Maneesh Vallurupalli, the founding president of the CTCA foundation, is a class of 2025 student at the University of California, Berkeley. Maneesh, through starting this organization, wants to host events that contribute to his community and has a goal of making at least one large global change. “Making one large impact in the environment will also drive others to make changes,” said Maneesh Vallurupalli. Currently, Maneesh has grown two globally recognized nonprofit organizations and has appeared on national media outlets as both an activist, nonprofit executive, and serial entrepreneur. Aside from this nonprofit organization, Maneesh pushes himself academically, volunteers in his local community, works on growing his businesses, is invited to give keynote speeches, and networks with others who want to make the world a better place. Through his ventures, Maneesh works on the next generation of technologies and strives to create the next generation of future leaders, entrepreneurs, activists, and innovators.
Keerthana Vallurupalli, the vice president of CTCA foundation, is a class of 2024 student at Rock Ridge High School. Keerthana thinks that if someone has the power and ability of making a change in the world, then they can do it. Through this organization, Keerthana wants to be an activist, a leader, and help throughout her community. Keerthana also contributes articles for the CTCA blog and leads her own team for volunteering. She believes that she can collaboratively make a large change while leading her peers. Aside from this nonprofit organization, Keerthana focuses on her academics, enjoys listening to music, and loves to volunteer in her community.
Rakshitha Dasyam is a class of 2025 student at the Virginia Commonwealth University and is the secretary for the CTCA Foundation. As secretary, she hopes to use the platform to bring attention to global issues, fundraise, and invest in our future. By making small changes, she hopes to improve and create a healthier tomorrow. Rakshitha believes working collectively with her peers will create a larger impact. She enjoys participating in the community and, in her free time, spending time with family and friends. As a member of the team, she will be keeping records and carrying out organizational talks to help meet the overall goals of the organization.
Akshath Mahajan is the editor-in-chief at the CTCA foundation and is a class of 2025 student at Stanford University. Akshath believes that education is conducive to change and, through CTCA, he hopes to inspire young leaders and help pilot change for some of the most pressing issues faced by his generation. Akshath credits his knowledge and motivation to help raise awareness about global issues to the experience he's gained and the success he has had debating on the national circuit. Aside from this nonprofit, Akshath enjoys pushing himself academically and is heavily involved in clubs at his school. When he's not editing and reading new articles for the CTCA blog, Akshath enjoys watching football, reading about international relations, and trying new food.
Sushant Dasari, one of the team leaders in Aldie, Virginia of CTCA foundation, is a class of 2025 student at Virginia Tech. Sushant believes that the power to make a social change is of utmost importance in this world. This motivates him to actively volunteer in his community. Sushant contributes towards writing articles for the CTCA blog and strives to be inspire and compel those in our community to come forward and be a part of change. Aside from this nonprofit organization, Sushant spends much of his time on academics, volunteering, and also devotes his time towards some of his own community organizations.
Hemant Velidi is a class of 2026 student at Indiana University and is a team leader in Aldie, Virginia. Hemant works with his own team in Loudoun County, Virginia to organize events and complete various projects for the CTCA Foundation. Over his highschool career, Hemant has participated in various clubs such as Model United Nations, Rocketry, and Champe serves. Aside from CTCA, He also co-founded a non profit which helps underprivileged children have the opportunity to receive quality and personalized education. Hemant loves to help out in his community and likes to join the movement towards betterment. He says, "Joining and growing with CTCA has been amazing and can't wait for more!"
Neha is a class of 2025 student at Virginia Tech and a team leader in Aldie, Virginia. Neha leads her own group and is involved in CTCA activities. Outside of CTCA, she has been the president of the Humane Society and Vice President of the Marine Life Club. She has also continuously participated in Habitat for Humanity, volunteering with HART, and peer tutoring. Neha says, "Hi I’m Neha! I’m now a senior at John Champe High School and am super excited about my position as team leader for CTCA. I am very passionate about making beneficial change in our community to ensure a better tomorrow and through CTCA I can do just that."
Taran, a class of 2025 student at George Mason University, is one of the team leaders in Ashburn, Virginia, of the CTCA foundation. Taran believes that simple actions such as volunteering and supporting beneficial changes in society should be of the most importance. With this idea in mind, Taran actively volunteers in his community as well as providing assistance to those in need of aid. Throughout his high school career, Taran has been active in athletics such as Cross Country and Track and Field, as well as clubs, including Model United Nations, Future Business Leaders of America, and DECA. Aside from assisting in the CTCA foundation, Taran spends most of his time on academics and volunteering, as well as actively working out and occasionally cooking for his friends and family.
Keerthana Vallurupalli, the vice president and a team lead of CTCA foundation, is a class of 2024 student at Rock Ridge High School. While managing operations at CTCA Foundation, Keerthana also leads high school freshman and middle school groups into many volunteering activities. Keerthana thinks that if someone has the power and ability of making a change in the world, then they can do it. Through this organization, Keerthana wants to be an activist, a leader, and help throughout her community. Keerthana also contributes articles for the CTCA blog and leads her own team for volunteering. She believes that she can collaboratively make a large change while leading her peers. Aside from this nonprofit organization, Keerthana focuses on her academics, enjoys listening to music, and loves to volunteer in her community.
Maheen Ali is currently a class of 2023 student at Independence High School. She joined the CTCA Foundation as a part of the writing team and began to create her own team to complete projects. Some of her hobbies are painting, photography, traveling, being active, spending quality time with others, and simply discovering more each day! She says, "Writing blogs for the CTCA Foundation has been an amazing experience and given me the opportunity to address a wide variety of issues present throughout the world. I’ve always taken pleasure and been passionate about working with groups that have created a strong platform for themselves in order to allow various individuals to take lead. I look forward to working with the team members of the CTCA Foundation in order to help create meaningful change throughout the community."
Pranav Tummalapalli is a class of 2025 student at George Mason University. He joined the CTCA Foundation in November 2019 during the Dance with Joy event to raise funding for patients with cancer. After that, he continued to volunteer for CTCA through activities and leading his own team. His hobbies include playing basketball, programming, and building.
Vatsa Setty is a class of 2026 college student and is a team leader in South Riding, Virginia. Vatsa works with his own team in Loudoun County, Virginia to organize events and complete various projects for the CTCA Foundation. Throughout his high school career, Vatsa has participated in various clubs such as Model United Nations and Speech and Debate. Additionally, he is the founder of a successful non profit, called LCVA Tutors which provides academic enrichment programs to students in Loudoun County as well as helps underprivileged children in an orphanage in Uganda have the opportunity to receive quality and personalized education through book drives, etc. Vatsa is an avid volunteer, as you can see him volunteering at various institutions including the Stone Springs Hospital. His hobbies include: watching football and basketball, listening to music, and debating politics.
Alessia Jetta is a college student and is a team leader in Rome, Italy. She joined the CTCA Foundation because she strongly believes that everyone has the power to improve society. She mainly focuses on blog writing on her free time, as it has always been a great passion of hers. Aside from this organization, she is involved in a food rescue project to support people in need and she collaborates to raise awareness on the impact of social media on mental health.
Anisha Cherukuri is a class of 2025 student at University of Massachusetts, Amherst from Massachusetts and leads a chapter in Canton. By volunteering and leading her own chapter, Anisha wants to make a difference in her community through the goals of CTCA. She is very passionate about human rights, community service, and STEM. Aside from this nonprofit organization, she likes to read, listen to music, or play with her two dogs.
Crispus Muriki Guchu is one of the leaders in Nairobi, Kenya and strives to make a change in Kenya. He wants to use the tools that CTCA provides in order to make the programs and activities effective and to reach a wide number of clients. In the past, Crispus has been a member of project magma and has worked in the area of community development. He is highly skilled in social work, resource mobilization, and financial mobilization. Crispus joined CTCA to help develop the education system in Kenya and propose a new system to education officers and wants to take that further through greater involvement.
Peter Maina is one of the leaders in Nairobi, Kenya and is an education officer. Through many years of experience, Peter has seen many challenges in the education system, and he wanted to get involved in CTCA's creation of an education curriculum to present to higher officials in Kenya. By working with the CTCA Foundation, Peter can take his expertise and professional work in order to contribute to his community. He says, "The idea of working with learners in developing countries is a nobel cause and it requires support". By providing information about the system in Kenya and new improvements to the education system, Peter helps the CTCA Foundation and wants to make a change in his community.
Nwuko Obinna Alexander is a blogger, political analyst, and an activist at The Orange Journal. He is a Nigerian from Enugu State who is a final year student of Adult Education and Political Science at the prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka Campus (UNN). In his free time, Obinna mainly focuses on writing for the CTCA blog, The Orange Journal, and social problems that are happening in his country. He loves reading, writing, and discovering new things.
Avinash Settipalli is a community service enthusiast in Hyderabad, India, and travels between many villages and towns. He is currently helping our president with farmers in India and bringing the acreage tool to many villages. In his free time, Avinash likes to spend time with his family, work, and watch movies.
Vedangi Trivedi is currently a class of 2025 student at the University of South Florida and is a team leader in Casselberry, Florida. She is originally from Gujarat, India and has lived in the United States for the past 10 years! Vedangi is also a candidate for the Winter Springs High School IB Diploma Program. She speaks three languages: Hindi, Gujarati, and English. She is also an ambassador of NSHSS. In her free time, Vedangi enjoys volunteering in her community and contributing in projects for the CTCA Foundation with her team in Florida. She wants to make a difference in her community.
Maxwell Bivens, one of the team leaders in St. Louis, Missouri, is a class of 2025 student at Saint Louis University. In addition to being active in CTCA, Maxwell is also involved in Mock Trial, AiPAC, Mental Health Advocates, Marching Band and Theater. Maxwell believes that everyone should have equal opportunities to accomplish their goals. Maxwell has also helped run Students for progressive change, an organization that helps write and implement policy at his school. Aside form Volunteering, Maxwell enjoys Tennis, cooking, and swimming.
Joy Yang is a class of 2026 college student and graduate of Westwood High School and the chapter leader in Austin, Texas. Joy aims to make a difference through helping others and volunteering! Outside of school, she enjoys volunteering and making a positive change in her community. She says, "I really look forward to working with the CTCA foundation and creating a positive impact on others!"
Autumn James is a class of 2025 student at Amherst College and a team leader in Danvers, Massachusetts. She strongly believes that as the youth of this generation, we have the power and responsibility to promote the change we wish to see in our world. To promote change in her community, she attends marches and protests organized by organizations like Black Lives Matter. She also created a course at her high school titled "Acknowledging Discrimination". The objective of the course is to promote student's awareness when faced with discrimination, racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression. In leadership, Autumn is an ambassador of the National Society of High School Scholars as well as a student leader at her school campus. She says, "I hope that my contributions and demand for social and educational reform inspires others to take action!"
Urvi Parihar is a class of 2026 college student and graduate of Center Grove High School and a team leader in Greenwood, Indiana. Through being a team leader and writer for CTCA, she hopes to promote change and unity. Aside from CTCA, Urvi is involved in various clubs such as NHS, French Honor Society and orchestra, just to name a few. Aside from these clubs, she is currently working to create her own non-profit to promote mental health outlets within schools. She believes that everyone has the potential to make a difference, and she hopes to inspire others to become an activist.