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Don’t Be Fooled By Their Size: 3 Young People Who Are Changing The World

     
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Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. If, however, they are left on society’s margins, all of us will be impoverished. Let us ensure that all young people have every opportunity to participate fully in the lives of their societies. — Kofi Annan

Anyone who thinks young people can’t change the world has never met Olivia Bouler, Madison Kimrey or Xiuhtezcatl Martinez.

Painting for the birds

When she was just a fifth grader, Olivia Bouler raised $200,000 to clean up the Gulf oil spill by selling her own watercolor paintings for donations. Today, Bouler, who is now in high school has her own book, Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf, which features her hand-drawn illustrations. Proceeds of book sales are donated to Audubon’s Gulf Coast clean up efforts.

(Start video at 9:20 to see Olivia’s recent keynote presentation at NYU.)

Like Olivia’s Birds on Facebook

New generation of suffragettes

Twelve-year-old Madison Kimrey stands up for voter pre-registration in her home state of North Carolina, a law she believes will encourage young people to vote when they turn 18. She works with MoveOn.org campaigning for a federal voter pre-registration program for teenagers and has been recognized with the Youth Ambassador award from Davidson Young Scholars.

I love standing up for things I believe in. — Madison Kimrey

Follow @Madisworldofpie on Twitter
Like MoveOn.org on Facebook
Follow @MoveOn on Twitter

13-year-old indigenous environmental activist and peacemaker

Xiuhtezcatl (“Shoe-Tez-Caht”) Martinez is the co-founder and youth director of Earth Guardians, a group of young people in Colorado fighting climate change. The youth-led organization now has groups on five continents working on local issues affecting their own communities. Martinez has been an environmental activist since he was six.

Change is inevitable. Our movement is on the rise. — Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Like Earth Guardians on Facebook
Follow @EarthGuardianz on Twitter

Read more about these remarkable young people here.

How are you encouraging the young people in your own life to do their part to change the world?

Melody Harstine Foster

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I'm a freelance writer with a penchant for Pugs and a portfolio of articles from tech to beauty and beyond. A communicator at heart, my true passion is covering issues promoting positive change in our world. Connect with me on Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, or at melodyharstine.com.