Author Archives: Stephen Walsh

Chelsey Shannon

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Chelsey Shannon, 17, writes for the ‘Louder Than Words’ book series for teens.”] Chelsey was 6 years old when her mom died of leukemia. She was 13 when her father was murdered. Desperate, but hard-pressed to find … Continue reading

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Felice Gorordo

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Felice Gorordo, 26, co-founded Roots of Hope to help foster dialogue between Cubans and Americans.”] When Felice Gorordo imagines a “perfect Cuba,” he sees young people able to gather in front of their school and discuss issues … Continue reading

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Lexi Lehrman

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Lexi Lehrman, 11, has raised $25,000 for breast cancer research.”] I recently wrote about young women tackling breast cancer early on. Never did I imagine there could be a female younger than her 20s thinking and talking … Continue reading

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Becky Gulsvig

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Becky Gulsvig, 26, stars in the national tour of the musical ‘Legally Blonde.’”] Pretty, blonde, donned in pink. Becky Gulsvig looks like the title character she plays in the musical version of “Legally Blonde,” but she says … Continue reading

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Chase Abrams

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Chase Abrams, 18, finished high school and college at the same time.”] To pull 18-hour days for four years and live to smile about it must mean you’re on a mission of your own choosing. And, that … Continue reading

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Jaclyn Murphy

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Jaclyn Murphy, 14, and her dad started the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation to match ill children with sports teams.”] Clad in Wildcat purple, you’d think she was another player . Jaclyn Murphy, 14, is too young to … Continue reading

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Josh Shipp

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Josh Shipp, 28, dishes out ‘advice with attitude’ to teens.”] Our generation doesn’t have a “Dear Abby,” but we do have a “Hey, Josh.” Josh Shipp offers up “advice with attitude” to Generation Y. He says he … Continue reading

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Jordan Coleman

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Jordan Coleman, 13, funded the documentary ‘Say It Loud’ to make a positive impact on his community.”] Jordan’s friends want to be the next Michael Jordan or rap star. But Jordan wants young African-American boys like him … Continue reading

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Matt Certner

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Matt Certner, 18, founded the Sports Clinic for Children with Special Needs.”] Mikey and Matt were best friends. They vacationed together, they played sports together. But when Mikey was diagnosed with autism, the dynamics changed. “Particularly when … Continue reading

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Neelanjana Banerjee

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Neelanjana Banerjee, 30, is editor of YO! Youth Outlook Media.”] I remember sitting in journalism class in college and hearing the professor say, “It’s about giving a voice to the voiceless.” I never forgot it, because it … Continue reading

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