Don’t let age be an excuse for not getting in the game and being a game changer. Even though younger people might have to fight harder to be heard or have their ideas taken seriously there is no doubt that they have the potential to change the world with the power of their creativity, enthusiasm, determination, integrity and tenacity.
5 examples of youth who changed the world
1. Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai is an increasingly well-known Pakistani teen but it wasn’t always like that. Passionate about bringing education to girls and inspired by her Father’s activism for equal access to education – she began blogging for the BBC at the young age of 11 years old.
She brought the attention of the world to how the Taliban was trying to stop girls going to school! When her blog “Diary of a Pakistani Schoolgirl” began to gain momentum, she began receiving death threats. She was then attacked and shot point-blank in the head while on the school bus in 2012. She miraculously survived and has grown into a global figurehead for the right and importance of educating women.
A petition she was involved with received literally millions of signatures and led to the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, a first for Pakistan. She since became the youngest recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize. [Resource]
Technology Utilized: The Internet, Blogging, Social Media Connectivity, Mobilizing support with Online Petitions.
2. Easton LaChappelle
Easton enjoys taking things apart and putting them back together, which lead him to designing creations of his own. With his love for learning, and information he could get on The Internet he made his first robotic hand at the age of 14.
When he later met a disabled girl with prosthetic hand he was surprised at the limited function and the high cost of her prosthetic hand (around $80,000). He put his mind and energy behind trying to create a functional robotic arm that was affordable (under $1000).
Using 3D printing technology, he created an affordable alternative that utilized Bluetooth technology to eliminate wires or expensive neural surgeries. Instead of hoarding his creation for profit, he has chosen to share it with the world to make it accessible! His innovation and creativity landed him a job with NASA on their Robonaut team, at only 17 years old.
Easton offers others this advice, “What has gotten me here is curiosity, curiosity is in every part of us and it’s what makes the world go round and it’s why we are here today. So I challenge you to challenge the system and to look beyond all the boundaries, and to be curious.”
Technology Utilized: The Internet, Social Media Connectivity, 3D Printing, Bluetooth
3. Nigerian Girls Quartet: Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin, and Bello Eniola
Motivated by the pressing need for electricity in rural Nigeria, where state supplied power is unreliable & guided by their respect for the earth. These four young teen women put their brains together to create a generator which was carbon monoxide free and would work without expensive petrol.
This is how they came to invent the Urine Powered Generator which uses human waste to produce electricity. It works via an electrolytic cell which separates hydrogen from urine which is then purified, dried, and propelled into the generator to create power. Up to 6 hours of electricity can be created per litre of human waste.
Worried about the smell? Don’t be, as they included within their design a process to neutralize the ‘phew’ factor of pee.
With creativity, applied learning, and diligent work they have devised an affordable, accessible, environmentally friendly energy alterative that can enhance and improve the lives of millions.
Technology Utilized: Turbine Generator, Electrolytic cell
4. Dylan Mahalingam
Passionate about our planet and the people on it, Dylan started at the young age of 11to be an active advocate of caring for life. His strong belief in leveraging the power of The Internet has led to the formation of his non-profit organization Lil’MDG’s which seeks to empower the youth, globally, to work towards the realization of UN Millennium Development Goals.
From raising awareness about endangered species and protecting coral reefs to raising money for disaster relief, Dylan’s diligent efforts and vision has thus far mobilized over 240,000 volunteers, and raised over 11 Million U.S. dollars for disaster relief and other noble causes.
Technology Utilized: The Internet, Website Development, Social Media Connectivity
5. Karen-Alexandra Nogues
Karen’s hobby of reading & her compassion for others has influenced many lives. When she visited relatives in Togo, West Africa – she was dismayed at the lack of reading materials available for school children. This sparked a dream of making books accessible for children in their own language.
Karen bypassed traditional books which can be heavy, expensive to transport, and subject to water and pest damage. Instead she boosted her idea with the possibilities provided by technology and turned to e-readers which are light-weight and capable of hosting hundreds of books.
Her non-profit organisation brings e-readers, preloaded with books in local languages to children who otherwise would lack access to appropriate reading materials. Karen’s initiative improves education, which has powerful long-lasting knock-on effects. [Resource]
Technology Utilized: Portable Devices, E-Readers
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