IndianAmerican Teenager Honored with 2015 Immigrant Youth Achievement Award

The American Immigration Council (AIC) has selected the recipient of the 20th annual Immigrant Youth Achievement Award, and his inspiring efforts to improve his local community make him a very deserving honoree. At an awards ceremony held on April 16, 2015, the AIC, a nonprofit based in Washington D.C. that is committed to honoring immigrant history and shaping Americans’ perception of the immigrants living and working alongside them, recognized Aditya Sood for his achievements with a $1,000 award. Sood, a high school senior who lives in Alpharetta, Georgia, moved to the United States from his native India when he was in the first grade. About a year and a half ago, he teamed up with his younger brother, Nitish, to work toward eradicating homelessness and poverty in their community. Together, they founded Working Together for Change, a student-led nonprofit that aims to educate, engage, and motivate others to help those living in poverty. To date, the organization has raised over $20,000 and regularly sponsors events to promote awareness of the 10,000 homeless people currently living in the Atlanta metro area. [See Immigrant Youth Achievement Award, The American Immigration Council.]

While Aditya’s main goal is to continue his work towards ending poverty and homelessness, he also has many other passions. He does volunteer research work at Georgia State University’s neuro-plasticity lab, is a nationally ranked debate team member, and regularly competes in business leadership competitions. He is also the proud holder of a black belt in karate. Although he has a busy and impressive schedule, in many ways, Aditya is like most other high school seniors. He makes time to hang out with friends every Friday night, enjoys reading the Harry Potter series, and is looking forward to graduating in May and attending college. Aditya plans to continue to collaborate with his brother in expanding the efforts of Working Together for Change while he transitions to college life. [See 21st Century Leaders Top 20GYLA Winner: Aditya Sood, 21st Century Leaders, 12.Feb.2015.]

The passion and commitment of Aditya Sood towards eradicating homelessness is proof that nobody is too young to have a positive impact. His receipt of the 2015 American Immigration Councils Immigrant Youth Achievement Award earns him a place among past honorees who are all inspiring examples of how young immigrants can reinvigorate the American dream and make it even better for future generations.


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