Category Archives: Under 20

Elena Hight

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/05/10/art.snowboard.jpg caption=”Elena Hight, 19, is an Olympic snowboarder.”] I didn’t know what a “backside 900” was before I started reading about how Elena Hight became the first female to land one in the 2007 Winter X-Games. Apparently, it’s … Continue reading

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Zach Bonner

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/05/03/art.zach.jpg caption=”Zach Bonner, 11, is walking to the White House to raise awareness of homless children in the U.S.”] It all started during Hurricane Charlie. Zach Bonner, then just 6 years old, took his little red wagon door … Continue reading

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Winnie Phan

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/29/art.winnie.phan.jpg caption=”Winnie Phan, 16, educates kids on the importance of staying in school.”] Winnie Phan grew up in a troubled home. Her parents didn’t support her education or give her the opportunities other kids her age enjoyed. By … Continue reading

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McKay Hatch

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/08/art2.mckay.hatch.computer.jpg caption=”McKay Hatch, 16, encourages children and adults to avoid using profanity.”] &*$%! Yup, it’s pretty common to hear four-letter words in school hallways. Some kids want to be cool by cussing like their friends. Some hear it … Continue reading

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Noah McCullough

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/11/art.noah.mccullogh.jpg caption=”Noah McCullough, 13, wrote ‘First Kids: The True Stories of All the Presidents’ Children.’”] Did you know that Sasha Obama’s real name is Natasha? That her sister’s name, Malia, means queen and calm in Swahili and Hawaiian … Continue reading

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Phalyn Perry

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/12/14/art_ypwr_perry.jpg caption=”Phalyn Perry, 16, encourages young people to make better choices by avoiding gang life.”] We see lots of stories about the perpetuation of gang violence from generation to generation. It isn’t until a member of a new … Continue reading

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Molly and Carly Houlahan

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/11/23/ypwr_houlahans.jpg caption=”Molly and Carly Houlahan started Hives for Lives to donate money to cancer charities.”] I met Molly and Carly Houlahan at Service Nation in New York recently. Before they even told me their story, I could tell … Continue reading

Posted in Entrepreneurs, Under 20 | 22 Comments