17 Year Old Sehajpreet Singh Highlighted by NYT for Continuing Volunteer Work During Pandemic

Sehajpreet used to stock medical supplies and visit children with cardiac problems at Cohen Children’s Medical Center....

Editor's note: Recently The New York Times highlighted 5 teenagers who "managed to volunteer this year" in the state despite set backs from the coronavirus. Some of them created a helpful app for blind people, advocated for disenfranchised renters, paid cyber company to the elderly and public beautification. The following is the section on the Sikh youth from Bellerose Manor, Queens, New York:   
...Sehajpreet used to stock medical supplies and visit children with cardiac problems at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. But the pandemic shut down that opportunity.

So last June, Sehajpreet, a senior at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Bayside, Queens, started a small tutoring business with his friends. They donate 25 percent of the profits to nonprofits like Sense International India and the American Childhood Cancer Organization.

Then last fall, he volunteered on a phone bank before the November presidential election through the Sikh Coalition. By engaging with other Sikhs in states like Mississippi and Kentucky, he learned a lot more than whether or not they were headed for the polls.

“As a Sikh in New York, you are aware of racist behavior but nothing like what happens in other parts of the country,” Sehajpreet said. “Hearing stories from someone from the same culture and religion and how poorly they’ve been treated made me feel really sad. I haven’t experienced that here.”...

 

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