What we aim to accomplish.
Threading Twine aims to be accessible and available to youth from around the world.
Youth do not have many outlets for their creative thinking- Threading Twine is a place that encourages this.
We aim to educate and inspire youth to believe that they have a voice that can make an impact in our world.
TT allows youth from around the world to communicate, network, and engage with each others' creativity & talent.
All of the TT creations- view our Creators here!
If you would like to submit visual art to Threading Twine, please click here.
pretty face, potent thoughts is a multimedia piece done on cardboard with the intent of showcasing female empowerment. Oftentimes, women can be objectified or reduced to a miniscule representation of who they are and their potential, especially in male-dominated spaces.
A list and description of 10 important films Staff Creator Maya Nalawade has put together for you to watch during February which is Black History Month.
Isabella Gonzalez and Erica Marney
Artist Isabella Gonzalez’ piece represents the forgotten life of a young refugee. Experiencing more than most do in their entire lives, young, refugee children are often dismissed. Gonzalez captures this in her artwork by...
Allen Wang and Erica Marney
A Black Lives Matter protest was held on July 15, 2016. Hundreds of activists and supporters gathered for the event at Texas State Capitol, coming together as a community to make a change. Everyone joined in demanding justice for Philando Castille and Alton Sterling...
Barbara DiGangi, New York, NY
The Women's March was a worldwide protest that occurred on January 21, 2017, advocating for legislations and policies , including women's rights, immigration reform, and healthcare reform. Most rallies were aimed towards Donald Trump...
The Threading Twine Executive Team
Earlier this month, our executive team had the opportunity to meet face to face in Silicon Valley, California for Round 2 of Catapult, a startup incubator for youth entrepreneurs. Threading Twine, along with 9 other amazing startups...
Freshmen year: she started photography.The same friends modeled for her, resulting in all her photographs to seem repetitive: a girl against a wall or lockers, looking sad and alone. She enjoyed taking pictures like these during her early years of high school, because...
Ella Castro and Olivia Tung
International Women’s Day has been recognized annually on March 8th since the early 1900’s. This global movement includes events, like arts performances, walkouts, and protests, to recognize women’s issues, gender equality, and celebrate women’s political, social...
Allen Wang and Erica Marney
This is a collection of photographs taken at the Anti-Trump Protest arranged by University of Texas at Austin students. Hundreds of students walked out of class, holding signs and chanting...
Nate Fulmer, Angel Montie, C Mandler, Julia Kurpiel, Tyler Gates, Erica Marney
In every city, LGBTQ+ Pride Parades aim to bring the community together in their own, unique way. To explore these different queer cultures across the United States, 5 young activists came together to combine photos of these most recent parades from 4 cities: Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, and St. Louis.
All the contributors to Threading Twine — submit your own Creation on the Contact page!
Aarushi Machavarapu is the founder of Threading Twine. She is 16 years old, and a sophomore in high school in Texas. She is a passionate activist for social issues such as sexism, racism, rape culture, foster care, and more. Her other passions include photography and writing.
Bay Area, CA
Akhila is a rising senior from the Bay Area, California. Her hobbies include photography and playing basketball on her school’s varsity team. She is a huge advocate for self love and wants everyone to find value and worth in themselves. She is also obsessed with dogs, and owns an Australian shepherd named Dragon.
You can contact Akhila through her Instagram, here.
Allen Wang is a second-year Computer Science student at UT Austin. His hobbies include photography, web development, cars, poker, basketball, and music. He has a significant amount of experience photographing various occasions, from formal portraits and social gatherings to sports events and car shows. He is looking forward to helping Threading Twine develop in the future.
You can contact Allen through his Instagram, here.
Amos is a undergraduate student at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he is currently pursuing studies in journalism and political science. He has written about politics, entertainment, and current events in the past for a variety of multimedia outlets. He currently lives in Columbia, Missouri.
You can contact Amos by emailing him here.
St. Louis, MO
Angel Montie is 16 years old and a high school student in Missouri. Born in Victoria, British Columbia, they have a unique perspective on today's social issues and global affairs. They are a passionate activist, trying to help influence the world at a young age.
You can contact Angel on their Instagram, here.
April Gao believes that education and culture make the world go round; they are the best ways to connect with and understand other human beings. Because of this, she believes communication and seeing different viewpoints through platforms for youth empowerment such as Threading Twine. She wants to raise awareness for education reform, the exploitation of third-world workers, and gender and racial discrimination. Besides constantly creating, she has been a dancer for the past eleven years, is on the school lacrosse and dance team, and runs the school literary arts magazine. She hopes that her work will inspire and educate others to take a stand for the things they are passionate about.
You can contact April by emailing her here.
Bay Area, CA
Apurva is 17 years old and a senior in high school. Her family moved to the Unites States from India when she was six years old and having to adapt to the American lifestyle has provided her a unique upbringing. Growing up as a rather shy individual, she found her voice through music, visual arts and writing. Recently, she has taken an interest in social issues around the world and hopes to inspire change in any way possible.
You can contact Apurva through her email, here.
Bay Area, CA
Ashwini is a rising junior in high school. In her free time she enjoys writing bad poetry, playing the violin, and spending time with her dog, Teddy. She has won multiple awards for her writing and has performed with her school orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York. She is also very passionate about the Red Cross, animal rights, and is a strong advocate for defying beauty standards.
Ashwini Patel is a sophomore in Connecticut. She is passionate about issues such as sexism, mental health awareness, racism, and foster care. Her hobbies include playing the violin, volunteering at her local hospital, and working with the Red Cross.
You can contact Ashwini through her email, here.
New York, NY
Barbara is a licensed social worker, writer and advocate focused on women's issues. Through her digital work and mentoring, she loves encouraging young women to unlearn what holds them back in order to unlock their greatest potential, fulfillment and joy.
St. Louis, MO
Bharat is a rising junior. Passionate about philosophy, politics, and economics, Bharat is not afraid to voice his opinions and enjoys a spirited debate. In school, Bharat runs Cross-Country as well as Track and Field, and also participates in Speech & Debate, Student government, Mu Alpha Theta, and Mu Alpha Theta.
You can contact Bharat through his Instagram, here.
New York, NY
C Mandler is a rising senior at Bard College double majoring in Philosophy and Written Arts. They also run a campus DIY music venue called the Root Cellar, sing in their school’s sole a cappella group, serve on a working group of trans students and faculty to improve the trans experience at Bard, and work as an Event Coordinator at the college’s Difference and Media Project.
You can contact C through their Instagram, here.
St. Louis, MO
Cheryl Ma is 17 years old and a rising senior from St. Louis, Missouri. She enjoys playing piano, taking pictures, and is an active member of her debate team. She spends her time volunteering teaching kids mathematics, serving as philanthropist of her Student Council and going on mission trips to the Navajo Reservation. She also enjoys hanging out with her friends and listening to music.
You can contact Cheryl through her Instagram, here.
Chinmaya Andukuri is a sophomore from Austin. He's an active percussionist, guitarist and aspiring freelance writer trying to use his voice to put issues of social tolerance on a larger stage. In addition to writing and music, he enjoys exploring Braille art and looking into different music styles on Spotify.
You can contact Chinmaya by emailing him here.
St. Louis, MO
Cynthia Changyit-Levin is the co-leader of the RESULTS St. Louis chapter and an active member within the RESULTS organization. RESULTS is a movement of passionate, committed everyday people. Together they use their voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty.
You can contact Cynthia through her blog, here.
Ellie Fichtelberg is the Director of Communications and Outreach for Threading Twine. She is 17 years old and is an activist for many issues - particularly animal rights, gender equality, and raising veteran awareness. Besides running her club at school to help raise awareness for soldiers, she can be found playing softball, swimming, singing, and dancing.
Emily Gao is 15 years old and a rising junior at Westwood High School. She is very involved in the arts, enjoys debate, and is an extemporaneous speaker. Emily is passionate about social issues including sexism and feminism. She is also very involved with DECA, and is District 5's VP.
You can contact Emily through her Instagram, here.
Erica Marney is 17 years old and a senior in high school in Pennsylvania. She is an advocate for LGBT+ rights, women's rights, and the Black Lives Matter movement. In school, she is interested in theoretical mathematics and world history. She is an avid lover of music. You can often find her playing alto saxophone in her school's band or jamming out on the bass in her rock band.
St. Louis, MO
Gokul Venkatachalam is a junior in high school from St. Louis, MO and serves as Editor in Chief at Threading Twine. In his free time, he likes to read about philosophy, politics, and economics. He is passionate about ending poverty and reforming the criminal justice system. Gokul won the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2015 and now works as a spelling bee tutor.
Hanniya is 17 years old and a senior in high school. She is the owner of the online clothing store WreckedVibes and a published poet. Her writings advocate for racial and gender equality, as well as shed light on the importance of mental health. Hanniya enjoys adventuring around big cities and trying out new foods with her friends.
You can contact Hanniya through her email, here.
St. Louis, MO
Haran Kumar is a neo-luddistic anti-capitalist nihilist techno-optimistic nihilistic libertation socialist known for his love of -isms and oxymorons. He spoke his first words in the Spring of 2002 and hasn't stopped talking since. When not making awful, unfunny memes, he enjoys competitive debate, "playing" sports, programming, and, inspired by the homonymous Greek, studying mathematics.
You can contact Haran through his email, here.
Ian Chiu is a rising junior at Westwood High School. With passions in health science and business, Ian hopes to pursue a career to benefit people all around the world. In his free time, he enjoys playing the violin, getting to know people, and walking his pet turtle, Master Oogway!
You can contact Ian through Facebook, here.
Isabella Gonzalez is 17 years old and a rising senior. She is a passionate artist and enjoys exploring expression through different mediums. When not creating art, she loves to sing and play guitar. Her favorite music styles are R&B and funk.
You can contact Isa through her Instagram, here.
Janice Oh is a Christian sophomore living in Texas. She is a violist with ties to Student Council and SkillsUSA. She strongly believes that people need to have compassion for each other. She also believes that everyone is special and has the ability to reach success.
You can contact Janice by emailing her here.
Jennifer Griffin is 17 years old, entering her senior year in high school. Her hobbies include sobbing miserably over yaoi anime characters, murdering her fingers on the flute, and stressing out about homework and colleges. She's passionate about fighting for equality in education and in the workforce. She hopes to change the world one dramatic, sappy, sarcastic comment at a time.
You can contact Jenn through her Instagram here.
Jenna Woginrich is a writer who runs the popular blog Cold Antler Farm. There she writes about her adventures following her feral life as a self-employed writer, homesteader, archer, falconer, equestrian, martial artist, hunter, spinner, brewer, geek, and real-life Game of Thrones Extra. She also writes for Huffington Post and The Guardian. Besides writing, Jenna loves movies, music, and food!
You can contact Jenna by emailing her here.
Bay Area, CA
Juliana is a digital storyteller for social change. As a writer at Feministing, her work has focused on women's movements throughout the Americas for environmental justice, immigrant rights, and reproductive justice. She is also a Senior Campaigner at Change.org, where she works to close the gap between the powerful and everyone else by supporting people from across the country to launch, escalate and win their campaigns for justice.
You can contact Juliana through her Facebook, here.
17-year-old senior Kate Miller is homeschooled in Abilene, Texas, where she enjoys taking dual credit courses and participating in dance, speech and debate, and Girl Scouts. She is passionate about language and psychology, and hopes to study both toward the end of learning how to most effectively speak out for human rights.
Kiran Topiwala is a freelance photographer from Austin, TX. He focuses on landscape photography, and has documented his travels in Iceland. Additionally, he was chosen to create a limited addition sneaker line at Nike.
You can contact Kiran through his Instagram, here.
Los Angeles, CA
Kris Kidd, a confessional poet and essayist, is young, hot, and hating it. Kidd, who can be found in campaigns, like Calvin Klein, and multiple short films, has two published books, I Can’t Feel My Face and Down for Whatever.
You can contact Kris with his website, here.
Kristen is a senior at the University of Toronto, and a former innovation intern at RBC. She's passionate about tech and marketing, and is a frequent Instagram photographer in her free time.
You can contact Kristen by emailing her here.
Lisa Moomaw is a sophomore in high school who spends her time on Student Council, swimming, and copious amounts of homework, among other things. She hopes to be President of the United States one day and reform the education system because she believes education is the solution to the social and environmental issues in today’s society.
You can contact Lisa by emailing her here.
Marie Louise Uwibambe is 21 years old, and a university student in the 3rd level of computer engineering in Rwanda. Louise's hobbies include reading and spending time with friends. Louise advocates for empowerment and wanting people around her to find out what they are capable of accomplishing.
You can contact Louise through her Facebook, here.
New York, NY
Percussionist Martin (pronounced mar-TEEN) Urbach is a Latinx immigrant and education activist. His work is based on facilitating liberated spaces for youth to fall in love with music and to promote social justice through music making. Martin has taught music, literacy, STEAM and social justice courses to over three thousand students. Martin loves dessert, Cookie Monster and good coffee.
You can contact Martin through his Facebook, here.
St. Louis, MO
Matyas Csiki-Fejer is a rising high school senior born in Transylvania, currently living in St. Louis. He is an avid cross country and track runner, global poverty advocate, writer, and student who hopes to work to improve the lives of others one day.
You can contact Matyas through his Instagram, here.
Maya Nalawade is a 16 year old sophomore from the New England town of Darien, Connecticut. She enjoys singing and playing Viola in her school's chamber orchestra. In addition, she loves playing Quizbowl and heads her town's Red Cross Club. For fun she runs on her school cross country team. She is passionate about speaking out against sexual harassment and the negative stereotypes people place on society.
You can contact Maya through her email, here.
Mikola De Roo
By day, Mikola De Roo is Housing Works VP of Advocacy Communications & Marketing, where her primary role is to get the word out about the organization’s advocacy initiatives to end the AIDS epidemic — in NY State, nationally, and globally. By night, she is a fiction writer. She is also an avid cyclist and voracious reader at all hours, but she does not recommend trying to do both those activities simultaneously.
Mirah Curzer, originally from Lubbock, TX, is a lawyer and feminist. She graduated from New York University School of Law and studied philosophy at Amherst College. Curzer also loves photography and noodles.
You can contact Mirah through her Facebook, here.
Johns Creek, GA
Nate Fulmer is a senior in high school from Johns Creek, Georgia. He works for both LGBT and animal rights. When he isn't doing activism work, Nate enjoys riding his bike and walking his dog.
You can contact Nate by emailing him here.
St. Louis, MO
Nivi is a freshman at Saint Louis University and is studying Public Health on the Pre-Med track. She is passionate about civil rights' issues and hopes to make her community better every single day. In her free time, Nivi enjoys teaching Bharatanatyam, volunteering anywhere she can, and hanging out with friends.
You can contact Nivi through her Facebook, here.
Olivia Tung is the Director of Social Media & Technology for Threading Twine. Olivia is an advocate for women's rights, global health and education, and more. She enjoys hiking, playing a multitude of sports, and writing for her school's paper.
Bay Area, CA
Sanjana Goli has a variety of interests including the arts, speech and debate, and volunteering. She's taken her passion for dance and applied it to her volunteer work by teaching special-needs kids dance and to express themselves. She is passionate about raising awareness for special-needs children and strongly believes Threading Twine can bring about this awareness to youth.
Momin is a rising sophomore. Her hobbies include drawing, volunteering, and writing for her high school's student paper, the Horizon. She's passionate about LGBTQ + rights, ending the cycle of poverty, and breaking stereotypes.
You can contact Sara through her email, here.
Ram is currently an 11th grade student in Iowa. Her favorite subjects
are psychology and biology. She is also a strong believer in the power of youth voice in policy, and actively advocate for education reform in
my state. In her free time, she enjoys staying up to date with news, playing classical music, and reading.
Shreya Nakkala is a 17 year old high school senior from Austin, Texas. She is a passionate intersectional feminist and raises awareness about racism, LGBT+ rights, and many more social issues. In her free time she loves reading and watching Netflix.
You can contact Shreya through her Facebook, here.
Tyler Gates is a rising senior in the suburbs of Chicago. She plays soccer along with involvement in acceptance of diversity programs. She has recently become more involved in the LGBT community because she believes that acceptance includes race, religion, gender, sexuality and choice. Tyler thinks if society achieves this it could be our platform for unity and peace in today's generation.
You can contact Tyler through her Instagram, here.
Vincent Hao is an aspiring writer who attends high school in Austin, Texas. He enjoys reading poetry and writes in his spare time. His work has been published in Anomaly, Albatross, Adroit, Soundings East, Blood Orange, and River Styx.
You can contact Vincent through his Instagram, here.
W. Douglas Banks
The Reverend W. Douglas Banks is a proud native of Columbus, OH, and the grateful Lead Pastor of the prestigious Union Baptist Church. Being a 7th generation descendant of slaves owned by Thomas Jefferson has mandated him to be a spokesperson for racial awareness and reconciliation. He has been a guest on television shows hosted by both Oprah Winfrey and Tavis Smiley.
You can contact Douglas through Facebook, here.
Yasmin Younis is a Mass Communications student at Boston University's School of Communication. She is also a Culture Intern at Hubspot, a marketing and sales platform. She loves marketing, communications, and journalism and hopes to work in the world of marketing communications. She is a proud Iraqi-American, and also thinks she is really funny.
You can contact Yasmin through her Twitter, here.
Bay Area, CA
Ilana is a sophomore in high school from the Bay Area. She is particularly passionate about equality in the technology industry, animal rights, and acceptance of all people. When not running on her school’s Track Team or competing with her Public Speaking Team, Ilana loves to code and develop apps, cook, and go to concerts.
Emma Drummond is a 19 year old who left her Ontario Orthodox Mennonite roots in October 2015. She plans on attending college in the fall of 2018. During her spare time she enjoys working out and expressing her creativity through art. She hopes to inspire others by sharing some of her unique life experiences of how courage and willpower helped her through adversity.
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Founder & Executive Director
Aarushi Machavarapu is 16 years old and beginning her junior year in Austin, TX. She is passionate about feminism, foster care, women's education rights, the LGBTQ+ movement, rape culture, and more. She is involved in the arts, as well as the women in tech community, participating in coding and web design events. In her free time, she enjoys photography, painting, live music, and writing. Aarushi is extremely excited to see Threading Twine's impact upon youth & the rest of society.
Director of Operations
Ellie Fichtelberg is an 18 year old senior from the suburbs of Chicago who has been an active team member to Threading Twine starting in June 2017. She is attending the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in Fall 2018. She is passionate towards many social issues- particularly animal rights and gender equality and hopes Threading Twine can spark impact and conversation over these issues. When not working on Threading Twine, Ellie can be found playing softball, hanging out with her friends, and having fun!
Director of Content
Olivia Tung is 16 years old and will be a sophomore in high school. Originally from Austin, TX, she attends boarding school near Boston, MA. She is an advocate for women’s rights is also interested in rape culture and foster care. She is very passionate for serving her community and can often be found doing volunteer work. She has also played the piano for 10 years and enjoys playing for others, for she hopes that music can touch others like it has for her. Olivia strongly believes in respecting and considering others’ creativity.
Director of Marketing
Riya Krishnan is 15 year old and a current sophomore at Darien High School in Darien, Connecticut. She is an advocate for economic empowerment, global health and education, and environmental sustainability. She firmly believes in the power of Generation Z and youth today to drive bold and meaningful social change and continues to commit herself to this mission. Riya primarily works to spread TT's mission and reach so that it can amplify as many youth voices as possible around the world.
Director of Technology
Sanjana Goli is from the Bay Area, California. She has a variety of interests including the arts, speech and debate, and volunteering. She's taken her passion for dancing and applied it to her volunteer work by teaching special-needs kids how to dance and express themselves. Her involvement in public forum debate has exposed her to and has allowed her to develop an interest a wide variety of global affairs. Overall, she is passionate about raising awareness of the special talents of special needs children and strongly believes that Threading Twine can bring about this awareness to youth.
Barbara is a social impact strategist, writer and licensed social worker based in New York City. With a focus on intersectional feminism, her activism and advocacy includes producing digital media, working with start-ups and mentoring individuals and groups. Barbara's "why" entails encouraging youth to realize their greatest potential by unlearning and busting through the individual and systemic barriers holding them back.
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