Student, Activist, Philanthropist
Destin is an 11th grader at City on a Hill, Boston. He was born to two amazing immigrant parents. His mother always wanted him to be close to his roots and raised him in the same culture as she was raised. Due to that upbringing, Africa has a strong place in his heart.
He is a passionate social advocate against the socioeconomic disparities many urban youth face especially in Boston where the income gap is so wide. His passion has led him to become a member of student government, work with elected officials providing the youth’s perspective on policies, and speaking at many galas and fundraising events for urban outreach programs.
Academically, he is a candidate for valedictorian and intends on going to medical school to become a neurosurgeon. Destin is engaged in community service with the Brigham and Women Hospital, the clean my block organization, and the Haley House soup kitchen. He enjoys singing, playing rugby, and reviewing independent movies. Instagram @Iam.destinb
Performer, Illusionist, Magician
Evan always knew he would be a magician. After growing up in Salem, Massachusetts, he traveled through several countries as a street performer to learn his craft and has recently taken his performances into the world of theater. From staging his own innovative productions to designing effects for others’ theatrical endeavors, Evan’s projects seek to inspire people from all walks of life to push the boundaries of what they believe is possible. His latest ongoing production – “Mind of a Magician” – redefines the limits of magic through monthly performances of original material.
He is a Live Arts Boston Grant recipient, a graduate of Brown University, a student of languages, an avid cook, a voracious reader, and a curious soul; all of which make their way into his unique magical productions. Instagram @EvanNorthrup
Founder and Artistic Director, Music for Food
Hailed as “an artist who combines a probing, restless
intellect with enormous beauty of tone,” Ms.
Kashkashians’ work as performing and recording
artist and pedagogue has been recognized worldwide.
She won the coveted Grammy Award for her
recording of Ligeti and Kurtag solo viola works,
received the George Peabody Medal and
Switzerland’s Golden Bow Award for her contributions
to music. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of
Arts and Sciences.
As soloist Kashkashian has appeared with the
orchestras of Berlin, London, Vienna, Milan, New
York and Cleveland.
Recital appearances include the great halls of Vienna,
Rome, Paris, Berlin, Munich, Tokyo, Athens, London,
New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and
Ms. Kashkashian is founder and artistic director of
Music for Food, a musician-led hunger relief initiative.
To learn more about getting involved, visit
Student, Activist, Poet
As you can guess her last name is Greek and you are spot on, she is. But Luna-Nefeli was born in Paris making her also half-French and she is currently living in Cambridge,MA. These two cultures have had a huge influence on her life as they have taught her to live a simple life and to be happy with common things. As a little child, she had always questioned the wonders of life, why things happen and for what reason and started writing poetry at the age of nine. And when she started finding answers she felt the need to share them with others. She is an outgoing and adventurous person; a runner, a swimmer and a sailor. She loves traveling and tasting food from all the countries of the world. She likes taking risks and getting out of her comfort zone. She likes speaking out about matters that are true to her heart, but most importantly she loves to share her own experience with others. Instagram @elcrazyllama
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Nabi is our first Youth Bulge Country Program Speaker. He will give a Bengali and English language talk and remotely engage Bangladeshi youth in Dhaka.
Nabi is Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at The University of Texas at El Paso. Previously a Postdoctoral Fellow within John A. Paulson School of Engineering & Applied Sciences and Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.
He received M.S. and Pd.D. from Korea National University of Transportation in Chemical & Biological Engineering and Bioengineering, respectively. Prior that, he completed his B.S. in Pharmacy at University of Development Alternative. He has been involved in co-founding start-up (KB BioMed Inc) and industrial research in South Korea.
His research interest focuses on the incorporation of knowledge and tools from engineering, materials and biology to overcome existing barrier in targeting delivery of therapeutics and monitoring therapeutic progress non-invasively.
Student & Sound Recording Professional
Sam Borek is an 18-year-old legally blind student. His passions include playing the drums, running, skiing, and writing short stories. He attends the University of Massachusetts Lowell majoring in Sound Recording Technology. Instagram @metal.sam