Hi everyone! My name is Niki Bhimireddy and I’m a junior at Olentangy Orange High School in Lewis Center, Ohio for the 2020-2021 school year. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many of us were forced to stay at home and switch to remote methods of learning. With this, I noticed that the accessibility of science education for young children had decreased rapidly. I didn’t want to just sit around and wait for things to get better when I could take things into my own hands and do something about it. And so, ideas began to form in my head that eventually turned into The Rising Youth and ScienceZoomz, a free remote summer program that would serve as an outreach to make science education more accessible to young children and provide them with opportunities to spark newfound interests! Please check out the ¨About Us¨ Page to learn more about how the journey to start The Rising Youth began!