Akhilesh Menawat is a development Fellow at Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF) and works to pursue his passion of youth leadership and youth-inspired change. He has been a part of STLF since 2010 and has served with the organization in many different leadership roles. Akhilesh attended Michigan State University, where he studied international relations and psychology. As a believer in an ecosystemic approach to society, he enjoys mash-up approaches – applying both social psychological theory and international policy theory to youth development, allowing for an all-around micro/macro approach to programming. In his spare time, he enjoys writing poetry and fiction, philosophy, and discussions on existentialism.