Stories from North America

Uplifting stories of Muslim Women: Mena and Zena’s journey to changemaking

How sisters Mena and Zena are making literature more inclusive by writing, normalizing, and uplifting the diverse stories of Muslim women.
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Budding changemakers: Chander's journey to nourishing people and the planet

Chander and his team envision a world where every person has a close, accessible relationship with living soil and fresh food.
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From Stigma to Freedom: Hannah and Charlie's Story

These changemaker siblings built a mental health app that embodies the saying "it's okay to not be okay."
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A changemaker on the rise: Vaishali’s journey to changing athletic culture in her community

By channeling her love for fitness, Vaishali started an athletic club to promote health, wellbeing, and empowerment for young girls.
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Meet the best friends revolutionizing recycling

The two scientists behind trailblazing tech company BioCellection fell in love with the plastic problem and took it on together.
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Taylor Fang: Making AI Accessible

Taylor Fang’s Allgirlithm democratizes access to resources and opportunities for girls to learn about computer science and artificial intelligence.
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Victor: Enabling young people to be global citizens

Victor and his team provide a space for young people to explore their passions while developing the necessary skills to start their lifelong changemaking journeys.
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Fundraising for change: Shreeya’s journey to changemaking

When she is not diligently preparing for a Geography Bee or analytically collaborating with her Robotics team, you can find Shreeya fundraising for children’s and women’s rights in rural India.
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Spreading Kindness: Morgan's Journey to Building a Mental Health Movement

Morgan founded the Guess Anti-Bullying Foundation based in Kentucky to spread kindnesses and mental health awareness.
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Katie: Building a national community of young people creating change

Amidst a rise in youth organizing, Katie equips youth-led advocacy organizations with the connections, resources, and encouragement they need to grow.
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Christian: Honoring the heroes of the hallways in Colorado

When Christian noticed that students were leaving messes in his school hallways, he saw an opportunity to promote interconnectedness between students, staff, and custodians.
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Sarah: Fostering inclusive environments in schools

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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Riya: Democratizing access to buisness education

Riya’s venture aims to not let any young person’s changemaking idea go unseen, unheard, or undervalued.
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Affordable Innovations: Laya's Journey to Changemaking

At the age of 12, Laya and her friend began to build lifesaving technology to address dangerous flooding occurring across her home state of Texas.
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Manat: Building confidence through storytelling

Finding the confidence in herself at the age of 12, Manat started a social venture, Object, to promote confidence in young girls.
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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

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.
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Peyton: 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: Empowering the next generation of changemakers around the world

At 14, Mahika signed up as a virtual tutor for girls in Africa. This volunteer experience led her to explore international development issues.
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Sophia: 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 access to the arts.
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Joshua: 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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Chirag: Channeling kids’ passions and talents into impact in Seattle, Washington

Combining art, entrepreneurship, and technology to promote creativity and innovation for social good.
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Matine: Turning empathy into collective action 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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Josh: Ensuring 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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Malcolm: Making hospitals more youth friendly

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

When visiting the villages her parents grew up in, Malika was struck by the spread of disease and poor sanitation in the community.
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Meagan: Eliminating book deserts across Ohio

Meagan 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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