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Teen Impact: Runner-Up #2

Courtney Hammett | Posted 04.03.2012 | Home
Courtney Hammett

Gender bullying is a daily reality in my small Southern school. One of my best friends was called a dyke and shoved into lockers -- even though she dates a boy and looked stunning in her prom dress.

Teen Impact: Grand Prize Winner

Sierra Alef-Defoe | Posted 04.03.2012 | Home
Sierra Alef-Defoe

My friend Sydney was diagnosed with a brain tumor and died at the age of 11. My goal has been to raise enough money to find a cure for brain cancer, which is the second most common cancer in children.

Teen Impact: Runner-Up #3

Ford Noble | Posted 04.02.2012 | Home
Ford Noble

I know that I do not have the power to remedy every problem in Africa, but I do know that I have the desire to try and that inspiration is contagious.

Teen Impact: Runner-Up #4

Jen Rubino | Posted 04.01.2012 | Home
Jen Rubino

Cards for Hospitalized Kids began with a simple dream of giving hope and joy to ill children, but it has turned into a nationwide organization that has given handmade cards to more than 4,500 kids.

Teen Impact: Runner-Up #5

Caitlin Hird | Posted 03.31.2012 | Home
Caitlin Hird

After coming face-to-face with one community's lack of access to a vaccine that I had taken for granted, I decided to try to make a difference with respect to the imbalance between "haves" and "have-nots."

Teen Impact: Finalist #8

Lauren E. Howard | Posted 03.26.2012 | Home
Lauren E. Howard

With the help of Africa Bags, seven Malawian villages have transformed into independently flourishing communities. Africa Bags doesn't just raise money and send it over; we teach the villagers a trade they can utilize by themselves to support their families.

Teen Impact: Finalist #6

Mary-Pat Hector | Posted 03.28.2012 | Home
Mary-Pat Hector

I created a national campaign, Shake Off Violence, beginning with a 90-day ceasefire. The purpose of the campaign is to raise public awareness about youth violence and to promote peace.

Teen Impact: Finalist #7

Imran Cronk | Posted 03.28.2012 | Home
Imran Cronk

If more people my age are empowered to impact the world for the better by being given positions of leadership and responsibility, we will form a tidal wave of change and social good.

Teen Impact: Finalist #9

Esha Bansal | Posted 03.28.2012 | Home
Esha Bansal

We founded "MusicMDs" in 2009, a volunteer organization of youth musicians using their time and talent to create an atmosphere enhancing patient healing in local healthcare institutions.

Teen Impact: Finalist #10

Zachary Bonner | Posted 03.27.2012 | Home
Zachary Bonner

I have walked across the country on this mission, visiting shelters, sleeping on the streets, and donating backpacks filled with school supplies. Our children need help to find homes.

Teen Impact: Finalist #11

James DArcangelo | Posted 03.27.2012 | Home
James DArcangelo

I live between impoverished sections of Philadelphia and Trenton. Although sheltered in my oasis of affluence, I nonetheless couldn't help but see the pain and anxiety of neighboring inner-city parents.

Teen Impact: Finalist #12

Hannah Collins | Posted 03.26.2012 | Home
Hannah Collins

I led a group of 14 students to the Asociación Bendición de Dios School in Guatemala to deliver computers. Five-year-old José was so excited he was to learn games and be able to search on the Internet.

Teen Impact: Finalist #13

Olivia McGuigan | Posted 03.26.2012 | Home
Olivia McGuigan

I started a club at my school called Club PB&J in 2010. With over 100 members, I allowed teenagers to step outside of their comfort zone and learn how to help those less fortunate.

Teen Impact: Finalist #14

Adora Svitak | Posted 03.22.2012 | Impact
Adora Svitak

It's too easy for audiences to pass me off as "exceptional," "a prodigy," "gifted." The point of my work is to make it clear that all youth can make "big miracles" happen. We need a movement.

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Posted 01.25.2012 | Home

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