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Kanya Balakrishna          

Co-Founder of The Future Project, Which Helps At-Risk Kids Launch Community Projects in New Haven, New York City and Washington, DC

Kanya has education running in her blood. Born in South Korea, she spent her childhood in Japan and LA (where her mom was a teacher in an inner-city school), then a decade growing up in Memphis, TN, where she coached and guided hundreds of students in after-school centers run by her parents. After graduating from Yale, where she studied anthropology and served as Managing Editor of the Yale Daily News, she went to work as the chief speechwriter to the commissioner of the FDA before co-Founding The Future Project.

She's not just president of The Future Project. Fifteen years ago, in response to the questions "What can we do to make mom and dad happier?" and "How can we make sure we walk our dog?," she founded the Three Sisters Club, which consists of her and, you guessed it, her two sisters, Aditi and Anjali. An entrepreneur from the word GO.

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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.

How Two Young Dreamers (And Their Supporters) Are Changing American Education

As a career coach, I spend every day helping people pursue their highest dreams for their life and work, and make those dreams a reality. Yet there are thousands of detractors in our country who claim that dreaming is for fools.

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