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Shreya & Sahana Mantha | Foundation for Girls

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Shreya & Sahana Mantha | Foundation for Girls

Story: Julie Smith  Photography:  Will Taylor 

“My sister and I started Foundation For Girls because we wanted to provide at-risk and vulnerable girls what our parents give us--unending support, opportunities to learn and nurturing,” says 16-year-old Founder and CEO Shreya Mantha.

Shreya and her sister, Sahana, started working with human trafficking survivors and from there, their work expanded to the homeless, foster care, abuse victims, domestic violence victims and refugees. Foundation For Girls built partnerships with the organizations like The Relatives, OurBridge for Kids, Florence Crittenton Services, Catholic Charities and Redeeming Joy offering skill-building workshops. They have different programs running at these organizations almost every day of the week. All their programs are mobile to reach girls where they are. Shreya started tutoring and delivering weekly bread; now her roleincludes building and maintaining nonprofit partnerships and running the Mobile Technology Lab Program.

“When people see my sister and I work, they begin to realize that you can be young and still make an impact and run an organization,” Shreya says. Sahana and Shreya are fortunate to be at Providence Day. They have attended Providence Day their entire lives and have grown up in an environment which encourages social responsibility, initiative, creativity and leadership. Shreya works closely with many teachers, head of school, head of upper school, head of technology, who guide and support her.

“My peers at Providence Day and other high school students from Myers Park now volunteer for Foundation for Girls. They are inspired that by sharing their own knowledge or skills they can make a meaningful impact in the lives of those who need it most.”