Emily began working with Project Why in 2012 during a gap year between high school and college. While with Project Why she taught in the special education classroom and fell irrevocably in love with her students and with India. She has returned five times and is currently working alongside the founder and a longtime donor to revamp Project Why's social media presence. Emily is also working on establishing an American based NGO to support Project Why with funds and volunteers. Emily started Project Why: Bard through the Trustee Leader Scholar program at Bard College in hopes of sharing her passion with her fellow students and opening a new avenue for volunteers to join the Project Why family. The photo is of Emily with the founder of Project Why, Anouradha Bakshi (right) and the project director, Rani Bhardwaj (left).
Emily was recently featured in a 26 part series on Project Why by a blogger supported by the Singaporean Book Council. Check out the post here!
Meghann is a sophomore at Bard College planning to study dance and economics. She has been dancing since she was four and her passion was instilled when she was young. She has enjoyed her experiences sharing her dance knowledge with young children and toddlers. Unparalleled to her passion for dance is her curiosity for traveling and the experiences gained from a new culture. She is excited to be joining Project Why: Bard as a volunteer and will be hopefully continue to share her knowledge of dance with their students.
Violet Nash-Greenberg was raised in New York City. She's currently a freshmen at Bard College studying mathematics and music. She’s been playing violin since the age of 4, and is expanding her musical talents to other areas of music. She has many years of experience working with children and in education, and loves connecting with younger generations and acquiring insight into their views on the world around them. Along with music, Violet practices yoga, and dances at Bard. She's interested in expression which transcends language and can serve as a means of communication between people of all ages, gender, nationality, spirituality etc. and hopes to bring that mindset with her to India to help her put together a collaborative project as a creative outlet for the children in New Delhi.
Greta is a freshman at Bard College studying Human Rights and Dance. She has been dancing since she was 3 and has studied ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, Dunham (a combination of West African/Haitian/Caribbean dance) and enjoys choreographing her own movement as well. She believes that dance should be an inclusive art form that welcomes participation from people of all ages, sexes, and abilities regardless of previous experience and she hopes to bring this belief to her volunteer work. Greta found Project Why through her dorm mates and is super excited to explore a new place and learn about a different culture than the one she grew up with in her home city of Los Angeles. She can't wait to get started!
Curtis Sirkoch is a first-year Chemical Engineering major at Bard College. He first experienced volunteer work performing science experiments with children at middle and elementary school science fairs put on by the Bard Center for Civic Engagement. Curtis hopes to make gravity-resistant egg carriers and elephant snot in order to demonstrate properties physics and chemistry during his stay in India. The picture of Curtis kneeling next to a large pile of styrofoam and broken eggs is the typical result of such experiments. In addition to science, Curtis takes interest in agriculture, cooking, jazz music, and plays the saxophone. Bringing these interests to the children of India is an exciting opportunity to him. Hopefully his dream of leading a Bollywood styled parade with a saxophone in hand and a small army of handmade-percussion-instrument-wielding children following behind him comes true.