Young Indian to win the 2019 Ellis Island Award


Amitabh is the youngest Indian Citizen to win the International Ellis Island Award recently at the Statue of Liberty. Both the US House of Representatives and Senate have officially recognized the Ellis Island Medals of Honor, and each year’s recipients are read into the Congressional Record. Past Medallists also include seven U.S. Presidents, several world leaders, several Nobel Laureates and countless leaders of the industry, education, the arts, sports, and government, along with everyday American’s who have made freedom, liberty, and compassion a part of their life’s work.

It is primarily granted to American citizens and to a select International Leaders.  Previous winners have been Presidents like Bill Clinton, George Bush & Jimmy Carter; Boxer Muhammad Ali, Rosa Parks, Nobel Winner Malala, Former Pepsi Honcho Indra Nooyi, Singer Wayne Newton, Golfer Arnold Palmer, Actor Michael Douglas, etc.  This year he is won it along with legends like Erick Schmidt (Former Google CEO), Ginni Rometti (IBM-Global CEO), Mr Ajay Banga (CEO Master Card), Muhtar Kent (Chairman Coca Cola), Dr Sanjay Gupta, Emmy Award Winning Musician Paula Abdul & Talk Show Host Montel Williams, amongst other legends.  

Amitabh Shah launched Yuva Unstoppable in 2005, at a mere age of 23. After his MBA from Yale, he declined a JPMorgan Wall Street offer to work on the Real Streets of India. He decided to launch this movement after he discovered the immense suffering experienced by his elderly 82-year-old nanny, Kamlaben, when she was abandoned and abused by her son.  He gathered friends and began volunteering at homes for the elderly, slums and orphanages. 

Amitabh was also the 2015 Winner of the Prince’s Prize for Innovative Philanthropy, conferred by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco wherein Jack Ma of Alibaba Group was a semi-finalist. National Award Winning Film Director, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, along with Gulzar & Shankar Ehsan Loy made a film inspired by Yuva’s grassroots efforts – Mere Pyare PM about an 8-year-old wanting to make a toilet for his mother.  Amitabh will not stop till they transform 10,000 schools and lives of 5M children in the next 5 years.



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