You start with passionate teenagers and watch them go.

Ten teens who are changing the world, in their own unique ways, were recently profiled in People magazine. And they are impressive.

Here are a few examples:

Hollis Belger – 16

Started Juggling for Jude to raise funds to raise funds for St. Judes Childrens Research Hospital. Check out her video and awesome juggling skills.

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Jordan Reeves – 15

Started Born Just Right, a nonprofit which designs and builds tools to help children with disabilities live a more enjoyable life. She has even written a book (with Jen Lee Reeves).

Isha Clarke – 18

A founding member of Youth vs Apocalypse, a nonprofit devoted to fighting for equitable and sustainable climate policies. Here is Isha rallying a crowd at Climate Strike in 2019.

People featured even more teenage girls who have jumped into action to help make our world a little better. Here is their video:

As you can tell from this website, I have been trying to write a lot about the importance of educating girls, especially in disadvantaged countries. Here is another profile from

Here is one more example – one that is close to my heart. John Wood, from Room to Read would be proud.

This is an excerpt from Thank you for your great work.

Championing Global Literacy: Melissa Khasbagan, 18

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After visiting family in Inner Mongolia and observing a lack of resources, Melissa Khasbagan returned to Austin and gathered books to send to her cousins. “I collected 10,” recalls the Stanford University freshman, “then 100, and after that, I thought, ‘Why not a thousand?’”

It was the beginning of 1000 Books; today, in addition to books, her nonprofit provides English language curriculum to 400 teachers in nine countries, benefiting 35,000 students.

“Teens don’t always think they can change the world,” she says. “But I encourage them to take that leap of faith.”

I hope these amazing stories get your heart beating a little faster. There is a lot each of us can do, even teenagers.

We all need a little fuel to get our fires burning. These stories might be just the kindling you need.

Until next time.


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“Education is the only thing that cannot be taken away. It is the key to fulfilling my dreams.”
Girls’ Education Program Participant

Room to Read Nepal