We are very proud of our interns who inspire us with their curiosity, intelligence and eagerness to make a difference in the world we live in. 

Let's meet our 2016-2017 Team...


Matt B

Matt B is a current sophomore studying political science at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Originally from Maine, he has worked and traveled in places such as Boston, Oaklahoma City, and even Sweden.

He enjoys working with young people, whether writing for Youngzine, tutoring at the local elementary school, or working at a summer camp. When he is not busy studying politics, he enjoys being with friends and drinking way too much coffee. Matt B also enjoys running and has participated in various half marathons around Minnesota.


James H

Hello everyone! My name is James, and I am a ninth grader living in the Bay Area.

One of my favorite pastimes is to think of and write thought-provoking pieces of literature, hence I joined Youngzine. Other pastimes or hobbies that I have include reading, playing the game of Go (an ancient Chinese board game), collecting bottle caps, collecting state quarters, and exercising my problem solving skills (I like to solve riddles, mind puzzles, etc.)


Caitlin L

Hey everyone!  My name is Caitlin and I’m a sophomore in high school. 

I love writing, especially creative writing, and I’m a member of my school’s literary magazine. Outside of classes, I like to read and travel, and I’m totally obsessed with the musical Hamilton.  I’m excited to be working with Youngzine this year, and I hope you enjoy my articles!


Smera P

Hi everyone, my name is Smera! I am currently 13 years old and have just started freshman year.

In my free time, I enjoy playing piano, practicing lacrosse, baking, spending time with my friends and family, and volunteering in my community. As a part of my school’s speech and debate team, I am facing America’s #1 fear of public speaking! I believe that having a constant, reliable source of news is important in order to stay connected to the world around us. Youngzine is exactly that, so, I am excited to be able to promote the website as a social media intern!!


Nupur V

Hi everyone! I'm Nupur, a senior at Cupertino High school. I enjoy singing, swimming and writing, and believe that Youngzine is a great opportunity for me to expand in the writing realm. I also enjoy Martial Arts, and have been attending Taekwondo classes since I was seven years old. I love working outdoors, and observing how things work in nature. When I have free time to spare (which isn't often!) I watch YouTube videos and DIY tutorials because I love creating things to decorate my room with. I am very passionate about art as well, and have created a  portfolio of over 50 drawings and paintings! I am really looking forward to working with Youngine this year!


Renee W

My name is Renee, and I am in ninth grade.

Writing is one of my passions, which is why I am here. Aside from that, I am a semi-decent tennis player, a lover of animals and art. I grew up in Singapore, and it is my favorite place in the world. Living in Singapore showed me a different side of the world, and I hope my writing will do that too.


Roma B

Hello, Youngzine Community! I am Roma Bedekar, a high-school freshman, and a new writing intern!

My journey as an avid learner began when I received my first Harry Potter book for my sixth birthday. I devoured that series, and within a year, I moved on to composing writing pieces of my own. I can connect to younger children through my endearing, vivacious younger brother, Rohan. Not only do I hope to gain a lot through this experience, I hope I can educate and inspire through my writing!


Maya K

My name is Maya Keskar and I’m a freshman in high school and I live in the Bay Area. In addition to a full load of classes, I play volleyball and am on my school dance team. I also have been swimming for a club team for 10 years.

The class I most enjoy at school is video production because it is interactive, stimulating, and out my creativity. Growing up in the Bay Area, I have been exposed to a number of cultures in my daily life. I enjoy learning about other people and their cultures through food, music, and entertainment.