I am Akshaj Mehta and I am 15 years old. I attend Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep High. I started to write when I was 4. I have written 6 books and published 4 of them. All the proceeds of my books are donated various Children's charities in Sacramento.
Since 2015, at the age of 10, I was appointed as Sci-Tech Kids Editor for a children’s online magazine. Besides being a writer I think I am a Social Activist too. I actively take part and have also led various Community Service Projects such as Blanket and Coat drives for shelters for the homeless, Food Drives for the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services. Book Drives for Reading Partners and Friends of Library and Park Clean ups.
When I am not studying, writing or helping in community service projects, I enjoy biking and hiking with my family. I also love to play piano and a Star Wars Fanatic.
I feel honored to be awarded with these prestigious awards
· Youth Philanthropy Award by Association of Fundraising professionals, California Chapter - November 2018
· American Red Cross “Youth Hero of the Year” - May 2017
· KFBK Hometown Hero - April 2015
· N Factor (Sacramento District 1) 2016 and 2018
· Natomas Unified School District Vision Award 2016 and 2018
· Recipient of NNTMA 50 Bikes for 50 Kids (Natomas Jibe) – January 2017
Published March 2018
Proceeds: Stanford Settlement Teen Center
Published March 2016
Proceeds: Reading Partners Sacramento
Published April 2015
Proceeds: Make-A-Wish Foundation
Published January 2014
Proceeds: Sacramento Childrens Home
(also selected for ScholarShare Book Festivial - 2016)
Reading Partners Mission Statement: Our mission is to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results.
I have a connection with this charity because I want other kids to also be able to have the same love for reading and writing that I do.
Make A Wish Foundation Mission Statement:
“Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.”
Since all of my wishes have come true in my life, I wanted to support the children whose wishes I could help make come true.
Sacramento Children's Home Mission Statement:
Opening Doors to the Future by Maximizing the Potential of Children and Families
I have been fortunate enough to live in a great home with wonderful parents and I want the children with less fortunate backgrounds to also be able to live a similar life.
Stanford Settlement Teen Center Mission Statement:
The mission of the agency is to help build healthy communities through individual, family and neighborhood services.
Being a teen and seeing them in our community, I see the peer pressure and the mistakes they make. I wanted to support a center which helps them make the right choices to brighten their future.
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