As part of National Charter Schools Week 2021: 30 Years Strong, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (National Alliance) honors 30 exceptional young leaders who are connected in some way to charter schools and are using their ideas, talents, and platforms to advance educational and economic opportunity and promote equality and social justice. The 30 Under 30 Changemakers Awards shine a spotlight on individuals from across the country who are making a meaningful impact in their community via the Arts, Writing, and Sports; Education and Politics; Leadership; Science; and Social Justice.
STEM sophomore Gitanjali Rao was named one of the 30 Under 30 Change Makers in the area of science. See her nomination below:
Gitanjali Rao, 15, Lone Tree, Colo. Gitanjali is a real, live Superhero. The young scientist was featured in an episode of Marvel’s Hero Project, Genius Gitanjali, which followed her work developing an app that detects lead in drinking water, inspired by a trip with her family to India and the Flint Water Crisis. This app developer and anti-cyber-bullying advocate is also TIME’s first Kid of the Year. Gitanjali also dedicates her time to running innovation workshops to mentor fellow students not just at STEM School Highlands Ranch, but worldwide. To date, she has mentored more than 45,000 students across four continents.
Read more about each 30 Under 30 Changemaker below. Join the National Alliance for the 30 Under 30 Virtual Awards Ceremony, featuring interviews with several of our honorees on May 12 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern. Register here.
National Charter Schools Week (May 10-15) recognizes more than 200,000 dedicated teachers, 3.3 million students, and 7,500 public charter schools across the nation. This year’s celebration marks the 30th anniversary of the first charter school law, which changed the future of public education and student success forever. In honor of the movement’s history and future, this year’s theme is National Charter Schools Week 2021: 30 Years Strong.