Youngsters often get a lot of bad rap for being lazy, self-centred, and making poor decisions. No doubt some of them are like that, but some energised and reform-minded young people have proven that wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Demonstrating their ability to change the world with their wits, their emotions, and ideas, these youngsters are not just seeing the problems in the world but also doing commendable job to solve them. They are inventing, campaigning, and challenging what’s around them to make a brighter future. Here are five amazing youngsters who have made an impressive mark on the whole world:
Born in Pakistan, Malala is known for human rights advocacy, especially the education of women and children in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. In 2009, she started writing for the BBC Urdu service about her concerns in the area. Soon, she began to get death threats from Taliban, but that did not deter her. In 2013, a Taliban gunman shot in her head on the way home from school.
She survived the attack, which received worldwide condemnation and sparked protests across Pakistan. In the aftermath, millions signed a right to education petition which led to Pakistan’s “Right To Free and Compulsory Education Bill”. Malala became the youngest recipient of Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 and still campaigns for girls’ right to education around the world with the Malala Fund.
A young robotic scientist, he made his first robotic hands at the age of 14, using LEGO and fishing wire. Later, he got inspired by the idea of making prosthetic hands that would work equivalent to normal hands. When he was 15, he developed affordable and functional artificial limbs that can function like normal hands. So impressive was his work in the field that NASA asked him to work with their Robonaut team. At present, he is the youngest scientist at NASA.
In May of 2013, this Romanian high school student won the “International Science and Engineering Fair” that included a $75,000 scholarship for his invention of a self-driving car that only costs $4,000. He invented this car by using A.I. technology including a mounted camera that can detect and identify people, curbs, other vehicles and traffic lanes.
Born 1994, this young American has done extraordinary work in the area of cancer research during her teenage. She has created a less invasive way to diagnose breast cancer. Her cancer diagnosis app won her the “Google Science Fair grand prize” in 2012. This diagnostic technique is based on computer algorithms. Now a student at Duke University, she is currently making significant contributions to Leukemia Research.
Born in Connecticut, a U.S. state in southern New England, this girl was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma(a type of childhood cancer), shortly before she turned one. When she was four, she asked her mother to start a lemonade stand to raise money for children like her. Her first lemonade stand raised $2,000 which helped her create the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Alex continued her lemonade stands throughout her life, ultimately raising over $1 million toward cancer research. She passed away in August 2004 at the age of eight. Today, Alex’s Lemonade Stand sponsors a national fund-raising weekend every June called “Lemonade Days”. Each year, as many as ten thousand volunteers at more than two thousand Alex’s Lemonade Stands around the U.S. work to make a difference for children with cancer.
Given their creativity and the ability to see things from a new perspective, it is no wonder that many youngsters have taken major efforts to bring a change in the society.
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