In order to make anything a reality, you have to dream about it first.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Let's abolish the term 'childish' because adults normally cause the largest problems.
Our words can have power that we don't think we have in everyday life - anyone can make a difference.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I was thrilled to be able to read at three. I just thought everyone loved reading as much as I did.
If we all understood we can learn from both older and younger people, then we'd have a better world.
It seems we're not only uninformed about our present, we're ignorant of our past.
The point of my work is to make it clear that all youth can make 'big miracles' happen.
Mostly, I avoid worrying since the time spent doing it could be spent more constructively.
The first thing anyone can do, about any issue, is get informed.
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