Honoree Spotlight

Ananya Singh

Age: 17

I live in: Mt. Olive, New Jersey

College / High School: Morris County School of Technology '20, College of the Atlantic '24

Three words to describe myself: Passionate, thoughtful, compassionate.

A quote I love:
"Great leaders don't set out to be leaders, they set out to make a difference. It's never about the role, always about the goal."

A book I love: Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown

A civic superhero I look up to?
April Nicklaus, a young leader with so much passion! She inspires me with her work to register young voters in NJ, her passion for the environment, and her strength as an organizer. I've learned so much from her, and the NJ Student Sustainability coalition would not exist without her!

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

The New Jersey Student Sustainability Coalition (NJSSC) is a youth-run network of college, high school, & younger students across the state of New Jersey. This collaborative network shares experience, resources, and expertise to build student power across the state, and push forward sustainability initiatives that benefit us all. We put on collaborative programming, share opportunities, and help passionate young people become skilled leaders.

How I will use the stipend to scale
I will use the stipend to invest in making our website more powerful and accessible, and distributing it into some of the projects that leaders within our our coalition have been working on. There are so many places where investing into environmental justice leaders can have a real impact on the community.

Why I am excited to join Civics 2030
I am excited to have dialogues with passionate gen-z leaders about what's working in our local communities, and what challenges we are coming up against.

My vision for the future of American democracy
My vision is: meaningful civic education opportunities for everyone, more service-learning and intergenerational partnerships, no corporate money in politics and many more young people getting elected into positions of power!

The kind of superhero I am striving to become
I strive to be a leader who empowers others, acts with courage and vision, and always lives by my values.