Deepa Gopal, Founder & President
Deepa left her decades-long career in engineering to start Youngzine in 2010. She was motivated by her then 10-year old son’s desire to know about current events, and the lack of a clean, child friendly site that met his needs. She believes that as our world gets increasingly interconnected and interdependent, it is important to prepare our children for such a future -- to build 21st century skills such as curiosity, critical thinking and empathy, so that they can appreciate this interconnectedness, learn to view issues from different perspectives, and understand their responsibilities as global citizens. Deepa lives in Bay Area, CA and loves reading, yoga and hiking.
Anita Ramachandran, Secretary
Anita, has made a career in the high octane world of portfolio management - Venture Capital and Hedge funds for over 18 years. She believes children need to stay informed about the world they live in, and be able to transcend classroom learning to see its practical applicability, as they can evolve to be better thinkers and decision makers. To her, Youngzine is that perfect medium to impart the information to make this transition happen - not just for her own child but for others as well.
Rachel Kenney, Editor
Rachel is an undergraduate student at New Mexico State University, double-majoring in Elementary Education and History. Her ultimate career goal is to teach middle school social studies, or to be an educational coordinator at a history museum. Rachel’s involvement with Youngzine allows her to combine her love of writing with her passion for making knowledge of current events more accessible to a younger audience. She thinks Youngzine is the perfect place for young people to not only learn about the world around them, but think critically and discuss ideas with other bright young minds. Aside from writing for Youngzine, Rachel is an avid historical fiction reader, a reluctant runner, and a listener to any and all music. Rachel lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Aarathi Ganapathy, Contributor
Aarathi, a self proclaimed book worm, is a voracious reader with a penchant for languages. She is a commerce graduate who holds an MBA in Finance, but she strangely (yet proudly too!), has a soft corner for History and Literature, rather than the Financial Times! Aarathi relates to the curiosity of children and their feelings, and this very challenge of balancing simplicity with eloquence finds her firmly in love with Youngzine! She lives in Mumbai with her husband.
Sri Subramaniam, Tech Contributor
Sri is a Silicon Valley geek who believes in making positive changes in the world through technology. When his wife Deepa started Youngzine, he jumped on the opportunity to help her with setting up the web site in his spare time. Sri believes that our kids are much smarter and much more capable of absorbing more of the world around them than we think, and is passionate about stretching their boundaries.