10 Year-Old Raised $10 million For Victims

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 by Raluca Besliu
10 Year-Old Raised $10 million For Victims

Talia Leman wanted to help the victims of the destructive and deadly Hurricane Katrina. Determined to help as much as possible, the ten year old planned to raise $1 million, which for most would seem a ludicrously ambitious goal, especially for a child her age. Talia managed to rally a children-led movement that reported not […]

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Big Love for Nature’s Gentle Giants

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 by Eva Reed
Big Love for Nature’s Gentle Giants

Family holidays evoke memories of long journeys, good weather and making new friends. When Jack Lanting and his family went from New Zealand to Thailand for a holiday in 2009, those new friends included Asian elephants. Jack, who was 8 years old at the time, was so moved by the plight of Thailand’s elephants that he […]

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Queen’s Young Leader for LGBTI Youth

Friday, June 26th, 2015 by Eva Reed
Queen’s Young Leader for LGBTI Youth

Tabitha Besley, 23, identifies as a queer femme; vegetarian; Taurus with Cancer rising, an Aries moon and lots of planets in the 10th house; and lover of all things polka dot. She is one of 60 young people worldwide—the only New Zealander—to receive the Queen’s Young Leader Award, an accolade for her work to ensure […]

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Making Lemonade and Hope from Lemons

Thursday, June 25th, 2015 by Mihaela Bogdan
Making Lemonade and Hope from Lemons

Alexandra Scott was born healthy in 1996 in Manchester, Connecticut. However, when Alex was nine months old, her mother realized that something was wrong with her little girl and started going to a doctor to seek advice and solutions. When she was four, Alex received a stem cell transplant. At that moment, Alex told her […]

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How Do You Change Kenyan Education?

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 by Raluca Besliu
How Do You Change Kenyan Education?

In some countries around the world, such as Egypt, Kenya, and Romania, the education system is examination-oriented, meaning that test scores, rather than learning, become the ultimate goal of education. According to a report of the International Journal for Innovation Education and Research, this ultimately distorts students’ motivation and learning, by overstressing the importance of […]

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Prizeo Re-shapes Philanthropy

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 by Leih Boyden
Prizeo Re-shapes Philanthropy

Interested in entering to win an intimate family dinner in New York City with Lady Gaga while supporting the Born This Way Foundation? How about supporting sarcoma cancer research by winning a trip to the set of The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay? Bryan Baum, age 24 and co-founder of Prizeo, is re-inventing philanthropy for our […]

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Young Changemaker Brings Giggles to Children

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 by Mihaela Bogdan
Young Changemaker Brings Giggles to Children

Jessica Steinberg started her nonprofit, Giveable Giggles, in 2008, when she was only 13 years-old. The organization’s mission is to reproduce conditions which create opportunities for children, (specific to their context), to achieve laughter, leadership and learning on a consistent basis. The organization’s activities have been carried out all over the world, including Israel, Jordan, […]

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Giving Hope to Many from a Wheelchair

Friday, August 1st, 2014 by Angelica Pastrana
Giving Hope to Many from a Wheelchair

Cody Unser is an ambitious young woman who is rarely seen without her big smile. You would never be able to tell that when she was younger, she was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis (TM), a neurological condition that injures the spinal cord, leaving her paralyzed and restrained to a wheelchair. At the time of her […]

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Bullied youth has passion to help people: meets many new friends

Sunday, June 1st, 2014 by Raluca Besliu
Bullied youth has passion to help people: meets many new friends

Harnoor Gill is a 16-year-old from Georgetown, Canada, with a passion for volunteering. He was born in Hong Kong to Indian parents, but has lived in Canada most of his life. Currently in secondary school, Harnoor has been volunteering since he was three.  At that tender age, he started going door-to-door to sell cookies to […]

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Young entrepreneur for charity

Sunday, May 4th, 2014 by Raluca Besliu
Young entrepreneur for charity

Since he was very young, 20-year-old Luis Fernando Cruz was fascinated by the idea of becoming an inventor.  He wanted to improve society through his creations. His determination to help society was heightened by the fact that he was born and raised in Honduras. Life in his country allowed him to understand the issues that […]

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Boy empowers children to fulfill the Millennium Development Goals

Sunday, May 4th, 2014 by Raluca Besliu
Boy empowers children to fulfill the Millennium Development Goals

When he was 9-years-old, Dylan Mahalingam founded Lil’MDGs, an international development organization aiming to leverage the power of the Internet and social media to educate, engage, inspire and empower children and young people from across the world to work together to advance the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs were eight international […]

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Young Nigerian-American Runs Consultancy Firm

Thursday, January 16th, 2014 by Raluca Besliu
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Yetunde Adeola Odugbesan-Omede is an extremely busy and involved 26-year-old woman.She is the Founder and Executive Director of Young Woman’s Guide, Inc., the founder and CEO of Yetunde Global Consulting and Creator of Putting Your Best Self Forward. She is Nigerian-American and her passions include leadership, women empowerment, human rights, politics, writing and public speaking. […]

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Ryan Hreljac: A First Grader’s Determination Leads to Drilling 100′s of Needed Wells

Friday, December 27th, 2013 by Charlie Butts
source: Ryan's Well Foundation

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The End of Malaria? Brothers Might Have The Answer

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
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Brothers John and Mark Lewandowski may soon launch a global health revolution, by inventing a portable, cheap, fast and easy to use device for early malaria diagnosis. Their invention may not only prevent the death of millions who have already contracted the disease, but also lead to a drastic reduction of incidences of malaria. Malaria […]

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Passion for Baking- Making Big Dough

Friday, June 21st, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Passion for Baking- Making Big Dough

Shea Gouldd, an 18-year-old, from Delray Beach, Florida, had an interest in cooking since before she can remember. According to her mother, as a toddler she preferred to watch cooking shows rather than cartoons. Her mother recalls that Shea always wanted to help make dinner. Her mom would let her snip green beans with scissors, […]

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Ten-year-old Martha Payne advocates for healthier foods in school

Friday, May 24th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Ten-year-old Martha Payne advocates for healthier foods in school

In 2012, 9-year-old Martha Payne, a Scottish schoolgirl from Lochgilphead, discovered her passion for writing after publishing a newspaper article on the Titanic’s sinking. Source: Marysmeals.org.uk Looking for a way to write everyday, Martha and her dad created a blog that documented Martha’s school lunches. Martha was coming home hungry because of the poor quality […]

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Helping Canada’s Homeless Since Age 8

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Helping Canada’s Homeless Since Age 8

Hannah Taylor was five years-old when her and her mother drove passed a man eating out of a garbage can in Winnipeg, Canada. Puzzled, Hannah asked her mother why he would do this. She introduced Hannah to the dire reality of homelessness. For the rest of the year, the story of the man troubled Hannah […]

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Cecilia Cassini: the youngest fashion designer in the U.S.

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Source: WWD.com

For 8th Grade version click here Thirteen-year-old Cecilia Cassini from Encino, California was the youngest designer in the U.S. and one of the youngest in the world, when she launched her own label in 2009, at the age of 9. By 2011, she had already created over 500 original pieces and dressed many celebrities, including Heidi Klum […]

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Dump Picker Helps 10000 Homeless Children

Monday, May 20th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Dump Picker Helps 10000 Homeless Children

When he was two years old, Cris “Kesz” Valdez’s father forced him to scavenge at a dump site in Cavite City, situated not far from Manila. His father used to beat Kesz and use the money collected for drugs and alcohol. When he turned four, Kesz ran away from home and lived on the streets, continuing […]

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Student Preparing Zimbabwe’s Future Leaders

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Student Preparing Zimbabwe’s Future Leaders

Dalumuzi Mhlanga is a young Zimbabwean man empowering, mobilizing and inspiring the youth in his country “to work together beyond socioeconomic barriers so that they can lead community development efforts.” Dalumuzi is a student of Politics, Psychology and Sociology at Harvard University, who is currently on an exchange program at the University of Oxford, UK, as […]

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F*ck Cancer: Yael Cohen’s revolutionary approach to beating cancer

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
F*ck Cancer: Yael Cohen’s revolutionary approach to beating cancer

In 2009, after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery, then 22 years-old Yael Cohen decided to start a non-profit organization called F*ck Cancer. Cohen recalls why she decided to create the organization: “The movement started from my head in my hands, defeated and defiant, wanting to support my mom. I decided I would […]

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Building a Doll Empire

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Building a Doll Empire

In 2009, when Ally Mollo was 8 years-old, she started drawing pictures of guardian angels, inspired by her own guardian angel, her grandfather.   “My mom always said my grandpa was looking over me so I drew lots of angels representing my family and friends.” Her mother loved her drawings and suggested that they should do […]

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8th Grader Founds Successful Tech Company

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
8th Grader Founds Successful Tech Company

At a young age Jason McAninch discovered he was good at operating and troubleshooting computers, as he kept helping classmates and teachers with their computer problems. In 1999, when he was in the 8th grade, he started J-TEK, a company initially focused on creating custom computers for locals. When companies such as Dell and Gateway […]

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13 Year-Old Solves Big Problem With Slick Solution

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Charlie Butts

At thirteen, a Connecticut middle-school student, Cassandra Lin was upset to find that many people in her community couldn’t afford heating fuel. She was already bothered by the world-wide issue of global warming. Instead of thinking since she is just a kid it isn’t her problem, she made it her problem. And because she didn’t […]

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Teen Empowers Women to Earn for Children’s Education

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Teen Empowers Women to Earn for Children’s Education

In 2009, then 14-year-old Laetitia Mukungu started in her grandparents’ village the Women’s Rabbit Association (WRA), a cooperative organization that farms rabbits to help local women led decent lives and pay for their children’s educational needs. The rabbits are sold to Kenyan restaurants for meat. The teenager’s decision to start the business was directly linked with […]

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Charlie Butts
When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade

Things can seem so simple through the eyes of a child. There is no grey, only black and white, right and wrong. It often makes adults, those who “know better,” simply shake their heads. But it’s also why children can surprise us and enlighten us, can accomplish things we wouldn’t have even dreamed of—like, say, […]

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Raising Awareness of Sex Trafficking

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Raising Awareness of Sex Trafficking

Asya Gonzales is the young founder of Stinky Feet Gurlz, a company that designs, markets and sells 1940s-inspired t-shirts and apparel. The 16-year-old girl came up with this idea when her mother showed her one of her childhood doodles of a girl with big red lips and pin curls. Asya recounts that when her mother, alongside […]

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Lauren Slive: Changing Health Care in Africa, One Suitcase at a Time

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 by Chris Landers
Lauren Slive: Changing Health Care in Africa, One Suitcase at a Time

And to think, it all started with a couple of suitcases. When Lauren Slive first began her dream to improve health care in Ghana in 2007, she was just a 19-year-old girl dragging as many supplies as she could carry through airport customs. But from those humble beginnings sprang Project HEAL, an organization connecting medical […]

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