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Lauren Seroyer
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Lauren Seroyer was eating a quick breakfast at school when she was inspired to start her nonprofit organization. A

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Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna<em></em>
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Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna is dedicated to making sure the world’s infrastructure is solid as a rock.

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Jonathan Wynn-Strachan
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Art saved Jonathan Wynn-Strachan’s life. In 2012, when he was a sophomore in high school, he and his family were

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Zendaya<em></em>
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Whether singing, acting or clapping back on Twitter, Zendaya always finds a way to use her voice for good.

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Khareem Oliver<em></em>
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Pet owners often think of their dogs and cats as their kids. So when Scruffy or Fluffy is lost, it can wreak havoc

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A’Dorian Murray-Thomas
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A’Dorian Murray-Thomas has used her own experience with tragedy to help other young girls triumph over hard times.

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Alanna Wall
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Alanna Wall is determined to add a little polish and sparkle to the lives of hospitalized children and girls with

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Isaiah Cooper <em></em>
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Isaiah Cooper is already aiming to fly to higher heights. In 2016, at 16 years old, he made headlines when he became

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Olivia Russo-Hood<em></em>
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Even after tragedy struck Olivia Russo-Hood’s family, she started looking for ways to help others. After a massive

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Destiny Watford
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Destiny Watford is the accidental environmental activist America needs right now. Her quest for clean air all

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Haile Thomas<em></em>
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There aren’t many kids who can say they’ve met first lady Michelle Obama once—let alone multiple times. For teen

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Chris Suggs
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Chris Suggs set himself on a path to change the world very early.

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Nicole O’Dell<em></em>
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Nicole O’Dell talks as effortlessly about biotechnology as she would if she were talking about what she ate for

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Dejah Powell
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Dejah Powell is doing everything she can to green up the South Side of Chicago.

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Clifton Kinnie
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Clifton Kinnie wasn’t planning to be an activist. It wasn’t until he saw a picture of slain teen Michael Brown on

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Shemar Coombs <em></em>
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Shemar Coombs wants to add a few minutes to your day. After getting tired of untangling his headphones, he decided

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