Project YETI was founded in 2017 by two Tibetan college students who connected through ICT's Tibetan Youth Leadership Program. Inspired by the incredibly accomplished young Tibetans they met through the program, as well as by the efforts of other Tibetan mentorship programs like YinDaYin and Lamton, they envisioned a mentorship program that would allow for young Tibetans to connect virtually regardless of geographic distance. They also realized a need within the Tibetan community for centralized resources for parents and students about the college application process, scholarships, and other opportunities for young Tibetans. Of this vision, Project YETI was born.
Meet the Founders
Tenzin Dawa (Tenda) Thargay is a first generation Tibetan-American born and raised in Boston, MA. He is currently a rising senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Commonwealth Honors College pursuing a dual bachelor's degree in political science and Chinese, International Scholars Program Certificate, and International Relations Certificate. In addition to founding Project YETI, Tenda was a 2016 Annenberg Fellow with the U.S. Department of State in the Office of International Religious Freedom.
Shaokyi Amdo is a rising senior at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee currently pursuing a double major in Creative Writing and Economics with a minor in Corporate Strategy. She was born in Dharamsala, India and currently lives in Northern Virginia with her family. She is passionate about service, writing, and community building. In addition to co-founding Project YETI, she also is a staff writer at Out of Many Magazine and an executive board member of Vanderbilt Alternative Spring Break.