When we’re kids our creativity knows no bounds – we truly believe that we have the ability to invent whatever our hearts desire, to change the world even! Most kids like to play superheroes in their imaginary games, but the things that the youngsters on this list did may qualify them superheroes in real life. Read on below to find out about 5 heroic kids who really did change the world with their actions.
5. Malala Yousafzai
Pakistani-born Malala is the youngest person to have ever received a Nobel Prize. The town she lived in as a juvenile was Taliban-ruled, and thus girls were not allowed to receive any form of education. Writing a blog for a local BBC station at age 11, Malala spoke out against this, arguing that girls should be allowed to study. Malala survived being shot in the head on her way to school by a Taliban gunman and received medical treatment in the UK, where she now lives and works running education projects.
4. Alexandra Scott
As a child, Alex was diagnosed with cancer. At the age of 4, three years after her diagnosis, Alex decided that she wanted to give back by opening a lemonade stand and raising money so that the doctors could help other kids like they had helped her. Her first stand raised an astonishing $2,000! She continued with her fundraising throughout her life and eventually raised over $1 million towards cancer research before her death at age 8. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was created and now more than 10,000 people volunteer to help at the stands each year to continue raising money.
3. Claudette Colvin
We all know Rosa Parks and her defiant act, but did you know that back in 1995, 15-year-old African-American student Claudette Colvin first refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus, nine months before Rosa. She challenged the law in court and, thanks to Claudette, the Supreme Court eventually outlawed segregated buses.
2. Alex Deans
As a young boy, Alex was struck by the idea – after helping a blind woman cross the road – that there was nothing around to help blind people independently navigate their own neighborhood. At the young age of 12, after teaching himself programming, Alex created the iAid, a device that uses GPS and a compass to help blind people going in the right direction.
1. Ryan Hreljac
— Ryan Hreljac (@RHreljac) September 17, 2015
Ryan was just 6 years old when he found out that other children around the world do not have access to clean water as freely as he does, and decided to do something about it. Ryan started doing public speaking and earning money by doing chores around the house, in an attempt to get a well built for an African village so that the children didn’t have to walk miles to clean water. His work paid off, and just a year later Ryan’s first well was built at the Angolo Primary School in Uganda. Ryan’s Well Foundation was created and is responsible for the creation of over 900 projects around the world, bringing water and sanitation to more than 800,000 people!