Aspiring Social Entrepreneur
In middle school, Anna found her passion in gender equality. She sought to expand her knowledge, learned about intersectional feminism and privilege, and decided to use the resources she has to empower others. Combining her passions in tinkering, education, and feminism, she began a project called Aidesign where she creates unconventionally-designed educational tools to empower socioeconomically disadvantaged students. Ultimately, she hopes to build a world in which anyone, regardless of their identity or status, is able to achieve their dreams through a high quality education.
In the ninth grade, Astrid was introduced to human trafficking through a guest speaker at her school in Singapore. After moving to Japan, she felt that she needed an outlet in order to do something about the issue. Needless to say, IMPACT became that outlet. Using her love of singing, she paired up with one of her classmates to write an album that would educate and fundraise for anti-trafficking efforts. Currently, she continues to sell the album at school events, and she is starting an NHS initiative called the Anti-Slavery Society, where she hopes to expand her cause of action.
Ever since the start of High school, Gabriel Chi had an interest in fashion. However, it was not until the 10th grade, where he and fellow student Tohma Kobayashi partnered to create their fashion brand, TOKYOUTH. TOKYOUTH represents the various subcultures in Japan, ranging from music to art, expressing such diversity through their clothing. Ultimately, Gabriel hopes to further branch out in the field of fashion, further progressing in the different aspects of fashion and business, using TOKYOUTH as a valuable experience to guide him into his future.
Anybody can use fashion as a mode of expression, yet depending on what and how you wear an article of clothing, what you represent can have a different meaning. These subtleties are one of the many reasons Tohma Kobayashi loves fashion, like when he wears wide pants and pin roll the cuffs, to achieve a slimmer silhouette and a cleaner look. Utilizing these subtleties, Tohma realized that he could use clothes as a way to articulate his personality. This realization became the catalyst for Tohma and his partner Gabriel Chi to create Tokyouth, a clothing brand that would encapsulate and represent their values and identities through our designs.
Born in Japan, Ma has lived in diverse regions of the world including Hawaii, Canada, New Zealand, Washington, and Tokyo. His current passion for horology started when he received his father’s timepiece upon graduating from middle school.
Since then, Ma has continued to accumulate a wealth of knowledge on the subject through self-study of texts and online resources. He has worked on watches with tools that he has made himself and has completed professional internships which included hands-on experiences with the mechanics of watchmaking.
With his recent acceptance to New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, he plans to study the business side of the watch industry. While studying, he plans to take advantage of being in New York City with its vibrant communities, such as the Horological Society of New York. He hopes to create his own timepieces with unprecedented complications in the near future.