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Stress Free Teens at a Glance

Demystifying Mental Health

Stress Free Teens is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization determined to educate communities about the science behind mental health and to provide advocacy so that those affected—anyone and everyone—can lead happier lives. Formed in 2019 by high school student Rohan Tirumala, we are dedicated to our mission, our vision, and our goal. Learn more about each here. 
We are a group of middle school, high school, and college students from across the nation who are passionate about giving back to our communities. Join us by applying to be a Stress Free Teens volunteer here.

OFFICER TEAM

Committed to the Cause

Since our founding in 2019, Stress Free Teens has grown exponentially in a positive direction. We are very proud of the diversity of our members and volunteers as well as the unique skills they contribute to our success. Find out more about some of our members below. 

Rohan Tirumala

Founder

Rohan Tirumala is a freshman at UC Berkeley with an interest in science, research, and business. He uses his keen interests to conduct a biological research project on a rare neurodegenerative disease and placed 1st in Synopsys Science Fair and qualifies for the California Science & Engineering Fair (CSEF). Rohan is both a leader and a team player and is constantly searching for ways to elevate everything he is involved into a higher standard.

He founded Stress Free Teens in 2019 as a way to give back to his surrounding community to spread awareness of the mysteries behind stress & mental health. He strongly advocated for those that suffered from mental struggles such as depression and anxiety and his goal is to ensure that his fellow teens have a voice. In his free time, Rohan enjoys listening to music, spending time with friends, and trying new food.

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Ananya Tirumala

President

Ananya Tirumala is a Sophomore at Cupertino High School. An avid student, she carries a particular interest in math and psychology. A strong leader both on and off campus, she regularly engages with her community to make a lasting impact. Whether through key club, tutoring, teaching dance, or volunteering, she is always seeking new ways to learn, take on leadership opportunities, and positively impact her community. In both a team and an individual environment, she strives to pursue grander ambitions, excelling as an accomplished member of her school dance team. She has extensive training and experience in various dance forms and is passionate about sharing her knowledge and skills with others. She provided one-on-one and group instruction in classical ballet and Indian classical dance. She has created choreography projects, ultimately performed live, and was recognized at several prestigious worldwide competitions. 

She has volunteered at Stress-Free Teens since 2022 to give back to her surrounding community, aspiring to improve young lives and bring light to the often misunderstood mental health struggles. 

In her free time, Ananya enjoys listening to music and loves to hang out with her friends. 

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Rishi Polepally

Columbus, GA Branch Director

Rishi is a junior at Columbus High School, GA.  He has a strong passion for science and math.  He has been part of his school Science Olympiad team for 3 years and has won many medals as well as qualifying for the State Science Olympiad competition for two consecutive years. In addition to science, he is part of the school math team and has won many competitions including the Math Counts competition. He qualified for state in this nationwide competition as well. He has helped his school grow through the past few years in the Math and Science team by help bringing many titles to their name. Furthermore, he has taken up Academic Bowl and Wrestling this year showing that he can excel in more than academics. He won second place at the Southland tournament and has placed in many more matches. Moreover, he is an active participant in his school band and has helped them receive superior ratings in LGPE. In Rishi’s spare time, he enjoys watching and playing sports with his peers and family, and plays the piano to improve his musical skills day by day.

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Kalyaa Pradeep

Director of Human Resources

Kalyaa Pradeep, a sophmore at Cupertino High School, is an enthusiastic learner with interests ranging from computer science & physics, to music theory. She's fluent in three languages and her main passion is the flute. For the past three years, Kalyaa has been an active member of music groups like the Golden State Youth Orchestra and Cupertino High School Marching Band. She recently showcased her skills as a soloist for her school's field show and achieved first place at the FeTNA 2023 Music Competition. Moreover, she has had the privilege of performing at prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall. Kalyaa constantly seeks new opportunities to impact her community positively. She's an active member of various cultural groups, such as the Bharati Tamil Sangam and Bharati Tamil Mandram. Alongside volunteering at multiple Computer Science tutor programs and local hospitals like El Camino Real Hospital. She enjoys playing soccer, watching movies/TV shows, and going on long drives during her free time. By joining Stress Free Teens, Kalyaa aims to destigmatize discussions around mental health, providing valuable information and promoting students we

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Anshi Kothari

Director of Human Resources & Audio Video team

Anshi Kothari is a sophomore at Cupertino High School. Along with being a TA for an elementary to middle school math class outside of school, she was recently appointed the position of treasurer for her school's Red Cross Club and event planner for her school's SAHA club. She has also won a music competition of the violin called American Protege this past year, and she is a finalist for an art competition with University Art. In addition, she has been a Girl Scout since elementary school, and she completed her Bronze and Silver Awards and is currently working on her Gold Award. She manages the service projects that her girl scout service unit does as well. She joined Stress Free Teens because as a teen herself, she understands how important it is to take care of mental health, and she would like to help spread awareness on the importance of strong mental wellness. 

She enjoys spending her free time by spending time with friends, watching TV, and being with her family.

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Vivian Zheng

Director of Workshops/Events

Vivian Zheng is a senior at Cupertino High School. Her passion for helping others has led her to find a nonprofit where teens across the Bay Area can conceptualize and carry out their own community service projects. Vivian actively seeks opportunities to serve her community ranging from organizing workshops for kids with special needs to conceptualizing STEM programs for underrepresented kids K-5th grade. Her dedication to community service has earned her the President's Volunteer Service Award in her sophomore year. Vivian is interested in the field of cognitive science, specifically human performance modeling. She joined Stress Free Teens to help teens learn to take care of themselves and find balance in various aspects of life. In her free time, she enjoys doing sudoku, sleeping, coloring, and spending time with her friends and family. 

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Alison Liu

Director of Public Relations

Alison Liu is a sophomore at Cupertino High School. She has a strong passion for STEM as well as art and design. She has been taking art classes for 8 years and loves being able to freely express her ideas through art. Her interests are shown in the activities that she takes part in both in and out of school, whether that is being involved with Tino Graphix or Tino Explore at Cupertino High School, or volunteering by teaching kids math and science. She also uses her knowledge and skills in design to give back to her community by helping redesign the websites and social media pages of women-owned small businesses through WMN. She joined Stress Free Teens as a way to help reduce the stigma around struggling with mental health, and also to spread awareness of the true realities of mental health to today's teens. 

In her free time, she enjoys drawing, baking, and playing badminton. She is also often found sitting at her desk crocheting while listening to music. 

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Ethan Hsiao

Director of Editing

Ethan Hsiao is a junior at Palo Verde High School. A strong leader both on and off-campus, he regularly engages with his community in the hopes of making a lasting impact. From service organizations like NHS and Best Buddies to competitive academic teams like Varsity Quiz and Science Bowl, Ethan displays his passion for volunteerism, STEM, and advocacy as well as his willingness to grow, persevere, and achieve. In both a team and an individual environment, he strives to pursue greater ambitions, excelling as an accomplished member of Varsity Tennis, Club Lacrosse, Varsity Speech & Debate, and Varsity Chamber Choir. Just this last year, Ethan qualified for NIETOC in Informative Speaking, placed fourth in the State Science Bowl, managed his Choir as a Section leader, and competed for a first-place state title in Varsity Tennis. These keen interests are a major part of why Ethan joined Stress Free Teens; with dreams of working in the medical field, he aspires to improve young lives and bring light to the often misunderstood struggles of mental health.


In his free time, Ethan enjoys reading and listening to music. He has a surprising skill for ping pong and loves to hang out with his friends.

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Maheshwari Rajesh

Director of Editing

Maheshwari Rajesh is a rising junior at Belton New Tech High School @Waskow in Texas. She is extremely passionate about mental health, for she intimately understands the feeling of being mentally unhealthy, and wants to help people feel happy and safe. In school, besides in her excellent academics, she serves in many organizations that give students a voice. In the wake of COVID-19, she co-founded a virtual mentorship program for the underclassmen in her school, in which she helps create a curriculum and writes blogs. She enjoys trying new things, making her very well rounded. She has been playing violin and tennis for numerous years, qualified for her state’s National History fair for four years in a row, and debates on her school team. In order to get in touch with her Indian roots, Maheshwari also sings Carnatic Music, an art that she has practiced ever since she was a little girl. She loves creative writing and she’s currently co-authoring her debut YA fantasy novel. Maheshwari lives for connecting with people, and believes everyone has a story to tell–all it needs to be is heard.


In her free time, you will see her reading books, binging Netflix, or hanging out with her friends and family.

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Mia Sun

Director of Public Speaking

Mia Sun is a junior at The Knox School. Mia is passionate about theater, music, and reading. Mia’s love for the performing arts has led her to participate in many school plays and musicals and she has taken part in various marching band competitions. She has played the piano for 8 years and the flute for 6 years. In addition, she enjoys spending time with kids and has been a summer camp counselor for many years. Mia hopes that one day she’ll be able to have a career where she can use her voice to advocate for social issues and human rights. She was initially drawn to Stress Free Teens because it was a great opportunity to give back to the community and educate others about mental health and wellness. 


In her free time, Mia enjoys listening to show tunes and pop music, reading, swimming, and watching TV.

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Corina Cao

Director of Website Management

Corina Cao is a rising senior at Manhattan Hunter Science High School in New York. Passionate about science, technology and mathematics she has participated in a various amount of school activities and summer programs. Including her school's Botany Club, and Anatomy Club she took part in the NYC STEM and Girls Who Code program during the summer. Volunteering her time at the Food Bank to help distribute and package food for those in need she also has experience with babysitting and tutoring young children. Having experience with coding, robotics and computer science, taking part of Stress Free Teens allows her to use her skills to help educate and connect people about mental health.

In her free time, Corina enjoys playing video games, drawing, hanging out with friends and listening to music.

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ABOUT US/OUR TEAM: Meet the Team

Teacher Team

Our wonderful Teen teachers that have ever taught with us.

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Mohit Kolli

Science

My name is Mohit Kolli, I am the instructor for Circuit Lab and Astronomy. I have participated and won many Science competitions including an NSF regional. I have participated in Science Olympiad for the past 2 years and I have won a few medals. I also have prior experience of starting Science Club and teaching Science through hands-on experiments to kids in my neighborhood. I am very enthusiastic about teaching others and I am glad to have this opportunity to teach through Stress Free Teens.

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Sahana Gopalan

Science

My name is Sahana Gopalan, a rising freshman at Leland High School in San Jose, California. I have participated in Science Olympiad for the past 2 years and won medals. I enjoy science and robotics and I've participated in FLL tournaments and won many awards in the past 5 years. I have raised money for the organizations CRY and hosted fundraisers. I am an Indian Carnatic music leaner and have performed in concerts regularly in the Bay Area. My favorite hobbies include coding, baking, photography, and making nifty DIYS. I am very excited to be teaching other kids and sharing my knowledge about Science Olympiad events and I’m very glad to be a mentor for Stress Free Teens!

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