The Power of Students: Priyanka Patil

Born and raised in a low-income community in Pune, India, Priyanka Patil expected her life to follow the familiar path of other girls in her neighborhood—a path that would lead to limited opportunities for the future. When she was 13, Priyanka was invited to join the cast of Teach For India’s student-led production of Maya the Musical, and soon her vision for the future began to change. In the video above, Priyanka describes her evolution from shy teenager to student leader determined to fulfill her potential and realize her dreams, and discusses the power of students working together to effect change and build a better world for themselves and all of us.

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