Author Archives: Katie Hawkins, Associate Producer for User Participation

Carlos Leon

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Carlos Leon, 24, is a member of the U.S. Paralympics Track and Field team.”]I thought it would be all business when Carlos Leon was training for the Beijing Olympics at the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, Alabama. No … Continue reading

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Aaron Arnold

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Aaron Arnold, 29, is the founder of Music is My Business.”]No matter how old we are, no matter what stage we’re at in life, we all tend to wonder, “If money didn’t matter, what would I do?” Aaron … Continue reading

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Tiffany Tucker

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Tiffany Tucker, 25, is the founder of Redemption, a youth empowerment organization based in Brooklyn, New York.”]Tiffany Tucker’s smile beats her into any room. Her smile gets even brighter when she says, “the door is always open!” … Continue reading

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Zac Sunderland

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Zac Sunderland, 16, plans to sail around the world in a boat that he and his father fixed up.”]Some dreams, it seems, probably will remain just that: distant, whimsical, cinematic adventures. That’s what you probably think when “sailing … Continue reading

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Connor, Hayley, and Emma Gilbert

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Half of the proceeds from the teens’ ‘Polar Bear Gear’ help fund a program that sends kids to the Arctic North.”]This week we heard big news from Washington: Polar bears are now listed as “threatened” and have additional … Continue reading

Posted in Environmental advocates, Science and discovery, Under 20 | 136 Comments

Alicia Mixson

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Alicia Mixson takes care of her brother Catlin Mixson, who was hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq last year.”]The Mixson family has two young heroes. Catlin Mixson, 21, is one of the nation’s heroes, serving in … Continue reading

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Kate Atwood

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Kate Atwood, second from right, was 6 years old when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.”]When I was 11, my father died. I didn’t know anyone my age who had lost a parent. I thought that … Continue reading

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Generation Engage

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Director Spike Lee speaks to Generation Engage members during a Get Engaged Forum.”]How do you mobilize young people this election season? We hear it over and over again: “The apathy!” “The sloth!” “The lack of civic engagement!” … Continue reading

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Rachel Rosenfeld

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Rachel Rosenfeld, 17, founded the R.S. Rosenfeld school in Srah Khvav village in Siem Reap province, Cambodia.”]During Rachel Rosenfeld’s junior year in high school, the unexpected happened. She developed a stomach condition that kept her out of school … Continue reading

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Zachary Peskin

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Zachary Peskin, right, and his brother Adam discuss the Special Business Partners Program with a retailer.”]It’s Autism Awareness Month, but for people who have autism or live with someone who does, they are aware every day. Zachary Peskin, … Continue reading

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