When it comes to making this world a better place, we can learn a thing or two from our children. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the most inspirational kids or let’s say young changemakers from across the globe, whose zeal and enthusiasm will leave you feeling inspired to take action.
Teaching your children about young heroes can remind them that they have the power to change the world, too, even one person or community at a time. So, if a child ever asks you, “Can kids change the world?” the stories of these children will offer a resounding “yes!” Here are our top four picks of inspirational kids:
Geetanjali Rao, 15
Gitanjali Rao is an inventor, author, scientist and engineer, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) promoter. As if that mouthful wasn’t impressive enough, she’s also Time Kid of the Year, and she’s just 15 years old.
Gitanjali has invented technologies including a device that can identify lead in drinking water, and an app that detects cyberbullying. But, she’s not done yet.
In her interview with TIME magazine, Geetanjali’s explains her mission. “My goal has really shifted not only from creating my own devices to solve the world’s problems, but inspiring others to do the same as well. Because, from personal experience, it’s not easy when you don’t see anyone else like you.”
Not sure about you, but we’re feeling pretty inspired right now.
Hannah and Charlie Lucas, 17 & 15
It’s OK to be not OK.
That is the message the Lucas siblings are trying to spread, and one, we at Plumm, can certainly get behind.
Hannah and her younger brother, Charlie, developed the notOK app based on their personal experience. Hannah was diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, or POTS, a chronic illness that causes fainting. Owing to her chronic illness, she found herself battling depression, which led to her to self-harm and consider suicide.
Wishing that there was a button she could press to make the pain go away, an idea sparked. “What if there was a panic button when you needed help,” she wondered. And, that’s how the notOK app was born.
The app allows users to enter the contact information of up to five people they trust and contact when they are sad or anxious. More than 100,000 people have downloaded and used Hannah and Charlie’s app! Their understanding of the importance of mental wellbeing is inspiring as we still experience shame and stigma attached to it, even as adults.
Ixhelt Gonzalez, 17
If relentless had a face it would be Ixhelt Gonzalez. Despite having a rare condition called femoral anteversion, where the bones connecting one’s hips to their knees are twisted inward, that didn’t stop her from playing her favourite sport – basketball.
She says her basketball journey began when she watched her big brother play, who has cerebral palsy. At just 13 years old, Ixhelt was the youngest player to make the U.S. Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team! She now aspires to play in the Paralympic games.
Leo Lipson, 16
Leo Lipson shared his coming out of the closet with bold undertones. He has been vociferously advocating the rights of the transgender community and offers support to people in becoming allies. His first-hand experience on how it feels to live and grow up as a transgender kid is exceptional and heartwarming.
His story, featured in Choices is a living example where the gender and other normative brackets are questioned, stretched and made visible. Leo speaks about his challenges while transitioning because people were not always supportive of his life choices. He wants kids to be aware of ways to have informed and respectful conversations about gender identity.
If only we could mention all the inspirational kids in the world! But, the list is limitless, much like the potential our kids hold for changing the world. The future sure does look bright.
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