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25 Most Powerful and Influential Young People in the World

Meet The 25 Most Influential Young People In The World!

Posted 06.18.2012 | Teen

Last month, HuffPost Teen shared amazing, inspiring and moving stories from the 25 most powerful and influential young people in the world. These incr...

20 is Too Young to Die

Mohammad Barry | Posted 07.16.2012 | Teen
Mohammad Barry

Wearing an ''HIV positive'' T-shirt, I stood before the world -- specifically, in front of the nations hardest hit by the AIDS epidemic -- and asked politicians to remove the shroud of silence.

The World Needs More Female Engineers

Marita Cheng | Posted 07.15.2012 | Teen
Marita Cheng

Robogals aims to get girls interested in engineering and technology tertiary studies and careers. Our primary activity is running robotics workshops for girls, while explaining what engineering is.

Helping Women and Girls in Rwanda

Valens Ntamushobora | Posted 07.14.2012 | Teen
Valens Ntamushobora

In many rural areas in Rwanda, women have been excluded from the decision-making processes affecting their lives, families and communities, and they are forced to accept prevailing social attitudes.

It Only Takes One Person to Start a Movement

Maren Johnson | Posted 07.11.2012 | Teen
Maren Johnson

Four million people will die annually from intestinal diseases because of a lack of access to soap and clean water. While we take soap for granted, it's a luxury that's out-of-reach for many across the world.

How I'm Keeping Military Families Connected

Brittany Bergquist | Posted 07.10.2012 | Teen
Brittany Bergquist

I was watching the news when I heard the story of a soldier returning from Iraq with an almost $8,000 phone bill. How could a man who was serving his country not be able to call his family for free?

The Magically Green School Bus

Jonny Cohen | Posted 07.09.2012 | Teen
Jonny Cohen

One day in seventh grade, I noticed the inefficient design of school buses. Then it hit me! Why not build a shield to retrofit buses by redirecting the airflow to decrease drag and increase gas mileage?

A Second Civil Rights Movement

DeAndre Roberts | Posted 07.08.2012 | Teen
DeAndre Roberts

We're going through a second civil rights movement. Now, we've switched our attention from "negroes" and "whites" to "gays" and "straights."

What We Can Do Today to Save Tomorrow

Olivia Bouler | Posted 07.07.2012 | Teen
Olivia Bouler

It was my eight-year-old brother Jackson who truly inspired me. As he described his love for the outdoors, I realized that it was essential to save our precious resources for kids like him, and for me.

'I Couldn't Just Stand By And Let Disasters Happen'

Grace Li | Posted 07.05.2012 | Impact
Grace Li

We Care Act has engaged over 20,000 people from 17 countries and helped over 14,000 kids recover from natural disasters. Through my work, I've realized that service is power.

Helping Out in my Home Country

Jeremiah Kimbugwe | Posted 07.05.2012 | Teen
Jeremiah Kimbugwe

I have given my international friends a reason to come to Uganda to spread peace and love. We put up a medical center with our bare hands, and the community's help, in a period of nine months.

Talking About Soccer With The King Of Swaziland

Kyle Weiss | Posted 07.04.2012 | Home
Kyle Weiss

FUNDaFIELD's soccer fields have the greatest impact on kids in areas that have recently undergone conflict or some sort of traumatic experience. It amazes me how soccer can break down barriers.

When Kids Worry, They Act!

Cassandra Lin | Posted 07.03.2012 | Teen
Cassandra Lin

By age 10, I already had my sights set on changing the world. I came together with my friends to start a community service team with the goal of aiding the community and environment at the same time.

On the Verge of Success

Luis Fernando Cruz | Posted 07.02.2012 | Teen
Luis Fernando Cruz

Following research on how technology could be used to improve the lifestyles of disabled people, I discovered that this technology was not accessible for millions of people around the world.

You May Say I'm A Dreamer

Abdel Alzorgan | Posted 07.01.2012 | Teen
Abdel Alzorgan

I might be a dreamer, but a person without dreams and ambition is just breathing, and life is more than oxygen. We are here to achieve our dreams: a green planet and a place of the " global dream."

The Moment I Discovered My Greatest Passion

Zander Srodes | Posted 06.30.2012 | Teen
Zander Srodes

The moment my passion found me, I was 11 years old and on the beach in Florida. I saw yellow stakes in the sand where sea turtles had nested. Since that day, I've been working on sea turtle conservation.

How Five Small-Town Girls Saved Lives Across The Globe

Madelyn McGlynn | Posted 06.28.2012 | Teen
Madelyn McGlynn

My sisters and I wanted to help, so we researched malaria and learned that it kills one child every 30 seconds. It was terrible to realize that children were suffering and dying from a preventable disease.

Service is Power, and the Power is in Your Hands

Camilo Jimenez | Posted 06.27.2012 | Teen
Camilo Jimenez

One day I realized that producing and creating technology was my passion, and I decided to change the world through my actions.

Not Just Tomorrow's Leaders

Daniel Kent | Posted 06.27.2012 | Teen
Daniel Kent

I was unable to find any organization that would build computer labs in interdependent living facilities and teach seniors how to become digitally literate. So then, I took a risk.

Turning My Own Pain Into A Way To Help Others

Kendall Ciesemier | Posted 06.25.2012 | Home
Kendall Ciesemier

I believe that service is our power against combating issues like bullying, teenage suicide and depression because when we make a difference in the lives of others, we believe in ourselves.

From 'Artistic Rebel' to Global Changemaker

Alec Urbach | Posted 06.24.2012 | Teen
Alec Urbach

It is my belief that to create a more peaceful, humane society, we must first have an educated and intellectually hungry society -- and we begin by empowering children.

How I Made My Dream Come True, and Helped My Country

Ghalib Khalil | Posted 06.23.2012 | Teen
Ghalib Khalil

Being young and alone, I had to think of ways to get across the message. Now the only tools I had were my cellphone, my laptop and the Internet.

Eco-Entrepreneurship, Music Videos and a World of Change!

Anoka Primrose Abeyrathne | Posted 06.21.2012 | Teen
Anoka Primrose Abeyrathne

We made Sri Lanka's first digital environmental music video, which I starred in as an earth spirit to bring environmental degradation into focus for the people of Sri Lanka.

Tiny Hands at Work Before Their Time

Dylan Mahalingam | Posted 06.20.2012 | Teen
Dylan Mahalingam

Kids over the world came together to raise $780,000 for tsunami relief. Leveraging the collective power of youth and the Internet, our success assured me that age will never be an impediment to making a difference.

Meet The 25 Most Powerful And Influential Young People In The World!

Posted 05.09.2012 | Teen

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 th...