Swetha Prabhakaran, an Indian American teen, was on 15 September 2015 awarded with the prestigious Champions of Change Award of US at the White House. She is among eleven young women selected by the White House as Champions of Change.
Prabhakaran, a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia, founded a non-profit organisation Everybody Code Now! to empower the next generation of youth to become engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs.
She was chosen for the award in recognition of her efforts for empowering the community by imparting education of Internet coding through her non-profit Organisation. This organisation has raised thousands of dollars for STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) activities in schools.
She was born in Indianapolis to Indian parents who later immigrated from Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli to US in 1998.
About Champions of Change award
The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.
The award is given by White House to those who support working families and help make change in their companies or communities.
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Who: Swetha Prabakaran
Where: United States
When: 15 September 2015