San Jose High School Teens Support Refugee Students

San Jose High School Teens Support Refugee Students

As long as I can remember, I have always been a strong community advocate since I believe that change can only be made through persistence and hard work. When my friend Lakshmi Balram asked our school to start a GirlUp club, I agreed right away. We became co-presidents and began reaching out to students and other organizations. We both realized that girls are underestimated in many countries and not given adequate resources to achieve their full potential. READ MORE

Why I Chose to Volunteer at PRERNA

Why I Chose to Volunteer at PRERNA

I have been volunteering for PRERNA for a little over a year now. After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. degree in English Literature, I began living and working within the Washington D.C. area. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to have backpacked throughout many parts of the world including: New Zealand, South America and Europe. Through these experiences, I have ultimately become a more mindful and caring person. READ MORE

NOWRUZ: Welcoming Spring And A New Year

NOWRUZ: Welcoming Spring And A New Year

In March, the Persian community celebrates Nowruz for two weeks. Nowruz is a non-religious, cultural holiday that marks the beginning of Spring and a New Year. It has been celebrated for over 2600 years, with its roots in Zoroastrian culture. The holiday holds positive themes of rebirth, life, happiness and more. PRERNA volunteer Ramesh Adibi spoke with us about the holiday, and even shared some of her family’s customs and favorite memories. READ MORE

Helping Refugees Access Healthcare Services

Helping Refugees Access Healthcare Services

As I approach my one year anniversary of volunteering at PRERNA, I find myself reflecting on what drew me to this particular opportunity. Since I am a registered nurse by profession and chose to step away from my career to raise my family, I thought it would be satisfying for me to “do good” by offering my healthcare insight and life experience to help others. I joined PRERNA as their Health Team Lead to work with refugees because it felt like a blend of both my skills and passion.READ MORE