From March for Our Lives to the Global Climate Strike, young changemakers are leading some of today's biggest social movements in the United States. These young changemakers exemplify the idea that young people do not need permission to change their world. 

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Noah - Building blind accessibility technology through human centered-design

A team of young changemakers and innovators -- alongside the guidance of the blind community, their teachers, and their parents -- apply their design engineering skills to develop human-center solutions to tackle everyday challenges.

Stronger together: Sisters Shreya and Sahana encourage resilience and independence for girls in Charlotte, North Carolina

 Ignited by a family history of changemaking, Shreya and Sahana embark on their own changemaking journey to change the landscape of economic mobility in their hometown for young women and girls. 

Max and Sam Strickerberger - Uplifting voices through cultural dialogue in Washington D.C.

Max and Sam harness the collective power of storytelling and young voices through co-leading a network of students across D.C.

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 - 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 - 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 - Joshua Williams: Supporting people experiencing homelessness and poverty

Joshua’s story is more than the story of one young person leading young. It is the story of creating a culture for all youth to be changemakers. It is the story of creating a culture and a pathway to help thousands of young people know they have the power to change the world.

#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 - Matine Khalighi: Turning empathy into collective action for the good of all in Denver, Colorado

Changemakers embody a new form of leadership needed in our rapidly changing and complex world.  Rather than one person leading and others following, today’s new leadership enables everyone to participate through fluid, open collaboration so that everyone can contribute. Matine’s story shows how a group of empathetic young peers learned how to identify a problem, build a team, and implement a solution. Together they are helping other young people realize their power as changemakers.

LeadYoung - Sophie Levitt: Leveraging the power of technology for children with intellectual disabilities around the world

Based in Pittsburgh, one of the United States' fastest growing technology hubs, Sophia and her team are acting on their compassion and leveraging the power for others.

LeadYoung - Josh Kaplan: A teenager who wants to ensure everyone is a player in Phoenix, Arizona

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 - Riley Damiano: Spreading joy and awareness for pediatric cancer through blue lollipops

Changemaking, like smiling, is contagious. Riley’s story highlights how simple acts of kindness through blue lollipops ripple into a movement for pediatric cancer research.

#LeadYoung - Malika Rawal: Co-leading sanitation initiatives from North Carolina, US to West Bengal, India

When visiting India, and more precisely the villages her parents grew up in, Malika was struck by the spread of disease and poor sanitation in that community. 

#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

Meagan Warren - Eliminating book deserts in schools and homes across Ohio

Meagan Warren found her power when she harnessed her love of reading to form a literary nonprofit organization that provides children’s books to young people in under-resourced communities.

#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.

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