The Akesh Experience

a subsidiary of the Match Enrichment Fund at BBBS of Metro Chicago

BBBSChi is the beneficiary of gifts given in special memory of Akesh Yelavarthy who passed away in April 2020 at the age of 30. Akesh was from Chicago and graduated from Lincoln Park High School. He and his friends spent their formative years exploring and experiencing all that the city and surrounding areas had to offer. These experiences were critical to Akesh’s upbringing and influenced him as a son, a friend and young professional.

Akesh’s network of family and friends chose BBBSChi as a partner to honor his memory.

Akesh had a vibrant personality. He was the guy who got the gang together, who encouraged his friends to get out into the world and soak up everything it had to offer. Thanks to him, his friends travelled together, saw live music, went to sporting events. Akesh made sure they spent time together doing things they loved.

The Akesh Experience was created in partnership with BBBS of Metro Chicago to help keep Akesh’s spirit alive. It is a way to enhance each unique match relationship, while providing exclusive experiences that embody Akesh for Littles and their Bigs.

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We know being a Big is hard work, and not easy on a budget! Bigs can receive up to $500 from The Akesh Experience for a special match outing or combined package of activities.

Bigs Apply Here

The Akesh Experience also supports unique experiences that enhance programming and match relationships. Program Coordinators can request funding ranging from $500 – $1000 per program per fiscal year.

Program Coordinators Apply Here


The Akesh Experience Activity Ideas


Dinner at Morton’s Snowboarding Lessons
Slam Poetry Events Concert Tickets
Sporting Events Song Writing Workshops
Improv Classes Private DJ Lessons


Akesh’s family and friends look forward to celebrating his life and legacy when the time is right.  We hope to host an annual event in his honor to come together, celebrate, and even introduce you to a few of the matches who have benefitted from The Akesh Experience. Check back for more details.

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In the meantime, if you would like to ensure that Akesh’s passion, love for life, and profound concern for others thrives across Chicago, you can make a gift toward The Akesh Experience here.

Do you have access to experiences in Chicago that Akesh would have loved?  You can donate them, as well.  Please contact Kate Rhodes and she will help coordinate your gift-in-kind with a current match in the program.

Interested in volunteering?  If you would like to learn more about becoming a Big in Chicago or in your local city, you can learn more about BBBS volunteer opportunities here.