Deepa Gopal, Founder & CEO
Deepa started Youngzine in 2010, inspired by her then 10-year old son’s curiosity and a desire to be part of dinner-table conversations, and the lack of a clean, child-friendly resource that met his needs. What began as a seed of an idea has grown into an organization, which albeit small, has a large mission -- to educate, inspire and empower young minds. Deepa believes awareness is the first step to action, and a child who understands and appreciates the interconnected nature of our world and the issues we face today, will grow into engaged and empathetic future citizens who seek to bridge differences and find solutions. Deepa lives in Bay Area, CA and loves reading, watching historical and nature documentaries, traveling, yoga and hiking.
Yuanyuan Sun, Technology and Operations
Yuanyuan is passionate about education, and about the power of technology to improve our society. She believes that a good education is one of the fundamental necessities that kids need to move upwards. After working for 20 years in technology companies, she started her volunteer "career" by mentoring middle-school students through the WeTeachScience program. For the past four years, Yuanyuan has been facilitating GirlsWhoCode clubs in local middle and high schools. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and cooking, watching movies and documentaries, traveling, and experiencing different cultures.
Wilson Wang, Web Developer (Part-time)
Wilson is passionate about education and the potential to shape the next generation, which is why on hearing about Youngzine in 2018, he volunteered his time to help the organization. He is a Web Developer for Stanford's Graduate School of Education. Wilson brings his skills and enthusiasm to help maintain the site and add features that are requested by the community, on an as-needed basis.
Sri Subramaniam, Tech Advisor
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 initial 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.