Seventeen-year-old Saachi Pavani is a senior at Irvine’s Portola High School, where she is the three-year captain of the girls varsity tennis team and played a key role in securing Portola’s first CIF championship title. Her work with nonprofits began in 2016, when she partnered with Days for Girls International to create sustainable hygiene kits for girls in developing countries. Laura’s House inspired her to create Portola’s Domestic Violence Prevention club, and the Southern California Hospice Foundation during the pandemic saw her campaign procure 30,000 masks, 7,000+ units of food and more than $3,500 for hospice patients. She also coordinated the distribution of 16,000 masks to major OC nonprofits. The OC Register put her on its 2020 100 Most Influential People in Orange County list. Pavani’s Girl Scouts of Orange County involvement boasts a Bronze, Silver and Gold Award and named her as a delegate to its 55th National Council Session. Pavani’s work with Stop the Bleed coordinated the training of 100+ people to stop life-threatening bleeding, established a club at her school and is lobbying state legislators for training in the state school system.

“Losing myself in philanthropy is an incredibly rewarding experience and allows me to appreciate the many blessings in my life. The positive impact of philanthropy inspires young people like me to amplify our efforts to give back to our communities.” – Saachi Pavani