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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.