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TechGirlz Introduces Teen Advisory Board Members for 2021-2022 Term

Nov 19, 2021

TechGirlz graduates provide mentorship and assistance for program participants through advocacy and workshop design while continuing their own technology experience

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – Nonprofit TechGirlz today introduced the new and returning members of its 2021-2022 Teen Advisory Board (TAB). Selected using competitive applications, the Board, now in its sixth year, is made up of high school-aged TechGirlz program participants that serve as advisors and mentors for the program at-large.

“These inspiring high school girls are committed to continuing and growing their experience in the field as advocates, advisors, and mentors for others, especially the younger girls, within the program. We congratulate and welcome them to this year’s Board and are grateful for their service.” said TechGirlz Outreach Coordinator and TAB Advisor, Sara Neiman, “TechGirlz is building a continuous path for girls to follow beginning in middle school and continuing on to a career in technology. We are thrilled to offer the Teen Advisory Board as one more step on that path.”

The TechGirlz Teen Advisory Board empowers girls to continue in their journey towards further tech instruction and training with hands-on experiences helping both younger TechGirlz participants and staff. Responsibilities include helping to design new TechShopz workshops, connecting with middle school girls as they lead workshops, and raising awareness for the need to increase the number of tech programs serving young girls.

We have 48 young women joining TAB this year, 22 returning members and 26 newcomers. The TAB members range from ninth to twelfth grade and live all over the United States.  For this school year, the Board will work on projects including, creating outreach videos, leading summer camps, starting after school clubs in their local middle school and more.

TechGirlz 2021-2022 Teen Advisory Board

Aditi Marehalli - Newcastle, WA

Ahania Soni - Evanston, IL

Alekhya Buragadda - Pittsburgh, PA

Alysia Davis - Durham, NC

Alyssa Price - Chicago, IL

Amelie Nagle - Oak Ridge, TN

Anissa Basu - Saddle River, NJ

Anushka Levaku - Romansville, PA

Arushi Sharma - Austin, TX

Ava Saydam - Harleysville, PA

Audrey Chen - West Windsor, NJ

Avanthi Krishnan - Montville, NJ

Catherine Li - Spring, TX

Dani Laverty - Newton Square, PA

Diya Patel - North Brunswick, NJ

Eesha Santosh - Lincolnshire, IL

Elise Buzzel - Mendota Heights, MN

Ellee Segal - Gwynedd Valley, PA

Ellie Moran - Newtown Square, PA

Esha Sehgal - Downingtown, PA

Gauri Kshettry - Edison, NJ

Hannah Yang - Wayne, PA

Harini Karthikeyan - Scottsdale, AZ

Ishitaa Saxena - Exton, PA

Julia Chan - Cherry Hill, NJ

Lilly Press - Bryn Mawr, PA

Maanya Chugh - South Brunswick Township, NJ

Manya Bhagat - Cary, NC

Mia Melishchuk - Philadelphia, PA

Navya Alva - Cary, NC

Pracheeti Shikarkhane - Cary, NC

Puneetha Mallarapu - Cary, NC

Quinn Burns - Brookfield, CO

Reeva Khokhar - Edison, NJ

Ria Singh - Bel Air, MD

Riya Lakhani - Yardley, PA

Rythama Chevendra - Ashburn, VA

Sahasra Nandela - Cary, NC

Sahithy Prattipati - Northville, MI

Samshita Maram - Chester Springs, PA

Sandra John - Boilingbrook, IL

Serena Gulati - Robinsville, NJ

Sarah Ridley - Durham, NC

Srija Tamidela - Gretna, LA

Trevor Gardner - Philadelphia, PA

Trisha Srikanth - Wilmington, DE

Tuyen Nguyen - St. Petersburg, FL

Veda Kutagula - Allen, TX


To learn more about TechGirlz and its programs, please visit

About TechGirlz
TechGirlz is a nonprofit program of Creating IT Futures that fosters a love for technology in middle school girls. Our free, open source technology courses can be used by anyone to inspire curiosity, impart confidence and build community as the foundation for the application of technology throughout a girl’s career and life. TechShopz courses have been taught by volunteer instructors in several states and four countries to tens of thousands of girls. To learn more or find out how you can participate, please visit

About Creating IT Futures
Founded in 1998 by CompTIA, Creating IT Futures is a 501(c)(3) charity with the mission of helping populations under-represented in the information technology industry and individuals who are lacking in opportunity to prepare for, secure, and be successful in IT careers. Learn more at

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