“Always keep your WHY central to what you do, and find team members who are differently skilled from you—the more different, the better—but still share and believe in your WHY as much as you do.”
Roots & Shoots History: Four years with Roots & Shoots; RSYC member 2020-2023
Originally from Marietta, Georgia, Samyukta is continuing college in her home state, where she is passionate about using Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education to solve global issues. While the COVID-19 pandemic posed significant challenges, Samyukta still felt that she was able to make an impact and inspire others virtually, and professional development trainings at the RSYC summer summit helped her see how everyone was capable of growing and expanding their impact. Her favorite Roots & Shoots project was her IuvaTech Hackinar, which gave her the opportunity to see what she was capable of as a leader, even at a local community scale! Today, she is expanding on this first project, empowering youth in STEM to solve social issues and become engineer-leaders. Outside of Roots & Shoots, Samyukta is also a professional musician at her temple and a researcher one of her university labs, and she enjoys reading, going on walks and hikes, and spending time with loved ones.