Meet a Member of the Youth Engagement Leadership Academy

by | Jun 2024

Pranavi Vedere

Photo: Woodbury Community Foundation

A high school senior at the Math and Science Academy, Pranavi Vedere loves meeting people and engaging in various activities around Woodbury.

Pranavi was a participant at the Woodbury Community Foundation’s (WCF) Youth Engagement Leadership Academy (YELA) in 2023. During YELA, she says she received a “good understanding of how the community works. Without exposure like that, you don’t know what is behind the scenes in the Woodbury community.”

Talking about WCF Board members who actively engage with YELA students, she says, “Seeing you guys and your connections with the community, I feel that community members can be your best friends.”

Pranavi also enjoyed being part of the Youth Committee for One Woodbury last year. She was happy to share something about her Indian culture. “It was a fun event that appealed to a lot of age groups,” she says.

Pranavi plans to attend the University of Minnesota this fall.

Manali Shah is with the Woodbury Community Foundation and is an active volunteer in Woodbury and Washington County. Find more at


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