Volunteer Highlight: Harsha and Ashwin

Harsha and Ashwin, recent graduates of Upper Hawken School, have always been leaders for other teen volunteers on the East Side. In fact, Harsha recruited Ashwin and his other friends to volunteer at YC. They were regulars at Sports & Swim last summer and even marched together at the March for Access in Cleveland last September, advocating for disability rights. Participants are always requesting to be paired with them at programs!

Most recently, Harsha and Ashwin completed their three-week senior project at YC! During the project, they had the chance to hone their leadership skills. They got a taste of everything at YC, from leading Volunteer Committee initiatives to helping with Archery and Cycling, Dance, and Baseball programs. Stepping out of their comfort zones, they lead an archery activity for the first time. They also served as van aides, ensuring participants got to and from YC programs smoothly. And whenever there was a need for more YC volunteers, you could count on Ashwin and Harsha to be there. Last but not least, Ashwin and Harsha got the chance to take part in planning and implementing the Volunteer Committee’s costume race and pie-in-the-face competition at the Baseball Showdown. What a fun way to end an amazing internship!

Harsha will attend The Ohio State University, and Ashwin will attend the University of Cambridge in England in the fall. YC will certainly miss Harsha and Ashwin but are proud of their accomplishments and are excited to see what life has in store for them. Thank you, Harsha and Ashwin, for your commitment to YC!