Youth Are Awesome is a community-based website maintained by over 30 youth volunteers dedicated to showcasing the great things youth are doing in Calgary. These youth are the decision-makers; they are at the forefront of design, implementation of ideas and maintenance of Youth Are Awesome. They range in age from 12-18 years old, and come from every quadrant of the city, each bringing a unique view and style to the site.
Meet our bloggers:
Awesome BloggerAaron is a volunteer for Youth Central and a blogger for Youth Are Awesome. Aaron believes in bringing ingenuity and inspiration to the team, always trying to find interesting and engaging topics for teenagers within Calgary. Aaron is an ambassador of the Sir Winston Churchill High School Program, a honors IB student, and a dedicated volunteer in both recreation and sports medicine. Aaron is currently a Full IB Diploma student in Sir Winston Churchill High School, hoping to further his interest in both biology and biochemistry in University.Awesome BloggerAvanti Karkhanis is a Youth Blogger who writes for Youth Are Awesome. Avanti knows that writing is an integral skill for communicating, and is grateful for the opportunity to keep practicing. She enjoys blogging about different subjects that appeal to her. Avanti is a managing editor on the school newspaper, where she coordinates the production of an issue every month. She also volunteers at the Calgary Public Library assisting with the Reading Buddies programs, and at the YMCA as a tutor. Avanti is very interested in biological sciences, and hopes to pursue this passion in her post-secondary education.Junior EditorAwesome BloggerDhriti Gupta is a blogger of two years at Youth Are Awesome. As an aspiring journalist, Dhriti is an enthusiastic advocate for social justice, feminism, and LGBTQ+ issues, and tries to take a stance through her passion for writing. She is currently attending Grade 11 at Sir Winston Churchill High School. In the past, she has moved from place to place, residing in New Delhi, Houston, San Francisco, Edmonton, and now, Calgary. When not buried under a pile of homework, you can find her reading, bugging her cat, volunteering around Calgary, eating chocolate, or watching The Mindy Project.Awesome BloggerAwesome BloggerJunior EditorHafsah Syed is a Junior Editor who takes pride in writing for Youth Are Awesome. Her blog posts often discuss her unique perspectives on societal and philosophical topics. “Every individual has a voice,” she says, “and every person should feel confident in [respectfully] expressing it.” Hafsah feels blessed to be able to do just that alongside YAA’s team of passionate and extraordinary youth. She believes that diverse perspectives are essential to fostering an open-minded and interconnected community- a community like YAA, she says. Currently in her last year of high school, Hafsah is a student at Crescent Heights High School.Awesome BloggerHilary Guo is a blogger who writes for Youth Are Awesome. She believes that YAA is a great place that shows representation of youth from every inch of Calgary. Hilary is in Grade 9 at Harold Panabaker school. She started taking interest in writing in the sixth grade and has been apart of Youth Are Awesome since September 2016. She has been lucky to have the opportunity to be able to create posts for YAA! Some of Hilary's favourite things include basketball, San Francisco, plants, drawing eyebrows and of course creative writing! She hopes you have a great day!Junior EditorHui Wen is the Arts & Culture Junior Editor for Youth Are Awesome. She is a passionate advocate of the arts, and plays both the piano and clarinet. You can often find her at the Jack Singer Concert Hall for Calgary Philharmonic concerts, or in the band room of her school. Hui Wen loves the city of Calgary and enjoys using the blog as a platform to share her thoughts and inform other youth of the interesting things going on around the city. Hui Wen is a recipient of the LORAN Scholarship and a Grade 12 student at Western Canada High School.Awesome BloggerJunior EditorKandace Peroramas is the News & Social Media Junior Editor for Youth Are Awesome. Aware of the impact youth like herself can have on the community, she joined this Youth Central program to showcase and advocate for her love of writing, reading, family, friends, music, and travelling. She also believes the world is constantly changing, so staying informed keeps her sane! As an I.B. student, Kandace values balancing her education and passions, so she enjoys spending her time volunteering or scooping at Village Ice Cream. In the fall, she will be pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Science with the goal of becoming a pediatrician. All in all, Kandace hopes that through her writing, readers can connect with her in a personal way.Awesome BloggerAwesome BloggerAwesome BloggerLucy is a Grade 11 student at Sir Winston Churchill High School who’s a first year blogger at Youth Are Awesome. At YAA, Lucy strives to share her take on everything from tech and business to life and entertainment. She wishes to inspire others to try stepping outside of their comfort zones and find what motivates them with her writing. For her, blogging is about opening up and exploring where writing blogs will lead her. Outside of YAA, Lucy serves as a Co-chair on Youth Central’s Mayor’s Youth Council. Her passions include music, coding and reading. Lucy aspires to pursue a career in tech and find her place in the world. Ultimately, she hopes to bring more smiles into others’ lives.Awesome BloggerJunior EditorAwesome BloggerAwesome BloggerAwesome BloggerAwesome BloggerAwesome BloggerAwesome BloggerRosie is a Grade 11 student and she has been blogging for YAA since November 2016. Through YAA, Rosie aims to write posts that are are relatable and bring exposure to a variety of topics for high school students and other readers. As a devout student and athlete, Rosie believes in achieving a balanced lifestyle and breaking out of societal stereotypes. Although Rosie is aiming for the medical field, she has interests in sports (volleyball & basketball), math/sciences, and graphic design. When she isn't doing homework or sports, Rosie can be found lurking around bubble tea cafes or volunteering at homeless shelters.Awesome BloggerAwesome BloggerJunior EditorAwesome BloggerAwesome BloggerSana Samadi is a 16-year-old youth blogger who writes for Youth Are Awesome (YAA). She has been a writer for YAA since 2013. She is currently a grade 11 full French IB student at Western Canada High School. Sana believes that it is important for youth to actively engage with their community. She has been lucky to work as an executive debate team member at her school, where she teaches debate to less experienced members in the club. Her passions include cooking, debating and writing!Awesome BloggerAwesome BloggerAwesome BloggerClaude Lu is a youth blogger for Youth Are Awesome who started in February 2017. Claude believes that blogging is fun way of sharing his attitude and views about various topics, but blogging also provides him with the opportunity to develop his writing skills. Claude has supported the community through various volunteering projects with Youth Central. Aside from blogging, Claude is keen about living a healthy lifestyle through a nutritious diet and an active lifestyle. He enjoys the art of bodybuilding and is inspired by the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ronnie Coleman who are well known for their aesthetic physiques. He enjoys playing guitar by himself in his room and his favourite song to play right now is “That’s what I like” by the talented Bruno Mars. Claude is an avid fan of Bruno Mars as his music is diverse as some of his songs are upbeat while others are meaningful.Tom is a new member who recently joined Youth Are Awesome. He enjoys writing about topics that he cares about and wants to share those passions with others. He particularly likes sports and music, and any other engaging medium. He joined this team because he wants to polish his skills as a writer, as well as meet a different group of people who will expose him to new ideas and perspectives. Tom values athletics in his life and throughout high-school has competed in wrestling, badminton, rugby, and track and field. In his collection is a wrestling city championship gold medal, and a silver and bronze in badminton. Unfortunately he injured his knee this year so he has been temporarily arrested from sports but these experiences will provide plenty of material to write about!