Hello! My name is Rishi Ahuja and I'm thrilled to be participating in this year's 100minds campaign. I joined 100minds because I believe in the power of civic engagement and youth-led action. Together, we can create transformative change for youth across Ireland.

About me:

Mitchell Scholar and Economics Masters Student @ Trinity College Dublin, UC Berkeley alumni, and avid policy nerd. Obsessed with contributing to innovation in the social sector. I love reading, thinking, eating, playing basketball, and rowing with the Dublin University Boat Club.

Why I fundraise:

I have a deep interest in developing policies and practices that create broader opportunities for youth across the world. As a Berkeley student, I worked with Fostering Media Connections to enhance attention and journalistic coverage of the foster care system in California. As a Policy Intern, I organized a forum that brought over 100 legal experts together to assess structural problems in the foster youth system. I've also participated in an annual fundraiser for California Youth Connection and Fostering Media Connections in which we climbed Mount Shasta and raised $30,000+ over the past 3 years.

My idea:

I've partnered with Julianne Eleanor, an incredible artist and illustrator, to put together a collection of pieces centered on the themes of childhood and imagination. We are hoping to sell these beautiful pieces both online and in person at an evening event being graciously hosted by 3fe on March 31st.