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Kanya Balakrishna          

Co-Founder & CEO of The Future Project

Kanya Balakrishna is the co-founder and CEO of The Future Project, a national initiative to revolutionize education by transforming schools into places where every young person can discover their passion and purpose and build the skills to change their lives and the world for the better.

Launched in 2011, The Future Project recruits, trains, and dispatches transformational leaders into high schools across the country. These leaders partner with teachers and community members to inspire and equip students to build passion-driven Future Projects in order to transform schools from the inside out. The Future Project has launched in more than 50 schools across seven major American cities, served more than 30,000 students, and raised $22 million in seed funding from prominent businesses, leaders, and philanthropists.

Balakrishna previously taught and coached students in Memphis, Tennessee, and New Haven, Connecticut. Balakrishna graduated from Yale, where she studied anthropology and served as managing editor of the Yale Daily News. She launched The Future Project after working as the chief speechwriter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. Balakrishna has been recognized by DRK Foundation, MAKERS, Glamour, and Generation Progress.


Be The Hero: Get to Know Kanya Balakrishna's Story

Kanya Balakrishna is the co-founder of The Future Project, an organization committed to helping young people realize their dreams.

Founded in September 2011, The Future Project is a national campaign to empower young people to live extraordinary lives of passion and purpose. Fully-embedded in high schools, their mission is to help students understand and set their own goals.

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