Youth Changemaker: priya verma

A Canadian youth who is improving policies and communities, in the U.S., Canada and beyond.

Here's what her nominator, Jatinderjit Singh Saroya, had to say about her work:

"Priya Verma is a  outstanding youth leader, change maker and role model of youths. She is a graduate in Computer Systems & Technology. She is top of the class and a recipient of the Dean's Honor Recognition Award (2012) at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada. She is a international award holder from UK, USA, India, Australia and United Nations for her innovation and research in the field of environmental sustainability and community service. Recently, she received the prestigious SBN International Youth Award 2012 form Australia. She is the founder of a nonprofit NGO working for the cause of child, youth, women, environment sustainability and global issues and working for the betterment of the world and a winner of many international awards."

Since 2001, she has been a member of Youth Service America (YSA) USA's youth council, representing youth of North America. With YSA, she is involved in the areas of youth development, policymaking, GYSD projects, grants reviews and service learning projects and providing inputs in various topics under the mentorship of Mrs. Silvia Golombek, the Senior Vice President of YSA and proved her strong leadership. She is the 2010 Every Day Young Hero Award holder from YSA.

Now an alumni of the Youth Service America (YSA) youth council, she remains actively involved with their programs.

Priya is the Global Advisor of TakingITGlobal, the worlds biggest online network of youths, and serves as a advisor in the Member Advisory Committee in the areas of youth development activities and global issues since 2010. As a part of the TakingITGlobal Member Advisory Committee, she has helped to shape the future of the global youth movement. For her outstanding work she has been awarded TakingITglobal Member Advisory Committee badges and the  appreciation award in 2011-12 for playing a big role in youth development policies.

In addition, Priya has been is involved with the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council (PYC) since its inception. She is the only Campaign Ambassador from Canada in the Presidential Youth Council. The Presidential Youth Council, composed of youths ages 16 to 24, would advise the President on the perspectives of youth, offer suggestions on how to make federally funded youth programs more efficient and effective, and will create shared recommendations on issues that will affect the long-term future of USA.

As a Campaign Ambassador, Priya is has been involved in the policy-making and development of the Campaign since its inception in 2011 by implementing a social media campaign and mobilizng students to support the campaign. Thanks to her efforts, the Campaign has received worldwide support and recommendations on the design and implementation of a long-term Presidential Youth Council.

Priya is also a member of other organizations including, The National Society of High School Scholars and the honors society Golden Key International USA, GenerationON, United Teens USA, NSCS USA, Travel2 Change, Campaign Central, the Association of British Scholars, Golden Key International Society Canada,and  Canada World Youth.

Priya is an accredited writer of newspapers, magazines and published more than 1000 articles on environmental, youth, global issues and burning issues of the society and transformed the society. Her work has appeared in the Association of Young Journalist and Writers (AYJW), Teen Ink, All Voices, World Pulse, and

Her specifics awards includes:

1. Diana Award-2008 from Mr. Gordon Brown the Honorable Prime Minister of UK in the field of environmental protection and community service.
2. United Nations Youth Achiever Recognition Award in 2010 .
3. Claes Noble Academics Award 2010 from NSHSS, USA 2010 in academics and leadership.
4. International Women Day outstanding Community Service Award 2011 from WIN, USA
5. National Youth Award from Govt. of India in 2007.
6. Every Day Young Hero Award from YSA in 2011.
8. Microsoft Achiever award.
9. NASA participation award 2009
10.GK International Outstanding Community Service Award in 2011 from USA.
11. She is a topper in Computer System technology program received Deans Honor Recognition Award- 2012 for academic achievements from George Brown college, Toronto, Canada.
12. Amazing Kid award from Amazing Kid, USA in 2010.
13. Winner of SBN International Youth Award 2012 from Australia as leader and innovator.

Her projects and story is posted in the following websites:

This profile was submitted to the 24 Under 24 Youth Changemakers competition hosted by SparkAction and the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council to recognize young changemakers influencing policy and practice at the local, state and national levels in the U.S.

The selection of the top 24 was made by members of the Campaign and SparkAction staff. Stay tuned for more profiles of young people making a difference, or submit your own.

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