Hi, I am Aneesh Prasad, a 16-year-old from Massachusetts. Some of the biggest issues facing Gen-Zers today are mental health and well-being, racial equity, access to equal opportunities, social justice, and the environment. Come join me as I explore how we can tackle these issues by talking to experts in the field who have made a difference. Let's learn from them so we can make a difference too.
Season 3 Young African Flow Feebles Series
Season 3 titled "Young African Flow Feebles" is a special series of my podcast in partnership with Ruth Egbedi of the Young Africa Foundation. In this series, Ruth and I will interview young girls in Africa to provide a platform to break the myths surrounding menstruation and foster open conversations about this crucial aspect of women's health.
In this introductory episode, Ruth shares her inspiration behind starting this podcast. Stay tuned for more exciting episodes!
Episode 11: Fighting Child Marriage, Gender Inequality and Climate Change in Indonesia with Alya Sabira
In this episode, I interview 19-year old Alya Sabira, the founder of Save the Youth Sukabumi in Indonesia. Alya shares the incredible work she is doing to tackle climate change and dismantle deep-rooted societal and cultural challenges such as child marriage and gender and education inequality. We discuss the role of government, legislation, and advocacy in driving societal change. Finally, as a Gen-Zer herself, Alya shares advice for how we can strive to have an impact in areas that we care about.
Episode 10: Environmental Sustainability in the Med-Tech Industry with Cal St. Denis
In this episode, I interview Cal St. Denis, the Global Director of Sustainability at J&J MedTech. Cal shares his journey and his transition from commercial roles to leading J&J MedTech's sustainability efforts. We discuss J&J's environmental sustainability initiatives and Cal shares his insights on the challenges and advantages of developing more environmentally sustainable business practices. Finally, Cal provides advice on how Gen-Zers like us can start to make a difference especially in the area of environmental sustainability.
Episode 9: Empowering Youth and Leveling the Education Playing Field with Grace Paul
In this episode, I interview the founder of Opportunity Desk and iKapture Networks, Grace Ihejiamaizu-Paul. Grace shares her journey as her a social entrepreneur and educator and discusses how both iKapture and Opportunity Desk provide a platform to help young people in Africa prepare themselves to succeed in the workplace. We discuss the educational equity challenges unique to Africa such as the lack of mentorship and resources for youth living in underserved communities. Grace shares her own challenges and obstacles in setting up her two ventures and provides great advice on how Gen-Zers like us can start making a difference. Finally Grace shares key takeaways from her book "Go Global with Opportunities". You can check out her book here:
Go Global with Opportunities
Episode 8: Educational Equity and Empowerment of Indigenous Youth in Brazil with Livia Maria Souza
In this episode, I interview Livia Maria Souza, the 19-year old founder of the Levanta Jovem Project in Brazil. Livia shares her journey as a change-maker that started when she was 12 years old and discusses the incredible work that she is doing to provide leadership training and mentorship to the Amazonian youth from the northern regions of Brazil. We discuss the challenges that the youth from these regions have had to deal with including the historical and political dynamics of the country that propagated stereotypes against the indigenous people. We discuss the educational system in Brazil that emphasizes grades over leadership skills and the importance of public policy and societal engagement to drive positive change. Livia also shares how the leadership programs at Levanta Jovem focus on self awareness and identifying one's purpose and how that has led to positive outcomes for many of the participants of the program. Finally, Livia shares great advice on how Gen-Zers like us can make a difference.
Episode 7: Tackling Gender Inequality and Period Poverty in Africa with Ruth Egbedi
In this episode, I interview Ruth Egbedi, the founder and President of the Young Africa Foundation and an Ashoka Young Changemaker from Nigeria. Ruth shares her changemaking story that began when she was 14 years old. Still in her teens, Ruth is striving to end the stigma associated with menstruation, eliminate period poverty and advance gender equality in the workplace. In this interview, Ruth discusses the challenges that girls face in Africa, the cultural and societal norms that propagate the stigma against menstruation and the general oppression of women. We discuss the roadblocks that Ruth had to overcome to establish her non-profit and Ruth shares her vision for a world where gender equality is the norm and all girls and young women feel empowered to pursue their dreams and passions.