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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ZigZag through Romania – Fourteen young people traveling their country in four years

Saturday, January 24th, 2015 by Mihaela Bogdan
ZigZag through Romania – Fourteen young people traveling their country in four years

ZigZag through Romania is a project that was established two years ago and consists of fourteen people from Iasi, Romania with an average age of 24-25. Their goal is to travel all the 41 districts of Romania during the next 4-5 years. The group will stay for minimally one month in each district, focusing on discovering […]

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William Muyomba challenges corporal punishment of Ugandan students with disabilities

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 by Raluca Besliu
William Muyomba challenges corporal punishment of Ugandan students with disabilities

In Uganda, children with special needs are systematically prevented from succeeding academically and fulfilling their potential. There are an estimated 184,000 children in the country, who have some type of disability making it difficult for them to learn. These students often drop out of school due to poor performance, as they face constant physical abuse […]

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The Slum Run: Running for Education in Uganda

Sunday, September 7th, 2014 by Raluca Besliu
The Slum Run: Running for Education in Uganda

Francis Ssuuna is a young social entrepreneur and a member of the Butterfly Project in Kampala, Uganda, training social entrepreneurship to young Ugandans from remote rural villages and disadvantaged urban slum districts, since 2009.Originally from a small Ugandan village, Lyantonde, Francis now lives in the Acholi Quarter, an underprivileged part of Kampala, where most people survive by selling stone quarried […]

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From Passion to Profession

Monday, March 31st, 2014 by Ravneet Kaur Sandhu
From Passion to Profession

Any journey, no matter how long, begins with a small step and Farrhad Acidwalla’s took his first at the tender age of thirteen, making him one of the world’s youngest entrepreneurs. The currently 20-year-old Indian entrepreneur started out by building an aviation website, which filled a much need gap on the market and thus was […]

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Mohamed Zaazoue teaches Egyptian children how to prevent disease

Friday, March 14th, 2014 by Raluca Besliu
Mohamed Zaazoue teaches Egyptian children how to prevent disease

Mohamed Zaazoue, a 26-year-old Egyptian doctor, is creating a cultural shift in attitudes toward health and health care through his organization, Healthy Egyptians, which conducts health education campaigns to prevent diseases like pneumonia, the lead disease killing children under 5. According to UNICEF, around 40,000 children in Egypt die of pneumonia each year. Ironically, both […]

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An education like no other: hack-education

Friday, December 27th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
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Thirteen-year-old Logan LaPlante has an education like few other teenagers in the world. He is hack-schooled. The teenager has a profound admiration for hackers, which he does not perceive as computer aficionados, who spread viruses and break into official website, but as “people who challenge and change the systems to make them work differently, to […]

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How a nasty poke in the eye made it possible for the blind to see

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 by Charlie Butts
How a nasty poke in the eye made it possible for the blind to see

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Abriendo Mentes: Empowering Costa Ricans through education

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Abriendo Mentes: Empowering Costa Ricans through education

 Meradith Leebrick is the co-founder of Abriendo Mentes, a non-profit organization focused on empowering people in Guanacaste, Costa Rica to access enhanced education and employment opportunities, helping local families to achieve economic stability.  The organization offers local residents the skills they need to enhance their lives through an innovative and engaging education program. Immediately after […]

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Jalen Brown helps the students of today become the teachers of tomorrow

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Jalen Brown helps the students of today become the teachers of tomorrow

Jalen Brown, 18, the National Vice-President of the Future Educators Association (FEA) and the founder of the Student Ambassador Association (SAA), aims to provide resources and guidance to students all over the United States. The recent graduate of Maple Heights High School in Maple Heights, Ohio became involved with FEA, an organization whose goal is […]

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Alexandra Brodsky to Yale: “Take sexual violence seriously”

Saturday, July 20th, 2013 by Jordan Doll
Alexandra Brodsky to Yale: “Take sexual violence seriously”

Alexandra Brodsky, a recent graduate of Yale University, is taking a stand against sexual violence. Sexual assault is frighteningly common in the US, especially on college and university campuses. The data indicates that one in four US college women have survived rape or attempted rape. Still, estimates suggest less than 5% of these assaults are reported […]

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Young Entrepreneurs Offered New Chance at Success

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 by Jordan Doll

College students and recent graduates have a new outlet for turning their software ideas into a profitable business. We all know the leap from idea to profit is challenging to say the least. Most young entrepreneurs don’t have the resources or expertise to take the step. Of those who do, only a handful manage to […]

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Jonny Cohen: greening school buses

Monday, May 27th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Source: Forbes.com

When he was in the 7th grade and taking Saturday courses on aerodynamics at Northwestern University, Jonny Cohen noticed school buses’ inefficient design and was alarmed by the amount of exhaust they generated. He suddenly got an idea on how to make them more efficient, in order to slow carbon emissions, increase gas mileage and […]

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Kelvin Doe, 15, Makes Radio Station out of Trash

Friday, May 24th, 2013 by Charlie Butts
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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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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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James Whelton makes computer coding easy and fun for young people

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
James Whelton makes computer coding easy and fun for young people

Through his organization, CoderDojo, 20-year-old James Whelton from Cork, Ireland, is helping provide a strong IT education to young people from around the world. Currently operating in around 24 worldwide and helping over 16,000 people, the CoderDojo runs completely free not-for-profit coding classes for young people, with ages ranging from 7 to 18. These courses […]

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David Boone’s road from homelessness to Harvard

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
David Boone’s road from homelessness to Harvard

Through hard work and relentless hope, David Boone went from a homeless young man struggling to find a place to sleep at night to a Harvard student. At the age of 14, the native Clevelander and his family lost their family home to gang violence.  Since David wouldn’t join the gang, the home became the […]

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Curing cancer from the benches of high-school

Monday, May 13th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Curing cancer from the benches of high-school

In 2012, then high school senior, Angela Zhang, won $100,000 in a national Siemens science competition for her research project, which could hold the key to curing cancer. Angela, currently a Harvard University undergraduate, was the only female individual finalist in the competition.  Her interest in her research topic was motivated by her great grandfather’s […]

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A real-life Cinderella: from garbage dump to dancing Swan Lake

Sunday, May 12th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
A real-life Cinderella: from garbage dump to dancing Swan Lake

Fifteen year-old Jessa Balote has been dubbed Manila Cinderella, given her rise from dire poverty to a professional ballerina in the Philippines. The young girl comes from Tondo, a slum situated next to a large waste dump in Manila, where most inhabitants survive off of collecting garbage. The young ballerina’s parents make money by selling […]

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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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15 year-old girl takes on giant China government because she wants to go to school

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Charlie Butts
15 year-old girl takes on giant China government because she wants to go to school

A small girl in China is taking on the giant Chinese government because she wants to go to school.  Zhan Haite, 15, like most teens, lives where her parents live.  So when her parents moved to Shanghai for work, she moved too.  But currently in China, unless you are rich, you can’t go to high […]

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14 Year-Old William Kamkwamba Harnesses the Wind for Malawi

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
14 Year-Old William Kamkwamba Harnesses the Wind for Malawi

At the age of 14, William Kamkwamba, from a small Malawian village,built an electricity-producing windmill  using only PVC pipe, a tractor fan, an old bicycle frame, and tree branches. The windmill powered the  four lights and two radios in his home. He achieved this in a country, where only 2 percent of the population has […]

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Yaw Duffour Awuah: lending for education in Ghana

Friday, April 12th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Yaw Duffour Awuah: lending for education in Ghana

Yaw Duffour Awuah, a 21-year-old Ghanaian, is the creator of Student Aid Plus, a financial services company providing financial literacy education as well as a savings and loan program helping students to cover various school-related expenses. At the age of 16, while he was in a boarding school, Yaw realized that many of his classmates […]

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Nadege Iradukunda teaches Rwandan schools to use biogas

Friday, April 12th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Nadege Iradukunda teaches Rwandan schools to use biogas

Nadege Iradukunda, an 18 year-old Rwandan, is helping  schools in her country to significantly reduce their operation cost by providing them bio-digester plants that use natural biological process to transform food waste in energy. In 2010, Nadege felt compelled to take initiative, when she started noticing a growing problem in her community and country. She recalls: […]

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Maud Chifamba: the youngest university student in Zimbabwe and southern Africa

Thursday, April 11th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Maud Chifamba: the youngest university student in Zimbabwe and southern Africa

Last year, then 14-year-old Maud Chifamba made history, as she became the youngest university student in Zimbabwe as well as in the entire southern Africa. She is currently studying to obtain a Bachelor of Accountancy Honors Degree at the University of Zimbabwe, the country’s oldest and most prestigious educational institution. She has obtained a four-year […]

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Empowering and Young Pakistani Women

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Empowering and Young Pakistani Women

Salma Rahim, a master-embellisher from the Dera Jatta village in Bahawalpur, Pakistan, has always wished to escape poverty and inspire women to achieve more in their lives, by helping them develop their skills. After obtaining a vocational training diploma from the International Labor Organization (ILO), she went door-to-door in her women to recruit  women, in […]

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Rosebell Kagumire: The young Ugandan journalist promoting African solutions for Africa

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Rosebell Kagumire: The young Ugandan journalist promoting African solutions for Africa

 Rosebell Kagumire is a Ugandan multimedia journalist working on peace and conflict issues in the Eastern Africa region. She is the coordinator for Africans At 4 Africa, a network of citizens and activists whose main objectives are to create an Africa where Africans drive the solutions to the continent’s problems and to determine African citizens […]

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Sabirul Islam motivates young people to become entrepreneurs

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Sabirul Islam motivates young people to become entrepreneurs

At the age of 13, Sabirul Islam, a young boy living in crime and violence-ridden East London, learned a valuable lesson. He was hired by his 14 year-old cousin, who had decided to start his own company designing calenders for teachers. Sabirul recalls: “I kind of took it for granted because he was my cousin […]

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Yasmine El-Mehairy’s SuperMama website

Monday, April 8th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Yasmine El-Mehairy’s SuperMama website

In 2010, Yasmine El-Mehairy  was looking online for pregnancy advice for her sister-in-law. She soon encountered conflicting opinions and found not expert input that could clarify the contradictions. In reaction to her searches, Yasmine, with the help of Zeinab Samir, with whom she had worked, decided to create a website providing tips and expert advice […]

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Bringing Change to Rural Indian Households

Monday, April 8th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Bringing Change to Rural Indian Households

Neha  Juneja, a  27 year-old Indian entrepreneur, is the co-founder and CEO of Greenway Grameen Infra, a company, whose first product, the Smart Stove, has the potential to revolutionize the cooking process and bring a fundamental change in rural households. The Smart Stove burns biomass with incredible efficiency, while cutting smoke emissions by 80 percent […]

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Malala Yousafzai will publish a book

Saturday, March 30th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Malala Yousegzai needs support of young people across the globe to receive Nobel Prize

Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani activist who was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban on the school bus in October 2012, will publish a book, “I am Malala,” in the fall of 2013. The book recounts the shooting as well as her ceaseless and fearless determination, supported by her family, to stand up […]

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Malala Yousafzai: Youngest Nobel Prize Nominee

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu

Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani activist who was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban riding to school, has become the youngest person ever nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. According to Qamar Zaman Kaira, the Pakistani Information Minister, “Malala’s nomination is a great day for all Pakistanis.” He added: “Malala has become […]

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The Soweto Uprising: Thousands of Students Stand United

Thursday, August 16th, 2012 by Chris Landers

“Our parents are prepared to suffer under the white man’s rule. They have been living for years under these laws and they have become immune to them. But we strongly refuse to swallow an education that is designed to make us slaves in the country of our birth.” – Soweto Student, 1976 So often our […]

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Istvan Csakany: Connecting Classrooms to Promote Understanding

Monday, July 23rd, 2012 by Chris Landers
Istvan Csakany: Connecting Classrooms to Promote Understanding

Within ten minutes of talking to Istvan Csakany, it’s easy to forget that he’s actually halfway around the world in Hungary. Which, in a lot of ways, is exactly the point. Csakany, 25, works with the International Center for Democratic Transition (ICDT) in Budapest, where he’s launched the One World Learning (OWL) project—a series of […]

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