1.) Collecting and centralizing mental health resources. 

 

 

 

2.) Increasing the discussion about mental health by sharing personal stories and guidance.

 

 

3.) Impacting communities by bringing needs-based mental health initiatives across the globe

ABOUT US

Caring for our mental health is necessary. It's empowering. But due to societal stigmas surrounding mental health and a lack of accessible resources about it for all communities, not everyone is able to care for their mental health. We're here to change that. We're making mental wellness accessible for all through three pivotal pillars:

The Team

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Anjali Smith is a 17 year old mental health advocate from New Jersey. She founded Project Empower because she was dissatisfied that many people aren't able to get the care they deserve for their mental health because of a lack of discussion about mental health and the societal stigma surrounding it in many communities. She strongly believes that by making mental health resources accessible and starting mental health initiatives to fit different communities' needs, we can fight the inaccessibility of mental wellness together. 

Anjali Smith
Founder/Executive Director
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Avital Zuckerman
Director of Operations

Avital Zuckerman is from Israel and she has what you might call an obsession with everything mental health. More than just an advocate, she's made deciphering life with regard to self-awareness a full-time passion. As a recent high school graduate with a list of freelance writing experience around her belt, where she might take her excitement for mental well-being next is anyone's guess.

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Natalie Bronchetti is the Director of Operations of Project Empower. She is a highschooler in New York State. She is passionate about environmental justice, and of course, mental health and wellness. In her free time, she loves to watch movies, listen to music, and play her ukulele. 

Natalie Bronchetti
Director of Operations
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Kyah Alexander
Social Media Director

Kyah Alexander is a 16 year old activist from Oklahoma City. She is passionate about pursuing activism in women's rights, mental health, disability rights and the justice system. Her goal in life is to inspire others. She is in many organizations in her state including America Youth United, You Go Girl, Keep Growing Oklahoma. And even started her own female empowerment club at her high school. She enjoys dancing, music, poetry. Her goal in life is to make this world a better place with every post she makes. She runs a segment on her instagram called “Truthful Tuesday” and she talks about her life, having a disability, and how it can affect her mental health.

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Hi my name is Tara Khanna, I am 17 years old and I live in the Bay Area of California. One of my passions is public speaking  and being an advocate for the youth in my community. I love to speak on issues such as mental health, homelessness, and tobacco control awareness. I travel all over California as a keynote speaker giving motivational speeches at youth conferences. I also work as a workshop presenter with a youth action team called Solano Youth Coalition on public speaking. Then I also work with the California Youth Council on working with legislators to change public policy on issues such as education for all and tobacco laws. 

Tara Khanna
Head of Communications
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Srilekha Cherukuvada
Head of Communications

Srilekha Cherukuvada is a 16 year old activist from Texas. She is involved in several social justice magazines and organizations, including Lune Magazine, Overachiever Magazine, and Redefy. Srilekha is the yearbook copy editor and Horizon Weekly editor at her schools’ news publication. She is also a part of her school's DECA chapter, is publicist for Days For Girls and Academy Ambassadors, and avidly participates in National French Honors Society and National Honors Society. Srilekha also founded and is Executive Director of her not-for-profit organization, Plannr Consulting, striving to stop the stigma around mental health issues. Her goal in life is to travel to at least 100 countries and experience all the cultures in the world. For more information about Srilekha, visit her portfolio, blog, and resume website here.

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 Rohit Mukund is a 16 year old high school student who currently resides in New Jersey. He is passionate about resolving the mental health stigma present in the world and spreading mental health awareness. Rohit is also part of his school’s robotics team and plays for the school's tennis team. 

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Head of Communications
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Victoria Hsieh is a fervent climate and social justice activist and artist. While she is affiliated with many organizations, she currently is the Director of Operations for Dream Equal, an up and coming gender equality organization, and a city organizer with USYCS. She is passionate about mental health advocacy for all genders and strives to bring mental wellness to people of all ages. In her free time, she enjoys kickboxing and baking. 

Victoria Hseigh
Impact Director

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KJ is a college student, studying psychology and political science.  She is passionate about community building, gender-based violence advocacy, and research. KJ's research focuses on the role that discrimination plays in academic performance as well as the achievement gap. In her free time, she is an avid reader, spends time in nature, and enjoys eating a plant based meal. 

KJ Smith
Impact Director

Empowerment Hub Writers

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Dana Guerrero

Empowerment Hub Writer

My name is Dana, 18, born and raised in the Philippines. I am currently taking BA in Multimedia Studies from the University of the Philippines Open University. I am fascinated with the intersection of mental health and design. Have a glimpse of my design life at  Chat with me @danapraise (ig/tw) and @danapraiseg (fb) for multimedia-related, volunteer and internship experiences in the future!

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Rosen Blue

Empowerment Hub Writer

I'm a writer and a poet from Brooklyn, New York, passionate about ending the stigma of mental illness and connecting with people through my writing. I'm a massive nerd and introvert, and I love books.

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Daphne Camacho

Empowerment Hub Writer

My name is Daphne Camacho, I'm a Mexican-American high school student who currently resides in Pennsylvania. I am passionate about mental health issues and how to release the stigma around them. I am also passionate about environmental issues, political issues, and civil/equal rights, just to list a few things.

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Hi there, nice to meet you! I’m a writer for the Empowerment Hub who’s passions lie in raising mental health awareness (especially in the Asian American culture!) and breaking down barriers that are present in the beauty standards today along with body image. I’m also an undergrad student studying Clinical Psychology at George Mason University and I recently started as a signed model in New York City about 8 months ago. Throughout my brief journey, I’ve already encountered many issues in the beauty standards such as eating disorders and the marginalization of body sizes through the fashion industry, which is an important discussion to have in today’s society. I’ve also had my fair share of mental and emotional struggles as well so my goal is to provide a safe space where people will feel at home and at comfort knowing that they’re not alone. 

Empowerment Hub Writer

Christine Moon

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Daphne Camacho

Empowerment Hub Writer

Jasmine Perez is a young adult looking to expand the audience that reads her writing. Within her writing pieces, she discovers ways to deal with her mental health and help others with theirs. She hopes that her audience is inspired to share their stories as she so loves sharing hers. Jasmine is a full-time student and advocate within her community, but she continues to strive towards her goals of being an accomplished writer and human being. In her free time, she loves attending open-mics at her local cafe and reading a good book