Vaishnavi Tummala


Vaishnavi Tummala is a junior at Washtenaw International High School in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where she serves as junior class president. As Michigan and the city of Detroit experience growing rates of youth homelessness that disproportionately affect black youth, Vaish has founded the Hope for Living Project, a nonprofit focused on racial inequality within homelessness and other pressing issues within the community. Through her organization, Vaish raises awareness and funds for partnering non-profits working toward addressing the same issues. Vaish's latest karaoke fundraiser provided direct aid and hybrid programming to 590 youth during the midst of the pandemic. Though Vaish faced difficulties operating during the pandemic (limited bandwidth and wavering support), she persisted to fight for what she believes in. In order to sustain her organization, Vaish also started a club at school. Outside of her organization, Vaish is a board member for the Neutral Zone, a diverse, youth-driven teen center dedicated to promoting personal growth through artistic expression, activism and the exchange of ideas.