Honoree Spotlight

Aarushi Pant

Age: 16

I live in: Houston, TX

College / High School: Carnegie Vanguard High School

Three words to describe myself: passionate, bold, dedicated

A quote I love:
"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."

A book I love: Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

A civic superhero I look up to?
Andrew Yang

Overview of the project they are working on right now that includes the impact the project is making.

WISH is a community organization that advocates for women’s rights by hosting free annual summer career immersion programs and yearlong mentorships for underprivileged middle school girls. WISH has chapters in high schools throughout the Houston area that raise awareness of women’s issues and run women’s projects, such as menstrual product donation drives for local women’s shelters. WISH’s goal is to empower, uplift, and educate underserved girls and give them the support and resources that they need to be successful.

How I will use the stipend to scale
We're hoping to expand to fund girls' education in India!

Why I am excited to join Civics 2030
I'm so excited to connect with like-minded people and learn from their stories, experiences, and perspectives to bring new insight into the way I view the world and work on solving and approaching problems!

My vision for the future of American democracy
The future of American democracy is inclusive and represents every community of our nation, regardless of their background or identity.

The kind of superhero I am striving to become
I strive to become someone who brings light, hope, and joy into people's lives and reminds them of just how valuable their voice and story is, regardless of how insignificant or overlooked they may feel.