A BIT ABOUT US
By connecting activists to students and creating a platform for expression, Take Action Inc. aims to empower and inspire students to raise their voice and take action instantly for a cause that is meaningful to them. Take Action Inc. is a non-profit organization run by high school students. The founder and creator of Take Action Inc. is Ishikaa Kothari.
NATIONAL ACTION TEAM
Founder and President
Co-Founder & President
Eshaan Kothari is the Operations Director of Take Action Inc. and is a freshman in high school. Some issues he is passionate about are child servitude, human trafficking, and gender inequality. Eshaan has helped create a diversity mural for his community and developed many informational pieces on the topics of human trafficking and child labor. Additionally, Eshaan participates in various activities related to the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation. On a more personal front, Eshaan loves to play soccer, basketball, and cricket, and he actively engages in debate and science olympiad. Eshaan’s favorite part about Take Action Inc. is that he has the opportunity to educate other youth activists on some topics which are important to him while broadening his horizons on social injustice and advocacy.
Emma Zafari is the Content Director at Take Action Inc. She is a rising high school junior in Los Angeles. Emma is the Cofounder of Teens Find Middle Ground: a non-profit that holds discussions with teenagers holding different political views all across the United States and the world in hopes of finding middle ground and additionally hosts their podcasts. Furthermore, she is the West Coast Content Director at Foreign Policy Youth Collab: a non-profit that highlights youth voices on global issues to help to bridge the gap between politicians and teens across the political spectrum. At school, Emma started the Serve and Learn club which aims to provide meals to families of terminally ill children at hospitals across Los Angeles. She additionally is the captain of the tennis team, was 10th grade class president, and sits on the board of the student-initiated charitable fund. Furthermore, she is a tutor for disadvantaged youth in Los Angeles tutoring in Spanish and English, and she is also a member of the LA Mayor Youth Council, where she works to create legislation aimed at remedying the growing homelessness crisis in Los Angeles. Her favorite part of Take Action Inc is that she is able to help inspire teens to get involved in fighting for social justice by providing them with tools and resources to make a difference. The issues she is most passionate about are climate change, peace in the Middle East, and working to eradicate homelessness.
Ishikaa Kothari is the Founder and President of Take Action Inc. She is currently a high school senior in New York. Ishikaa started this nonprofit when she was 14-years-old. Facing oppressive gender norms and racial discrimination from an early age, Ishikaa learned she could not remain silent as injustice persisted. However, as youth, it is easy to feel disempowered in a world where adults, in addition to possessing the right to vote, are more respected and valued than minors. Ishikaa, similarly, felt inconsequential and unheard as an activist until she saw students as young as her at a March for Our Lives rally standing on a stage shouting inspiring words at the masses, including policymakers, who were there to listen. She realized that youth possess the power to create meaningful change and if informed and confident in one’s voice, people will listen. But when her school refused to go beyond the existing curriculum and teach youth how they can spur change in their communities, Ishikaa spent hours independently researching problems she wanted to work to resolve. This inaccessibility to comprehensible and balanced information about social justice issues can discourage youth from pursuing activism, especially people who do not possess the time or financial resources. Ishikaa built Take Action Inc. to combat this problem, providing accessible and fairly unbiased information about social justice issues to empower youth to act. As a woman of color, she hopes to grow a grassroots movement that represents all youth voices in an intersectional matter. Ishikaa believes that activists cannot advocate for social justice by uplifting some voices and excluding others. Kothari, advocating for gun control and the eradication of child servitude, also volunteers for Everytown for Gun Safety and the 100 Million Campaign. Kothari’s favorite thing about Take Action Inc. is its potential to help youth realize their unlimited potential to create meaningful change by giving them the tools to take action. The issues most important to Ishikaa are racial and gender inequality, child servitude, and gun violence.
Lea Hostetter-Habib is a current high school junior at Riverdale Country School in the Bronx. She has a deep passion for pursuing social justice and activism in and outside of her own community. She joined Take Action Inc. last year to help spark that same passion in others to raise their voices about a cause meaningful to them. Since she joined over the past year, she has co-led the Take Action chapter at her school, and she became the creative director for the non-profit. She works to run the social media account, and within her own community, she has worked to implement awareness around mental health, inform students on upcoming protests, run book drives, and help other students pursue their own activism careers. Some personal causes most meaningful to her include wildlife conservation, sustainability, and gender and racial equality. She hopes to continue working with Take Action Inc. to continue her advocacy and to help students from all over gain the tools necessary to raise their voices and speak out.
Press & Communications Director
Aarav Shah is the Press & Communications Director of Take Action Inc. He is currently a freshman at Northern Valley High School in New Jersey. He is passionate about working to resolve the following issues: climate change, racial inequality, and mass incarceration.
Community Engagement Director
Naman Shah is the Community Engagement Director of Take Action Inc. He attends Northern Valley Regional High School in New Jersey. He enjoys playing sports such as Tennis, Basketball, Cricket, and Volleyball and likes to program and build computers in his free time. The issues more important to him are LGBT+ rights, education, and voting. He has been to India and taught underprivileged kids English and set up fundraisers to raise money for education in India. Naman’s favorite part about Take Action Inc is that it is a platform to encourage and speak out our ideas and beliefs and has potential to make a major difference in the world.
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