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.
Camilo Jimenez is a young social entrepreneur and environmental activist most famous for establishing the Ecopuntos program, a method of preserving and caring for the environment by encouraging people to recycle trash. Through the Ecopuntos program, Camilo invites people to trade in recyclable materials for rewards, such as mobile charges and movie tickets at Ecopuntos machines. Since its inception, Ecopuntos has reached over 10,000 people in the city of Bogota, and has gathered over 20,000 recycled materials — a great help in the care and protection of the environment.
Jonathan “Jonny” Cohen is a young inventor and speaker most famous for inventing GreenShields, a device that is installed in buses to make them more efficient aerodynamically so they save more gasoline, which in turn enables schools to decrease the budget on school buses and utilize the funds for other productive purposes. This is made possible because of the GreenShield’s work of producing lift or drag on the bus, which in turn makes the bus run faster even with using the same amount of gasoline.
Ghalib Khalil is a teenager from Pakistan who is most known for founding the Rescue Pakistan Youth Foundation, an organization that aims to make a positive change in the country by focusing on improving the lives of the youth and giving them hope so they can become significant citizens of their country in the future.
Taylor Wilson is a young scientist and speaker who is most famous for being the youngest person in the world for making a fusor—a device that is used to trigger nuclear fusion. At age 14, he had built his first fusion reactor and impressed the whole science community with this accomplishment. A couple of years later, Taylor designed a working radiation detector that cost a thousand times cheaper than the traditional radiation detector, making one of the most amazing breakthroughs in countering terrorism.
Maren Johnson is a young philanthropist and health activist famous for being an ambassador for the Global Soap Project, an organization that aims to recycle used soap so it can be reused by families in areas of the world that do not have access to it. Since its founding, the Global Soap Project has partnered with around 1,000 hotels across North America and recycles around 30,000 bars of soap every week, providing families in many parts of the world with soap.
Brittany Bergquist is a social entrepreneur and philanthropist most famous for co-founding Cell Phones for Soldiers, an organization that aims to help the soldiers of the United States Army, Navy and Marines to be able to connect with their loved ones by providing them with free minutes. Because of the amazing efforts of Brittany through Cell Phones for Soldiers, over 180 million minutes of free talk time have now been given to the soldiers by sending them free phone cards.
Alec Urbach is a renowned youth writer, social entrepreneur, speaker, and filmmaker on the area of education and literacy. Referred to as a prodigy for his extraordinary talent in filmmaking, Alec is described by many of his teachers and peers as extraordinary, being able to use his films to portray and give light to societal issues much better than most political or philanthropic organizations could.
Anoka Abeyrathne is a young environmental activist from Sri Lanka, and one of Youth Service America’s 25 Most Powerful and Influential Young People in the World. She is most famous for her efforts in promoting environmental care, which has been a key figure in the replanting of 12,000 Mangrove trees in the country. She is also one of the co-founders of Green the Climate, a non-profit organization that focuses on taking care of the environment and promoting renewable energy and organic farming practices.
Marita Cheng is a young engineering student in Australia who is most famous for establishing Robogals, an organization that aims to increase the number of young women that are pursuing engineering careers by promoting courses that are directly related to engineering. Since its founding, Robogals has grown to become a powerful force in encouraging young women from all over Australia to pursue technology degrees, and have successfully taught over 8,000 girls from around the world robotics. Robogals has expanded its reach not just in Australia, but also in the United Kingdom, the United States and Japan.
Daniel Kent is a social entrepreneur and philanthropist most famous for founding Net Literacy, a non-profit organization run by students that aims to fight illiteracy by promoting education through the use of the Internet. Through the efforts of Net Literacy, Daniel has been able to reach over 200,000 individuals by providing them computer access through encouraging both the private and public sectors in giving computers, so much so that his organization’s work has been cited by the European Union’s Commission on Digital Inclusion’s Report as one that has the best practices.