Hi! My name is Sabah Hussain and I am a junior at Lane Tech in Chicago, Illinois. I am very excited to be part of the Girl Up campaign and serve as a teen advisor for the 2015-2016 year.
I was born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan and immigrated to Chicago in the summer of 2006. It was beyond frightening to come to a new land where fundamentally everything was different than what I was used to, especially when I didn’t speak a word of English. But I got over the language barrier eventually, so no worries! I love to volunteer!
This past summer I volunteered at my local hospital where I helped patients match up with the specialist doctor they needed and helped them navigate their way around the hospital. I also volunteered at my local library. Here, I helped log kids in their reading hours, read to them and assisted them with activities.
This summer I will be collaborating with professors and other teenagers to construct a machine using solar panels that can theoretically survive on Mars’s surface. I will be also volunteering at my local hospital again and tutoring low-economic students.
Some of the clubs I am currently involved with at my high school are Lane Buddies which is a club where we take part in activities and interact with the special education students and fundraise for their end of the year prom. Another club I’m involved in is buildOn, where we are fundraising a total of $30K to help build a school in a developing country. I’m also part of Chem Club and have presented demos to students at our district elementary school and have hosted a demo day for students interested in STEM.
Outside of school, I tutor students at my local elementary school in Algebra, read Jane Austen books, explore my diverse city with friends, and go for a light jog in the park. I will also be starting a Girl Up club at school this fall and cannot wait to embark on this fun-filled, girl drive and important adventure.
I cannot wait to interact with other girls who are as passionate about these issues as me and exchange ideas!