Youngest Indian citizen Amitabh Shah dedicates the Ellis Island award to good health of India's children
New Delhi: Youngest Indian Amitabh Shah, Founder of Yuva Unstoppable become the International recipient of America's prestigious Ellis Island Medal Of Honour. The award is usually given to American citizens. This year, Amitabh Shah has been among three recipients who received the award in the "International Medalists" category for working to improve the sanitation facility in public schools in India.
Past Ellis Island Medalists have included seven U.S. Presidents: Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George. H. W Bush, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.
Dr. Harshvardhan (Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare) congratulated Amitabh Shah and his NGO Yuva Unstoppable for working to improve sanitation and bringing technology to children in public schools.
After winning Ellis Island Medal Of Honor, Amitabh addressed at YALE CEO Summit 2019 to share Yuva Unstoppable journey to participant ceo including Indra Nooyi, Former Pepsi CEO; Nigel Travis, Global CEO of Dunkin Donuts; Mark Fields, Former Global CEO of Ford & Doug Parker, CEO of American Airlines; David Abney, Global CEO of UPS and more.
Amitabh is the youngest Indian Citizen to won the International Ellis Island Award recently at the Statue of Liberty on 11th May 2019. Both the US House of Representatives and Senate have officially recognized the Ellis Island Medals of Honor, and each year's recipients are read into the Congressional Record. Past Medallists also include seven U.S. Presidents, several world leaders, several Nobel Laureates and countless leaders of industry, education, the arts, sports and government, along with everyday American's who have made freedom, liberty and compassion a part of their life's work. Ellis Island Society's mission is to honor and preserve this diversity and to foster tolerance, respect anunderstanding among religious and ethnic groups.
It is primarily granted to American citizens and to a select International Leaders. Previous winners have been Presidents like Bill Clinton, George Bush & Jimmy Carter; Boxer Muhammad Ali, Rosa Parks, Nobel Winner Malala, Former Pepsi Honcho Indra Nooyi, Singer Wayne Newton, Golfer Arnold Palmer, Actor Michael Douglas, etc. This year he has won it along with legends like like Erick Schmidt (Former Google CEO), Ginni Rometti (IBM-Global CEO), Mr Ajay Banga (CEO Master Card), Muhtar Kent (Chairman Coca Cola), Dr Sanjay Gupta, Emmy Award Winning Musician Paula Abdul & Talk Show Host Montel Williams, amongst other legends.
Amitabh Shah launched Yuva Unstoppable in 2005, at a mere age of 23. After his MBA from Yale, he declined a JPMorgan Wall Street oﬀer to work on the Real Streets of India. He decided to launch this movement after he discovered the immense suﬀering experienced by his elderly 82 year old nanny, Kamlaben, when she was abandoned and abused by her son. He gathered friends and began volunteering at homes for the elderly, slums and orphanages. Amitabh truly believes in what Gandhi said – Be the change you wish to see in the world. There was serious resistance for the ﬁrst year from his friends and family as they thought he was losing his mind, why starts serving others so early? Why don't you wait till you are 60 when you are a Billionaire or retired from a top company? Amitabh did not give up and in fact his family is his biggest cheerleader now.
There are 1.3M Schools in India & half of them still don't have functional toilets for girls. Yuva Unstoppable works with 100 top corporates (Cisco, Microsoft, VIP Bags, Torrent, Dishman Pharma, Coca-Cola, Facebook, Cairn, Adani, Exide, Reliance, Kings Punjab IPL, ONGC, etc.) and has transformed 1000 government schools & lives of 500,000 children via better toilets, improved drinking water, scholarships, smart classrooms, value based trainings, etc. Statesman like PM Shri Narendra Modi & Late President of India Dr. APJ Kalam; Bollywood Legends like Akshay Kumar & R Balki; Cricketers VVS Laxman & Sir Ian Botham; Authors Jeffry Archer; Corporate leaders like Paul Polman (Unilever CEO), Mr Nadir Godrej, Mr Gautam Adani, Nimesh Kampani (JMFL), Bharat Shah (Chairman of HDFC Sec & Chairman of Yuva Unstoppable Advisory) amongst others have participated in Yuva initiatives.
Amitabh was also the 2015 Winner of the Prince's Prize for Innovative Philanthropy, conferred by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco wherein Jack Ma of Alibaba Group was a semi-ﬁnalist. In 2018, he was conferred the title of Sri Lankan Peace Ambassador by Center of Peace Studies. He is a celebrated inspirational speaker on Kindness, Gratitude & the power of Self-belief and has been winning hearts with his presence at Ted Talks, Yale, Wharton, YPO/WPO, United Way's Million Dollar Roundtable, amongst others. He is the 2019 – Iconic Youth Award recipient by Rotary International for mobilizing youthful energy & bringing lasting change in education institutions. National Award Winning Film Director, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, along with Gulzar & Shankar Ehsan Loy made a film inspired by Yuva's grassroots efforts – Mere Pyare PM about an 8 year old wanting to make a toilet for his mother. Amitabh will not stop till they transform 10,000 schools and lives of 5M children in the next 5 years.