2018 Student Leaders Announcement

Over the past month, the 2017 MAD core leadership team went through the process of interviewing and evaluating many highly capable candidates. With such a strong batch of applicants, tough decisions had to be made. Please do join us though in welcoming the following team of highly talented and committed individuals who will be leading the program from next semester onwards:
Mrinalini Wadhwa, as President
YeRyeon Seo and Neha Bhandari, as Vice Presidents
Leadership Team:
Vanshika Puri
Krishna Saigal
Kaavya Rajesh
In Young Kim
Siddhant Vasudevan
Maanas Kumar
Former President Anant Vasudevan will be transitioning into the role of Senior Advisor. We would like to thank him and all our remaining outgoing leaders from 2017 for their tireless effort and inspiring commitment to MAD.

MAD is Back in Session!

Make A Difference English lessons have been in lesson for nearly eight weeks now, and as always, MAD volunteers’ initiative and dedication shines through in their work in the program. Here are two highlights.

What has level 4 been doing?

We asked Chloe Rho, a high school volunteer, to tell us. She has been with MAD for a year now, and took some time out to share with us what her level has been doing so far:

“Level 4 MAD classes have been focused on maximizing grammar fluency and pronunciation of words. For example, student volunteers encourage the MAD students to repeat a tongue twister after demonstrating the pronunciation themselves. That way, students have fun while learning the accurate pronunciation of words. In addition, student volunteers tackled with the prepositions “on”, “in”, and “at”. They have taught the vivekananda students about the different uses of these prepositions and ways to apply them in real life. Reading entertaining stories also happens regularly, and currently, students are learning adjectives which is a new concept for many of them. Through these MAD classes it is fascinating to observe students learn from each other and enjoy their learning process. Although it may be subtle, students appear to be much more comfortable with the information they are constantly learning and demonstrating that they are capable of advancing an initial thought. Moreover, since students in level 4 are relatively young, it has been important for adult and student volunteers to find effective ways to address the learning material. For better quality classes, student and adult volunteers try to communicate via email or whatsapp and inform important notices through them so that nothing is a surprise for anyone.

In summary, level 4 MAD classes are on the right path, both the teachers and students enjoying their MAD experience. As many of the MAD classes are coming to an end, teachers will strive to finish this semester as a success, continuing their hard work. The end goal is to maximize the students’ English fluency with providing the best learning possible.”

Great work, level 4 team!

Precollege’s Science Lesson

In the week before Diwali break, the two pre-college classes (level 7 and 8) had an interactive science lesson with Dr. Richard Frazier, a Middle School Science teacher. Here are some photos of the class!

MAD End of Year Party

We celebrated the ending of another great year of MAD last Tuesday (April 24th) in the HOP.

We began with a group photo, after which leaving adult and student volunteers were recognized, attendance awards were given to Vivekanand students (who had perfect attendance from Core Levels 1-6 and Foundations), and each level gave a short performance, which ranged from humorous to inspirational.

We watched a reenactment of the three little pigs, listened to level 6’s dreams for the future and the causes and effects of environmental issues from the precollege level. Foundations, a new MAD level created just this year, also performed a short song and dance during their second attempt after being overtaken by nerves the first time! Each Vivekanand student also received a snackbox and juice afterwards.

Here are some photos from Tuesday. It’s been a great end to a great year!


2016-17 Recap: This Year’s Newsletters

We’ve had an eventful year for MAD, from creating the foundations level to introducing a new and expanded leadership team (and that’s hardly speaking for the diligence our HS and parent volunteers continue to put into this program)!

To keep track of all that has happened, here are all the MAD newsletters for the 2016-17 school year.

Edition 6            Edition 5             Edition 4             Edition 3              Edition 2             Edition 1


The MAD Leadership Team

2017 Student Leaders Announcement

MAD is committed to choosing the best high schoolers to lead our organization. We look across AES to enroll the very top students as MAD Volunteers, and from that exceptional pool, we make an onerous and challenging selection each year. Gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation do not factor in our decision-making process; therefore, we do not have any quotas or gender-based systems.

This year, MAD was blessed with some of the strongest applicants ever. Each and every one of them had shown exceptional dedication to the program, and the adult leaders spoke very highly of all the candidates. It was also an extremely competitive application, with only around 20% of applicants receiving a core leadership position. We think that figure is a testament to how involved and committed MAD volunteers in general are. Truly, we were impressed with the ingenuity, dedication, and sheer excellence presented to us during the application process. 

Our decision ultimately came down to more than just strong dedication, regular attendance, and productivity in class. We chose our team based on how they had already lead classes, actively recruited, volunteered to help on weekends, brought creative ideas to us, showed tremendous passion, demonstrated that MAD was a high priority, and most importantly, taken the initiative at every turn. We are thus very proud to present the MAD Student Leadership Team 2017:

Anant Vasudevan, as the President
Orsolya Bardos, as Vice President
Yeryeon Seo, as Vice President

Amit Naftali, as the Head Coordinator
Prahersh Kumar, as Secretary
Mrinalini Wadhwa, as Deputy Secretary

Arnav Gulati, as the Levels 6 -8 Coordinator and Liaison to Access to Education
Kish Dubey, as the Levels 4 & 5 Coordinator and Director of Recruitment
Keshnen Yogaindran, as the Levels 2 & 3 Coordinator and Attendance Manager
Chloe Rho, as the Level 1 + Foundations Coordinator and Liaison to Middle School

Former President Shreyas Rajesh will remain in the leadership team as a Senior Advisor, along with former Vice President Dev Gulati.

MAD looks eagerly to the year ahead with this new team!

MAD Newsletter: Edition 6

As 2016–and MAD this semester–comes to a close, we’re happy to present edition six of the MAD Newsletters for the 2016-2017 year. This has some information on the MAD Christmas Party as well as important contact information for anyone with unresolved questions or problems.

Click Here to read it!


The MAD Leadership Team

Fall Fiesta

This Fall Fiesta (the school wide event which raises money for our service clubs, including MAD!), MAD continued its tradition of having one of the best booths.

This year our booth was ring toss. and though we never had this activity before, our volunteers rose to the challenge, bringing bagfuls of candy voluntarily (pun intended), their artistic skills to our poster and their enthusiasm to their duties in directing the event, which made our booth a lot of fun!

We’d like to thank everyone who contributed. Check out some pictures!