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Taylor Crabtree

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Taylor hopes to send 30,000 teddy bears to children in hospitals across the U.S. by September”]If you’ve been in the hospital or had a family member or friend there, you know how lonely and scary it can be. … Continue reading

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Tara Suri

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Tara Suri, 16, hopes to help to young children around the world achieve their full potential.”] Bake sales and recycling are common fundraising tactics in middle school. But Tara Suri wasn’t baking cupcakes for just any common cause. … Continue reading

Posted in Under 20, Worldwide reach | 79 Comments

Students for Saving Social Security

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”The members of S4 hope to educate college students about Social Security.”] So maybe it’s not the sexiest issue on the campaign trail. But if it’s up to the founders of Students for Saving Social Security, it will … Continue reading

Posted in Political activists | 64 Comments

Aaron Sohacki

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Aaron Sohacki fell in love with planes at an early age.”] Like a lot of kids, Aaron Sohacki’s dad took him to watch airplanes take off and land at the airport. Like some kids, his love for watching … Continue reading

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Genevieve Thiers

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”29-year-old Genevieve Thiers is the founder of”] Genevieve Thiers was the oldest of seven kids, which meant she started baby-sitting almost as soon as she was born. But all the diapers, Friday nights in and lousy tips … Continue reading

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Blake Taylor

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Blake Taylor, 18, is the author of ‘ADHD & Me: What I Learned from Lighting Fires at the Dinner Table.’”] Yes, he set fire to the dinner table with contact lens solution. Yes, he stayed in on the … Continue reading

Posted in Stereotype busters, Youngest in the class | 210 Comments

Jason Rae

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”The 2008 presidential election is the first that superdelegate Jason Rae will be able to vote in.”] Not too many kids tell their parents who to vote for when they are 5 years old or ask their fourth-grade … Continue reading

Posted in Political activists, Youngest in the class | 117 Comments

Alexander Heffner

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Alexander Heffner also hosts a radio show, broadcasting from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.”] This year, 44 million Americans ages 18 to 29 will be eligible to vote. The youth vote will account for about a quarter of … Continue reading

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Lionel Bringuier

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Lionel Bringuier, 21, is the youngest conductor to lead an orchestra at Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall”] Lionel Bringuier and the concept for the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall were born in the same year. Bringuier was … Continue reading

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Marianna Palka

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Marianna Palka is an actress, writer and director.”] The U.S. Drama category is one of the most prestigious at Sundance. At 26, Marianna Palka is the youngest filmmaker with “Good Dick,” a modern-day fairy tale of a boy … Continue reading

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