Children and young adults often feel that they are too young to make a difference, but the reality is that they are creative, are not jaded by limitations. They are using their voice, their technology skills, and their passion to help the older generations address some of society’s biggest issues.

For example, Times 2019 Person of the Year, Greta Thunberg, has made a big splash talking about climate issues. She has talked on big stages such as the UN and her peers are talking about her message with their parents. She is now only 18 years old.

Noble Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, is now 24 years old but she was making waves when she was 15 years old. She is passionate about women’s rights and has become a shero to so many people.

These are famous people but there are a lot of other teens making a difference.

Ava and Lily Weinstein started Vaccine Teens. They saw that the elderly were having a difficult time securing appointments so they began a group that helped people like their grandparents. They gave their time and have helped hundreds of people get vaccinated.

Maryville High School student Bailey Hasty learned that The Blount County Veterans Association and their food pantry and decided to help them. She raised $8000 which was used to purchase toiletries and food for the group.

There are so many amazing young adults helping us older people be better people. If you know of someone, we would love to highlight them. Let us know.