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.
  2. Taylor Wilson
    When Taylor Wilson was 14, he built a working fusion reactor in his parents' garage. Because youth.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.