Risha A. Manga '23, was recently inducted into the 100 High School Students America Needs to Know About. ™
The Workforce Career Readiness website says the students honored "are forward-thinking entrepreneurs, student leaders, activists, radio hosts, designers and so much more. Some have "beaten the odds" under difficult and extreme circumstances."
Risha is the co-founder of 901PLEDGE and has turned her passion for crafting jewelry into compassion for others who are victims of inequality. It has also driven her to help refugee children achieve academic success through literacy.
Through her teamwork and perseverance, 901 PLEDGE offers free tutoring services to underserved children, provides coding and math coaching, and sells handcrafted jewelry to raise money and awareness about food and education inequality.
Risha also volunteers with Asha’s Refuge, which helps refugees achieve successful resettlement in Memphis. She uses the 901 PLEDGE platforms to coordinate book drives, shoe drives and food drives for Asha’s Refuge, Mid-South Food Bank and other organizations. Through her engagement with her micro-community, Risha demonstrates true leadership in empowering and inspiring youth to volunteer and to fight education and food inequality.