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CTYer and family featured in new music video from Alicia Keys

Arya and Alicia

CORRECTION: This story has been edited to reflect Arya’s correct age, that she is homeschooled, and to appropriately reflect family relationships. CTY regrets these errors. 

Eight-year-old CTYer Arya Gartside-Vats and her family are pulling heartstrings around the world with their appearance in a new Alicia Keys video. The homeschooled New York City student is one of several kids featured in the video for Keys’ song “Blended Family (What You Do For Love).” The video has received more than 800,000 views on YouTube since it began airing last week. ...Read more about this Awesome CTYer.

CTY Scholar Koi Germany wraps up five-month internship with NBC

Koi at summer programs.Koi Germany recently returned to Hunter College with a load of celebrity sightings to share with his classmates. Over summer break, Koi, a CTY Scholar from the Bronx, wrapped up a five-month internship with NBC’s Today Show, where he rubbed elbows with some of his favorite stars, including Seth Rogan, Zac Efron, and Daniel Radcliffe—a.k.a. Harry Potter.

A typical day on the job included getting coffee for co-hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie, chatting with guests, and assisting with segment production. On one memorable day, he was on set while co-host Natalie Morales attempted stunts from Cirque du Soleil. “She was an amateur, which was cool, and kind of the point,” Koi said. ...Read more about this Awesome CTYer.

CTYer’s app connects Alzheimer’s patients with their loved ones

Emma YangWhen CTYer Emma Yang and her family moved from Hong Kong to New York two years ago, the hardest part was leaving her Grandma. Not only did the move put a great distance between them; it made it difficult for the family to communicate with her, since she has Alzheimer’s.
 
“When we talk on the phone, she’ll ask the same questions over and over again,” said Emma, 11. “She’ll ask us how we’re doing and then ask us again like five more times.”...Read more about this Awesome CTYer.

Q&A with Simone Braunstein, CTY alumna and roboticist

simone braunsteinWhen it comes to engineering and robotics, you might say that CTY alumna Simone Braunstein has the touch.
 
Simone has spent the last couple of years creating a device to improve robotic surgery. Using computer consoles, robotic surgeons insert small instruments through tiny incisions and guide them to tiny spaces in the body human hands can’t reach. The result is faster recovery times as well as fewer, smaller scars....Read more about this Awesome CTYer.

CTYer works to empower girls

Sejal HathiWhen she was 15 years old, Sejal Hathi was diagnosed with anorexia. During her treatment, she learned a lot about herself, but she also realized something larger about the culture she grew up in: “Through the conversations I had with other young women with depression, eating disorders, and other psychosocial problems, I realized that so many of us were suffering from a lack of self-love and this crazy desire to be perfect,” she says.  “That realization and empathy—the realization that I wasn’t alone—pushed me to do something about it.”

The result? Sejal founded Girls Helping Girls, a nonprofit organization that partners girls in the United States with girls in developing countries so they can help each other solve problems in their communities....Read more about this Awesome CTYer.