In this section you can support Extraordinary Teenagers who are Changing the Game with their fresh take on problems our generation has struggled with.
Whether the idea for their project came from personal hardship, experience or simply social media, these teenagers are making a difference.
Mackenzie Bearup may seem unfortunate for having been diagnosed to have an incurable disease known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. She, however, did not let this disability keep her from doing extraordinary things, like providing kids with distraction to help them cope with their emotional distress and physical pain. After discovering how books made her feel better despite the pain, she started a book drive that is now known as Sheltering Books. She just turned 18, so we could expect more good deeds from this lovely young lady who’s in pain yet still managed to think of others.
Maya Shea Penn is the CEO of her very own business, “Maya’s Ideas,” at only eight years old; her company makes hand-crafted scarves, headbands, T-shirts and accessories, and is also eco-friendly. As young as she is, Maya has a profound understanding of her responsibility as a steward of the Earth. “Maya’s Ideas 4 the Planet” is her non-profit organization which is dedicated to caring for the planet. Aside from being an entrepreneur, Maya is also an artist, animator, designer, speaker, philanthropist and published writer.
Age was not something Parker Liautaud considered when he decided to help save the planet. He’s been called a show-off, a spoilt kid and a “climate change clown;” some could not bring themselves to believe that a person under 20 would literally walk halfway around the world just to get his global warming message across. Parker was not even the athletic type in the first place – but, after working hard, he became the youngest person to ever complete a Last Degree expedition to the Geographic North Pole.
Plastic destroys our ecosystem, yet we continue to produce it. It’s as if we are only making life more convenient for the present and not the least bit concerned about our children’s fate, who will literally inherit this planet. It’s easy to ignore it for now, especially if we delude ourselves with hope that someone else will figure out a way to solve our problems. Elif Bilgin, a gifted teen from Istanbul, isn’t too selfish to think only of now – she made bio-plastics out of banana peels.
For Nicholas Lowinger, having a comfy pair of shoes is as important as having just the right size of clothing. Shoes can be a source of embarrassment and can trigger bullying. A good pair of shoes can motivate a person to go out there and mingle, confident and comfortable in his/her footwear. At five years old, he gave away shoes he had outgrown. But shoes that don’t fit defeat the purpose. So when he was only 10 years old, he founded Gotta Have Sole, a foundation that gives away new shoes that perfectly fit kids and teens in homeless shelters.
What if batteries could be charged in less than a minute? How convenient that would be! Imagine not having to explain why you aren’t returning calls or can’t be reached. More importantly, places devastated by natural calamities won’t ever be cut-off just because of dead cell phones. Eesha Khare knew she was onto something big when her experiment was able to light up an LED. It meant that charging her supercapacitor for 20 seconds was enough to light up a bulb! Intel recognized her revolutionary invention, and she bagged the 50,000-dollar prize money.
Who says science is boring? Learn from this teenage genius who used her passion for science to benefit her community by making safe and healthy drinking water cheaper and more available to the public. At only fifteen years of age, Deepika Kurup has already made her mark in history and proved to everyone that science is far more than being in a lab and mixing chemicals – it is about discovering the world and sharing those discoveries with our fellow human beings.
Evans Wadongo is a hero to his people in Nairobi, Kenya. He serves as their light—literally and figuratively. In this age of information technology, it’s hard to believe that some still live without electricity. For Evans who grew up without that privilege, kerosene lamps became his lifeline. When he’s old enough to understand kerosene’s adverse effect, this promising engineer created what is now called “Good Light” or MwangaBora. More than lighting up a house, Evans lit up dreams of kids and parents through his Use Solar, Save Lives initiative made possible by Sustainable Development for All-Kenya.
Meet the extraordinary Jacob Barnett. As a child Jacob was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and specialists thought Jacob would be incapable of speaking and reading, however, he was later discovered to have an IQ higher than Einstein. At 15, the extraordinary teenager is now taking his Master’s Degree in Physics at Waterloo's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. “In order to succeed, you have to look at it on your own unique perspective” - Jacob Barnett.
How old do you have to be in order to create a significant change in someone else’s life? Does age or any kind of background limit the things that you can do as a person? Read the story of Santiago Beltran Miranda’s life and discover that there are no barriers to becoming successful, if you are willing to go for it.