Meaningful Summers, a nonprofit led by high school students, helps teach fellow teens about maintaining a healthy life balance. It's also become a vehicle for students at Metea and Neuqua Valley high schools to engage in difficult conversations about mental health and social wellness.
When he returns to high school for his senior year, Aditya Balsekar can look back on his summer vacation knowing he made the most of his time off. As Aditya explains what he's been up to over the past few months, it's clear the 17-year-old from Naperville doesn't like wasting time on leisure.
When high school student Aditya Balsekar was about to enter eighth grade he got an email that sparked the idea for the nonprofit he founded, Meaningful Summers. The email was from the Northern Illinois Food Bank, and it pushed him to organize a charitable run to support the agency.
It is estimated that over the next decade, the United States' demand for college graduates with degrees in STEM fields is expected to increase at four times the rate of the demand for all other degrees. So it's important for teens with math, science and technology skills to keep their minds active during the summer.