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Youth Volunteer of the Year - Amogh Gowda

Amogh Gowda

Amogh Gowda is dedicated to saving lives through organ donations. After hearing the experience of a teacher waiting for a kidney transplant, the teenager saw the impact that an organ donor could make. Amogh, 17, developed an innovative way to support education on the issue. He founded “Gift8Lives.org” – a campaign for various organ donation-related outreach activities within his community. He interviewed experts in the field and learned the best ways to strengthen his campaign. Amogh earned the Gift of Life Michigan certified volunteer certification to bolster his credentials, and he now speaks at venues and volunteers at community events to empower youth and promote the fact that one organ donor can save up to eight lives. He also started the Gift8lives Club at Troy High School to educate his peers about the issue. In addition to his advocacy and education efforts, Amogh is also a dedicated researcher. He has served as a volunteer researcher for the Henry Ford Health System and the Karmanos Cancer Institute. His volunteer efforts are truly saving lives.