September 10, 2021, St. Louis, USA — Despite being born blind in an Indian village without the proper resources to support his abilities, Srikanth Bolla has remained a visionary and trailblazer. Because of this, Srikanth of India has been selected as a 2021 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) Honoree in the category of Personal Improvement and/or Accomplishment.
An acclaimed student, Srikanth went on to achieve great success as a leader who lifts up underprivileged students and gives people the resources they need to succeed in life.
In 2005, Srikanth became a Youth Leader in the Lead India Program to combat poverty and unemployment. It was here that he started his social service as a trainer to more than 800,000 young people sharing knowledge of leadership, human values and employability skills. During his time with the Lead India Program, he met a great mentor, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the former president of India. Inspired by Dr. Kalam, Sriknath continued working to improve the lives of the disabled in his home country, co-founding the Samanvai Center for Children with Multiple Disabilities in 2011. This center provides educational, vocational, financial, and rehabilitation services to students with multiple disabilities to allow them to lead economically independent and self-sustainable lives. He also designed and implemented a much needed Braille library in Hyderabad.
Srikanth attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he received a grant to develop a computer research and training center promoting skills for educational and employment goals. In 2012, Srikanth started Bollant Industries, his current organization. Driven by the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to work, Bollant employs 2500 people of all abilities and hopes to overcome employment barriers for more than 80 million people in the future.
Srikanth strongly believes that protecting the environment is the only way to create wealth out of waste and build scalable businesses. His company produces eco-friendly disposable products and packaging solutions for manufacturers out of natural leaf and recycled paper. Bollant is a zero waste company that runs on solar power. Bollant Industries serves as a prime example of a company that succeeds in prioritizing both people and planet and works to create a more ethical world while supporting positive employment practices. Srikanth continues to prove that nothing is impossible and works every day to improve the future of India for all.
About JCI TOYP: JCI (Junior Chamber International) honors ten outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission and have extraordinary accomplishments regarding individual development, business and entrepreneurship, community action and international cooperation. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, these young leaders create beneficial solutions on a local and global level.
The ten honorees will be recognized at the 2021 JCI Awards Ceremony at the 2021 JCI World Congress in November.
About JCI: JCI, a global leadership organization, provides personal and professional development opportunities to young leaders age 18 to 40. Through its international network of around 110 countries, JCI unites all sectors of society and empowers the leaders of tomorrow to turn challenges into opportunities today. For more information, visit juniorchamber.international.