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America’s Top Young Scientist, Maanasa Mendu, works to fix the energy crisis

Maanasa Mendu is passionate about fixing the energy crisis in the world today. After a trip to India, where Mendu saw a large population of people without electricity or clean water, she became inspired to design an affordable device to generate clean energy. Mendu knew of wind energy’s huge potential. According to the American Wind […]

June 10th, 2017  |  Published in Competitions, Environment, India, Science and Technology, US and Canada

Alex Sheen Renews Faith in Promises

 When Alex Sheen was in his mid-twenties, he lost his father. If there was one thing he admired about the man, it was how he honored commitments. He kept the promises he made. This is what sparked the “Because I Said I Would” movement. It started with just a couple of notes he handed […]

May 12th, 2017  |  Published in Charity, Entrepreneur, Humanitarian, US and Canada

Anjali Appadurai, a predecessor to Greta, gives powerful speech to UN Conference on Climate

Anjali Appadurai spoke eloquently and unapologetically at the United Nations Conference in South Africa, in 2011, on Climate Change. Advocates such as Anjali have helped pave the way to the break through agreements made on this issue, such as the Paris Agreement.  In her speech, Anjali urges UN members to listen to the science that […]

May 2nd, 2017  |  Published in Africa, Environment, US and Canada

Teen Makes Cheap Machine to Print Braille

When you see a flier for donations for the blind, do you give a few banknotes and then forget about it? Or do dig deeper into their hardships and find a way to make their lives better on a longer term? Shubham Banerjee, a thirteen-year old Californian teen, chose the second option and ended up […]

March 10th, 2017  |  Published in Entrepreneur, US and Canada

High School Valedictorian Fights for Undocumented Immigrants

“I am one of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the shadows of the United States” high school senior Larissa Martinez announced to her school, and the world, during her high school’s graduation ceremonies earlier this month. Class valedictorian with a 4.95 GPA and a full ride to Yale, Martinez fled Mexico City six […]

July 6th, 2016  |  Published in Activism, US and Canada

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 […]

June 15th, 2016  |  Published in Activism, Humanitarian, US and Canada

She Finds Landmines with Music

  Marian Bechtel, a 21-year-old student at Bryn Mawr College, is a pianist, scientist and anti-war activist. The young woman from Lancaster, Pennsylvania invented an inexpensive, quick and simple minesweeper that detects buried landmines using sound waves. The device is a standard metal detector with high-sensitivity microphones and a seismic detector attached to it. Marian’s […]

June 8th, 2016  |  Published in Activism, Environment, Humanitarian, US and Canada

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 […]

May 10th, 2016  |  Published in Activism, Asia, Environment  |  1 Comment

A HS Freshman’s Cancer Breakthrough

  Jack Andraka was a high school freshman in 2012 when a close family friend died of pancreatic cancer. Deeply affected, he was motivated to read up on the disease and found that diagnosis is usually in a late stage when treatment is ineffective and there is a very low survival rate. Jack was shocked […]

February 16th, 2016  |  Published in Health, Science and Technology, US and Canada

The Pallet Kingdom – giving new life to pallets and people

Based in Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city, they had a new business and a limited budget, so when Gabriel sat on their only desk and broke it, Adriana’s frugal innovation swept into action. She bought a circular saw and built a table from unwanted shipping pallets from a nearby construction site. After a friend offered […]

August 12th, 2015  |  Published in Australia, Southeast Asia and Oceania, Entrepreneur  |  1 Comment

Harvard wasn’t worth giving up his booming company

For Mubarak Muyika, being an entrepreneur seemed natural. The young Kenyan first started taking business classes in high school. Orphaned at a young age, he lived in Bungoma County with adoptive parents, who owned a publishing and distribution company called Acrodile Publishers. While working for the company, Mubarak noticed it lacked a powerful website through […]

July 7th, 2015  |  Published in Africa, Entrepreneur

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 […]

June 26th, 2015  |  Published in Activism, Australia, Southeast Asia and Oceania, Humanitarian

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 […]

June 25th, 2015  |  Published in Humanitarian, US and Canada

Sam Kodo: Africa’s Steve Jobs?

Sam Kodo is a 23-year-old young entrepreneur and changemaker from Lomé, Togo.  He currently runs  a technology company, LC-COM (Low cost-Computer)/ Infinite Loop, which produces low-cost personal computers for students. His biggest dream is to become the next Steve Jobs and create a new kind of Silicon Valley in Africa. The idea to create his company […]

June 16th, 2015  |  Published in Africa, Entrepreneur

How Derek Pacque turned a Pet Peeve into Profit

Derek Pacque was just a junior in college when he formed a coat checking business, now called CoatChex in 2010. Interested in inventing from a young age, he decided to study entrepreneurship at Indiana University. In one of his classes, Derek was directed to make a list of “pain points” and potential solutions. One of […]

June 9th, 2015  |  Published in Entrepreneur, US and Canada

She Creates Customized Products and Tailored Fits

Imagine a world where a tailored fit is the norm rather than a luxury, where companies and individuals create customized products, and size ‘me’ replaces ‘small, medium, and large.’ Through its cloud-based, 3D technology, Volumental is turning what seems like a dream world into reality. The company was started by Caroline Walerud, a 25-year-old Swedish-American, […]

June 7th, 2015  |  Published in Entrepreneur, Europe

Young Healthcare Provider for Sierra Leone

Jennifer Kamara grew up in Sierra Leone knowing the consequences of conflict. Throughout the early years of her life, the now 24-year-old Jennifer experienced the decade-long conflict that ravaged her country and tore apart its infrastructure and institutions. After the conflict ended, much rebuilding was necessary to re-establish the infrastructure and economy. Because of the […]

June 1st, 2015  |  Published in Africa, Health

Young Film-Maker Plans “African HBO”

Isaac Oboth of Uganda was no stranger to misfortune when he became a young entrepreneur in producing videos. Orphaned by the age of seven, Isaac depended on his brother to be his sole provider until he lost his job when Isaac was just 16. Faced with this reality, Isaac, who is now 26, started selling a Ugandan […]

May 12th, 2015  |  Published in Africa, Entrepreneur

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 […]

April 23rd, 2015  |  Published in Activism, Africa, Charity  |  1 Comment

Sustainable Alternatives for Mining Community

Tica Darie is a 22-year-old Romanian changemaker, who is proposing and building the path of sustainable development for the mining town of Rosia Montana, which has recently been a battlefield between a Canadian mining company and Romania’s citizens. The Canadian company, Gabriel Resources Ltd., was planning to use 40 tons of cyanide a day to […]

April 19th, 2015  |  Published in Activism, Environment, Europe

Navneet Sharma reinvents the online shopping experience

A single idea from a human mind can build cities, transform the world and rewrite the rules. In 2014, Navneet Sharma, 26, hailing from Rourkela, Orissa, India, faced a problem that most of us encounter. One fine night, when he was walking down the streets of Bangalore, Navneet saw a mannequin with a beautiful, a perfect […]

April 15th, 2015  |  Published in Entrepreneur, India

Savior of Flooded Cell Phones

While Oliver Murphy did not invent the mobile phone, he certainly has made a contribution to the industry that might make phone insurers nervous about their own business. From Danbury, UK, Murphy is the managing director of Reviveaphone, which sells kits to repair phones that have been submerged in water. While Reviveaphone offers services for […]

April 14th, 2015  |  Published in Entrepreneur, Europe

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 […]

March 24th, 2015  |  Published in Charity, US and Canada

How to Fight Child Marriage in Nepal

A 2014 UNICEF report emphasized that Nepal is still among the top ten countries in the world, where child marriage is practiced. A staggering forty-one percent of girls marry before turning eighteen, while ten percent wed by the age of fifteen. Early weddings cause considerable hardships for girls, many of whom drop out of school and face domestic & sexual […]

March 2nd, 2015  |  Published in Activism, Asia, Women's Rights

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, […]

February 22nd, 2015  |  Published in Charity, Education, US and Canada

Tribute to a Fearless Generous Soul: Kayla Mueller, 26

Most people would not sacrifice the safety and comfort of their lives to venture to a foreign country and help those who are most in need. Kayla Mueller was not like most people. Her heart beat in sync with those of innocent people undergoing the atrocities of unfair wars around the world. She couldn’t bear allowing that […]

February 13th, 2015  |  Published in Humanitarian, Middle East

Ashley M. Williams provides Millennials a journalism launchpad

Many young people want to become journalists, but find it difficult to gain experience and break into a profession dominated by established journalists with years of expertise behind them. Ashley M. Williams, a 26-year-old journalist, who has published for NBC News, WBAL Radio and USA TODAY, understood this issue and decided to create a platform […]

February 12th, 2015  |  Published in Entrepreneur, US and Canada

Famine from droughts? Never again, says Calvince Okello

In 2010, a severe drought devasted the Eastern part of Kenya, Ethiopia and some parts of of Somalia. It created one of the most severe food security emergencies that humanity had ever seen. In turn, the Western part of Kenya saw a bumper harvest of maize. Some crops rotted in the field, due to an […]

February 11th, 2015  |  Published in Africa, Environment

Pascale Bardet and the Road Less Travelled.

When you step into a new city, you want personality, you want quirky, you want to find something you can’t find anywhere else. You are, in essence, looking for the soul of a city, trying to find the character of it underneath the whitewashing effect of the big brand chain stores. Of course, sometimes finding […]

February 2nd, 2015  |  Published in Entrepreneur, Europe

The Young Face of Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy Movement, Joshua Wong

Friday, January 30, 2015, by Nathaniel Sher Since the United Kingdom returned control of Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1997, the former colony has been experiencing a political-cultural identity crisis. Under the “one country, two systems” policy, the island’s government has grown more and more economically reliant on—and politically controlled […]

January 30th, 2015  |  Published in Activism, Asia

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 […]

January 24th, 2015  |  Published in Education, Entrepreneur, Europe

Teenage Millionaire Changes How We Read the News

Nick D’Aloisio, a British-Australian teenager, has been making Apps for the iPhone since he was twelve. When he was just fifteen years old he had massive success with his app called Summly.The app sums up various articles and topics in just a few sentences. Summly has received a 4.5/5 rating on the App Store, and […]

January 23rd, 2015  |  Published in Australia, Southeast Asia and Oceania, Entrepreneur, Europe, Science and Technology

Twin Creators of the Insane Trilogy

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” -Pablo Picasso Most people feel their most creative when they were children, basking in the joy of creation, unleashing their imagination without any constraint. Jyoti and Suresh Guptara, known simply as the Guptara Twins, born to English and […]

January 21st, 2015  |  Published in Arts, Europe, India

Matt Murphy, serial entrepreneur, helps young people have meaningful international travel experiences

Matthew Murphy is a 25-years-old young entrepreneur from Petoskey, a small town in Michigan, United States. He currently runs two companies – Global Citizens Travel LLC, which he founded in 2011, and Kids in the Game, which he joined in 2012. Being an entrepreneur was almost a way of life growing up, as Matt had […]

January 17th, 2015  |  Published in Entrepreneur, US and Canada

Palmer Freeman Luckey: Bridging the Gap between Reality and Fantasy

As any serious gamer knows, the most important part of game play is the interaction process and the level of immersion which can be achieved. Traditionally, game developers have accomplished this by modifying controllers and toying with perspective, but it is with head mounted displays (virtual reality headsets) that true immersion is achieved. However, for […]

January 17th, 2015  |  Published in Entrepreneur, Science and Technology, US and Canada

Young Congolese Refugee Empowers Fellow Refugees

COBURWAS International Youth Organization to Transform Africa (CIYOTA) is a Ugandan-based non-profit started by three refugee youth in secondary school to address the educational problems and other challenges faced by Congolese refugees living in the Kyangwali refugee camp. The nonprofit, launched in 2005, now has over 10,000 members and volunteers from over 40 African countries […]

January 17th, 2015  |  Published in Activism, Africa, Humanitarian  |  1 Comment

Is Aelita Andre, 8, the Next Picasso?

Painting Prodigy Penetrates the Art World Nearly every kid with access to some paint and paper has created what an art critic might call an “abstract” work of art. So why is it that the eight-year-old Australian abstract expressionist, Aelita Andre, has garnered so much more attention than the average kid artist?

January 17th, 2015  |  Published in Arts, Australia, Southeast Asia and Oceania, Featured  |  1 Comment

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 […]

November 22nd, 2014  |  Published in Activism, Africa, Education

A Moment as an Eternity: 14-Year-Old Writes Her First Novel

The 14-year-old Romanian writer, Irina Novac, recently published her first book, “A Moment as an Eternity.” About love, crime, and drama, her novel takes place in the U.S. for the first half and Romania for the latter. The story centers on two high-school sweethearts, Angela and Chuck. At their prom, Chuck proposes to Angela and she accepts. The […]

November 18th, 2014  |  Published in Arts, Europe

Jules Quinn: Tackling Tea One Cup at a Time

There are few people who stick to their childhood career dreams, but in the case of Jules Quinn of the TeaShed, it’s safe to say she hasn’t ever wavered from her plan of running her own business. Starting with smaller projects from the age 14 like selling bracelets and running a catering service, Jules has […]

November 17th, 2014  |  Published in Entrepreneur, Europe

Xander Gieryn brings social change through food security, housing co-operatives and music

Xander Gieryn is a 22-year-old from Wisconsin, living in Indianapolis, IN for the past four years. He describes himself as a service worker, concerned citizen, neighbor and student focused on building strong community relationships, in order to create a more sustainable way of living. He believes in bringing people together “through place-making, creating spaces Alongside […]

November 10th, 2014  |  Published in Activism, US and Canada

The Young French Female F. Scott Fitzgerald

In 1954, a novella written by an eighteen-year-old took the French literary world by storm. Called “Bonjour Tristesse” (French: “Hello Sadness”), the ‘amoral’ story of a schoolgirl’s summer romance with an older university student, brought the author, Francoise Sagan, scandalous success. A best-selling novel, “Bonjour Tristesse” made Sagan independently wealthy. While the title was taken […]

October 27th, 2014  |  Published in Arts, Europe, Historical, Women's Rights

George Burgess- The Serial Entrepreneur

What should teachers do when their students are e-mailing in class? One response would be to confiscate the device and give detention, after a thorough scolding. Or you could do what George Burgess’s geography teacher, Will Williams, did when he found George emailing a developer- help him write the content for the first app- a […]

October 12th, 2014  |  Published in Entrepreneur, US and Canada

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 […]

September 7th, 2014  |  Published in Activism, Africa, Education

A young Ugandan helps slum kids use computers and have nutritious school meals

Samuel Lubangakene is an 18-year-old Ugandan Ashoka Youth Venturer, who has developed a creative computer game project, called The Children Mind Development Project (CMDP). The initiative provides multiple brain training games, such as Sudoku, Space Chem and Braid, as well as computer training, including in game-making software, as an alternative to violent video games for […]

August 12th, 2014  |  Published in Africa, Science and Technology

Captain Bean: Cluj’s Mobile Coffee Brigade

Bogdan Pandea is a 23-year-old student in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, who runs a mobile coffee shop on his bike, called Captain Bean.  Through his initiative, the young Romanian aims provide customers locally brewed coffee that best suits their needs in a professional and interactive way. Bogdan started dreaming of opening Captain Bean in 2012, when he […]

August 3rd, 2014  |  Published in Entrepreneur, Europe

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 […]

August 1st, 2014  |  Published in Activism, Charity, Health, US and Canada  |  1 Comment

16 Yr-old’s App Tracks the Influence of Cash in Congress

Although Nick Rubin does not meet the age requirement to cast a vote, he’s still found a way to express his voice. He’s only 16 years old, but he thinks it’s important for kids his age to care about the political system they are growing up in. This system, that these same kids will someday […]

July 21st, 2014  |  Published in Science and Technology, US and Canada

Called a “Slut”…Her Unslut Project Fights Back

After being sexually bullied as a child, Emily Lindin decided to take action and become a light at the end of the tunnel for so many women with experiences like hers. At age 11, Emily Lindin was sexually bullied and held the tainted reputation of “school slut” for several years. After an incident with her […]

July 8th, 2014  |  Published in Activism, US and Canada, Women's Rights

Down syndrome Doesn’t Stop Her from Modeling

Karrie Brown fell in love with Wet Seal clothes at the age of 15. Karrie, who has Down syndrome, thought the clothes were cute, comfy, and itch-free, and she started dreaming of the day when she could become a model for her favorite clothing store. Relentless in her vision, Karrie managed to turn her dream […]

June 23rd, 2014  |  Published in Activism, US and Canada, Women's Rights  |  1 Comment



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