Yobea is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the inner scientist in today’s youth. By exposing students to different skill sets in STEAM (an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics), we are preparing them for the age of innovation. The world is like a colossal village, and it is our goal to bring every child in this village together, regardless of their background or access to resources.
What We Believe In
Our philosophy is that every student is a beacon of light, the light brought by learning. From this origin comes the name Yobea: a short form for Youth Beacon. As the saying goes, “to teach is to touch a life forever.” Yobea’s goal is to touch the lives of our students, so they can help spread the the wisdom when their own time comes.
Our mission is to spread the joy of STEaM to everyone, regardless of their current access to resources.
Founder/CEO : Anika Mohan is the founder and CEO of Yobea. In her free time, she enjoys singing, horse riding, debating, Taekwondo, and of course, doing science. Her past experiences have included winning various science-oriented awards at the Science Olympiad regionals/states and overall performance awards in the Tech Challenge. As a student at Irvington High School, she looks forward to bringing STEAM to the lives of those around her.
Co-Founder/President : Suhana Shrivastava is the co-founder and president of Yobea. STEaM is a growing passion of Suhana’s, whether it comes from being a four year medalist on Science Olympiad teams or becoming a Science Editor and helping manage the science section of her school student-run editorial. Outside of the science and technology world, she loves reading, baking, inventing, singing, and shooting hoops on the court. She aspires to one day have everyone become STEAMinists, coming together to help solve real-world problems.
Advisor: Tammy Long has been serving as Co-Lead Pastor of South Bay Community Church in Fremont, CA., since 2018, after serving as the Executive Pastor since 2010. She is an ordained pastor and trained spiritual director. She has a Master’s Degree in Education from Cal State East Bay and Master’s Degree in Christian Formation from North Park Seminary. Tammy is passionate about seeing people connect with God and grow deeper in love with the Trinity, both individually and in community. Whether through preaching, teaching, spiritual direction, facilitating a small group or leading a retreat, Tammy’s deepest joy is walking alongside others as they draw closer to the heart of God and experience spiritual transformation. Her joys include reading, movies, traveling, yoga, being in nature and spending time with her husband, adult children and grandchildren.
Advisor : Vishal Sinha is the VP of Engineering at Nutanix, an Enterprise Cloud Computing company. Before Nutanix, he led the Enterprise Networking Group at Brocade. Vishal is passionate about technology and its use to solve medical problems. He also advises early-stage startups. Vishal received his MBA from UC Berkeley, MS from the University of Minnesota, and B. Tech in Computer Engineering from the Delhi College of Engineering. In his spare time, Vishal enjoys mentoring students and spending time with his family and friends.