfhPmRt1B3jTs7dDctKPXq0wBmStW-2h1rfHuNsVv7aCAVArxwmUb3sVk6p_28M3j3L52XQQfcar1eolLDn4PMbyjFz&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R VTSeva Youth Board Coats and Socks Drive-3/7/2024 VTSEVA Detroit Youth Board collected 144 New & Gently Jackets and 108 pairs of New & Gently socks for Grace Centers of Hope. This organization supports homeless and chemically dependent community members in southeast Michigan. Donated items will be distributed or sold to buy food and resources. 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 LEAD: Hajanthan Muhinthan 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀:  (𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗖𝗼𝗮𝘁) Aanya, AbiSrishti, Akshita, Akshith, Amogh, Anirvin, Anushka, Avni, Cordelia, Diya, Eashan, Hajanthan, Harsh, Hrudya, Kalki, Kavi, Nirvan, Nithin, Oviya, Rachana, Rishabh, Rishi C, Rithvik, Sai, Sai Hasini, Sai Sahasra, Saicharan, Samhith, Satvick, Shraya, Shruthi, Swara, Tian Han, Varshan, Varshini, Veena, Videep. 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀: (𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗦𝗼𝗰𝗸𝘀) Akshita, Akshith, Amogh, Avni, Cordelia, Diya, Eashan, Hajanthan, Harsh, Hrudya, Nirvan, Oviya, Pranav, Rachana, Rishabh, Rishi, Rithvik, Sai, Sai Sahasra, Saicharan, Satvick, Shraya, Shruthi, Swara , Tian Han, Varshan, Varshini, Veena, Videep. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/vtseva.detroit/posts/pfbid02vk4hfX86MgYSxcLfv4yD5vNmYTFrh593j134BS4Kwfnvv6QicVjMaaDUdX7dy8YGl INSTAGRAM:https://www.instagram.com/p/C4Nfbi5upUT/?img_index=1 Open Door Food Ministry Volunteering Event- 3/21/2024 During our volunteering experience at Open Door Food Ministry, we assisted in various tasks to support their mission of serving those in need. This food pantry serves approximately 400 families weekly, distributing an average of 20,000 lb of food per week. Our tasks included organizing sugar packets and condiment packages for inclusion in food packages, assisting in the assembly line to load carts for each family, and cleanup after food distribution. 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 LEAD: Shreya Shetty 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀:  Kushal Durga, Avni Patel, Jishnu Kandalam, Amogh Mavatoor, Rishabh Mavatoor, Shraya Ved, Akshith Ashwanth, Aditi Jethri Kompally, and Shreya Shetty 𝗔𝗱𝘂𝗹𝘁 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀: Kalyani Nallamilli, Vandana Durga, and Niveditha Mavatoor FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/vtseva.detroit/posts/pfbid09gadsFaeqQYUMNPochUfAhHvucmxSBKUXPmtphNrbXBBpQH9xFUhJisAmL5Hg3V3l Brilliant Detroit In-Person Volunteering- 3/31/2024 VT Seva Detroit volunteers recently collaborated with Brilliant Detroit, assembling 415 STEM kits for their Adventures in Science and Stories in Science programs. These kits aim to support student learning in STEM subjects, with 16 dedicated volunteers contributing to the initiative. 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 LEAD: Amogh Mavatoor 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀: Aditya Sankar, Akshith Ashwanth, Amogh Mavatoor, Ananya Sankar, Avni Patel, Jishnu Kandalam, Shraya Ved, Shruthi Adduri, Swara Rege, Sriraam Hebbar, Nitya Sankar, Rishabh Mavatoor 𝗔𝗱𝘂𝗹𝘁 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀:  Pallavi Patel, Nalini Sangita, Neha Ved, Vanitha Gopalan FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/vtseva.detroit/posts/pfbid02wpt7yNaQC2bEdgaLmZwe9bxswEeKZYRt7aneDuAuCMZCXtG5fYqmmDJRr3ozd3dXl Detroit Projects: Food Gatherers Packing Event-1/6/2024 Food Gatherers, a leading agency for hunger relief in the county, supports a network of 170 community partners with free and low-cost food deliveries. Our volunteers sorted dairy, produce, and packaged food, preparing 783 lbs of food for delivery in just 3 hours. Additionally, over 800 lbs of compost will be used to feed animals on local farms. 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀: Jisnu Kandalam, Kirupali Sathyanathan, Avni Patel, Shruthi Adduri, Varshan Muhinthan, Hajanthan Muhinthan, Shraya Ved, Rishi Chowdhury, Kushi Kanumuri 𝗔𝗱𝘂𝗹𝘁 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀: Praveen K, Pallavi P, Vijay K, Sathyanathan V, Durga Nalini, Komathy M, Vanitha G FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/vtseva.detroit/posts/pfbid0GPodK6BDsGM6dKPP7cdg4tWPQLebPoNM7q5dCaL3Vu86bnXY943XrSVs5o44u1x5l?__cft__[0]=AZX0ZlAJg1LI4FocrSiaGfUotI2INh7mblhoBthbR8hakY3irVyPIcceSfY4tROjMYx_bSUOnMTFMXfwWbhOTM0yHFevtpjVkOoVvHeqxFjsqrgAYn2h13Va6IN8MxW_hhg5i9UTT6GJAyZ38-5pnxW8q_CFlMN-1pXIXiKcpBGAW7EQoARZ3K880qKqX1WtPvUbsUw5yq6bzeQab_IJg_lM&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R DRAW Warehouse- 1/20/2024 13 VT Seva Detroit volunteers (Youth & Adults) volunteered at the DRAW (Disaster Relief At Work) Disaster Relief At Work warehouse that provides aid to natural disaster victims. We cleaned 60 tables to be distributed to a city in Mississippi as disaster relief from tornadoes. 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 LEAD: Shraya Ved 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀: Shraya Ved, Avni Patel, Jishnu Kandalam, Kushi Kanumuri, Amogh Mavatoor, Rishi Harish, Kaustubh Dingari 𝗔𝗱𝘂𝗹𝘁 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀: Vanitha Gopalan, Neha Ved, Pallavi Patel, Praveen Kanumuri, Chandra Kanumuri, Nivedhita Mavatoor, Suresh Rajan FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/vtseva.detroit/posts/pfbid0377wfVjwxcvBdCFbi8orrFTbCUNGG8rukwHCaHz5BuAQqrQsLSSfDjxHqcp1f4AhUl?__cft__[0]=AZWrRrZg2A-xKuXzlTSmUchn9g5pqGyAouagynvP2XN7BTVMeH2LpyW6niuctFaymUs4O9orB1aZdK1TIKAErP25D5i-ZluecWGRRKZ_aVFzKF7uUFuKu_KH21E0UGlAOrDGGkJfR4rsy_ec19IazqLR433MWr3m2CMyCN7ggrF06PxafVgr8XoRKruxSRHHzmucgAYwbNLMsMi-QiArlGqN&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R Capuchin Soup Kitchen- 1/27/2024 Capuchin Soup Kitchen provides healthy meals to the homeless and hungry, serving breakfast, lunch, and         dinner. Nine volunteers assisted with tasks such as serving food, prepping ingredients, organizing inventory, baking desserts, and cleaning the kitchen and dining area. 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 LEAD: Harshini Manthena 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀: Kaustubh Dingari, Rishi Harish,, Amogh Mavatoor, Rishabh Mavatoor, Harshini Manthena 𝗔𝗱𝘂𝗹𝘁 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀: Srinivasa Raju Manthena, Vanitha Gopalan, Srivardhan Dingari, Nivedhita Mavatoor. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/vtseva.detroit/posts/pfbid0zhD9TFwKXcSoxuoCWqr1keuK289gWB2nFMHuYAHJZJ5YL2Gw8wp3hwtnuPGeqywKl?__cft__[0]=AZUK6BLZWevtR_J_O5j7fe-C-Og-l5zV1E8fY9PWJojGPJyvpl7rEMlSC4j7BzkHib6-sQSsuAk73laEjuohkgrtNxgKBrkqKilrgGJB49yUw4oLZgc7ZEI1qCCG52dmOlnl9jfwAko7z1TSDjoPE9wu50OmDdyBbEsBMQCNTj1fGmgfBSNf9z8j-v3yrGfCfQ0fzgOiqBJYJnY26_61LvbQ&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R World Medical Relief Center- 2/17/2024 On February 17th, 2024, VT Seva Detroit volunteers had an inspiring learning opportunity as well as an amazing volunteering experience at the World Medical Relief center. In total we had 12 volunteers who did a great job sorting medical supplies along with the lead director of the medical center. 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 LEAD: Anirvin Ramanan 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀: Anirvin Ramanan, Deekshitha Rave, Yathi Shekar Debbata, Shraya Ved, Avni Patel, Hrudya Kishore, Swara Rege 𝗔𝗱𝘂𝗹𝘁 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀: Vanitha Gopalanm Swathi Debbata, Pallavi Patel, Ranga Rao Ravu, Suresh Rajan. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/vtseva.detroit/posts/pfbid0S4GhJR7i6kUhkdJJ2rFYQhbbJc25UnnKjtH7dcRuVHCY7sZSJ5XFBtresafQTmkvl?__cft__[0]=AZXAc3C92fNpjsXHDeQohdJO5AoGAcHlp0v9SJaTm-vU0XTeU8mPWmC30f139s_cwLQlMCUrm_9gRPG-eaxi_TwfYzI0kJ79-Z9jl-AkdtxfStQbfyoeO0vtTmecPMfhxbcoD9yL__2igPBfZaIrdW0qa58_OoEeseamvDyKHk-S4YiPPRfm0SfkWYW7N-kx7WrS2tUmp6fs_sKdmptjaM9n&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R Clean Love Project- 2/24/2024 Our volunteering experience at The Clean Love Project was incredibly rewarding. In total, 17 volunteers came together to assemble hygiene kits for women in need. These kits, totaling 2,071 hygiene items, will be distributed to women and young girls in Detroit schools, food pantries, and homeless shelters. Our efforts aim to alleviate their hygiene needs and empower them to feel clean, loved, and empowered. 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 LEAD: Avni Patel 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀: Avni Patel, Shraya Ved, Hrudya Kishore, Jishnu Kandalam, Kushi Kanumuri, Aarabhi Ratish, Anushka Vikram,  Swara Rege, Amogh Mavatoor, Ruthvi Ala, and Vedhya Raja 𝗔𝗱𝘂𝗹𝘁 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀: Vanitha Gopalan, Pallavi Patel, Praveen Kamumuri, Chandra Kamumuri, Vijay Kandalam, and Rajesh Raja FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/vtseva.detroit/posts/pfbid0MAsUvVaYyjZydp2A4qQ3KLGrCYkK6iDYBmtNurCRRLKCb72UYPZAbJqVNhVTtwDil?__cft__[0]=AZX_2PPjbnicpaAFd_DcGEPfJJnWk444PZV3Dgq3tVF8HnWJx1QVkk-px2O4cLN8nOYKwSFPeNBIyr5pzAUdZhrt0qLdcClvrzZd1Zx8AldhhC7qmwXap_OwG7CLqtPbw1eBdO4XnQYev2IN9VxdtF9XWR3KTMh8_EeKM1yLDMpm6dkAUNW2dmSzOuStFy1rR3aRQv2Eq2lsq_XN64M5zVM_&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R FMSC Food Packing Event-3/1/2024 Several VTS students volunteered at the Feed My Starving Children Food Packing Event to pack food for children in need. This experience taught us gratitude for our necessities. Our group assembled 552 bags, totaling 131,760 meals. With 18 volunteers, we made a significant impact on children's lives by providing nutrient-rich food packets. 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 LEAD: Sathvik Surapaneni 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀: Sanjula Karunaraj, Rachana Raghunathan, Sai Sahasra Namuduri, Jishnu Kandalam, Sathvik Surapaneni, Hanjanthan Muhinthan, Varshan Muhinthan, Udhayaa Arul, Tejas Raja. 𝗔𝗱𝘂𝗹𝘁 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀: Vanitha Gopalan, Shalini Musunuru, Suresh Rajan, Raghunathan Namuduri, Rajesh Raja, Kavitha, Komathy M FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/vtseva.detroit/posts/pfbid0eQgxVvBGCeFedcN3NqgLGFTaR4ZVJeRisCRk849YuWgVPLcviW3FsUGwehioPCAkl?__cft__[0]=AZWTynNead5oIRxWlXJZ3Uco_rJvecJiF0TuVG6ss_b9ZCF3LwKTz0N1GdvVpvPY3Yx8MqRSRs1MrFduzZ2gor5P2JrWhCYAa5YHrbN27Ap6GDFRZh8GshcRv5PCWtwxQW3GQsT8m34-BcUo14bqYnl7aH2i-tp2Qo0YDMjC_XaIHF2lkQAntMDJ8Ou4UQwTsU_9BKPNtGi5NbhmMhdAwTh6&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R Food drive and fundraising for Lighthouse pantry with Kroger stores solicitation- 3/17/2024 Despite challenging weather conditions, the food drive for Lighthouse Food Pantry in Pontiac, MI, supported by Kroger Store, was a success. Volunteers gathered 17 boxes of food donations and $580 in cash, thanks to the generous support of Kroger customers from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Enthusiastic volunteers, both youth and adults, contributed to the event's success, ensuring that the donations collected will benefit the Lighthouse Food Pantry next week. 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀: Abisristhi Ram, Anishya Madala, Rishi Harish, Tejas Raja, Rachana, Sai Karnati, Rishma Madala, Kushi Kanumuri, Vedhya, Videep Routhu, Varshan, Yathi Debbata 𝗔𝗱𝘂𝗹𝘁 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀: Shobana Arun, Bindhya Raja, Praveen Kanumuri, Ramesh Routhu, Srinathbabu Karnati, Suresh Rajan, Vanitha Gopalan FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/vtseva.detroit/posts/pfbid02eYsxjttCQBZKbxpUKRXUFacEahHyxq9Jr3ageES2E6U4Yv88fny8D9ufoyz6devXl?__cft__[0]=AZUz2M9iUHPFrtwoR1pMoNZWDsbZAQaInVInxq1HcBXh9gK8Mk2l7QhtjDbFL-vVVo659Y_ydCRn3m0iLoIlPxRqBQOX85fjnHTlESHEfKkToavrK8Xpy91-jDdVUNjtYTgRQlC_-VBZdCDw5gE20ix8gdze3l9dww0iSBYWh1Zr7I_9O9_CZ8gpI_h_xluUjiDKo0PMZtWaprUDml3ZkA24&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R Destined For Greatness Ford Wellness Center- 3/30/2024 A team of 15 volunteers assisted with an Easter event benefiting underprivileged children, aiding in material setup and organization. The event, hosted by Destined for Greatness, served over 300 families, distributing 15,000 gifts and 90,000 meals. VT Seva Detroit volunteers proudly supported this initiative, highlighting the joy of community service and giving back. 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 LEAD: Rohan Patil 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀:    Jishnu Kandalam, Nikhil Aerabati, Avni Patel, Shruthi Adduri, Swara Rege, Shraya Ved, Ritvik Harsha,                Amogh Mavatoor, Rishabh Mavatoor 𝗔𝗱𝘂𝗹𝘁 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀:Durga Nalini, Vanitha Gopalan, Neha Ved, Savita Patil, Suresh Rajan FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/vtseva.detroit/posts/pfbid0UwueUGzfJjVSdeYEtVX3sikQftZyBxkeEjVm843F6GhTxzK84jfaLz3q84Hpttqhl Annual / FundRaiser Events VT Seva Detroit 7th Annual Public Speaking Workshop VT Seva Detroit conducted the 7th Annual Public Speaking Workshop marked a significant milestone in the journey of empowering individuals to articulate their ideas with confidence and conviction. Hosted by Mr. Raju Brahmandhabheri, the expert Toastmaster and founder of Speaking Masters LLC., who continuously support Nethra Vidyalaya students’ education through VT Seva Detroit. On Mar 2, 2024, Online workshop was conducted by Mr. Raju, students from different states participated. A great interactive session with the youths. Participated students learned the techniques in delivering a good speech and presented their speech in the Farmington Hills Library on Mar 9, 2024 and received feedback from Mr. Raju. Thanks to our youth volunteers Adhip, Yathi & Kaustubh for giving a speech about VT Seva pillars to the participants and their families. 𝗔𝗱𝘂𝗹𝘁 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀:  Without volunteers, no event is possible, we would like to thank Ms. Priya Jaisankar, Mr. Srinath Babu Karnati, Ms. Architha Kramadhati, Mr. Sudheer Koppu, Mr. Suresh Rajan, Ms. Vanitha Gopalan, Ms. Asha Puranam and Mr. Jaisankar Kannan.BLOG LINK: VT Seva Detroit 7th Annual Public Speaking Workshop (vtsworld.org) VTS Club Events Troy High and IAE- Boxing groceries for The Dre Project Event leader: Pelon Date: Jan 26, 2024 On Sunday Jan 26, 2024, Troy High VTS club had led an event where club members from Troy High School VTS club and Troy International Academy East High School VTS club had come together to help pack food donation boxes for The Dre Project. Starting in 2020 in memoriam of Andrea Kristin Jackson, The Dre Project delivers grocery and home-cooked meals to families in need throughout metro Detroit. At the end of the event, both clubs had worked together and had boxed groceries for 25 families! These many families wouldn’t have gotten boxed groceries if it were not for the help of student and parent volunteers. Thank you student and parent volunteers for your time and effortDedicated! 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀:  Pelon Lin, Sashi Nadigotti, Anuraag Balaji, Anirvin Ramanan, Akshaya Palanisamy, Sneha Chandrasekhar, Shruthika Pallapothu, Aidan Schroeder, Mathew Yang, Luke Sugawa, Sharan Sivakumar 𝗔𝗱𝘂𝗹𝘁 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀:  Eddie Lin,Deepthi Venkataraju FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=pfbid05DVRUDFCuNB8z4vDv72 GpKG23zqHbvuhdbQTsZbfft4kVvNTeBJ86fi7STm9JQ28l&id=100088474285020 North Farmington HS VTS Club- Fleece and Thank You Event Leader: Ayeisha Shahreair Date: Jan 31, 2024 NFHS VTS Club officially kicked off their community service by conducting their first event at Fleece & Thank You. They made blankets for children in the hospital. INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/p/C2zna1WOXIJ/?igsh=aGNrcjd3MGFyN24x Troy High VTS Club- Book Drive for Making Spirits Bright Event leader: Shruthika Pallapothu Date: Feb 5, 2024 Troy High VTS Club conducted a book drive together with VT Seva Detroit. All the books collected are donated to “Making Spirits Bright”. We have collected a whopping 650 books! Making Spirits Bright sort through all the books they receive and donate them to schools, individual families, senior living and even to prisons. We made a difference in people of all age Levels. Thank you so much to everyone who donated. Thanks to all who were collecting books and dropping them off. Each book donated is going to make someone happy for sure. Special thanks to the parents who allowed their homes to be drop off locations. 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀: Aanya, ,Aarush ,AbiSrishti Akshaya, ,Akshita ,Akshith , Amogh, Anishya, Anushka , Anvika, Arnav, Arya, Cordelia, Eashan , ,Hrudya, Karthik, Nirvan, Nithin, Oviya, Pranav, Rachana, Rishabh, Rishma ,Ruthvi, sai, Sai, Sai Hasini, Sai Sahasra, Saicharan, Sathvik, Shivam, Shraya, Shreya, Shruthi, Shruthika , Sreenika , Swara , Tian Han, Harshini, Veena , Videep, Yathi 𝗔𝗱𝘂𝗹𝘁 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀: Priya, Nalini, Srinath, Ranjani, Komathi, Haritha, Jaisankar Troy IA VTS Club- Sorting at Children Hospital Event leader: Ishan Iyer,  Nishant Sharma Date: Feb 19, 2024 On February 19th, 2024, VT Seva Troy volunteers had an opportunity to help many people in the Detroit area through the Children center, a place that has the mission to help vulnerable children by providing clinical, behavioral and academic support. 8 volunteers did a great job helping organize clothes along with some hanging clothes. This work will make it easier for people who maybe can’t afford these clothes to be able to shop for them easily in the Children’s Center either FREE or for a very minimal price. Overall this experience made us volunteers fulfilled and was a great learning experience for us. 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀:  Ishan Iyer, Nishant Sharma, Aarya Venugopal, Sameer Singh, Arnav Sharma, Vatsal Oza, Chinmay Sujith Nair, Shalini Jayaprakash 𝗔𝗱𝘂𝗹𝘁 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀: Kannan Iyer and Shalini Jayaprakash FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/share/tc72dEyLvLvMZXCK/?mibextid=WC7FNe INSTAGRAM:https://www.instagram.com/p/C3na0H7rG2C/?igsh=NHRoMjh2dXh4ZHJz Troy HIGH VTS Club- Grace Center of Hope Soup Kitchen Event leader: Akshaya Palanisamy Date: Feb 19, 2024 On February 19, 2024 Troy High VTSEVA volunteers had volunteered at Grace Centers  of Hope Soup Kitchen In Pontiac, MI. The organization provides a 9-month rehab program for addicts to come clean and to set them up for the real world through classes, service and treatment plans. In addition, the organization also helps refurnish houses and sells them for affordable prices to help people around the community. This day volunteers had worked in the prepping and serving dinner for 60+ rehab patients. The volunteering effort was an overall success and volunteers were glad to help the community. IAE VTS Math Kangaroo Competition- 3/23/2024 A big thank you to all our volunteers who dedicated their time to host the annual Math Kangaroo Competition! With over 100 kids participating, we had a blast answering tricky math questions and engaging with the young minds. Volunteers played a crucial role in setting up tables, organizing testing materials, managing the registration desk, and proctoring the exam. We hope the kids enjoyed the event as much as we did, and we look forward to hosting it again next year. 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀:  Advait Pingle, Krisha Saparia, Sreeja Padmala, Anvika Perumalla, Sreenika Perumalla, Rohit Nemani, Arya Patel FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/vtseva.detroit/posts/pfbid0aafZFtoSpqzmbt5qPhNnNA6iGJfZ2GSi71pzrvtyqcMkNURmA2nEw4g9Dnd5MQmyl VTS Troy High- Gleaners Fundraiser The Troy High VT Seva club, in collaboration with the National Honors Society of Troy High, successfully folded 500 bags for the Gleaners cause. By partnering with the NHS, we were able to enlist more volunteers and reach our goal of folding 500 bags out of the total 2000 needed for the first round. With the help of dedicated volunteers, we completed the bag folding in three sessions. A heartfelt thank you to all our volunteers for their time and effort, and to Gleaners for providing us with this opportunity to make a difference in our community! FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/vtseva.detroit/posts/pfbid0QqcUdHoXSgAiTjDVoKS2KKbH17Ksec1DR28giL5wxFbbKaCrQmYpDaGF13C8MqDdl Blog written: Veena Karthik (VTSeva Detroit Youth Board) Video created: Shruthi Adduri (VTSeva Detroit Youth Board) Blog published: Nandini Cheemalamarri (VTSeva Detroit Communications)

  • Meet the Champions

    The journey began with the blessing of VTSeva CEO, HH Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji. His thoughtful insights and unwavering support bolster the resolve. The flame spreads, igniting the passion of our subject matter experts and the dynamic teachers of Netra Vidyalaya. Our Nethra students are introduced to FLL bricks, coding, and how to build a robot using Legos. For two months, they worked tirelessly to understand, design, test, rebuild, and make their innovative ideas work. They not only improve their skills in robotics but also get better at presenting their ideas eloquently in English. They named their team ‘Thought Notch Robotica’. The two-day national competition in Goa sees participation from 350 teams from all over the country. Against all odds, the Netra Vidyalaya team did exceptionally well, showcasing their innovative idea of ‘Sudoku for Visually Challenged’ and their passion for ‘Cricket for Blind’. They presented real solutions to the problems they face as visually challenged individuals. The Sudoku idea they presented is the first of its kind for the blind. They gave it their all and did just as planned. The result is a testament to their hard work - they won the ‘Champions Award’. Now they are here to attend the FIRST Worlds Championship! We are excited to meet our champions! In Texas, multiple sessions have been planned in Houston, Austin & Dallas. In addition to this, Our Netra Vidyalaya team "𝑻𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉𝒕 𝑵𝒐𝒕𝒄𝒉 𝑹𝒐𝒃𝒐𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒂" is going to give a presentation on "𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐁𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐫𝐬" - 𝐀 𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐜 𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐮𝐦𝐩𝐡 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐝 at the 𝐅𝐈𝐑𝐒𝐓 𝐑𝐨𝐛𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐬 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐭 𝐆𝐞𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐞 𝐑. 𝐁𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐂𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫, 𝐇𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐧 𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐀𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐥 𝟏𝟗 @ 𝟏𝟎 𝐀𝐌 𝐢𝐧 𝐫𝐨𝐨𝐦 𝟑𝟒𝟎𝐁. We also have a virtual session to meet our champions from anywhere in the world! On April 20, let's join us at 8 AM PST / 9 AM MST / 10 AM CST / 11 AM EST. Meeting Link: bit.ly/vtschampionsmeet Please click here to support our Nethra Vidyalaya team: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MjA0NjQz For more details on their journey in India Championship: https://www.vtsworld.org/post/nethra-students-see-the-world-through-robotics

  • VTSeva Bayarea’s 3rd  Annual Mental Health Awareness Walkathon

    Author: Parth Ganga Co-President Youth Executive Board The preparation for our annual walkathon started well in advance. With a dedicated team of youth volunteers in place, we set out to meticulously plan every aspect of the walkathon. From selecting a suitable route to coordinating logistics, every detail was carefully considered under the guidance of our advisors. We used our social media presence, reached out to local authorities, and established partnerships with other organizations to increase the impact and ensure a smooth and successful event. As the date of the walkathon drew near, we focused our efforts on mobilizing support from the community. Through social media campaigns, word-of-mouth promotion, and outreach to local influencers  and school clubs, we spread the word far and wide, inviting individuals of all ages to join us in our cause. This helped us draw the largest and very engaged crowd that we ever saw till date at a walkathon we had hosted. . On the actual day of our mental health awareness walkathon we saw participants from diverse backgrounds and different age groups coming together to raise awareness about mental health issues, promote understanding, and reduce stigma while participating in a fun run/ walkathon. A green balloon arch welcomed the guests to our beautiful venue. The event included walks, talks, and activities aimed at educating the community about mental health resources and support. Our distinguished speakers shared stories, connected with others, and advocated for better access to mental health services. Overall, the walkathon served as a powerful reminder of the importance of prioritizing mental well-being and supporting those who may be struggling. While the primary focus was on raising awareness on this important cause, we made it more fun by awarding medals to the fastest runners to complete the 5k. We also had the privilege of having Matthew Jorgen a representative of local congressman at our walkathon, who was able to hand out the medals to the winners and recognized our organization for hosting this walkathon. As we look back on the journey that led us here, we are filled with a sense of pride and gratitude. The youth-led walkathon was not just a one-time event; it was a testament to the power of collective action and the potential of young leaders to raise awareness towards a meaningful cause. Receiving recognition for our organization's efforts in hosting the walkathon is truly humbling. It highlights the collective commitment of our team and supporters towards fostering community engagement and promoting awareness for the cause. This acknowledgment serves as a reminder of the impact we can make when we come together with passion and purpose.

  • VT Seva Atlanta Subha Annual Event 2023

    SUBHA 2023 - Another Year of Success!! According to Bhagavad Gita, “You are what you believe in. You become that which you believe you can become”, VT Seva Atlanta team strongly beliefs in ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ the world is one family and we all play an important role to keep our family robust, strong, and safe. The joy is ours to see others in joy and we are spreading this joy and happiness with all through our Subha Annual event on Oct 7th, 2023. The word 'Subha' represents the first ray of light in the horizon, the light that transforms the lives of visually challenged / blind students into cadre compassionate leaders of tomorrow. The VT Seva Atlanta team aimed to spread this light into the lives of 175 visually challenged children of Nethra Vidyalaya in India, with our Subha program. The preparations for SUBHA 2023 began well in advance and with Swamiji blessings, SUBHA 3rd annual event was a monumental blast in terms of youth participation, richness in the cultural program, funds raised for the Nethra jewels, and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in our thought, word, and action. We are able to not just meet but rather exceed our goal and raised funds for 200 Nethra students with your Blessings and generous support of our donors and sponsors. The program started with lighting of the lamp and rendering prayer. Later, our emcee, Kate Chiraponsuk welcomed everyone to Subha program with an inspirational and motivational message. Thereafter, our youths rendered US and India national anthems, setting the tone for a special evening. Afterwards, VT Seva Director, Dr. Madhu Nemani welcomed the Chief guests, Judge Carnesale, Seshu Puranam, Sergeant Dmitri, Police Officer Ann, and all the VT Seva volunteers and sponsors. She shared the story of Lalitha Killaka, a Nethra Vidyalaya student who had a humble beginning and now a super star by winning National Championship at IBSA 2022 (International Blind Sports Federation) and many other accolades in the field of sports. Next, was a presentation by Anuradha Gazzala, VT Seva Treasurer on acknowledging and appreciating the support of our sponsors. The Subha evening was filled with magnificent dances, soul-stirring instrumentals, profound messages, remarkable emceeing, a captivating skit that resonated perfectly and created an aura of celebration and commemoration for all. Our Chief guest, Judge Caresale delivered an insightful message that left everyone in awe. Later, momentous were given to the Chief guests, sponsors, VT Seva children, and volunteers. In the end, VT Seva Youth Director, Hithesh Gazzala appreciated the hard work, dedication, and selfless service of the entire Atlanta team. He also sincerely thanked all the volunteers who worked round the clock to make this event successful. The program ended on a soothing note with a melodious Carnatic orchestra, leaving the audience with a sense of peace and contentment. In Subha event, all youths and adults joined hands and worked as a team to support the cause and at present we have more than 800 plus volunteers in our Atlanta VT Seva Team. The highlight of our program is the presentations from All 10 VT Seva Youth Clubs - 9 High schools and 1 Middle school participated and demonstrated their club volunteering activities and its impact on the community. There are youths from all ethnic backgrounds in the clubs and this is a paradigm of embracing equality, diversity and inclusion and inspiring young hearts for the selfless service to all beings. We were thrilled to announce the recipient of the SUBHA 2023 Youth Club Award for the highest youth attendance, goes to Alliance Academy youths. They were honored with a Special Subha trophy and two Starbucks gift cards. In the runner-up positions, we had two outstanding high school clubs: Alpharetta High School and South Forsyth. They each received two Starbucks gift cards. Overall, it was an exceptional Subha, a true testament to outstanding teamwork and the meticulous event preparations that went into making it a success. The outstanding decorations and warm welcome gave a festive look and the excellent Tech support ensured that everything ran seamlessly. Fantastic photography and videography captured every moment, and inspiring volunteers played a crucial role in facilitating registrations, managing backstage affairs, and ensuring impeccable food arrangements and plant sales. This year's event marked the best Subha ever, with an exemplary program that drew more than 350 enthusiastic participants who gathered to celebrate the ‘Spirit of Volunteerism’. All of this was made possible because of sincere efforts, unwavering dedication, passion for serving, humble attitudes, and compassionate giving. We stand together as one big VT Seva family, united by the motto of 'Serve All Beings as Service to God.' We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our sponsors, donors, and all the VT Seva and Jet volunteers who made this event successful. SUBHA 2023 KICKOFF HH Shri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji gave His Blessings for Subha Annual Event 2023 Atlanta VT team embodies action-oriented approach with service mindset and humble attitude to inspire and empower our youths to be the servant leaders of tomorrow through our Subha Annual event! The word 'Subha' represents the first ray of light in the horizon, the light that slowly transforms even the darkest of nights into a bright, beautiful sunrise. It symbolizes hope, light, and happiness even in the most obscure and difficult times. The SUBHA annual event is going to be on October 7th, 2023, in which Atlanta youths are planning to present a cultural program comprising of melodious songs, magnificent dances, and meaningful messages. Our goal for this year is to raise funds for the education of 175 visually challenged/blind kids of Nethra Vidhyalaya, India. Lets join hands and support the cause! VT SEVA CEO, His Holiness Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji visited Atlanta on July 19th and 20th 2023. It’s an auspicious occasion for all the VT Seva and Jet Atlanta members to welcome the Humanitarian Leader, Vedic Scholar, Spiritual Mentor, and Padma Bhushan Awardee. His benign presence filled the environment with sunshine, it’s a true blessings for all. As He step down from His van, devotees ran towards Him to have Darshan of their beloved Acharya and bow down in His Holy feet. All the Atlanta volunteers welcomed Him with flowers and soon He visited VT Seva Booth in which He enquired about the tri-color ‘Equality Soap’ made by our youths and VT Seva calendar. He took one soap and a calendar and was very pleased to see both the things made by VT Seva youth and asked us to share this calendar with other VT Seva locations. Later He visited VT Seva exhibits in which our youths showcased their volunteer works through tri-folds on Bird Feeding project, Books for Africa project, Laurel Heights Special Needs project, VT Seva Summer Camp, April Cool Seedling project, Adopt a road, CPR, Visit to Court House & City Council and many more projects. In addition to these exhibits, our 5 VT Seva high school youth clubs (Lambert, Denmark, Northview, Alliance, and Alpharetta) also displayed their year round club activities. Sri Swamiji was extremely pleased to see the volunteer work for VT Seva youths. Afterwards, He visited Prajna projects and was very happy to see their Bhagavad Gita & other projects as well made by Prajna kids. Next, was His welcome on stage and lighting up the lamp. He graciously lit the lamp and Jet and VT members also participated in lighting of the lamp. Subsequently, emcee welcome His His Holiness Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji and His Parivar to Atlanta. Then Prajna youths rendered opening prayer in melodious voice. Afterward, was SUBHA Kickoff. Sri Swamiji did the Subha Kickoff by pressing a button and rendering His Blessings for Subha 2023. Such a high spiritual leader blessed everyone by raising His hand and showering His grace to all. Later, He delivered a discourse on ‘Path of Compassion: Exploring Spirituality & Social Service' which was very enlightening and inspiring. He touched the hearts of more than 600 people who gathered there and everyone was filled with His aura and magnificent discourse. Consequently, SRS and VT Seva donors recognition was facilitated by Sri Swamiji which was followed by concluding prayer and Prasadam distribution. On July 20th morning, ‘Teertha Goshti’ was organized in which Swamiji gave His Blessings to all the devotees and delivered an inspiring and motivating discourse. He gave Prasad to devotees and token of appreciation to VT Seva youths, VT core members, Prajna youths, Prajna teachers, and Jet Atlanta core members. As every good thing has an end, so was the Swamiji’s visit to Atlanta, but His immortal discourse and teachings will be resounding forever in Atlanta and His memories will be alive with us for rest of our lives. Jai Srimannarayana!

  • VT Seva Atlanta Forsyth Central High School

    Hello everyone I'm Nishanth Kotapati the President of VT Seva in Forsyth Central High School, I am pleased to announce that we have established a new chapter of VT Seva. The process of setting up the club was not without its challenges, however. We had to navigate through multiple emails and conversations to find a suitable teacher sponsor, and then faced the even greater challenge of getting the administration team on board. Despite these obstacles, our team persisted, and we were eventually able to establish the club. I am proud of what we have accomplished and look forward to making a positive impact in our community through our involvement with VT Seva. We had been trying to establish this club since the beginning of the school year, and we are thrilled that our efforts have finally paid off. Within two months of establishing the new chapter of VT Seva, we are already seeking new members to join us. We are excited to start having meetings and working towards achieving even greater success in our community.- FCHS VT Seva

  • VT Seva Atlanta Desana Middle School Youth Club

    Hello, I am Shreyas Paladi, president of Desana Middle School VT Seva club. VT Seva is an organization that helps people in need. We are happy to let you all know we have just started this club! It started by talking to my teacher like I do everyday in class. Then we had to collaborate between the vice principal, Madhu aunty, and Ms.Weis to make this happen, and we finally pulled through! Thanks to school authorities and VT Seva leaders Madhu Aunty and Harsh Gulati. I also want to thank our team member Samvar Jain. Now the next step is to get more people to join us and we will have great meetings and have more people help the world, it is going to be a blast. -The Desana Middle School VT Seva club

  • Northview High School VT Seva Club

    The Northview VT Seva Club organized a chess tournament during the 2024 spring break to have a full day of fun and excitement for the kids. The tournament was split up into 2 age groups. 7th -12th grade played on Wed, Apr 3rd 2024 and K-6th played on Thu, Apr 4th 2024. 13 students registered and played in the 7th-12th age group. 7 students participated in the K-6th age group. It was conducted online with 5 rounds of 15 min + 10 second bonus. The students were very competitive and thoroughly engaged in the tournament, resulting in 2 1st place finishers in the 7th - 12th age group. In the K-6th tournament 7 students participated with one winner, who won all of their games. In the end, the tournament turned out to be a fun and exciting experience for everyone. VTS Northview kicked off its lights of hope project, helping to set up the neighborhood lights for John’s Creek Station. We look forward to our next project date this Saturday, November 4th, at 1 am! It’s a proud moment to share with you all - another story of determination and persistence of Atlanta VT youths. Northview high school youths had a strong desire to open VT Seva club at their school. It’s a private high school in which starting a VT Seva youth club is very very tough. No teacher was ready to become the club sponsor, but our VT youths didn’t give up and looked into all the possible ways to make it happen. Youths from VT Seva Northview High School took part in the Lights of Hope project, putting and removing Deepavali lights and Christmas lights for the Johns Creek Station community, raising $1100 for "Nethra Vidyalaya" students. VT Seva Northview youths, under the direction of the youth club President, Adithya Karthik Upadhyayula, are leading this kid-to-kid.

  • VT Seva Bay Area's 3rd Mental Health Awareness Walkathon: A Stride Towards Well-being

    By: Sriteja Kataru, Co-President, VT Seva Bay Area. "In a world where mental health is often overlooked, every step towards awareness and understanding is a stride towards a more compassionate and resilient society." On a beautiful weekend at Lake Elizabeth in Fremont, California, VT Seva organized its 3rd Mental Health Awareness Walkathon, which turned out to be a resounding success. The event brought together a diverse group of around 175 enthusiastic participants, ranging from energetic 5-year-old children to spirited 70-year-old grandparents, all united in their commitment to promoting mental health awareness. The tranquil waters of Lake Elizabeth provided a perfect backdrop for the walkathon, with temperate weather and clear skies adding to the event's charm. At 9 am sharp, the walkathon kicked off with a bang, as participants joined in a 10-minute energetic warm-up session led by the dynamic instructor Chakri, moving to the beats of lively Bollywood songs. The participants competed in three categories: Adult Men, Adult Women, and teens, each determined to win medals and showcase their dedication to the cause. As they walked along the picturesque trails surrounding the lake, the atmosphere was filled with a sense of camaraderie, purpose, and a shared commitment to promoting mental well-being. After the walkathon, participants gathered in the lakeside picnic area to listen to expert speakers. The first speaker was Dr. Reena Trivedi, MD, a renowned child and adolescent psychiatrist. Dr. Trivedi, a leading voice in pediatric mental wellness, shared practical advice for teenagers and parents, focusing on early warning signs of anxiety, developing resilience to deal with setbacks, and everyday practices to create a mentally healthy home environment. Following Dr. Trivedi's insightful talk, Ashwini Surpur, a yoga therapist and the Executive Director of Yoga Bharati Academy, took the stage. Ashwini's talk perfectly complemented Dr. Trivedi's, as she discussed how yoga therapy can be an effective antidote to anxiety and depression. Drawing from Lisa Miller's book "The Spiritual Child," Ashwini shared cutting-edge research and anecdotal evidence to illustrate the invaluable role of spirituality in a child's mental and physical health. She provided parents with concrete ways to develop and encourage their children's and their own well-being. Our VT Seva branch director, Archana Bindu, presented plaques and gift bags to the speakers as a gesture of gratitude for their valuable contributions to the event. The success of the walkathon is a nod to the dedication and leadership of the VT Seva Youth Leaders who meticulously planned and executed the event. Parth and I, the two co-presidents, served as the MCs and cheerleaders, motivating and encouraging the walkathon participants throughout the event. Thanisha Kapur and Nidhi Parthasarathy played crucial roles in overseeing the setup and introducing the esteemed speakers. The concluding ceremony was a joyous affair, with CA Assemblyman Alex Lee’s rep Matthew Jorgens distributing medals to the walkathon winners amidst a jubilant crowd, their mood elevated by the 4.2-mile walkathon. The event not only raised awareness about mental health but also succeeded in raising more than $6,000. These funds will support the well-being of over 20 underprivileged children for an entire year, making a significant impact on their lives and the community as a whole. VT Seva's 3rd Mental Health Awareness Walkathon not only brought the local community together but also provided a platform for experts to share valuable insights and strategies for promoting mental well-being. The event's success serves as a testament to the power of community engagement and the importance of addressing mental health issues head-on. As participants left Lake Elizabeth that day, they carried with them a renewed sense of purpose, a stronger connection to their community, and the knowledge that their efforts had made a meaningful difference in the lives of others. Finally, as a cherry on the top, Mr. Jorgens presented VT Seva Bay Area with a Certificate of Recognition from the California State Assembly, commending the dedicated efforts in organizing the annual walkathon to raise awareness about mental health and VT Seva’s work empowering people to serve their community.

  • VT Seva Atlanta April Cool Seedling Project

    2024 April April Cool 2024 Kick off is here again with with more than 60 youths signed up to participate in this amazing journey of sowing, growing, caring, and selling the plant seedlings to support the education of blind / visually challenged Netra Vidyalaya students of Bharath. Let’s make April 2024 the best April Cooooool ever so far ✌️✌️ Atlanta VT Seva youths are enthusiastically participating in April Cool Seedling project. More than 40 youths are nurturing the plants and learning the science and the art of plant care, soil health, and nutritive values of various vegetable, fruits, and herbs. Our first plant sale will be in front of Patel Brothers on April 20 & 21st, 2024. 2023 May April Round 1 Atlanta VT Seva April cool plant project was a grand success for the third year in a row. Vt seva youth successfully raised funds for the education of blind children/visually challenged children in India. The sale event took place in front of the Indian grocery store, Patel Brothers on 15th and 16th April from 10am to 2pm. Around 60 VT youth volunteers and 40 adult volunteers participated. Youth explained the cause and sold various vegetable saplings, herbs, fruits, flower plants and seeds to the customers. The vegetable saplings were grown by the youth for 4-6 weeks.The vegetable saplings included tomato, eggplant, peppers, gourds (bottle, ridge, bitter, and snake) green chillies, cucumber, zucchini, chikkudu/papdi beans, long beans, ash gourd, chukka kura, dosakaya, and bathua etc. Fruit plants like strawberry and blackberry were sold. Different kinds of herbs like ajwain, mint, curryleaf, lemon grass, betel leaf, tulsi and basil were sold by the youth. Flower plants like canna lillies, hybiscus, other lillies, and chrysanthemums were also sold. Youth also sold some ornamental plants like pothos, monstera and tradescantia. Some vegetable seeds were sold in this sale event too. Several sponsors came forward and donated this year. It was really exciting to see community actively participate in this event and donate for the cause, raising money for the education of visually challenged/blind children in India. 2022 ROUND 1 April Cool Plant and Pot Sale on 23rd, 24th 2022 The best time to plant a tree was 10 years ago. The second-best time to plant is today! Atlanta VT Seva youth believed in the second option and did exemplary work by planting more than 1000 plants under APRIL COOL 2022 initiative. More than 50 Atlanta youths and adults were involved in APRIL COOL 2022 project in which they sew more than 1000 plus seeds of various vegetables, fruits, and herbs in the month of March. They planted a variety of veggies, fruits, and herbs. Their plant list shows their commitment to service and their enthusiasm to support Mother Nature. They sew various seeds such as Cherry Tomato, Plumb Tomato, Regular Tomato, Eggplant Back Beauty, Kale, Malabar Spinach, Sweet Basil, Green Bell Peppers, Lettuce, Chikkudu Green, Chikkudu Purple, Bottle gourd, Long Beans, Ridge Gourd, Bitter Gourd, Dosakaya, Wax Gourd, Luffa Sponge Gourd, Curry leaf, Lemongrass, Pothos, Snake Plant, Ajwain, Chrysanthemum Yellow, Spider Plants, Brahmakamalam, India Kanakambaram, Rose, Strawberry, Daisy, Cucumber, Sastra Daisy, Chemanthi. Yellow one, Sudan Pink, Mint, Marigold, Strawberry, Batua, Tindora, and many more types of plants. Atlanta youths’ energy, synergy, and enthusiasm was outstanding in sowing the seeds, watering it every day, taking plants out for sunlight, and nurturing it well with care and love. They exhibited the empathy in several ways and donated $4000 proceeds for the education of the blind / visually challenged children of Nethra Vidyalaya. In the words of George Washington, ‘True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation”. Atlanta youths are committed to build true relationship with Mother Nature by planting more and nurturing it well through adverse conditions with love, care, and empathy. ROUND 2 VT seva youth had a successful second round plant sale for raising funds for education of blind children/visually challenged children in India. The sale event took place in front of Patel Brothers on 21st and 22nd May 2022 from 10am to 2pm. Around 25 youth volunteers and 15 adult volunteers participated. Various vegetable saplings, herbs and flower plants were sold. The vegetable saplings were grown by the youth for 4-6 weeks.The vegetable saplings included tomato, eggplant, different types of chillies, peppers, tomatillos, cucumber, zucchini, bottlegourd, ridge gourd, snake gourd, bitter gourd, chikkudu/papdi beans, long beans etc. Different kinds of herbs like ajwain, mint, basil and chocolate mint were also sold. Flower plants like canna lillies, hybiscus, rose, lillies, chrysanthemums, and marigold were also sold. Some house plants like pothos and crotons were sold. Youth also sold other plants like banana, curryleaf, lemon grass, betel leaf, tulsi and other ornamental plants. It was a huge success. We raised $6000 from the plant sale and It is evident from the community response that people are generous and willing to be part of this wonderful cause of education of blind kids/visually challenged in India.

  • Youth Self Defense Lessons in Atlanta

    Atlanta youths and ladies learned Self Defense techniques on March 30, 2024. We learned realistic, practical, and effective ways to defend ourself and think clearly in very intense situations. It is about gaining the confidence to better control situations that might otherwise be completely outside of our control. We also learned how to attack if need arises. Total 40 youths and ladies participated in this workshop. Safeguarding ourself from potential dangers is not a luxury, but an essential skill in 21st century!

  • VT SEVA Atlanta - Annual STEM Innovation Program

    Atlanta VT Seva Team has launched a STEM Program for the Atlanta youths in which youths will come forward and ideate, research, & create prototypes in the field of science, engineering, technology, and mathematics. STEM program will ignite scientific temper and critical thinking in our youths! Atlanta VT Seva Team has launched a STEM Program on Feb 4, 2024 for the Atlanta youths in which youths will come forward and ideate, research, & create prototypes in the field of science, engineering, technology, and mathematics. STEM program will ignite scientific temper and critical thinking in our youths! It’s a year-round program in which we will connect 15 times a year to build STEM prototypes with the help of industry experts. In this project, youth will ideate & implement STEM projects. We want to build & implement projects in the areas of Science, Technology, and Engineering. Selected youths will participate in the Atlanta Science Festival in March 2024. Registration per student is $75 for year-long - 15 sessions in 2024. Register by Feb 10th, 2024, and participate in the Atlanta Science Festival in March 2024! Please register for this program, after reviewing the Code of Conduct & Waiver and Release of Liability in the above form. Registration will be complete when a parent signs the waiver and release of liability in the registration form VT Seva at the Science Festival in Georgia Tech Empowering our youths in this technological world is crucial to build Next Gen Leaders for VT Seva. At Atlanta VT Seva STEM program our goal is to integrate digital literacy and robotics to provide measurable outcomes in math, science, engineering, and technology. By emphasizing on cognitive and social skills which is required to thrive in the 21st century. Young VT Seva learners will brainstorm and build prototypes to solve problems, face challenges with flexibility, and handle change. Our first project is to take Atlanta youths to the ‘Atlanta Science Festival’ at GA Tech to have hands-on learning in STEM field. On March 9, 2024, they learned about aerospace, chemical, mechanical, bio-molecular, bio-tech, sustainable design and much more. This is our pilot project with 30 youth participants. Overall, it’s a very successful start to our STEM project and young inquisitive minds enjoyed visiting GA Tech and exploring plethora of options for their college journey!

  • VT Seva Detroit 7th Annual Public Speaking Workshop

    “Communication works for those who work at it.” John Powell. VT Seva Detroit conducted the 7th Annual Public Speaking Workshop marked a significant milestone in the journey of empowering individuals to articulate their ideas with confidence and conviction. Hosted by Mr. Raju Brahmandhabheri, the expert Toastmaster and founder of Speaking Masters LLC., who continuously support Nethra Vidyalaya students’ education through VT Seva Detroit. On Mar 2, 2024, Online workshop has been conducted by Mr. Raju, students from different states were participated. A great interactive session with the youths. Participated students learned the techniques in delivering a good speech and presented their speech in the Farmington Hills Library on Mar 9, 2024 and received feedback from Mr. Raju. Thanks to our youth volunteers Adhip, Yathi & Kaustubh for giving a speech about VT Seva pillars to the participants and their families. Without volunteers, no event is possible, we would like to thank Ms. Priya Jaisankar, Mr. Srinath Babu Karnati, Ms. Architha Kramadhati, Mr. Sudheer Koppu, Mr. Suresh Rajan, Ms. Vanitha Gopalan, Ms. Asha Puranam and Mr. Jaisankar Kannan. VT Seva Detroit thank Mr. Chandrasekar for his continuous support and sponsoring the Public Speaking Workshop. It was one another successful public speaking workshop with the support of participants, parents, volunteers, sponsors and Speaking Master LLC. For more pictures, click here https://photos.app.goo.gl/NGg8zeTEQ6S78uRt8 Blog written by: Ms. Priya Jaisankar Blog Published by: Ms. Nandini Cheemalamarri

  • Women's History Month - 2024

    The National Women’s History Month’s theme for 2024 celebrates “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.” The theme recognizes women throughout the country who understand that, for a positive future. "Inspirational women have shaped our world." More than half of the VT Seva team members are women, and these women serve in various roles helping to fulfill our mission of being compassionate leaders and serving our communities. VT Seva is recognizing women serving across the branches in honor of Women's History Month. We hope you enjoy watching the video & their messages to know how some of our women leaders advocate for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Happy Women's History Month to all the great women in the world! Dr. Aparna Tamirisa, VT Seva Vice President of Education & VT Seva Houston Director At VT Seva, we support equality, diversity, and inclusion by inviting ideas and collaboration to do better work. In supporting the American Heart Association and promoting National Wear Red Day, we are part of the movement for health equity in the realm of cardiovascular disease. In working with the Houston Council of the Blind, we support equity of opportunity and inclusiveness for the visually challenged in our community. Arathi, VT Seattle Communication Lead As VT Seva Seattle Secretary, I dive into youth initiatives and push for equity, diversity, and inclusion. Keeping the community in the loop through good communication (newsletters, blog posts, etc), I'm all about creating an inclusive, vibrant, and empowered future. Archana Bindu, VT Seva Bay Area Director I've helped create a more diverse and inclusive environment within our organization and a just environment where everyone's contributions are valued and respected. Archana Korlimarla, VT Seva Virginia Communication Lead Worked with youths to conduct free STEM programs and collected funds to provide free education for the underprivileged. Arthima, VT Seva Bay Area Secretary & Youth Director I have actively promoted equity, diversity, and inclusion by fostering an environment where all youth leads and volunteers feel seen, heard, and appreciated. By embracing diverse perspectives and championing equal opportunities, our volunteer efforts have contributed to creating a more inclusive community. Together, we've worked towards breaking down barriers and building a space where everyone's unique strengths are recognized and valued. Gayathri Makhija, VT Seva North New Jersey Communication Lead I made an impact by being kind, helpful, and supportive to my family members Friends, and colleagues! Harika Parvathareddy, VT Seva Atlanta Communication Lead I’ve led an organization that advocates diversity and inclusion during my university, we a group of woman engineers have created various events that teach young children from all races about the importance of STEM and education for equality. This foundational thinking has instilled the same ideology in me that VT Seva holds, especially in our events. Some diversity events I’ve been part of are, feeding the homeless, essential worker appreciation, and letters to less fortunate high school seniors. Kalyani Sanka, VT Seva Cary Director I advocate equity, diversity, and inclusion through varied volunteer activities. By engaging in diverse initiatives, we cultivate empathy, bridge communities, and amplify voices often unheard, fostering a more inclusive society Madhavi Donepudi, VT Seva Boston Director Being aware of diversity and respecting cultural values helps in a collaborative environment. Dr. Madhu Nemani, VT Seva Atlanta Director Atlanta VT Seva team welcomes all volunteers from various ethnic backgrounds to join volunteer work, provide equal opportunities to all, listen to their ideas, collaborate, and recognize their efforts. We have 11 VT Seva Youth Clubs in schools that are promoting this doctrine. Nanda Madadi, VT Seva Columbus Director By trying to include people who come forward to volunteer and treat them equally regardless of their background, like to include pick organizations regardless of the race or gender they cater to. Pranuti Kalidindi, VT Seva National Youth Director I encourage girls from a young age to strive for leadership roles and make their voices heard. I empower them to succeed by advocating for equity across all our youth leadership teams both locally and nationally. Priya Jaisankar, VT SevaNational Joint Secretary of Communication & VT Seva Detroit Outreach Coordinator Promotes VT Seva’s Mission & Vision by sharing all the accomplishments of our volunteers & students. Encourages high school clubs to include members from diverse backgrounds and create a more inclusive environment for youths to engage in community service to create an equitable community. Radha Chilkur, VT Seva Houston Communication Lead As a communications lead, I have encouraged various people to participate in the Vt Seva activities. Radhika Palukuri, VT Seva Charlotte Communication Lead My impact in advocating for equity, diversity, and inclusion lies in providing diverse perspectives, addressing bias, supporting accessibility, and encouraging learning and growth among youth volunteers. Through these efforts, I strive to contribute to a more equitable and inclusive society. Ramya Popuri, VT Seva Minneapolis Communication Lead I promote open dialogue within our organization and consistently advocate for transparency and empathy. By encouraging respect among members, I create an environment where everyone feels welcome and safe to share their diverse ideas. Santhi Kanumuri, VT Seva National Secretary As a woman in leadership, I actively champion women’s empowerment, inclusivity, and equity. This commitment has been demonstrated through workshops, mentoring sessions, and concerted efforts to dismantle societal stereotypes. I emphasize collaborative approaches, showcasing how women can effectively engage with diverse stakeholders and excel as negotiators. Satya, VT Seva Cary Communication Lead Treating everyone with respect listening to their ideas and valuing their contribution. Sobana Vasudevan, VT Seva Maryland Director VT Seva MD Team built a diversified volunteer group and as a Branch Director, I made sure to recognize, respect, and value different perspectives in our team. I have also made sure to provide equal opportunities to everyone and protect all our volunteers from being discriminated against. While working with our volunteers, I made sure to listen to each volunteer about their ideas and implement them wherever its possible. I am so proud of our volunteers' team and taking this quick moment to appreciate all our volunteers who roll up their sleeves, and participate in all our events with an empathic heart. EAST or WEST, VT Seva is the BEST!! Sridevi Ranga, VT Seva Chicago Director I've made a meaningful difference by championing fairness, diversity, and inclusivity. By planning volunteer events, I've opened doors for kids of various economic and cultural backgrounds, nurturing an environment where every voice is embraced, honored, and appreciated. Srivani T Kandalam, VT Seva Minneapolis Director As a director of Data and engineering at work, I lead a diverse team of folks from China, Turkey, Nepal, India, and America and I have to be fair and constructive with the feedback I share with my team. I have a diverse team, of folks from China, Turkey, Nepal, India, America, and Somalia we can deliver engineering excellence. Even in my volunteering experience, I meet volunteers and donors from diverse backgrounds and we all work towards a universal cause of making the world a better place! Sruthi Ranga, VT Seva Chicago Communication Lead In an English class project, I delivered a speech and wrote against banning books, showing how it silences diverse voices, aiming to create a school where everyone’s story is valued. Swetha Panuganti, VT Seva North New Jersey Director Encourage friends and youth volunteers to raise awareness about VT Seva. Lead efforts to establish a welcoming atmosphere, enabling all members to freely express their thoughts without fear of judgment. Acknowledge and appreciate the diverse contributions of everyone involved in the cause. Uma Rudraraju, VT Seva Austin Director Encouraging school clubs and enabling them to work with other diversifying clubs in schools. We have two schools with diversifying club members. Vanitha Gopalan, VT Seva National Joint Secretary of Special Program & VT Seva Detroit Volunteer Coordinator Championed appreciation events for Police Officers/Firefighters; Food drives & Fundraising events to help Detroit food pantries; the homeless & VT Seva causes.Conducted various activities at 35+ organizations in Detroit to help their needs & Foster inclusive & supportive communities from diverse backgrounds.

  • Detroit 2023 Achievements

    In the ever-evolving landscape of community service, VT Seva Detroit has stood as a beacon of hope and empowerment. Over the past year, we have embarked on a journey filled with dedication, compassion, and relentless determination to make a tangible difference in the lives of those we serve. Through our collective efforts and unwavering commitment, we have forged lasting connections within our communities. Thanks to our team of volunteers & supporters who participated in the events and made a significant difference in the local neighborhoods and the lives of Nethra Vidyalaya and Jeeyar Gurukulam students in India.

Fuel positive change with your donation – every contribution counts!

bottom of page