Do You Know a Young Star of the Future?

Tell us about a young person who is changing the world, and The Root might select him or her for a profile during Black History Month.

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Our future, we know, belongs to the young. That is why The Root has decided to put the spotlight on the leaders of tomorrow.

We want your help in finding candidates for our "Young Futurists" list of stars of the future. We are looking for young African-American men and women, ages 16 to 21, who are making a difference and trying to change the world.  We will select 25 to profile in February 2011, Black History Month.

Candidates can be technology innovators, volunteers, organizers, activists, entrepreneurs, community leaders, members of the military, students, athletes or those working toward a greener future. What we're looking for are young men and women who are committed to making the world a better place and are actually doing something about it. Young people who have made discoveries, started unique organizations or ventures, or otherwise demonstrated a flare for innovation, are who we're seeking.

So make your recommendations to The Root. Our editors will pick the best, most committed young leaders from reader recommendations and other sources. Send your nominations to submissions@theroot.com and make the subject of your e-mail "Future Star." Please include the full name, age, e-mail address, and school or organization of the person you are nominating, plus a paragraph on why you are nominating this individual. Also include your name and e-mail address, as well as your relationship to the nominee. We look forward to hearing from you.

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