Volunteering & Outreach
Over the past few years, Tejas has immersed himself into volunteering and outreach, amassing over 850 total hours of community service.
Tejas has volunteered at organizations such as Hephzibah Childrens Home, Morningside Assisted Living Residence, Coliseum Northside Hospital, and the Red Cross.
He has instructed research programs for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). He has also founded and led outreach organizations such as CPR Education NovoToro, and coordinated the regional chapters of Mayan Hands and BeadForLife.
For his efforts, Tejas has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award and has been recognized by organizations such as the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and the American Heart Association.
As Tejas’ passion for scientific research has grown, he has developed a keen interest in giving back to the community through scientific mentorship. He realized that a perfect outlet would be to teach younger students the basic skills of the laboratory.
Since 2016, Tejas has helped instruct programs such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) AgDiscovery Program, which is a competitive summer immersion camp for high school students interested in the agricultural and veterinary sciences.
Founded in 2015, CPR Education NovoToro is a non-profit organization focused on educating the public at-large on valuable life-saving skills such as First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Basic Life Support (BLS). Tejas is the founder, director, and lead trainer of the organization, and is fully certified by the American Heart Association as a CPR & BLS educator and trainer.
Through CPR Education NovoToro, Tejas teaches free outreach CPR classes to local schools, churches, and other public organizations. In Middle Georgia, CPR Education is spearheading an effort to educate middle school students, high school students, healthcare professionals, nursing home staff, and other local businesses.
CPR Education NovoToro has also focused its efforts abroad through a partnership with the Vatsalya Foundation in Southern India. By teaching basic life-saving skills to local villagers, Tejas is working to create a long-lasting infrastructure for CPR training in an area where such education is quite inaccessible.
Specifically, through the “Train the Trainers” initiative, Tejas has also taught local trainers in South India, equipping them to go out into their respective rural communities and spread education on life-saving skills.
Tejas has directly trained over 250 students in the Middle Georgia area on a one-to-one basis. He also certifies and re-certifies local healthcare providers in CPR, AED, First Aid, and BLS.
Tejas is the Regional Fundraiser Coordinator for the Mayan Hands and BeadForLife nonprofit fundraiser endeavors. Since 2015, these projects have raised over $6,500 in order to empower Guatemalan and Ugandan women through education, financial support, and other means.
Mayan Hands is a fair trade nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Mayan women in their quest to bring their families out of extreme poverty as they continue to live within the culture they cherish. When provided economic opportunity, education, and income over time, women can build sustainable futures for themselves, their families and communities.
BeadforLife is a nonprofit organization devoted to helping women living in poverty become self-sustaining entrepreneurs. The affiliated fundraiser program focuses on helping women by providing enough money for their education, building their confidence and belief in themselves, and giving them the skills and knowledge to start businesses that will sustain their families. This is a cost-effective and scalable opportunity for women living in poverty to become successful business owners.
Medical Outreach Clinics through HOSA
Since 2017, Tejas has been the Chapter Founder and President of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) club at his high school.
Tejas’ primary project has been directing and organizing medical outreach clinics in the local community, including places such as assisted living facilities and nursing homes.