Nominated for 2018 Best ideas for Global Youth Entrepreneurship Competition
Top 10 in the World for Social Venture Category in Diamond Challenge Competition
1st Place for Economic Research Team for Business Professionals of America National Competition
2018 Young Women Entrepreneurship Panel during Delaware Innovation Week
2019 Delaware School Counselors Association State Conference Speaker
2019 Congressional Youth Conference
2020 TedxYouth@Berwyn Speaker
Scholastic Gold Key for Personal Essay/Memoir
Scholastic Gold Key for Humor
Scholastic Silver Key for Critical Essay
National NFPW Gold Medal for Environmental Journalism
Writer for Patriot Press, Since Parkland, Company Roots, and Education Reimagined
Megan Chen is a 17-year-old activist, author, and entrepreneur. In the beginning of her freshman year of high school, she began working on her children's book, Finding Tiger, which aims to teach young students about the problems of implicit bias and stereotyping. Since then, she has been featured on Technically, Newark Post, Delaware Arts and Media, Education Reimagined, and many more, and her book is available to purchase on Amazon, Kindle, Barnes and Noble, etc. She has shared her story and message to schools all across her community, and has spoken at events such as the Delaware School Counselors Association Conference where she has been able to implement the book and curriculum to 50+ schools.
She is also the founder and director of The Urban Garden Initiative (TUGI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which aims to inspire and empower youth to achieve urban sustainability through a gardening-based educational program. Through her work with TUGI, she has been able to provide resources and opportunities for lower-income youth to become environmental change makers within their communities.
Megan is also very passionate about reforming youth education. She was a participant and intern at the Dual School, a nonprofit focused on allowing youth to pursue projects and ideas that they are interested in through project-based learning. She is now working on expanding the program, and will begin the first ever Dual School program within her school next year. She is also currently serving on the Youth Leadership Board for Griptape (a subdivision of America Achieves), which supports youth-guided learning initiatives all across the country.