Great Teen Advocates

Scientists, musicians, innovators, activists -- all under the age of 20. In case you needed a reason to feel like you're not doing anything with your life.
  1. Kevin Breel
    Kevin Breel might seem funny and confident, but he has a secret, interior life. If only the rest of the world would talk about depression like this. http://t.ted.com/PL6Nvlt
  2. Taylor Wilson
    When Taylor Wilson was 14, he built a working fusion reactor in his parents' garage. Because youth. http://t.ted.com/Hlm1XkU
  3. Memory Banda
    After her younger sister was forced into marriage at age 11, Memory Banda launched a national campaign to end child marriage in Malawi. Let's hope she's president someday. http://t.ted.com/1asaPIW
  4. Sirena Huang
    Violinist Sirena Huang gives a technically brilliant and emotionally nuanced performance -- at age 11. The rest of us sounded nothing like this in band. http://t.ted.com/oDKKiE6
  5. Thomas Suarez
    Most 12-year-olds love playing video games, but Thomas Suarez took it one step further and taught himself how to create them. This is a preview of the Apple keynote he'll give in 30 years. http://t.ted.com/nIawWCZ
  6. Tavi Gevinson
    When Tavi Gevinson was 15, she was having a hard time finding strong female, teenage role models — so she built a space where powerful girls could find each other. You've probably heard of her. She's taking over the world. http://t.ted.com/Is2sHoS
  7. Lauren Hodge, Shree Bose, Naomi Shah
    In 2011, three inspiring young women swept the top prizes of the first Google Science Fair. Behold the future of STEM. http://t.ted.com/XR0P0pD
  8. Adora Svitak
    Adora Svitak says the world needs more "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity, and lots of optimism. Plus, she's more eloquent than most adults. http://t.ted.com/mU3i09U
  9. William Kamkwamba
    At age 14, in poverty and famine, William Kamkwamba built a windmill to power his family's home. It completely changed his life. http://t.ted.com/mjN2C3r
  10. Jack Andraka
    Jack Andraka developed a promising early detection test for pancreatic cancer that’s super cheap, effective and non-invasive — all before his 16th birthday. As you do. http://t.ted.com/FyroRgC