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Meet the Ashoka Young Changemakers Stories
#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.
#LeadYoung - Peyton Klein: Creating a two-way stream of inclusion and cultural understanding
When new immigrant and refugee students started coming to her school, Peyton Klein saw the possibility for mutual learning and support.
#LeadYoung - Chirag Vedullapalli: Channeling kids’ passions and talents into impact in Seattle, Washington
The transition from the old world of rules, repetition, and hierarchies to one defined by change requires everyone to be a giver, everyone powerful, everyone a changemaker.
LeadYoung - Josh Kaplan: A teenager who wants to ensure everyone is a player in Phoenix, Arizona
After meeting a friend’s brother who loved to play soccer but was excluded from the team because he has Down Syndrome, Josh became determined to find a way.
#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 - 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 - Mahika Halepete: Empowering the next generation of changemakers around the world
At 14, she signed up as a virtual tutor for girls in Africa. This volunteer experience led her to explore international development issues and read all she could.
Meagan Warren: Opening opportunities through books for low-income students in Ohio
Meagan Warren found her power when she was exposed to the reality of low-income schools. Now, she is determined to help others find their power to create change.
#LeadYoung - Sophia Andrews: Unleashing potential through a boundless love of dance
Sophia’s story demonstrates how she shared her love of ballet across cultural and geographic boundaries to increase and equalize access to the arts.