DIGITAL MENTORS

Digital mentors are the backbone of PENdulum Global, directly empowering vulnerable adolescents in Swaziland, the Philippines, and the United States through mentorship and strategic service project development. Nationally, our volunteers are over achieving, hard-working students and professionals who engage their networks through education and fundraising, and prioritize adolescent welfare to the forefront of global development. MORE COMING SOON!

Yuchen Lin is a Masters student at Northwestern University and Fulbright Fellowship alumna, pursuing a career in speech language pathology with a focus in multicultural populations. She hopes to bring her management experiences with UNICEF and her knowledge from working abroad and with individuals with communication disorders to give a voice to disadvantaged populations and individuals with disabilities.

Julia Rohde. I've been fortunate enough to live a healthy and stable life in a safe community of encouraging people. As I grew older, I became more and more aware of what was happening around the world, whether it be war, disease, or sex trafficking. It's easy to forget these things are happening when you do not see them with your own eyes. Personally, I couldn't help but wonder what I could do as a junior at a high school in Indiana. From the moment I talked with representatives of PENdulum Global, I began to realize that helping victims from all over the world is possible. Plans in the back of my mind of advocating for a child who had fallen victim to civil war or mentoring a young girl with HIV suddenly all felt reachable. It is clear to me that PENdulum Global is eager to change the world as well as help me achieve my goals of doing the same. I am excited to see what the future holds for PENdulum Global and I look forward to helping them create a better, safer world. Julia Rohde is President of PENdulum at Valparaiso High School.

Ma Aurora Joaquin is obtaining a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Northwestern University.

Amy Adkins is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University and is passionate about undergraduate research. Amy has been integral to PENdulum Globals commitment to publish original works contributing to adolescent welfare. 

Samantha Yang, class of 2019, is a Neuroscience Major on the Pre-Medicine track at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also pursuing a minor in Chinese Linguistics. Beyond her academics studies, she is involved in the Society of Future Physicians, the Asian American Student Organization, and most recently, the International Society of Oncology and Biomarkers. Her experience in these organizations has contributed to her passion for collaborating, learning, and her drive to inspire and motivate others. When Samantha learned about PENdulum Global, she was eager to become involved as it offered an incredible opportunity to improve her leadership and mentoring abilities as well as a chance to give back to her community. Throughout her life, Samantha has found writing and self-reflection to be a means of growth and maturation. PENdulum Global stood out to her as they not only bring young women together but provide them with a creative outlet to express themselves. This is one of the many things Samantha strongly supports and is excited to be apart of: inspiring young women to speak up for female solidarity. 

Samantha Yang, class of 2019, is a Neuroscience Major on the Pre-Medicine track at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also pursuing a minor in Chinese Linguistics. Beyond her academics studies, she is involved in the Society of Future Physicians, the Asian American Student Organization, and most recently, the International Society of Oncology and Biomarkers. Her experience in these organizations has contributed to her passion for collaborating, learning, and her drive to inspire and motivate others. When Samantha learned about PENdulum Global, she was eager to become involved as it offered an incredible opportunity to improve her leadership and mentoring abilities as well as a chance to give back to her community. Throughout her life, Samantha has found writing and self-reflection to be a means of growth and maturation. PENdulum Global stood out to her as they not only bring young women together but provide them with a creative outlet to express themselves. This is one of the many things Samantha strongly supports and is excited to be apart of: inspiring young women to speak up for female solidarity. 

Emily Furno studies genetics at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina with the hope of becoming a Genetic Counselor. Her passion for teaching kids and learning more about the world led her to become a PENdulum Digital Mentor. 

Prabha Singh currently works as a Health Planner for the San Diego HIV Health Services Planning Council as an employee of the LGBT Community Center. Originally from the East coast, Prabha received her B.Sc. from the University of Maryland and received her Master of Public Health from National University. Prabha is also a Narcan Trainer with a A New Path and the Director of Development for the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus. Prabha is the current Co-Chair for the Young Professional Council (a program of the San Diego LGBT Community Center). Prabha is also fluent in Hindi and looks forward to working with different community based organizations in the future. 

 

 

Amritha Venguideshe is currently a senior at Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University. I am majoring in Molecular Biosciences/Biotechnology with a minor in Anthropology and hope to attend medical school once I graduate. I joined PENdulum Global because I really believe in the idea of inspiring and guiding adolescents to achieve great things. This interest in youth empowerment came from my involvement with UNICEF and has motivated me to help children around the world in any small way that I can.

Arwa Abdallah is an advocate for refugees and displaced youth, and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Masters in Public Health. She has worked with United Nations Relief and Work Agency and other NGO's in the region to analyze access to health-care in refugee camps in Jordan.

Mariam Alshagra. I got my start as an Global Citizen in Baghdad, Iraq where I was born, Stockholm, Sweden where I was raised, and Washington D.C. where I received my formal secondary school education. I truly enjoy being an active member of the international community and have participated in groups such as Model UN, Civitan Leaders, and Habitat for Humanity. Sense of community and a shared responsibility in community health and awareness are the most important aspects of what I hope my career will bring. Working with PENdulum Global has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life largely due to its two founders who are through and through exemplary role models for young health care leaders world wide. My plan is to continue with this organization for as long as it continues to need me.

Rudainah Najeeb. I am in my 2nd year of college pursuing a degree in Math and Computer Science. I am also on the Pre Medicine track and hope to attend medical school after earning my bachelors degree. I believe it is important to connect to the world for giving and gaining knowledge. I aspire to understand life outside of what I experience daily. More importantly I want to be an encouragement and advocate to turn dreams into reality for the betterment of the local community

Rohan Dammala is currently a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he is finishing his last year of studies necessary for completion of his Bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering with a Cell and Tissue focus. Having taken part in several cost-effective aid trips as well as having been a part in disaster relief work, he has found that compassion and companionship are fundamental elements in growing of any kind. With this mentality, he intends to use his experiences to both strengthen his own character and leadership skills as well as to help those in need of mentorship. He looks forward to strengthening and empowering the minds of youth to make a positive difference in their communities.

Amane Salem is studying Occupational Therapy in Chicago, Illinois. Pendulum is a beautiful organization that denotes empowerment of individuals around the world to lead lives that they dream or strive for. As someone who grew up serving and volunteering in her community, dedicating time to make a difference in the lives of others is something she chooses to live by. Everyone has a story, everyone has ideas, and everyone has dreams. She feel compelled to help these young individuals overcome their struggles and locate their hidden gems to share with the world. Her name means Hope in Arabic and she feels like this is not a coincidence, she want to give hope to others in realizing they are more than their circumstance or situation, and that they do not need to be defined by this. Her dream is to travel to less developed countries and offer her services as an Occupational therapist to children and youth, specifically those with cancer. 

Cassie Brown is a second year clinical psychology Ph.D. student at Palo Alto University. She plans on completing emphases in both neuropsychology and forensics. She has always been an avid lover of psychology, learning, and most importantly helping others. In addition to her studies, Cassie works as a crisis intervention counselor, providing counseling services and care for families and children affected by domestic violence. Her passion for people and for providing empathy, guidance, love, and care to others is what brought her to PENdulum Global. She is eager to provide mentorship and support to young people globally, and to bring her passion for humanity and education to the organization.

Amina Hafeez, a psychology student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is pursuing her life goal of becoming a Physician Assistant. Amina has joined PENdulum Global as a Digital Mentor because as a person who frequently takes part in her community, she highly believes volunteering helps the world succeed in becoming a better place. Further, Amina believes PENdulum Global offers a unique and valuable opportunity to create the ultimate expression of building a meaningful relationship.

Forum Sanghavi is majoring in International Studies with a concentration in Global and Social Justice at Virginia Commonwealth University 

Linet Lopez is a sophomore at University of Illinois at Chicago pursuing a major in Biology and a minor in Spanish as well as in Public Policy. With her mindset in becoming a family physician, Linet will be attending medical school in a few years becoming the first in her family to graduate from college and achieve higher education.With her three years of experience as a mentee at Minds Matter Chicago, Linet plans on taking what her mentors taught her to be able to mentor students going through difficult situations in their country. Through the letters, she plans to motivate and empower youth with her experiences in her community, family, educational trips, and work experience. Youth should be able to learn ways to improve their communities with what makes them passionate and like Saint Ignatius said, “set the world on fire”. 

Linet Lopez is a sophomore at University of Illinois at Chicago pursuing a major in Biology and a minor in Spanish as well as in Public Policy. With her mindset in becoming a family physician, Linet will be attending medical school in a few years becoming the first in her family to graduate from college and achieve higher education.With her three years of experience as a mentee at Minds Matter Chicago, Linet plans on taking what her mentors taught her to be able to mentor students going through difficult situations in their country. Through the letters, she plans to motivate and empower youth with her experiences in her community, family, educational trips, and work experience. Youth should be able to learn ways to improve their communities with what makes them passionate and like Saint Ignatius said, “set the world on fire”. 

 

chapters  

College and high school chapters have become pivotal for community fundraising, and PENdulum Global's national mentorship efforts, empowering vulnerable adolescents in low income communities. By partnering with Title I schools and local organizations combating domestic poverty, PENdulum Global chapters are able to encourage students to achieve higher education.

PENdulum at Valparaiso High School in Valparaiso, Indiana

PENdulum at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia

Interested in starting a high school or college chapter?

Join the movement and email us at volunteer@pendulumglobal.org to learn more!