Indian-American Gets White House Champions of Change Award: A Indian American of 15 years is honored with the White House ‘Champions of Change Award’.
Swetha Prabakaran who was a 15-year-old Indian-American girl has been honored prestigious award of White House “Champions of Change” for empowering the community by imparting Internet coding through her non-profit organisation.
Swetha is the Founder and CEO of a non-profit organisation called Everybody Code Now! which is working to empower the next generation of youth to become engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. Swetha’s parents immigrated to the US from Tamil Nadu in 1998.
Swetha Prabakaran was a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She was one among the eleven young women selected by the White House as “Champions of Change” who are empowering their communities.
After receiving the Award Swetha said addressing the media “When I took my first Computer Science class in high school, I didn’t think that one day I’d be the one teaching kids to code. I really wanted other girls to have strong mentors and exposure to tech the way I did.”
Hundreds of students were taught how to code under the direction of Everybody Code Now! which has raised thousands of dollars for STEM activities in schools.
Swetha said that she had been able to teach hundreds of kids to code and helped bring more science and engineering activities to schools through her organisation.
The Champions of Change national program every year honors recipients, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to advocates in more than 50 categories. The award ceremony took place on Tuesday this year and the program many speakers including Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Barack Obama and chairwoman of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.