"For the Youth, By the Youth, For all People "
Naga Sravan Kilaru is the National Youth Awardee for 2018. An advocate for youth empowerment and leadership in politics, he's best known for spearheading the Yuva Galam movement between September to December 2018. As part of this, he cycled 1800 kms from Srikakulam to Guntur, speaking at hundreds of colleges and interacting with thousands of students. His message was simple - take part in politics, your voice matters, realizing your aspirations is what will make India truly democratic. Sravan Joined Telugu Desam Party in 2019
Sandeep Panchakarla is the Bhimili constituency incharge of Jana Sena Party and the AP State Convenor of Bhagat Singh Students Union, the student wing of Jana Sena. With a doctorate in management studies from GITAM University, he represents the new wave of young and dynamic individuals who wish to lead the struggle for political and social changes. At 29, he was one of the youngest candidates during the 2019 AP Assembly elections.
Sanjiti is passionate about economics and all things gender. She has conducted extensive research on the intersection of financial inclusion and gender equity, especially in India. She works with an AI firm that uses data to positively influence policy, and she holds an MSc in Development Economics from SOAS, University of London.
Akhil has worked on public policy and governance, is passionate about politics and wants to contribute towards responsible politics. He attended Ashoka University as part of Young India Fellowship. In the past, he has worked on issues of foreign policy, policy communications and education. He was part of Jagriti Yatra, travelling across India in a train meeting social entrepreneurs.
V Vamsi Viraj is an Economics graduate from IIT Madras. He has previously worked as a research assistant on studying Rayalaseema factionism, and as a research associate for the Member of Parliament of Srikakulam, working at the grassroots on constituency development issues.
Sugandha works with the education team at Tata Trusts in India.. She has elaborate experience in volunteering and continues to volunteer her time to the cause of empowering women and youth. She did a Masters in Women’s Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and a Masters in Human Rights Law at SOAS, University of London.
Sarigama Yerra is currently pursuing her fifth year of her 5 year dual degree, BTech in Computer Science and Ms with research in Humanities. She is a research student at the cognitive science lab, Kohli Research Center.