Mirika is a 12th grade student from New Jersey returning for her second year on the YPC. Her passion for emergency preparedness was sparked by her involvement with Civil Air Patrol. Mirika is one of the leaders of the Emergency Services program for a squadron of over 125 cadets, which has led her to self-study for various emergency preparedness certifications from FEMA.
During her first year on the YPC, Mirika worked on a project aimed at making disaster preparedness more inclusive by increasing access to resources in underserved communities. In her second year, she aims to continue building upon this work by creating events in her community that educate students and underrepresented groups on preparing for emergencies and natural disasters. She is particularly interested in learning more about the accessibility of preparedness resources in disadvantaged communities and creating emergency planning materials for non-native English speakers.
Mirika is CPR and First Aid certified, and working toward becoming an EMT. She strives to give back to her community and make a positive impact in the lives of others. Additionally, she serves on her Congressional Representative’s Youth Advisory Council, the New Jersey Girl Up Executive Board, and is a Girl Scout who has achieved the Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards.
Mirika writes and edits for her school's publications and is part of her school’s quiz bowl team. Outside of school she likes to read, hike, and swim.