- Loudoun County Public Schools
Venkat Honored by People Magazine
Shreyaa Venkat, a member of the Broad Run Class of 2020, is featured in the People Magazine article “Meet 6 Outstanding High School Seniors Committed to Improving Their Communities and the World.”
The article is part of People’s June issue, which is on newsstands Friday, May 22.
Shreyaa and her sister, freshman Esha Venkat, created NEST4US four years ago. NEST stands for a “Newer Environment Starts Today.” Initially, their goal was to provide a means of addressing hunger by channeling excess food from those who had too much to those in need. With support and mentoring from other leaders, Shreyaa and Esha transformed a family passion for participating in community service into a non-profit organization that now:
- Has rescued more than 12,000 pounds of food;
- Has more than 550 volunteers;
- Has conducted more than 225 volunteer events; and
- Has been recognized with 14 prestigious awards.
Based on the premise that “there’s a nest for everyone,” NEST4US features programs that serve different community needs and that rely on the talents of multigenerational volunteers. The programs include:
- NEST Nurtures, the foundational food rescue program that now serves 23 homeless shelters and food banks in the DC-metro area;
- NEST Tutors, a free-tutoring program operating in 19 elementary schools;
- NEST Kares, a program that provides school supplies for at-risk students and “blessing bags” of toiletries and other supplies for the homeless or those who need disaster relief; and
- NEST Buddies, a program that provides a “birthday in a box” for underprivileged students who may not otherwise enjoy a birthday celebration.
NEST4US was named a recipient of the Loudoun School-Business Partnership Executive Council’s Make a Difference Award this year.
Shreyaa will attend Georgetown University to study global healthcare in the Fall.