Here at HuffPost Teen, we hear incredibly inspiring and empowering stories every day about how young people are changing the world they live in. We think that youth can and do have the power to be the change they want to see, and in that spirit, we have partnered with Youth Service America (YSA) to unveil the YSA list of the 25 Most Powerful and Influential Young People in the World.
At under 25 years old, these young movers and shakers have already followed their passions and made a real impact on the world. But they haven't done it alone -- they've inspired others to be leaders in solving some of the most pressing global issues of our day. Through the power of service, these youth have truly become international leaders.
YSA president and CEO Steven A. Culbertson commented, “With the YSA List, we recognize and reward 25 incredible young people, and we hold them up as examples of what young people are capable of. The YSA List is a testament not only to these 25 honorees, but to the millions kids who, every day, are making a difference in their communities through service."
In addition to having their stories featured on the Huffington Post, the 25 honorees will also receive a $1,000 award to support their causes and opportunities to collaborate with like-minded members of YSA’s Global Youth Service Network.
Starting today, we will be featuring one honoree's story on HuffPost Teen each day. So without further ado, we are proud to present our first young leader, Tamer Shaaban, a young filmmaker and social activist with a simple but incredibly powerful message: "We are Egyptian. We are human. Let us be human. Let us be free."
- Liz and Carolyn, Huffington Post Teen Editors