In order to make anything a reality, you have to dream about it first.
You must lend an ear today, because we are the leaders of tomorrow
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.
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?
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.
Enthusiasm just creates bubbles; it doesn't keep them from popping.
Let's abolish the term 'childish' because adults normally cause the largest problems.
To show that you truly care, you listen.
The goal is not to turn kids into your kind of adult, but rather better adults than you have been.
Our words can have power that we don't think we have in everyday life - anyone can make a difference.
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.
The first thing anyone can do, about any issue, is get informed.
All that you need to become an entrepreneur and change the world is a working brain - and pretty much nothing else.
As children, we have a tenuous idea of love; we often try to quantify it with how much we feel seen and heard.
I realise I'm still a child, though I do feel older.
History is made every day. The challenge is getting everyone to pay attention to it.
If you pursued something that you felt strongly about, then I call that success.
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of family encouragement - not just for me, but for everyone.
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.
The traits the word 'childish' addresses are seen so often in adults that we should abolish this age-discriminatory word when it comes to criticizing behavior associated with irresponsibility and irrational thinking.
We always reference kids but very rarely ask their opinion. Our inexperience might be what gives us the ability to teach our elders something, due to the fact that we are not jaded or cynical.
By creating so many illusory images of physical perfection, whether on store aisles or storefronts ads, magazine covers or TV show, we speak more to the profit margins of companies than the self-esteem of today's girls.
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.
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