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.
Birke Baehr is a youth advocate for sustainable food and farming. His TEDx 2010 talk is at one point the most watched TEDx video in history with almost 2 million views in YouTube and counting.. He was only 11 years old that time, making him the youngest TEDx speaker. He confidently spoke about a subject even some adults had little to no knowledge at all. Birke earnestly applied to become a TEDx speaker because he is out to get answers to his question: “What's wrong with our food system?”
Olivia Bouler is an aspiring ornithologist from New York who is most famous for raising over 200 thousand dollars for the Audobon Society’s efforts in preserving the wildlife of the Gulf Coast and cleaning it after the tragic oil spill that affected a great area in the Gulf. Even at an age of 12, Olivia has already made a great impact not just on the preservation of numerous wildlife species, but also on the lives of those who have joined her in rescuing the fragile creatures that are in danger of going extinct because of the destructive actions of mankind.
One of the most controversial issues in the United States (and by far the world as well) today is the topic of LGBT (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders), and no one probably knows this better than DeAndre Roberts, a young human rights activist from California who is passionately fighting for the rights of the gay and bisexual community who have been under tremendous persecution all these years. Since the time he first started fighting for the gay community, DeAndre has never stopped in making sure that his efforts yield fruit—no matter how small the result may be.
Efren Peñaflorida, Jr. sports no cape. He has no superpowers. You would neither throw him a second glance nor even notice him in a big crowd. There is really nothing special about Efren except his unparalleled dedication to reforming kids in their poverty-stricken community in Cavite, Philippines.
Kyle Weiss is a young philanthropist and soccer enthusiast who is well-known throughout the world today as one of the founders of FUNDaFIELD, a charitable organization that seeks to help young African kids who have witnessed and suffered the horrors of war to recover and look forward to a bright future by encouraging them to get into sports, more particularly soccer. Since its founding, FUNDaFIELD has helped thousands of children in various parts of Africa by building soccer fields where they can play during their free time.
“When you inspire the youth, you change the world.” These words summarize the life of Abdel Alzorgan, a young and brilliant inventor from Jordan who has dedicated his career in not only helping his fellow man, but inspiring the young people of Jordan to stand up and make a change in their communities through the wonders of technology.
Cassandra Lin is a young Asian-American environmentalist, philanthropist, and social entrepreneur most popular for founding Project T.G.I.F. (Turn Grease Into Fuel), an organization that collects grease from restaurants and other areas and hands it over to recycling centers so that it can be processed and turned into fuel that is given to the poorer members of the community. Since its inception, Project T.G.I.F. has now grown into a network of 113 restaurants that enable the foundation to collect over 4,000 gallons of grease per month.
Zander Srodes is an environmentalist and social entrepreneur most famous for founding Turtle Talks, a project that aims to increase the awareness of the endangerment of sea turtle species around the world. Starting out as a small activity book for children, Turtle Talks has grown into a powerful force that has gained international recognition as one of the foremost organizations in the area of marine conservation and protection.
As young as she is, Shannon McNamara is already making a mark in history through her work with SHARE (Shannon’s After School Reading Exchange) in Africa, an organization she founded that focuses on the education of children, especially girls, in various parts of Africa that have difficulty in getting quality education. From its founding, SHARE has raised over 85,000 dollars to support its cause of increasing the literacy for African girls.
Madelyn McGlynn is a young philanthropist and social entrepreneur that is well-known for being a co-founder and leader of NETwork Against Malaria, a worldwide organization that helps families in areas of the world that are affected by Malaria by providing them with bed nets in order to help prevent the spread of this deadly yet preventable disease. Since its inception, NETwork Against Malaria has grown to a network of over thirty five thousand volunteers, raised over seventy eight thousand dollars, provided around twelve thousand bed nets, potentially saving over thirty five thousand lives.