From Engineering to Dance to Global Advocacy Leader, Pooja Shares Her Remarkable Life Journey As a Letter of Love

UnderDog

Jul 4 2021 • 42 mins

Pooja Pradeep is an educator, dancer, and a serial entrepreneur, the Founder & Executive Director of Letters of Love which is a youth-led international non-profit organization that provides psychosocial support to refugee children through art, sports, dance, music, and other workshops while creating a globally aware, empathetic citizenry of young leaders in classrooms. She is also the Communications & Advocacy Manager Community Arts Network (CAN) which is a platform that aims to engage, enable, and empower people through arts - be they individuals, organizations, or whole communities.


Pooja was born to two incredible, hard-working, and kind parents and was brought up along with a wonderful sister in Kerala, India. Her mom always told me that she first learnt how to dance before she learnt how to walk. She graduated as a Mechanical Engineer with a specialization in Energy Engineering from VIT University, Vellore (India), while leading, dancing and choreographing for the university Hip-Hop dance crew all those years.


During her last semester of engineering, Pooja had the opportunity to be the dance counselor at a camp hosted by my university for 100 odd underprivileged children which brought her to a turning point in her life. That made the decision to pursue her true calling- Education.

She finished her Bachelors in Education from St.Xavier's Institute of Education, Mumbai (India), and ever since, she has been working with the youth around the world in the fields of Empathy-centric Education, Conflict Transformation, Psychosocial Support to Refugee & Migrant Communities, Edtech and Entrepreneurship.


Connect with Pooja here:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooja-pradeep/

Website: https://pooja-pradeep.squarespace.com/