15 year old with a passion for making change
I am currently working on preventing suicide through building an AI model to detect suicidal ideation in social media content, with support from social media platforms and tech giants like Microsoft. As a founder of my own non-profit, The HopeSisters, I work on spreading hope to vulnerable individuals in my community.
I have been awarded the Princess Diana Award for and have been recognized by government officials in Canada for my efforts.
Growing up I have always been a curious and ambitious girl fascinated by science and technology. Ever since I was judged for leading an all boys robotics team, I have made it my mission to prove that women are more than capable in participating in STEM related activities.
In my spare time I like to write articles, obsessively research all about the inequities in women's health and travel across the world.
Updated as of 03/2021
UNICEF Youth Advocate
As a UNICEF Youth Advocate I advocate for youth voice voice through sharing my story and through advocating to executives. I have been able to speak to various policy makers and youth to inspire them to make an impact. As a youth change maker, I am also a teen advisor at Headspace, Youth Ambassador at Earth Day and Tech4Sick Kids. Most importantly, I spend a lot of my time speaking at classrooms and working with the next generation to empower them to be the change makers they are meant to be, in hopes that we can create a generation ready to tackle the worlds biggest problems.
Read my article on Unicef
During the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, My sister, Kenisha and I founded The HopeSisters. A non-profit organization with the mission of spreading hope to people while also bringing along more HopeSpreaders to start giving and impacting lives. The HopeSisters have worked on several projects; from delivering over 4000 HopeBags to children in foster care across Canada, to working with corporations to empower employees to start giving. If you are interested in becoming a #HopeSpreader, be sure to check out our work and how you can get involved.
AI for Mental Health
Over the past couple months I have been diving deep into Artificial Intelligence and the potential it has to impact mental health research and outcomes. Through my research at MIT, I have been working on diagnosing mental health disorders. As well, with the recent rise of teen suicide, I am working alongside corporations to implement my model of detecting suicidal ideation in social media content. I have also been investing time to deepen my technical understanding and therefore have started a series called #AIwithAlisha in order to share complex areas of AI with young people, to help them develop better understanding.
Learn about my AI work
Diana Award Winner
In the name of Princess Diana, I am humbled to have been awarded the Diana Award for my work on supporting vulnerable youth through the HopeSisters and work on leveraging AI to prevent suicide. The Diana Award is given to select youth change makers across the world.
Check out the announcement