In order to make anything a reality, you have to dream about it first.
No matter your position or place in life, it is imperative to create opportunities for children so that we can grow up to blow you away.
Since the age of four, I've been exploring what I can do with the written word: everything from championing literacy and youth voice to raising awareness about world hunger.
Learning between grown-ups and kids should be reciprocal. The reality, unfortunately, is a little different, and it has a lot to do with trust, or a lack of it.
You must lend an ear today, because we are the leaders of tomorrow
All that you need to become an entrepreneur and change the world is a working brain - and pretty much nothing else.
A lot of negative words adults call the young, like 'naive,' 'impulsive' and 'way too connected online,' are all things we can turn into strengths to help us.
There's no committee that says, 'This is the type of person who can change the world - and you can't.' Realizing that anyone can do it is the first step. The next step is figuring out how you're going to do it.
Young people are often asked, 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' and given advice about how to lead meaningful adult lives, but where's the encouragement to lead meaningful lives right now?
Let's abolish the term 'childish' because adults normally cause the largest problems.
Prom has all the elements of a popular story. It reeks of all-Americanness, tension, drama. It has romance. Pretty dresses. Dancing. Limos. High school. Coming of age.
Success on the front of women's rights will look like a world not only with obvious advances - where no girl is denied access to education, for instance - but also one with more subtle changes in how we regard gender and gender stereotypes.
If you pursued something that you felt strongly about, then I call that success.
With writing, I can express myself, really, and share my ideas and just let my thoughts flow out.
The point of my work is to make it clear that all youth can make 'big miracles' happen.
The first thing anyone can do, about any issue, is get informed.
The fact that a baby can be born today and condemned to a life of hardship, struggle, and discrimination simply because of sex is enraging.
Any good teacher knows how important it is to connect with students and understand our culture.
As children, we have a tenuous idea of love; we often try to quantify it with how much we feel seen and heard.
Enthusiasm just creates bubbles; it doesn't keep them from popping.
History is made every day. The challenge is getting everyone to pay attention to it.
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of family encouragement - not just for me, but for everyone.
I realise I'm still a child, though I do feel older. I recently did an on-line test called 'What's Your True Age?' My result was 50-60 years old.
If I had my way, I'd end all wars and poverty. We should all be more aware of what's going on in the world around us and less ignorant.
Make sure that your kids or the kids in your life have an opportunity to share their ideas, and to teach you something about what we know.
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