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How high school students can change the world, if we give them a chance

DJ Jagannathan

High school students are more than capable of having an impact on the world around us, but we don't tell them that. Let's start empowering high schoolers to make a difference because otherwise they're just wasting their time while someone six months older than them does exactly what they dreamed about. Let's give high schoolers access to Project: Cinta and see what happens when we help the best and brightest collaborate and innovate on projects they care about. I'm excited, are you?

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  • Liz Dwyer

    Love this--I'm a huge believer in education being about acquiring the knowledge, skills, and mindset you need to solve the problems of your community--and so that you then know how to participate in our democracy. Hope you keep sharing the student projects with the GOOD community as the school year advances--or encourage them to come share them. That would be sweet to be able to elevate student voices even further so that not only are they doing what they dream about, they're able to share it as well.

    • DJ Jagannathan

      I completely agree, Liz; showing people what they're working on is just as important as doing it. I'll make a point of sharing, and encouraging the students to share, their projects with the GOOD community. Can't wait to see what comes out of it!

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Hey DJ- did you found Project Cinta? I tried entering my zipcode but it wasn't available. Is this only for Michigan? Cool idea. Would love to know- do you have examples of awesome projects you've helped bring together?

    • DJ Jagannathan

      Hey Alessandra, yup I founded Project: Cinta along with a friend!

      The school access code is a unique code we give to all of the high schools that requested access to the platform, not zip codes, so that's probably why it didn't work. We just officially launched today and are in one high school, as of now. The students using the site have begun to work on some cool projects - mainly for the local community. We are working to get as many high schools as possible involved in the coming weeks and months and once we do that I can't even imagine the amazing projects that will come out of it!

      If you wanted to read a little further on what we're doing here's a post I wrote on Medium:

      I'll be sure to keep you posted on the projects that come out of Cinta in the near future; I bet they'll surprise us both!

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        Interesting. What schools are participating? With the code process, won't it be hard for non-high schoolers to see all the awesome work you're doing? You should share your medium link as a linkshare!

        • DJ Jagannathan

          High schools near Ann Arbor are our participants as of now. And yeah, I definitely agree. We have that authentication for safety reasons, but are working on developing a public viewing page
          for projects that the students want to display. I think it would add a lot to the site, so that's definitely a priority.

          Great suggestion with the linkshare, I'll be sure to look into that!

          • Alessandra Rizzotti

            Awesome. Since you're really into Education Tech, I recommend checking out some of the awesome posts on and Also, Liz Dwyer, our Education Community Manager would be a great person to connect with if you want to meet people in the field:

            • DJ Jagannathan

              Thanks a lot for the suggestions, and I'll definitely reach out to Liz!