about us

Our mission

To create a community where teens support teens’ mental health.

our vision

To make a world where teens are accepting of their own and other peoples’ mental health. 

meet the team

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Kevina wang

Hi everyone! My name is Kevina Wang and I’m a senior at Oakton High School. I love dancing and my corgi is the love of my life- kidding ( but not really). Mental health is something I grew passionate about recently, because of personal events that I won’t detail here, but that have all taught the utmost importance of mental health and caring for those around me. I’m so glad you are here with us today and hope that Heads Up Teens will be a safe and supportive place for you. Please feel free to contact us through the “contact us” page if you ever need to, wishing you the best!

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alex choi

Hi! I’m Alex Choi and a senior at Oakton High School. Throughout high school I have experienced how important mental health is to a student’s well-being, but also how difficult and lonely it can feel to be without a place to release this stress. After attending two mindfulness meditation retreats, starting my own mindfulness club, and furthering my practice of self-care, I am truly excited to be able to create an outlet for teens alike to express their own experiences and see how intertwined a community we are. I look forward to getting to know you all better!

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pranay dhawan

 Hey everyone! My Name is Pranay Dhawan and I’m a senior at Oakton High School. In the past, I’ve explored a handful of different ways to manage my mental health; from practicing mindfulness meditation to deleting social media. However, having an open outlet to share my thoughts has not only helped calm myself but also allowed me to gain a better understanding of my mental health itself. Knowing that countless others are going through similar things, I wanted to help make a platform for all to benefit. I can’t wait to meet you!

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Maya Marathe

Hi! I am Maya Marathe, a senior at Oakton High School. High school is already stressful enough, and with the lack of focus on mental health, it is easy to feel lost and out of control. Having struggled with mental health myself, I have been able to find methods to help, and have learned the crucial role that mental health plays in well-being. I hope that Heads Up Teens can make difference for you, giving you an outlet and allowing us all to work towards better mental health together.

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Adam xu

What’s up! My names Adam and I’m a senior at Oakton High School. I’m a varsity athlete for the Oakton Track team and participate in other clubs such as DECA and Best Buddies. I’ve recently developed a passion for mental health and its role in our everyday lives. With that being said, I’m extremely excited to be able to share my experiences with you. I also am very glad you were able to find this platform and hope to hear from you soon!

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Kheira Bekkadja

Hi everyone! My name is Kheira Bekkadja (she/her/hers) and I’m a rising freshman at George Mason University intending to pursue civil engineering and conflict analysis & resolution. My strong interest in engineering and advocacy leads me to my ultimate aspiration of becoming a civil engineer for the United Nations, giving a helping hand in rebuilding property and empowering developing nations. My experiences piqued my passion for raising awareness on the importance of mental health and wellness after I transitioned to public school during my sophomore year in high school. My goal with sharing my thoughts is to create a safe space for myself and whoever reads that you can manifest whatever you want, despite your barriers, by the power of your voice and self-confidence. I strongly believe that personal story-telling and listening can be an impactful vehicle of empowerment. Long-distance running, shopping, eating, laughing, napping, and spending time with friends and family is what keeps me going and brings me true joy. I hope I can inspire you in any way and push you to be your wholehearted and unapologetic self because you rock!!

 

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Sydney Chen

Hello! My name is Sydney Chen and I am a freshman at Duke University planning to major in political science on the pre-law track. Entering a new environment like college, I really wanted to prioritize my mental health. I am so grateful that Heads Up Teens gave me the space to do that! My goal for my blog posts is to give you five minutes to be selfish and think about how to take care of yourself. Outside of writing, I enjoy spending time with my dog, crocheting, watching TV shows, and dancing. Take care everyone!