Neena Kumar is the 2019 recipient of the Ibrahim Janajreh Young Innovator Award. The Ibrahim Janajreh Young Innovator Program acknowledges successful South Carolina programs that engage, encourage and acknowledge young people in the areas of science, technology, math and innovation.
Neena was recognized for helping scholars break through socio-economic barriers and give them tools to receive experiences and college scholarships
She is an educator at Legacy Early College High School, teaching Honors Biology, as well as overseeing the ‘Legacy News,’ which produces daily broadcasts, and ‘The Lion’s Roar,’ a quarterly literary magazine.
Converse College and the Legacy Charter School in Greenville, S.C. have a partnership to increase STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) literacy within Legacy’s Early College High School division. The program brings Legacy students to the Converse campus for laboratory experiences, mentoring, and career exploration each month during the academic year. During the field trips, Legacy students interact with Converse faculty and student mentors, and with professionals in STEM fields from across the Upstate.