Washington Jan 7: US First Lady Michelle Obama has selected 16-year-old Indian-American Swetha Prabakaran to serve in the inaugural Student Advisory Board of an education campaign which seeks to provide educational opportunities for teenagers in America.
Swetha, whose parents immigrated from Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli in 1998, was chosen for ‘Better Make Room’ campaign’s Student Advisory Board in recognition of her efforts to educate youth in the field of computer sciences.
The board members will be traveling to the White House on Friday to attend Mrs Obama’s School Counselor of the Year Ceremony.
Born in Indianapolis, she is among seventeen students selected by the White House to serve on ‘Better Make Room’ Student Advisory Board. The inaugural Board has 12 high school students and five college students.
Swetha, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia, is the founder and CEO of Everybody Code Now!, a non-profit body working to empower the next generation of youth to become engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs.
She is the only Indian-American in the list. “I am deeply honoured to be able to serve on this board. I look forward to working with The First Lady’s Reach Higher Initiative,” Swetha said.