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7 Young people making a difference in the world

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The 21st century has proven to be a great time for young people, from Mark Zuckerberg creating Facebook at the age of 19, to 12 year old Thomas Suarez discussing how to create apps, in his TED Talks speech in 2012. Technology has opened the gateway for young people, building and constructing creative ideas have become second nature for this generation. Even without the use of technology, young people are making positive impacts in their community and across the globe; here is a list of seven young people making a difference in the world.

Boyan Slat

Founded by 21 year old Boyan Slat, The Ocean Cleanup aims to clean the ocean through the use of floating barriers, which use the ocean’s currents to prevent plastic pollution. In 2014 Slat took to the crowdfunding site Indiegogo to raise $80,000 for an initial pilot, in less than three months the campaign had received just over two million dollars. Slat’s invention is of importance due to the mass amount of “microplastics” that exist in the sea, which are consumed by sea animals and can cause chemical contamination and can be harmful to sea life.

Malala Yousafzai

In 2013 Time magazine named her one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World“. Malala Yousafzai is a human rights activist, who is most commonly known for her support of female education in her hometown, Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan. Since 2008 at the age of 18, Malala had spoken about education rights and the Taliban’s growing influence in the Swat Vally. In 2012 she was shot in the head three times by a Taliban gunman, whilst on her school bus. The attempted assassination brought about widespread coverage and support for Malala’s fight for the right to education.

Winifred Selby

Winifred Selby is 20 year old social entrepreneur from Ghana. At the age of six she would sell toffee to make money for her school fees. By the age of 15, Winifred and two co-founders Bernice Dapaah and Kwame Kyei started The Ghana Bamboo Bikes. In an attempt to reduce unemployment and degradation through effectively using local resources, the company assembles bikes created from bamboo, and employs around 30 girls. Winifred has received numerous awards for her work, including Cartier Womens’ Initiative Award, Anzisha Prize and the Dubai Best Practice Award.

Daanyaal Ali, Muaz Nawaz and Chirag Shah

Students from the Isaac Newton Academy may have found, a quick and useful way to detect sexually transmitted diseases. Daanyaal Ali 14, Muaz Nawaz 13 and Chirag Shah 14 have recently created a condom which changes colour to detect STIs. The S.T.EYE condom works by using antibodies which recognise viruses or bacteria, which causes the colour of the condom to change colour; green for chlamydia, yellow for herpes, purple for papillomavirus or blue for syphilis. The invention is still in its concept stage and more testing has to be done, in order for the condom to reach the market.

Julius Ibrahim

The ‘Second Shot Coffee’ is café which aims to help tackle homelessness, through training, employing and supporting the homeless community in London. Currently a final year student at University College London, Julius Ibrahim is aiming to raise £75,000 through an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign, to get the Second Shot Coffee off the ground. The café will employ three people from backgrounds of homelessness, every six months and pay them at the London living wage. Speaking to i100, Julius explained “it will be our mission and our commitment to our staff that we will help them transition back into whatever it is they want to do”.

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