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#LeadYoung - Chirag Vedullapalli: Channeling kids’ passions and talents into impact in Seattle, Washington

Chirag’s story shows how to channel the passions and talents of young people into positive social change.

#LeadYoung - Malcolm Asher: Making hospitals more friendly for youth

Starting with a pack of art supplies, Malcolm and his team launched a nonprofit and global movement to change how kids experience hospitals through art

#LeadYoung - Sophia Andrews: Unleashing potential through a boundless love of dance

In an "Everyone a Changemaker" world, passions easily translate into solutions. Sophia’s story demonstrates how she shared her love of ballet across cultural and geographic boundaries to increase and equalize access to the arts in an underprivileged community abroad.

#LeadYoung - 17-year-old Tura, founder of Street Children’s Theater in Bangladesh, shared her thoughts on what it takes to LeadYoung

When she was just 13,  Tahua Tura of Bangladesh started expanding her theater troupe to include street children, primarily living in closed-off communities once referred to as “untouchables”.  Her early experiences accompanying her aunt, Ashoka Fellow Safura Begum, to poor communities and interacting with the children had helped her see that, like her, they enjoyed creative arts but simply didn’t have access to them.

#LeadYoung - Two Bangalore teens link young people’s passion for arts with fundraising for social change.

Ashwini (16) and Priya (17) were passionate about singing and acting, but they, like other young people they knew, had few spaces to perform.  Together they founded Jazba, a local, youth-run “India’s Got Talent” to give young people a space to perform where all proceeds go to a hand-picked local social change organization.  In a world that is changing rapidly, accelerating social problems need accelerated solutions.  Ashwini and Priya demonstrate that young people have the power today to LeadYoung and steer that change for the good of all.

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