From teens standing up against poverty to creating successful apps, they prove that their generation has a lot to offer the world.
One story that stood out for me was that of Mary Grace Henry (20). She started off by selling reversible headbands at the age of twelve, which she made herself, at her school’s bookstore. Once she made enough money to send one girl to school she realised that she could not stop there. There were more girls in need of an education so she started the accessories line, Reverse The Course, which has sold over eleven thousand items worldwide.
The money she received helped young women who were forced into early marriages and therefore forbidden to go to school and receive an education. She has thus far been able to send 115 women in Kenya, Uganda, Peru and Haiti to school. The funding received helps pay for: school fees, textbooks, uniforms, shoes and school supplies.
Reverse The Course has also been able to send girls to boarding schools where they are fed and kept safe. Girls who are at boarding schools have also seen an increase in academic success. Reverse The Course’s mission is to change girls’ lives through the gift of education, but they not only focus on the well being of the girls while they are at school. They’ve sent sewing supplies to students in Uganda to encourage them to start their own businesses.
Mary Grace received The World of Children Award at the age of seventeen. This prestigious award is also known as the Nobel Prize for Children’s Advocacy. She also continues to inspire people by speaking about changing lives through education. You can also get involved by visiting the Reverse The Course website.
The story of Anmol Tukrel was one that definitely took me by surprise. The app created by this eighteen year old boy has allowed visually impaired people in ninety six countries to see. iDentifi allows the user to take a photo and it is able to recognise nearly any brand, colour, text, handwriting and even facial expression. It then audibly describe it to the user. According to World Health Organisation, 285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide. By creating this app, this teen has given blind people more freedom.
I’ve often seen a random act of kindness at school or while driving in the car. Just seeing children or fellow students acting this way not only makes me happier; it also makes the person who they show kindness to, happier. It’s a continuous cycle where joy is passed from one person to the next – all through a random act of kindness.
But if you aren’t able to change the world, why not start small? Start becoming less prejudice against certain people because they are unique. Voice your honest opinion about current affairs. Put your ideas on paper and share it with the world. You can imagine the endless possibilities of our generation. When we are adults, how much more would we be able to help both younger, and older, generations, because even the greatest adults were once teenagers.
By: Shannon Goodchild