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.
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.
Grace Li is a young writer and philanthropist from Texas who is most famous for co-founding We Care Act, a non-profit organization that seeks to provide assistance and relief to children suffering from disasters around the world by encouraging the youth that have resources to take part in helping those who are not as fortunate. Through We Care Act, Grace has been able to reach out (even personally) to thousands of children who have gone through terrible and harsh calamities and disasters and provide them with material assistance as well as encouragement, to have a positive outlook in life.
Dylan Mahalingam is an extraordinary young philanthropist, child welfare, environmental activist, and social entrepreneur most famous for founding Lil’ MDGs, a non-governmental organization that seeks to encourage children from all over the world in supporting the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by utilizing the power of the Internet through digital and social media.
Kendall Ciesemier is an amazing young woman from Illinois who is most known for founding Kids Caring 4 Kids, a non-profit organization that works to help children by promoting their welfare and providing care and support to them and their families. Kendall was inspired to start this organization after seeing an Oprah Winfrey Show special about the children in Africa who were suffering from AIDS. From the time of its founding, Kendall’s Kids Caring 4 Kids foundation has reached out to numerous children in many parts of Africa.
Thandiwe Chama is a young educational rights activist in Zambia, most known for winning the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2007 at the age of sixteen. Thandiwe’s efforts in ensuring that every child can have access to education have earned her fame throughout the world, primarily because of the courage and persistence that she has shown even at a young age. She is also the recipient of the first ever Zambian award given to children due to her influence through her activist work.
Baruani Ndume is a former child refugee from Congo that garnered international attention for winning the 2009 International Children’s Peace Prize, as a result of his work in promoting children’s rights and education in Tanzania. When he was in the refugee camp, Baruani set up a radio program (titled Sisi kwa Sisi) and children’s parliamentary where he encouraged his fellow refugee children to voice out their concerns and promoted their right to be educated.
Om Prakash Gurjar is a young child’s rights activist in India who is most known for winning the International Children’s Peace Prize for his philanthropic work in fighting for and promoting the right to education of children all over India. His work involves the establishment of numerous Bal Mitra Grams (Child Friendly Villages) all over the country to shelter the children that are freed from harsh child labor.
Mayra Avellar Neves is a young education activist from Brazil who is most famous for winning the 2008 International Children’s Peace Prize for her courageous and successful struggle against the extreme violence in the favelas in Rio de Janeiro that is costing numerous children their lives, as well as the relentless promotion of gender equality and educational rights of every children.
Middle Eastern countries, such as Afghanistan, have always seen the poor treatment of women and children throughout history. Their rights are almost non-existent, while the men have all the right to do to them whatever they please. It is, however, fortunate that there are a few who rise up and go against the wrong, even if it means putting their life in danger. One of them is Noorjahan Akbar, a 19–year–old student at the Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.