Stories from the United States

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. 

Gearing up: How Megan is bridging the gender divide in tech through LEGO robots

Megan is contributing to a growing movement of young female changemakers who encourage other young girls to pursue STEM education.
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Noah - Building blind accessibility technology through human centered-design

A team of young changemakers applies their design engineering skills to develop human-center solutions for everyday challenges.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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#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.
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#LeadYoung - Matine Khalighi: Turning empathy into collective action for the good of all in Denver, Colorado

By taking action, Matine and his peers are creating a world they want to live in; a world where everyone is a changemaker.
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Sophie - 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.
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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.
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#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.
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#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.
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#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.
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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 across Ohio.
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#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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