This Children's Day, let's celebrate the young leaders who are contributing to a better tomorrow by making a difference in their society. The young creative minds are not only finding innovative solutions but also are showcasing qualities of being leaders with initiative. Let's look at the list of young leaders who are leading the world towards change.
Recently in the news for her inspiring speech at the UN Summit condemning world leaders, Greta is a Swedish teenage environmental activist on climate change. She has been leading change in the world since she started her journey as an activist at age 15. Her first act of activism was when she began spending her school days outside the Swedish parliament to call for stronger action on global warming by holding up a sign saying (in Swedish) "School strike for climate".
Being a young leader, she possesses the skills to be straightforward and very clear when it comes to expressing her thoughts. She has not only addressed the climate crisis but has also convinced her parents and acquaintances about adopting several lifestyle changes to reduce the carbon footprint.
An American university student, inventor and cancer researcher, she was still a high school student he came to national attention after winning the grand prize at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair where he presented the audience with a method for possibly detecting the early stages of pancreatic and other cancers.
He has been very open about his sexual orientation, about being gay since he was 13 and has been inspiring the other LGBT youth to be a part of the S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
Right to education, a girl from a small town in Pakistan demanded the most fundamental right for any child, while she was shot by the Taliban when she was 15 years of age as they banned education for girls. Being the youngest individual in the world to receive the Nobel Prize, Malala has become an international spokesperson for the change required around the world regarding education.
Being shot in the head at 15, she was already bringing change with her blogs which she wrote for a local BBC station where she was voicing her desire for girls to continue studying. The inspiration for Malala's strong desires of education was her parents who always supported their children to fight for something they believe in and is right. After being attacked and treated in Birmingham, UK, and she now lives on the British land running several education projects.
An inspiring personality and a Youtube celebrity, Novak suffers from a rare disease called osteogenesis imperfecta, which makes him susceptible to bone damage. Novak and his older brother-in-law would have not expected their youtube videos to reach millions while initially making them. Novak played a giggly, effervescent character known as Kid President, a series created and written by Novak's brother-in-law Brad Montague.
The young personality continues to make millions laugh despite facing physical challenges because of his condition. He has been featured in a series of YouTube videos and a television show, produced by actor Rainn Wilson, and SoulPancake. He also featured in a television show on Hub Network called Kid President: Declaration of Awesome in the summer of 2014.
A young activist fighting for trans rights, Jazz was born male and was in the headlines from a very young age. At the age of 3, she was diagnosed with gender dysphoria, becoming the youngest people to be identified as transgender. She is an American YouTube personality, spokesmodel, television personality, and LGBT rights activist and co-founder of the TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation, which she and her parents founded in 2007 to assist transgender youth.
At the very age of being 6 years old, Jennings started appearing on television to talk about the challenges she faced. In her interview with Barbara Walters for the show 20/20, she talked about various aspects of being a transgender including her sexual orientation and how she struggled to be a trans student and unable to play in the girls' team. While she continued to overcome various struggles, she also inspired various others by speaking up for the drawbacks in society. She owns a Youtube channel that she started in 2014 and continues her journey.
These young leaders have been showcasing the initiative and courage to change the world with their actions. They are proof that age is just a number along with how providing support and nurturing a child with the right guidance can help him/ her to become a global leader as he/ she can accept and understand themselves and the world better.