What Do We Do?
BRIDGIN is a non-profit organization working towards the empowerment of individuals belonging to the socially backward sector. We encourage them to create a vision and help them to accomplish it by imparting education and guidance. Through our motivation and mentoring sessions, we aid the individuals to discover their inner potential and assist them to exploit it up to a max-possible level. As a result, the personal life of the people belonging to this sector of society improves quite significantly. This, in turn, causes a drastic change in the society as a whole, making it a much better place to live at.
Method Of Operation
Our organization can be considered to be unison of two stakes working under one roof. One division of Bridgin deals with imparting primary education while the other aims at instilling advanced skills necessary to lead a meaningful civilized life. Our organization thrives with youths, who have an urge to bring positive changes in society. We, as a team, strive to educate the socially deprived community children, usually being a part of shelter homes, government schools, and orphanages. On the other hand, we even inculcate moral values, ethical principles, public rights, and responsibilities and life leading skills in fellow-youths.
Inspire and Aspire every Child, Youngster, and Community to reach their fullest Potential to achieve their dreams and create an Impact
Empower Children and Youngsters to Dream, Learn and Discover their Potential towards achieving their Dreams.
MEET THE TEAM
Having worked closely with children and youth, Ramya realized the enormous potential these two set of people have to work towards achieving their dreams. But again most of them don’t achieve their dreams due to lack of guidance, mentoring and motivation. Hence begin the story of Bridgin- a platform where set of people equipped with knowledge come forward to teach, guide, mentor and motivate children and youth to dare to dream and work towards achieving their dreams. Thus creating a wonderful world for themselves and those around them in the process.
A little bit more about Ramya..
Ramya is an Electronics and Communications Engineer by qualification. She is a keen Yoga Practitioner and teaches Yoga as well. She approaches and lives her life in a very creative way. She thoroughly enjoys writing and in her free time, one can find her digging into her thoughts to pen them down on paper. She also takes out time once a while to create something handmade as she finds it that it is something very relaxing.
Pratima is an optimist and a singer who studied Environmental Science at Bangalore University. Teaching has always been her passion, may it be to have a story-telling session with the kindergarten or to have an active learning session with the graduates and under graduates. Currently she is she overlooks the day to day operations and activities at Bridgin. With a positive outlook on life, Pratima believes that one can achieve whatever they want in life, wherefore they have to be focused, work towards it every day, and never give up inspite of failures. Apart from reading, she loves travelling to new places, connecting with nature, and doing mindful meditation gives her all the energy required to stay happy.
RAVI SHANKAR C
A multi hat seeker, communicator and explorer with dynamism and empowerment as core values. He holds a Masters in Business Administration and Computer Engineering along with a Bachelors in Electronics and Communication and currently works as project manager in the Technology Industry. He is extremely passionate about penning down his thoughts poetically, strong public speaker, Traveler, explorer and a hardcore sports enthusiast. His vision is to give quality education in a way they understand as early age with focus on life skills.
One of the enthusiastic individual who loves to explore new kinds of stuff. I have completed my B.E and working in the software industry. I love to travel a lot. Teaching and reading books are also my passion:). Giving back to society always motivates me to do something better than what I do every day. Hence I joined Bridgin which made me explore myself and it was a platform to learn a lot and also to interact with kids. I have enjoyed my journey here and would look forward to contributing more.
Sangeeta is a software engineer who is passionate about empowering society through education. A former teaching volunteer at Make a Difference, she played an active role in the establishment of Bridgin in USA. She looks forward to mentoring students to be change leaders in society.
Vice President and Head of Programs
Manini Penikalapati was born and raised in Texas and is a current high school senior at Meridian School. She is passionate about service and science and plans to major in biology on a pre-medical track in college. Her goal is to become a physician and perform field work in medically-underserved areas throughout the world. In her free time, Manini enjoys spending time with friends and family and discovering more about the world around her. Manini’s understanding of the importance of quality education to the impact a student can have on their community is what first drew her to Bridgin in the summer of 2016, and she is excited to see the organization grow and raise youth leaders!
Suresh Penikalapati was born and raised in India and is currently an engineer at Dell. Due to his childhood being spent in India, he understands the need for education reform among public schools. He is passionate about health and an individual’s responsibility to put the change they feel the world needs into action. In his free time, Suresh enjoys playing volleyball, running, and spending time with his wife and three kids. Suresh is excited to see the impact Bridgin will have on our international community.
Gaurav Dongaonkar is an engineer-turned marketing professional, currently based in Austin, Texas. Gaurav is passionate about giving back to the community and helping others – he has been involved with microfinance loans through KIVA and local fundraisers with Association for India’s Development (AID) and Livestrong. He is excited to volunteer with Bridgin. Gaurav enjoys running, cycling and hiking.
VIDYA LAKSHMI PERI
An engineer and mother with a self-introspective attitude, deep empathy who has the conscious realization of something bigger than self. A rational thinker and a responsible citizen who is a fervent believer in doing a task right the first time by envisaging possible alternatives. Holder of Bachelor of Technology and Master of Science degrees in Computer Science and Certificate in Carnatic Music. Test Engineer at DellEMC, Member of Enterprising Women of Central Texas, SWE, and PMI, Member for training and aiding differently abled children through Sri Anagha Datta Kendram, India. Experience as a Master of Ceremonies. Recipient of Silver and Bronze awards at DellEMC in implementing quality standards.