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Aria Rani
SindledeckER

ABOUT

Aria Rani Sindledecker is a Junior at Mountain View High School. She is an advocate and activist for mental health. She is the Mental Health Committee Lead and an Executive Board Member of the Ambassadors, a 60-student organization at her school that focuses on promoting community on campus. She is the President of her high school club chapter of Bring Change to Mind and a member of the BC2M Teen Advisory Board.

 

Rani is a Student Research Assistant for UC Riverside to work on a confidential social services project for youth mental health. During the summer of 2023, she started working with Dr. Belinda Wang of the UC San Francisco Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences as an intern using R for data analysis in ASD in the Matthew State Lab. And in the summer of 2024 she continued her work in the Matthew State Lab (and joining the Helen Willsey Lab) on her neuroscience research project involving cell culture, antibody staining, transfections, microscopy and more. She is also a Youth Consultant for the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing, developing an adolescent mental health curriculum, and a youth consultant for the Children's Partnership’s $10 million peer-to-peer rollout. She is on the Youth Advisory Board of the California Children’s Trust

 

Rani is a prolific public speaker. She was invited to speak at the opening of UCSF's Pritzker Psychiatry building, the Krause Center of Innovation, on a panel for UCSF and the Commonwealth Club, at the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies, at Bring Change to Mind’s Scientific Advisory Council’s introduction to a dialogue series centered around Stigma, Personhood, Context and Culture: Humanization and Inclusion for All, at Good for Media’s Designing Social Media for Youth Mental Health and more. 

 

Rani is also a documentarian, having created three award-winning short films that spotlight issues surrounding mental health: Power to Save a Life, which focuses on the social media crisis and the need for more digital citizenship in schools at an early age and won honorable mention for the C-SPAN StudentCam competition; Stigma-Free Nation: Pathway to Parity, which highlights mental health stigma among youth and the need for parity between physical and mental health services, and won first place out of 2000 middle school entries for the StudentCam competition; The Peer-to-Peer Movement: Students Saving Lives, which emphasizes the need for more peer-to-peer solutions in schools to aid the current and overburdened mental health resources, and won second place out of 3000 high school entries for the StudentCam competition; and Mentally Educated, which underscores the importance of implementing mental health education for all 8th graders across the nation, and won second place out of 3000 high school entries for the StudentCam competition.

SPEAKER

I use the power of speech to advocate for all adolescents and children.

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Aria Rani Sindledecker Speaks at Bring Change to Mind Scientific Advisory Council Dialogue

Aria Rani Sindledecker Speaks at Bring Change to Mind Scientific Advisory Council Dialogue

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Aria Rani Sindledecker Speaks at UCSF Pritzker Building Opening

Aria Rani Sindledecker Speaks at UCSF Pritzker Building Opening

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FILMMAKER

I use the power of film to highlight issues and challenges that need to be addressed to improve life for all people.

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Mentally Educated
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The Peer-to-Peer Movement: Students Saving Lives
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