Category Archives: Under 20

Derrius Quarles

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Derrius Quarles received more than $1 million in college scholarships”] We have heard horrific news about young people in Chicago as of late. Derrion Albert, an honors student who was gunned down, has become the “face” of … Continue reading

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Morasha Winokur

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Morasha Winokur, 11, is the author of ‘My Invisible World.’”] Morasha’s mother describes her daughter as “an old soul.” She’s 11 years old but has the sharp sense of awareness and honesty of someone many times her … Continue reading

Posted in Social reformers, Stereotype busters, Under 20 | 14 Comments

Carolina Correa

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Carolina Correa, 19, is the first Latina to win the award.”] Carolina Correa is poised beyond her years. When I meet her, she is fresh- faced and enthusiastic. She walks with an entourage for the first time … Continue reading

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Justin Bieber

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Justin Bieber, 15, is a YouTube singing sensation.”] He has the soul of a seasoned artist. And a legion of fans to make him legit. Justin Bieber, at 15, is a singing wunderkind. Raised by a single … Continue reading

Posted in Amazing talents, Entertainer, Under 20 | 32 Comments

Sadiya Buta

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Sadiya Buta, 15, is getting attention for much more than what she wears on the tennis court.”] It’s 100 degrees in Arizona, but that doesn’t keep Sadiya Buta off the court. She is part of one of … Continue reading

Posted in Amazing talents, Athletes, Stereotype busters, Under 20 | 52 Comments

Vanessa Nunez

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Vanessa Nunez, 19, found academic success with the help of Genesys Works.”] If Vanessa Nunez needed school supplies, she needed to buy them herself. Same went for food and clothes. She started working, busing tables at a … Continue reading

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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

Posted in Amazing talents, Under 20, Worldwide reach | 12 Comments

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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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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Johnny Strange

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Johnny Strange, 17, is the youngest person to climb seven summits.”] This is a first. I get to feature someone who beat the world record of another young person I featured. Samantha Larson was one of our … Continue reading

Posted in Adventurers, Amazing talents, Under 20, Youngest in the class | 3 Comments