Three Dot Dash recently released their list of 30 game-changers who will now be known as the 2016 Global Teen Leaders. Each year, 30 individuals are chosen and featured for the massive impact they are making on the world. This year, the leaders come from 11 countries and four continents.
Among these leaders, there are 14 sheroes. Reading their stories left me inspired, and here are a few from the amazing list:
Krithika Iyer, 17, USA
Krithika Iyer is the founder of SmartStart, a movement that develops and provides programs and tools that promote early childhood education and facilitate learning. By providing workshops and trainings to students, parents, and caregivers, Iyer gives individuals the resources they need to further their education. By the end of this year, this initiative is expected to help 10,000 families.
Simran Vedvyas, 17, India
Simran Vedvyas has positively impacted more than 50,000 people through the creation of SynergY. SynergY addresses societal concerns relating to the environment, health, education and welfare through awareness and large-scale volunteer projects. Her inspiring work brought her the honor of being one of nine individuals to carry the Olympic Flame at the 2012 London Olympics. Her work continues to inspire individuals all around the world.
Maria Myers, 16, USA
When Maria Myers was only 12 years old, she was watched a documentary in shock and learned about the sad realities of Obstetric Fistula. The debilitating childbirth injury affects millions of women and often causes the death of their babies. Myers and her sister have funded 70 surgeries for women in rural villages who struggle with this condition. Her organization Pretty Purposeful is making a major difference in women’s health.
The amount of girl-power and motivation these women hold is absolutely inspiring. For more information on Three Dot Dash and the full list of this year’s Global Teen Leaders, visit their website.
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