RLR Youth Spotlight August 2016


Anushka’s mantra: “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.”– Quote from the movie, Back to the Future

Anushka is a rising senior at the University of Minnesota-and she means business. With a Major in Urban Studies and Asian Languages and Literature (Emphasis in Korean), she let’s nothing come in her way when it comes to achieving her dream of making her positive mark on the world.

Get ready to be inspired.

RLR: What first ignited your passion for youth development?

During Welcome Week at the U of M freshman year, I learned about Free Arts Minnesota, an organization that works with youth in challenging circumstances to support artistic and personal development through a combination of mentorship and arts learning.

I became a mentor and I loved being able to work with youth in a creative and positive environment where I could learn more about myself and how I could better help at risk youth.

I also took a college class about youth homelessness and it really opened up my eyes to the many socioeconomic challenges that our youth face today- all over the world; and, I want to help.

RLR: What were some of your biggest obstacles/challenges during your college career and how did you overcome them?

I would say one of the biggest challenges in college is balance. When I say balance, I mean balancing: school, family, friends, work, volunteering, etc. I think that with the balancing act it is very hard to see our goals being achieved. In order to overcome these obstacles, I make sure to practice self care. Whether it be sleeping at a decent time or reading a book, that’s what I do. These days, I enjoy walks!

Proud Youth and Education Advocate

RLR: What would you consider one of your biggest accomplishments thus far in your personal/ and or college career?

For me, I love being genuinely active and involved in diverse organizations that do amazing work. I have dedicated a lot of my time and efforts to many mission based organizations that I truly believe in wholeheartedly and at the end of the day I am happy that I am working towards positive change in the lives of youth and families in our community.

I currently work as a Youth Development Intern at Project for Pride and Living (PPL) in St. Paul.

I walk in there everyday with a passion to improve the lives of others and live out their mission to “build the hope, assets, and self-reliance of individuals and families who have lower incomes by providing transformative, affordable housing and employment readiness services.”

RLR:  What are some of your sources you look to for inspiration?

I love art and reading. I want to make more time to read more in general, but I also like to be able to keep up with world and local news, which can be hard sometimes with my busy schedule.

RLR: What is Your Personal Mission Statement:

Try for your best. If you can’t, that is good enough as long as you put in the work. When I know I am having a hard time, I think positive.

RLR: What is your dream career?
I want to become an educator and or youth worker in some capacity. I love working with youth and have a passion to help at risk, low-income and diverse families, so if I am not a teacher, I would really like to work in the nonprofit/youth development field because that is where my passions lie.

RLR: Who do you admire?

I look up to my mom. She is the one who made me who I am today–appreciate life. If someone extends out their hand, say your “thank yous”, you don’t know when it will happen next.

Congratulations on all of your accomplishments thus far Anushka, keep inspiring! We can’t wait to see all the amazing things to come for you as you head into your senior year and beyond…


Hold Fast to your Dreams, 

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