Children have the ability to use their imaginations to think
“outside the box” in ways that adults often can’t.
Sometimes the persistence and dreams of children come true
and they are able to make a significant impact in their community.
Here are some examples of the little and big ideas children
had and how their projects connected them to the broader community.
Leaders - This profile from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy
shines the spotlight on three young people who founded
vastly different initiatives and demonstrated that a powerful
vision can go a long way.
- Simon Jackson is a 19-year-old who has dedicated
himself to the preservation of the spirit bear, a
species living on the West Coast that is threatened
with extinction. For more on Simon Jackson, check
out the Spirit
Bear Youth Coalition website.
- Ryan Hreljac is a ten year old who raises money
to build wells in Africa so that communities can access
safe drinking water. For more on Ryan’s Well,
- Rahul Raj is encouraging university students to
help tackle poverty. Raj founded a Meal Exchange,
which uses points donated by students from their meal
cards to buy food for local food banks. For more on
Meal Exchange, click here.
Corps – Make a Difference - Children from the U.S. describe some of their activities
that help people and contribute to their communities.
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