Anushka Kumar (she/her) is the Founder and CEO of The Promise We Share. Anushka has been doing volunteer tutoring and enrichment for several years and does public health and psychology research at Harvard PNGU. She is the president of her school’s UNICEF club, a co-editor-in-chief of Turning the Page, and a student representative on her school’s Dignity Equity and Inclusion Committee. Anushka absolutely loves learning from new people and making connections in unexpected places. She is particularly passionate about using community health structures to build trust between individuals of different backgrounds and to maximize the impact of education and welfare services. She hopes that PWS can lay a foundation for service programs all around the country to ensure that every child has an opportunity to live a happy and healthy life. Anushka’s secret talents are painting sunsets and saying the alphabet backwards.
Sabbia Gale-Donnelly (she/they) is the Founder and Head of the Educational Enrichment Committee, which works to support local after-school programs and promote the development of empathy in and communal involvement of youth through social-justice-based curriculum. She is also the founder of Walter Panas High School’s Poetry Club and runs their branch of UNICEF, in addition to serving as co-editor-in-chief of the social justice initiative Turning the Page. Through their work with PWS, Sabbia hopes to create opportunities for the next generation to become familiar with people and events that traditionally go untaught, and build an intercultural understanding and respect. In her (hypothetical) free time, she may be found dabbling in bad accents and listening to Brandi Carlile’s The Story on repeat.
Emma Wasserman (she/her) is the Founder and Head of the Community Health Committee, which works to promote general health and well being in local underserved communities by providing educational tools and resources focused on improving nutrition, exercise, mental health, and personal hygiene. Emma hopes to use her experience as the manager of social justice committee Turning The Page, an active member of a teen entrepreneurial program, and a student at a Harvard Chan “C-Change Youth Summit” to fulfill her role at PWS; this would aim to increase accessibility and awareness to basic healthcare needs to as many people as possible to help set foundations for happier lives and work towards making a positive impact to the Public/Community Health field as a whole. In spare moments, you might find her writing, playing piano, trying at online chess, or looking up random science facts.
Ariana Koenig (she/her) is the Head of the Community Empowerment Committee of The Promise We Share! She first became interested in community outreach through her involvement in her school’s UNICEF chapter and has been working hard to help others since. Ariana is the vice president of her school’s Young Democrats of America club and Girl Up club, where she works to make advocacy and political education accessible for all. She strives to empower the voices of her peers through her work in Scarsdale High School’s literary magazine, of which she is an editor. Ariana is secretly a Star Wars fan and loves spending time with her dog, Ollie. Ariana could not be more proud to be a part of The Promise We Share, and is so excited to get to work!
Sydney Miller (she/her) is the head of social media at PWS. She has leadership experience in service programs such as Habitat for Humanity and the special needs programs at the JCC Mid-Westchester. She appreciates community activism and loves inspiring others to take civic action. She believes social media is a great tool for service work because it can reach such a large audience in order to spread awareness for global issues. Sydney loves fashion design and she has a dog named Moose.
Ella Hahn (she/her) is the head of youth programming, where she coordinates meal-packing events with local groups of children to be distributed to food pantries. In the future, she hopes to incorporate dynamic service projects into primary education. Ella has experience in fundraising for the Cure JM Foundation and mentoring children in gymnastics and cheerleading. She loves working with kids and being able to share the same joy she gets in knowing she is doing something to help others. Through PWS, Ella aims to raise awareness around food insecurity and encourage others, especially the next generation of changemakers, to do what they can to help those who may be less fortunate than them. Oftentimes, you can find her hanging out with friends, playing board games with her family, thinking about math, her favorite subject.