The Motivate and Inspire Educational Academy (MIEdu) located in Forsyth County helps students attain their academic goals while also engaging all the profits to help feed and educate children in need. The beneficiary is Food for Life Vrindavan, a school that educates and feeds over 1500 underprivileged children from the poorest parts of India.
The project, founded by student entrepreneur Anirudh Bikmal has seen tremendous growth because middle-school students relate better to their high school peer instructors.
What is most amazing about this initiative is that Anirudh Bikmal is only a high school junior. This insightful visionary and entrepreneur has proactively turned his dreams into a reality. Anirudh has always felt his greatest reward comes from knowing he has given back to others and believes in building a karma-free society.
When asked what propelled him to start a tutoring academy at such a young age, he explained, “Throughout my sophomore and junior year I realized the number of students excelling in Georgia was exceedingly low. Bringing together friends and fellow students who are accomplished in multiple activities, I created the Motivate & Inspire Educational Academy (MIEdu Academy). The academy is founded on the principle that collective experience of successful high students in key areas will empower students with the drive to succeed. We are committed to offering a standard of excellence and I was determined to make this academy ‘happen’ – despite any challenges we had to face. Since my staff is comprised of overachievers, it is a priority that my instructors manage their time wisely to avoid compromising their own grades”.
Marketing his idea proved to be a challenge as well, but Anirudh is not one to be easily discouraged. “If I had to cite my strongest marketing strategy, I would have to say it was brainstorming. I first decided what would greatly appeal to young students and their parents. I also recalled how I myself had always wanted to receive tutoring services while attending middle school, but there were not any viable options available at the time. Basically, my academy serves as a starting point for students and provides them with a chance to springboard their goals onto the next level…middle school is a critical time because high school course expectations are significantly more demanding and students need to be well-prepared for the drastic transition.
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Anirudh believes it is important for students to be well-rounded individuals, carefully balancing academics and specialized interests. He is well-known at South Forsyth High School as one of their star tennis players. Additionally, Anirudh has attended many enrichment camps (which includes and not limited to attending Governor Honors Program for Math as a sophomore), participated in many clubs, founded the USABO (USA Biology Olympiad) club at his school, and volunteered several hours of his time for Atlanta local hospitals (recipient of Presidential service award).
Since opening in October 2014, the Motivate and Inspire Academy has raised many thousands of dollars for Food for Life Global. Other contributing tutors are Satwik Nandala, Vineeth Duddempudi, Sahas Mehta, Satwik Nandala and Anish Bikmal.
Please visit the academy’s website: mieduacademy.weebly.com for additional information.