Lets raise the roof for the teenagers making a difference in the world! Time magazine has picked their Top 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014. There are a bunch of people that I am sure you are all familiar with; Lorde, Kendall & Kylie Jenner, Austin Mahone, Shawn Mendes, Jaden Smith, Rico Rodriguez, Malia & Sasha Obama and Chloe Grace Moretz. But, Time picked a bunch of other very impressive young people that may not be on your iPod, on your television screen or on the cover of entertainment magazines. Check out our picks for the other teens you should pay attention to from Time’s list.
Tavi Gevinson (above):
Tavi is one of our picks you may be familiar with. She is a fashion blogger turned publisher turned icon turned actor. Tavi started out as a fashion blogger when she was eleven when she looked like a sweet little old lady. Now she has grown up in to an incredible talent and great beauty. She is now on Broadway alongside Kieran Culkin and Michael Cera in This Is Our Youth. Her blog for young women (and men!) Rookie is a must visit for thousands of people and just released it’s third Yearbook.
Jazz Jennings has become the young face of one of the biggest issues of this century, transgender rights. She was the youngest person ever on The Advocate’s 40 Under 40 list and the Out 100 She has even written a book about her experience called I Am Jazz. “I have a girl brain but a boy body,” Jazz says in the book. “This is called transgender. I was born this way!” I Am Jazz is also the name of her video series. She has been interviewed by Barbara Walters and Rosie O’Donnell and was a special guest at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards.
Mo’ne made a huge splash at this year’s Little League World Series where she pitched a shutout game for her team the Taney Dragons. They didn’t end up winning the series but her impressive performance landed her the cover of Sports Illustrated. Oh yeah, and she is 13. She has gotten a lot of attention from big names like Michelle Obama, Ellen DeGeneres and Kevin Durant and a bunch of regular folk, sports fans and non sports fans alike.
Ciara Judge, Emer Hickey, Sophie Healy-Thow:
If you use these three ladies as an example, it looks like we should be turning to our young women to solve world hunger. The three teens from Ireland won the Google Science Fair for discovering Diazotroph. What? Diazotroph is a bacteria that sucks nitrogen from the atmosphere into soil, speeding up the germination of cereal crops like barley and oats and resulting in more crops. This could make a huge difference in how we attack global hunger in years to come. Woot for women in science!
Oh Malala. If you hadn’t heard of Malala before last week, you probably did when she became the youngest person to win a Nobel Prize. When Malala was 15 she was shot in the head by the Taliban in Pakistan on her way to school for speaking out against the terrorist organisation’s oppressive stance towards women. Since her recovery, she has become an active global symbol for international female equality. Almost two years since the shooting she has made an immeasurable impact with her organization the Malala Fund which helps promote female education worldwide.
This is one amazing person who is both good at being creative and also analytical. Rachel starred in the show Desperate Housewives but is now channelling her interests in to helping young people manage their money. She has trained herself to be a day trader and claims a 64% return on her investments. She manages an index called MyGenLoves that tracks 20 companies popular with young people including Chipotle and Urban Outfitters. She also runs a blog called Fox on Stocks to help other young people get in on the market.
Joshua has sprung to political fame recently as a young voice in Hong Kong’s Democracy movement. He even popped up on the cover of Time’s International cover. He participated in his first protest in 2010 against a high speed rail system. He has since become the face of the latest protests and also a target of the Chinese state run media. He was arrested in September during the protests and was imprisoned for two days.