Asmita Mittal is the Founder and Co-President of Teens Teach Technology and is a sophomore at Cornell University. Her tasks include overseeing the Executive Board and all of TTT's chapters, designing and managing the website, coordinating events, hosting orientations, and seeking the best solutions to all challenges. She also focuses on outreach and works on brainstorming new, unique strategies to improve this organization as an entirety.
Outside of Teens Teach Technology, Asmita is involved in research concerning the improvement of healthcare environments, child psychology research, and is on the Bhangra competitive dance team. She aspires to be a physician. In her free time, Asmita loves playing badminton, dancing, and spending time with friends and family.
Asmita's interest in psychology began when she was in 5th grade, when she learned about the parts of the brain for the first time. She remembers her teacher handing her a styrofoam 3-D cutout of the brain and toothpicks with a piece of paper with the parts of the brain written attached. Asmita was in complete awe and ran home that day with her new model of the brain - her mom still says that is the most excited she has ever been. Ever since that moment, she has been obsessed with learning about the brain, whether it be reading books, articles, websites, anything she can get her hands on.
Asmita has always been passionate about helping the older adult population as she has a very close bond with her grandparents and went to senior centers often when she was younger. During the pandemic, Asmita noticed her grandparents questions about technology exponentially increased as they attempted to fill the physical interaction void left by the pandemic. She did not think much of this until a few weeks later, an article about the declining mental health of senior citizens due to extreme isolation during the pandemic popped up on her feed. She realized that there are thousands of senior citizens in her community and beyond who do not know how to use technology to contact their loved ones -- but Gen Z do. Asmita gathered a few friends and started a small group to teach lessons to seniors through local libraries and nursing homes.
In May 2020, she began in the local area, recruiting others who were passionate about the same cause, each with their own personal experiences with seniors who could benefit from learning technology. Along with her newly formed executive board, Asmita took the organization to the national stage, gaining members thousands of miles away. Most recently, with the contribution of 180 members, she has expanded the organization internationally. Asmita's favorite part is watching seniors connect with their loved ones with the help of Teens Teach Technology, and believes it is truly a rewarding gift.