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It's easy for You & Me to believe that it's only adults, or the rich and famous, who acheive the amazing, however there are some incredible children around the world who, through their own hard work and beliefs, have and continue to change the lives of others. So next time you feel inspired to help, follow your dreams.....who knows where they may take you!

Mikaila Ulmer

Me & the Bees Lemonade, USA

From an early age Mikaila was terrified of bees, after being stung twice. As she was so scared of them, her parents decided to teach her how important they are for the environment. In a world where the bee population is declining, Mikaila learnt how they pollinate plants which, in turn, helps to feed us and also provide food for animals. If pollination didn’t take place there would be less plants and we may go hungry. What she discovered changed how she felt about bees and she started to make and sell cups of lemonade from her house and the small amount of money raised was donated to organisations dedicated to bee conservation. Me & the Bees Lemonade was born and Mikaila has now gone on to have her own lemonade stocked in over 1500 shops across America, and continues to raise awareness of bee conservation.

Photo by Rodolfo Gonzalez at the Auston American Statesman

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Mikaila Ulmer by Rodolfo Gonzalez at Aus

Nicholas Lowinger

Gotta Have Sole, USA

What Nick saw at 5 years old changed his life and, some years later, led him to create Gotta Have Sole. It was whilst visiting a homeless shelter in Rhode Island, USA, that Nick noticed children having to share footwear, wearing poorly fitting and damaged shoes or none at all. Some children couldn’t even go to school as it wasn’t their turn to wear shoes that day. This devastated Nick and he started to donate any good quality shoes and clothing that he had. Some years later Nick was in the position to start a community service project and that was when Gotta Have Sole was born. With support from some big names, such as Puma and Timberland, he has been able to provide donated new footwear to over 100,000 children living in homeless shelters, giving them hope and opportunity. Nick hasn’t just stopped at providing shoes, his organisation also offers scholarships to extraordinary teens enabling them to follow their dreams into higher education and they offer a Gotta Have Sole Ambassador Program for college students to work with homeless shelters

Photo by Inspire my Kids.

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Bana Alabed

Syria

When Bana was 7 years old and living in Syria her life was unimaginable. Scared to leave their house her and her family watched as the country they loved was torn apart by war and this inspired her to take to social media and write about what was happening. Her accounts of hunger and airstrikes, along with the desperation for a peaceful and happy childhood, captured the hearts of many and she soon had an international following with famous names such as JK Rowling sending her ebooks after learning that she was a Harry Potter fan. Bana and her family were allowed to move to Turkey and make a new life there, but she continues to promote peace and an end to conflict. Her young voice can be heard amongst all of the politicians and reminds us of the real people that are affected by war.

Photo courtesy of Caitlin Johnstone.

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Amy & Ella Meek

Kids Against Plastic, UK

After learning about the damage that single use plastics are doing to the environment, sisters Amy and Ella were inspired to create Kids Against Plastic, a charity that hopes to create change through education and action. They have worked to inspire children, whilst informing and engaging business leaders, politicians and academics and their aim to be ‘Plastic Clever’ has been adopted by cafes, businesses and over 900 schools around the UK. Their young voices have been heard at TEDx talks along with speaking at the Young Activists Summit in Geneva, Switzerland and they hope to bring about positive changes through inspiring young people to take action and say no to single use plastics.

Photo by Wicked Leeks.

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Kelvin Doe 

KDoe-Tech & the Kevin Doe Foundation, Sierra Leone

As far as young inventors go, the story of Kevin Doe is about as inspiring as it gets. He was born in Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone, and from a young age started collecting any scrap metal or broken old devices that he could find, fascinated by what he could create and how he could help his community. Being completely self taught it is astonishing to think that at the age of 13 Kevin had made a battery that was able to power a number of homes surrounding him as they experienced frequent power cuts. He then went on to create a radio transmitter, amplifier and microphone that enabled him to broadcast his own community radio station under the name DJ Focus. Since then he has been recognised for his talents by leading experts, he’s won top prizes, spoken at industry events and founded KDoe-Tech and the Kevin Doe Foundation. Now 22 he is living in Canada and continuing his education with, no doubt, an incredibly exciting future ahead of him.

Photo by Claudia Scavuzzo / Times Malta

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Kelvin Doe by Claudia Scavuzzo at Times

Greta Thunberg

Enviromental campaigner, Sweden

Many politicians and people around the world talk about climate change and how the environment is placing a lot of pressure on our planet but Greta Thunberg has gained international recognition for highlighting it in a way no one has done before. At just 17 years old Greta has travelled the world talking openly and emotionally about how we need to take care of our planet, now, to save the future. She even decided to travel to New York by sailing yacht to save the air pollution that plane travel causes. Once there she addressed the UN Climate Conference stating “How dare you? I should be back at school on the other side of the ocean, yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you”.

Greta has created a truly international movement inspired millions to join protests demanding that governments cut carbon emissions, stop investing in oil, coal and gas and focus on sustainability, research and restoring nature so that everyone has a future to look forward to.

Greta has also been very open about the fact that she has been diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome, a condition that means you may see, hear and feel the world differently, and she views this as very much a positive: “I have Aspergers and that means I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm. And – given the right circumstances – being different is a superpower”.

Photo courtesy of BBC Radio 4

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Jahkil Jackson

Project I Am, USA

When Jahkil was 8 years old he set off, with his Aunt, on a journey that would change his life forever. On the streets of Chicago he helped his aunt distribute food to the many homeless people that they came across and from that day onwards Jahkil knew he wanted to make a difference. Building awareness of homelessness became Jahkil’s purpose and he had a heartfelt desire to help those in need out by offering them ‘Blessing Bags’ containing wipes, socks, deodorant, hand sanitizer, granola bars, toothbrushes, toothpaste, bottled water and more. These bags have helped nearly 50,000 people across the world and, as well as his home country, Jahkil has also provided Blessings Bags to orphans in Mbabane in Swaziland, volcano victims in Guatamala and hurricane survivors in Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. Jahkil believes in finding your passion and then making the world a better place.

Photo by Dream for Kids

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GAMCHA NGERS

There are certain people, in history, that have created, inspired and believed in themselves. Their actions have changed the course of our lives, in some cases without us even realising. 

From racial equality to catching criminals, let's meet these amazing people!

Ada Lovelace

Computer Programming, UK

10th December 1815

- 27th November 1852

Born in England in1815, Ada King was fasciated by machines and was encouraged to learn about maths and science from an early age. At 19 she married and when her husband took on the title Earl of Lovelace she became Lady Ada King, Countess of Lovelace. It wasn't until she met Thomas Babbage in 1833 that her passion for maths and machines really started to come alive and she became fascinated by a complicated device he was developing called the Analytical Engine.

 

Although it was never built, Ada continued to write comments about how it would work and this is now thought to be the early workings of computer programming. Some of the techniques she wrote about, including 'looping', are still used today. Ada died in 1852 and it wasn't until the 1940's that her notes were referenced by Alan Turing when he developed the first modern day computer.

Photo by Carel Blazer

Claudette Colvin

Racial equality, USA

5th September 1939

- present day

In March 1955 in Montgomery Alabama, USA, a law was in place that prevented certain people from sitting at the front of public buses. If you had black skin you had to sit at the back and if you had white skin you sat at the front. One morning a local 15 yr old girl called Claudette Colvin and her friends were sat in the middle of a packed bus but when a young white lady boarded they were told to move to the back so that she could sit down. Claudette refused to move as she had paid the same fare and was entitled to that seat. She was arrested and put into an adult jail for 3 hours until her mother came to rescue her.

 

Claudette’s actions led to many discussions about this law and after another young lady, by the name of Rosa Parks, did the same thing only 9 months later, this eventually led to the law being changed and all seats being offered, equally, to everyone, regardless of their skin colour.

Photo by Alamy

Leonardo da Vinci

Artist and Engineer, Italy

15th April 1452

- 2nd May 1519

Some people believe that Leonardo Da Vinci was the most talented person who ever lived as he amazed many by fusing together science and art. Most famous for painting the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, Da Vinci was a flamboyant man who liked to wear colourful and eye catching clothes. These were rather unusual in the 1450's, but in Florence they loved him! 

 

Despite being an incredibly talented artist his first job was in theatre production which led him to be fascianted by mechanical props and in particular the helicopter screw, used to lower performers onto the stage. He later took inspiration from this when he went on to create, on paper, the first thoughts and drawing that were to later become the helicopter, as we know it. He also sketched the early workings out of the parachute and the calculator.

Photo by Getty Images.

Malala Yousafzai

Campaigns for girls education, Pakistan

12th July 1997

- present day

Malala’s story of her life in Afghanistan is remarkable for us to read about, but for her it was also the story of many, many other girls that she grew up with. Malala loved school and learning however in 2008, when she was just 11 years old, her town was taken over by a group of people who believed that girls should not be allowed to learn. The following

years were incredibly difficult for Malala and her family but her father believed that his daughter still had a right to education and she was able to carry on studying.

 

In Oct 2012, whilst on the bus going to school, she was attached by people that believed she shouldn’t be going to school. She suffered badly from her injuries and cannot remember what happened next but 8 days later she woke up and was in Birmingham Children’s hospital, in England. After being cared for in hospital for many months her family were allowed to join her, from Afghanistan, and they made the UK their home. Malala now speaks publicly, all over the world, about every girls right to an education and she was also the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, aged 17, which recognised and celebrated the amazing work she has done and continues to do.

Photo by United Nations

Louis Braille

Invented Braille, France

4th January 1809 -

6th January 1852

Nearly 200 years ago, in Paris, Louis Braille became a teacher at the National Institute for Blind Children. The year was 1826 and Braille, himself, had been blind since he was 3 when an accident at his fathers workshop resulted in him losing his sight. Before teaching, Braille had been a student at the National Institute for the Blind and became fascinated by the work of Captain Charles Barbier of the French army who had developed a series of dots on thick paper as a way for soldiers to communicate at night. The dots symbolised phonics and so when soldiers ran their fingers over the pages, in darkness, they could read the messages. Louis Braille fine tuned the coded dots and reduced them from 12 to 6 which then led on to him creating 63 different combinations.

 

To this day the system is used all over the world to help the blind and visually impaired read and write, independently. You might think that this means easy communication between all the languages of the world, but in fact there are also a great many versions of Braille.

Photo by Star of Mysore

Sir Alec Jeffreys

DNA Fingerprinting, England

 

9th January 1950

- present day

It was as a little boy, growing up in Oxford, England, that Alec first discovered scientic experiments, thanks to a kit that his father bought him. By the age of 12 he was carrying out his own experiments and nearly distroying his own house. A particularly dangerous experiment resulted in him growing a beard, to hide a scar on his chin! Alec headed off to Oxford University in the 1970's to study biochemistry and then to the University of Leicester. It was whilst at Leicester, and with the help of Dick Flavell, a molecular biologist in Amsterdam, that Alec started to look at the differences in peoples DNA, a molecule that contains a code that makes us all unique. Their research was very time consuming and the funding was small so they had to practice on their own lab tecnicians.

 

It wasn't until 1984 that all of the hours of work that Alec Jeffreys had carried out produced world changing results. The realisation that our fingerprints contain a DNA that only we can have has gone on to convict millions of criminals, help identify family members and many other things. People thought that he was insane when he started speaking about his research, but he proved his theory right.

Photo by KLOOK

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THE   FUTURE'BRIGHT

 

 

 

When 2 minds come together, great things can happen and when those 2 minds are that of environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai it really does feel like anything is possible.

In a world where division, inequality and war can be found, peace, inspiration and change is also thriving and with the help of the individuals that we've met, our future is indeed shining bright.

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