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#LeadYoung - At 17, Gino Tubaro started transforming kids with disabilities into super heroes

At the age of 17, Gino Tubaro received a letter from a desperate mother. “Please make my boy, Felipe, a hand,” it said. “We cannot afford a prosthetic.” Gino had been inventing things since the age of 13. His own mother had taken him to science fairs and invention workshops, pushing him to follow his passion for technology.

"Where would I be if I only had one hand?” Gino acquired a 3D printer the year before and saw endless possibilities for his own future as an inventor. But Felipe’s hand soon became his obsession.

#LeadYoung - Mahika Halepete: Empowering the next generation of changemakers around the world

Mahika’s story shows that if all of us, particularly young people, had the opportunities and support to solve the problems they care about, then our world would be a much kinder, fairer and better place for everyone. 

#LeadYoung - Peyton Klein: Creating a two-way stream of inclusion and cultural understanding

Change is happening all around us, all the time. How do we face it? Are we afraid or do we see new possibilities? When new immigrant and refugee students started coming to her school, Peyton Klein saw the possibility for mutual learning and support.

#LeadYoung - Josh Kaplan: A teenager who wants to ensure everyone is a player

Teamwork is critical in order to be effective in a world that is changing fast. In order to succeed, every team must ensure that every player is contributing. Josh’s story is a wonderful example on how every young person is empowered to be a player and learns how to create change for the good of all.

#LeadYoung - Sarah Raza: Fostering inclusive environments in schools for all students

Sarah and her team did not just start a club, they started a movement, a movement to change how her peers think about and interact with students with intellectual disabilities.

#LeadYoung - JP Maunes: putting accessibility and inclusion center stage in the Philippines

In April 2016, JP Maunes became a household name in the Philippines when his sign language interpretation for a heated presidential debate led a number of prominent media personalities to name him as the winner.

Memes with JP’s exhausted hands bursting into flames went viral on social media.He was under the spotlight. And ready to play along.

#LeadYoung - Temple Grandin: “The thing about changing something is that it’s long, hard, sustained work.”

Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, has revolutionized the livestock industry. By putting herself in the place of the cattle, she developed a series of equipment designs and a simple rating system to help the industry adopt new practices that reduce animals’ stress and injuries to both animals and workers.

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