Akhila Bandlora

Youth Leadership Council Member

Phoenix, AZ

Akhila Bandlora, a junior at BASIS Phoenix, has been awarded twenty-six times regionally through the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, where she serves as co-founder and co-president of the local affiliate, Creative Youth of Arizona LLC. A recipient of fromthebowseat’s 2017 Gold Award for poetry, Akhila believes one of the most effective ways young people can get involved in their community and begin discussions is through art.  To that end, she serves as Art director for her local chapter of Zero Hour, a youth-run climate justice organization, and similarly, was on the organizing board for her local youth climate strike. Ultimately, she hopes her artivism conveys the necessity of climate justice and furthers action amongst communities.