Hello! My name is Yash Gupta and I am a junior at Northwood High School in Irvine, CA. Being a student with glasses myself, I knew firsthand the effect that glasses can have, and how hard it is to learn without them. I remember one day I broke my glasses and had to come to school without them. I was sitting at the absolute back of the classroom, and without my glasses I could not see anything, and I learned nothing that day. With more and more technology coming, it is important to have glasses to be able to learn in the classroom. I realized that many other students at my school must have had similar experiences, and then I thought about kids in inner cities. Many of them did not have health insurance so how could they afford to get glasses for themselves. With the economy at a low, it hit me that many people who needed glasses could not have them, and that was affecting their education as a result. I wanted to help people obtain eyeglasses, especially students of all ages, and so I made sightlearning.com a company designed to give sight while promoting education, and helping children and teenagers learn. I thought of this idea in November of 2010, and after working for long hours on a website, I launched Sight Learning in January of 2011. Now going strong for more than 2 years, Sight Learning has impacted thousands of young students around the world, donating over $350,000 worth of eyeglasses and organizing several eye-clinics in various nations.
Sight Learning’s mission is to give the gift of sight to students around the world through eyeglasses and eye exams, to help them perform better in school. Statistics show that not being able to have eyeglasses when you need them can cause as much as a 20% loss in learning, emphasizing the need for students who need eyeglasses to get them. Sight Learning then, has a simple goal of helping students get eyeglasses while promoting education.
Official Presidential Volunteer Service Award Organization
Sight Learning is now recognized as an Official Presidential Volunteer Service Award Organization. Because of this when you volunteer a certain amount of hours for Sight Learning, you could win the Presidential Volunteer Service Award which includes a letter from the president among other accolades. To learn more about the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, visit: