Vishal Vaheesan ’22 Receives the PURE Youth Award

Congratulations to Vishal Vaheesan ’22, the recipient of the PURE Youth Human Award. Vishal was recognized for his work as the Youth Director of the St. Louis PURE chapter. He is one of just four award recipients chosen from more than 350 youth volunteers.

Last fall, Vishal initiated the chapter’s first project which provided lunches from Panera to frontline healthcare workers in SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital’s COVID ICU and Interventional Radiology department. In addition, Vishal coordinated a donation drive through Loves and Fishes, Inc. to provide essential items including gloves, facemasks to homeless children and adults. Vishal also utilizes proceeds he earns as a tutor to support disabled children in India.

PURE, People for Urban and Rural Education, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2016 to bring educational and livelihood opportunities closer to the economically disadvantaged children, at-risk youth, and special populations. PURE Youth is a leadership program designed to facilitate discussion and awareness of the impact that education has on society through numerous projects and fundraising.