HEARTS was based on our inspiration and our wanting to inspire others. We were inspired to help others when we noticed real world problems around us and wanted to help others through what we know; one such example includes our use of our background in arts. This is the foundation of our nonprofit organization. We feed our own ambition into our passion to inspire others—through our dance. By partnering with local charities, we have choreographed and presented our dance skills on stage.
Creativity is crucial to HEARTS' mission. We reach out to people in our community and motivate individuals to express themselves and help other people. Arts and creativity are crucial part of every person’s life. Humans have always used art to communicate and express themselves, sometimes making tremendous discoveries about their inner self and humanity while doing so. We want people to experience the happiness and sense of peace that comes from art, and the sense of serenity it leaves you with.
Our core principles state that in order for everyone to be happy and express themselves through arts we all need to be unified and work together. We all must accept each other cherish the different contributions that each unique person gives to our community. Art is something that everyone should have access to and that everyone should be able to do. In order for this to happen, we all have to work together, and make everyone feel like who they are is enough, and that their art is valued and will make a difference.
HEARTS was founded to connect and support individuals in society to raise awareness for real world problems. Seven young individuals came together with a drive to support others and use their skills to reach out into their communities. We have supported various charities and drawn attention to issues in our society and we plan to create a legacy and set example for all who follow. We are determined to support what we believe in forever, and help those who need help.
Our logo represents the symbol of happiness: the most important aspect of our non-profit organization. This is the symbol of a bluebird, as the harbinger of happiness is found in many cultures and may date back thousands of years. It represents our perseverance and inspiration as part of this non-profit. Our use of the colors lavender and coral represent creativity, uniqueness, and harmony.
Meet our awesome team.
Deepali Jain is currently a student studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She loves learning and developing herself holistically. When she’s not busy, you can find her dancing, painting, or biking! With her involvement in Asha for Education, Berkeley, and a co-founder of HEARTS, she hopes to help continue growing and impacting the community around her.
Divya Jain is currently a student studying Information Sciences at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. She hopes to land a job in the field of data analytics in the near future. In her free time, you will usually find me at a local coffee shop with my laptop or biking around the neighborhood with my friends. Divya’s experiences in attending dance competitions and taking part in the South Asian Culture Show at her school led to her co-founding HEARTS.
Rhea Chhabra is currently a student at Scripps Ranch High School who is a competitive dancer in Bollywood and classical Indian dance, known as Kathak, for the past twelve years. Over the past year, Rhea has been exploring her entrepreneurial journey by serving as CEO in launching her own VR based company and has won and participated in several business competitions. Rhea has always loved helping her community and has been a member of House of Pacific Relations (HPR) for the past six years, and is the Queen of House of India and was the Treasurer for HPR. In this organization, she is able to help her society with volunteer work through House of India, which led her to co-founding HEARTS. When Rhea isn’t furthering these passions, you mind finding her playing badminton, painting, or watching new tv shows.
Sofie Muneer, co-founder of this organization and a Junior at Canyon Crest Academy, is a catalyst for positive change. She is kind, curious, caring and a mindful student of life, who believes that every human being has a purpose on this pale blue dot of a planet in Carl Sagan's universe. Her love for science, math and performing arts has resulted in many statewide and regional awards in Science and Math competitions, as well as publications in science journals and magazines. As a robotics enthusiast she has helped evaluate autonomous navigation algorithms. She is a voracious reader of political, scientific and philosophical/bioethics journals and an avid debater. In keeping with her core principle of helping the underserved, she is working with an overseas NGO to help develop/benchmark distance learning methods in STEM education for middle schoolers. She is passionate about the bioethics of medicine and its implications in the economics of healthcare. In her free time, she likes to tinker and experiment with gizmos and gadgets. She also finds joy in reading “Miss Marvel” comics, sketch Star Wars characters and watch her favorite speedster—"The Flash”.
Harshada Sapre is a Biochemistry student at the University of California San Diego. In her free time, she enjoys reading and you’ll often find her with a new book in hand. Her other skills include learning new languages, painting and dancing. She loves to travel and explore new places and her philosophy is that each and every person has a unique story to tell.
Kashika Gupta is a Biology major at the University of California Riverside. Along with school, she enjoys dance, badminton, and coding. She has been dancing for 15 years and now choreographs for an annual fundraiser called the South Asian Culture Show. She is a varsity badminton player and was team captain. When she isn’t on the court or in the dance studio she enjoys teaching and has taught a variety of classes. She also volunteers and works with numerous organizations like SEWA International and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Arav Watwani is currently a Computer Science student at the University of California, Berkeley. Aside from being a full-time student, Watwani is passionate about technology, design, and education. He hopes to forge a career in software engineering and eventually hopes to teach students at the university level, empowering them to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. When he’s not busy, Watwani enjoys playing new music, biking outdoors to take photos of new places, or spending time on the soccer field or badminton court. Otherwise, you might find Watwani at a local coffee shop, either writing or programming with a latte in hand :)
San Diego, California