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Alia Mohamed – Superstar

by Joshua on August 19, 2011

This is the second in a series of posts featuring ISWU members from around the globe sharing what they are doing in their communities to make a difference.

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Alia Mohamed…Superstar

Most people would not consider Alia Mohamed famous.Р’В  SheРІР‚в„ўs not an actress, pop singer, politician or even an athlete with exceptional abilities.Р’В  But at age 22, this Marymount University biology senior has a fan club of 200 Somali orphans.Р’В  To them, Alia is a true superstar who has changed their lives forever.

What moves someone to take action with passion and commitment?Р’В  Alia is the fifth of eight children who, with her family, fled Somalia when she was only one year old, escaping the countryРІР‚в„ўs civil war.Р’В  Although she was raised with charity work and selflessness as part of her upbringing, she admits she never really thought about Somalia.Р’В  In January of 2009 when she heard about the incident where nearly 100 Somalis were killed in a roadside bombing she realized that no one was talking about Somalia, which is the poorest country in the world.

Then, in the summer of 2009, she attended a Somalia youth conference where the attendees were encouraged to get involved with topics like politics, education, health care, immigration and refugees.Р’В  When the speaker talked about how the orphan population was rising rapidly, she couldnРІР‚в„ўt get this out of her head. “Just like Somalia as a country has been abandoned, the orphans have also been abandoned.” Although everyone was eager to engage in discussions about politics and other topics, no-one seemed interested in the startling statistics….Somalia has the largest orphan population in Africa and maybe the world, yet no-one seemed concerned about the children.Р’В  She kept thinking, “The children are the future of the nation, and if provided with the necessary care, they will lead the nation into a different path.Р’В  We can focus on all other dilemmas our country faces, but how far will they go if we donРІР‚в„ўt educate our kids and care for them?”
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With the education she received at the youth conference on how to start an NGO (non governmental organization), she knew exactly what she had to do.Р’В  Mercy to Mankind was born and with the help of family and friends, fundraising efforts quickly allowed them to raise enough money to hire two teachers, rent a house in Mogadishu and initially bring 50 children a new home.Р’В  The foundation is dedicated to orphans who have lost both parents, as these are the most in need.Р’В  Currently they house 200 children ages 3-13.
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She is sincerely hoping that in the spring of this year, the foundation will have enough funds to start building a childrenРІР‚в„ўs centre and bring even more orphaned children a permanent home.Р’В  In talking with Alia you know that her heart and passion is with the children. Her vision sounds simple. “My dream is to see every orphan in Somalia provided with basic needs such as education, medicine, home and love.Р’В  I am so blessed to have changed these children’s lives and hope to brighten the lives of many more. Orphans and children in general, are prone to violence in Somalia and IРІР‚в„ўm glad thatРІР‚в„ўs not the case with my children.”  To the orphans of Somalia, Alia Mohamed will continue to be a true superstar.

To find out more about her foundation please visit: http://www.mercytomankindf.org/

This is the first article my ISWU team member Beverley:
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Beverley is a freelance writer and songwriter who lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She has written everything from full length magazine articles to song lyrics and loves to research, design and build stories. She is passionate about helping and supporting others who reach out and help as well and is delighted to be a part of the ISWU team. You can visit her personal website at
http://www.beverleygolden.com.

The first article in the Continent Series can be read here.

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Today I have something very short and sweet to say:

The secret to just about everything is getting outside of yourself.

What do I mean by ‘getting outside of yourself?’ I just mean slowing down your brain and paying attention to the people around you. Putting a hold on your personal goals, and asking who needs help with theirs. Making a sacrifice so that someone else can get what they’ve been waiting for. Going over to your Mom’s house instead of sending her a message on Facebook.

Over the last couple of decades, we’ve become a very individualized society. Words like ‘family’ and ‘community’ aren’t dropped too much anymore when discussing life decisions. The idea of still being friends at 25 or 30 with the kid you met on the playground when you were 5? That’s obsolete for 9 out of 10 people. With the traditional media explosion (radio, television, and eventually the Internet), culture shifted from what immediately surrounded you in your daily life to something that’s worldwide, and people then had their pick of what culture they wanted to adhere to. Through traditional media, we all got grouped into the humanity movement. And, true to human nature, we rebelled by ‘standing out,’ ‘being unique,’ ‘embracing diversity’ and ‘doing me.’ (I could elaborate much more on the symptoms of individualism, but that’s for later, and not quite the point of this.)

Then came what I lovingly refer to as Teh Soshal Mediaz. Thanks to social media, we’ve suddenly become a relational generation again. Sure, it looks wildly different from the 1950′s, but I think we’re finally realizing that we might have thrown the baby out with the bathwater when we raced to put our careers first, let go of some pretty significant family values, and when “doing me” became the epitome of Cool.

Even if you don’t use social media, that’s okay. It’s changing your world for you, and you didn’t even have to Like any Facebook fan pages. There’s been an outrageous rush in even the last 365 days to raise awareness, build online communities, use Twitter to strengthen local non-profits, bring philanthrophy to the corporate world, interact personally with customer groups, and elevate the importance of sincere relationships.

We’ve even gotten so far as to have a man we call Doctor Love (Paul Zak) do extensive studies to prove that Oxytocin, the cuddle chemical, is triggered by things like a positive Facebook status comment. In the same way a bearhug from your best friend does. The significance? The corporate world is now anticipating that in the near future, their worth will be primarily measured not by their profit margins, but in customer relationships and their trust factor. Yes, people. Social capital is more valuable than money in the bank.

This has left us scrambling to figure out how to best gain this social capital. And it’s so, so easy. The secret is getting outside of yourself.

What does this mean for you? It means that we finally have proof that putting others first is the best way for the world to work. It means that engaging in a sincerely interested manner with the person at the drive-thru gives you an amazingly good return on your 5 minute investment. It means that putting a sticky note on your dashboard reminding you to focus on others, and not yourself, will actually increase your standard of living. It means that the whole purpose of social media is to be social: “marked by friendly companionship with others.”

But, there’s a catch. Being driven by love isn’t something you can fake. Even behind a creative Twitter handle, intricate philanthropic blog network, or super cute profile photo, people can tell fairly quickly what your motive is. Most people who are paying attention can skim a blog, and after 10 minutes, give you a fairly educated guess on what that blogger’s definition of success is.

I want this to be a challenge to you. Make a conscious decision to put other people’s interests above your own. When you go through the drive-thru, stop thinking about your next destination long enough to realize that a real human being is serving you. And when you jump on Twitter and half-skim a couple hundred tweets as your type yours up, pay attention to who needs a little extra love that day.

Success isn’t complicated, you guys. Fight the urge to be ruled by the numbers game and to be ‘doing me’, and let’s go back to our 1950′s roots – where family and community take priority in our lives. While still crushing on our sexy MacBook Pros.

Lauren (@laurenlankford)

Note: Lauren is the Team Leader for our sister project, Love Bomb. You can check out her own blog here, and follow Love Bomb on Twitter here.

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Stop Waiting

by Joshua on August 16, 2011

IРІР‚в„ўve been wondering what my first post should be here at ItStartsWith.Us, but tonight I found something in me that I wanted to share.

For awhile now, I waited to get everything just right for the first post- I went back and forth on a theme, topic, short vs. long post, funny vs. serious tone, etc., etc.

But right now, none of that matters- because I want to share a deeper side of me with all of you.

After seeing a lot of people in the community sharing some of their most personal stories with complete strangers, I felt it was time I wrote from the heart without any personality or ego attached- just as is.

Tonight, I found out one of the dearest people I hold close has to get a last minute heart procedure on Friday. This is the person I was going to do my “Thank Your Supporter” mission for tonight, card in hand, ready to write how much I truly appreciated their support.

But right now I feel foolish, being tough on myself on why I waited so long to tell them how much I appreciated them being a part of my life, for all their care and support, and for them giving me the space to be me (and for not being afraid to set me straight when I get out of line ;)

We have an opportunity to do this everyday- to thank someone, to tell someone you love them, to brighten someoneРІР‚в„ўs day with just a smile or hug.

DonРІР‚в„ўt wait for the moment to come where you start questioning yourself with whys.

You can create your own point of inflection at any time… and the beautiful thing is you can do something about it right here and now.

So that is what I want to share in my first post with ISWU- stop waiting.

ThereРІР‚в„ўs no perfect time or situation to be you. YouРІР‚в„ўre at your best right now.

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I have no clue what I am going to do about work, about other life stuff, etc.… all I know is to stop waiting and do my best to support and love this person- and make sure I go out of my way to do it with other people in my life.

And at the end of the day, all the “tough” stuff at work and in our personal lives has a strange way of figuring itself out.

Sometimes the really tough part is to stop waiting and start doing.

Much love to every single one of you who make ISWU a possibility,

Josh

 

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…You Are So Beautiful, Can't You See It?

by Joshua on August 13, 2011

Following is a second article from our blog series highlighting Р’В young ISWU members.

Opperation hope“Hey now, you are not ugly, you are so beautiful. Can’t you see it?” This was sent by Opperation Hope [misspelling intended], a website where anyone can enter a recipient and a message, and the email will be sent anonymously for you (which is really handy for people you don’t normally talk to, like your estranged brother-in-law orР’В the lonely shy girl at school). Opperation Hope was created by Aly and Mebediel [not their real names], two teenage girls in California, US that, one day, decided to send an anonymous email to a lonely sophomore at their school. That was their first Opperation Hope email, and their first step to changing the world. One sender told Aly and Mebediel that the boy she wrote to had changed the way he acted, becoming more outgoing, less restrained, and making more friends. Each message they send is just as amazing, and offer advice we all deserve to hear, but often forget: “You are awesome, so I just wanted to tell you this: Be yourself; everyone else is taken,” and “… A lot of people appreciate you and what you do. Never doubt that.” So far, the girls have filled 17 hearts with hope.

You can share some hope at http://opperationhope.weebly.com/

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The Entire Interview with Mebediel And Aly

Q: How many people have used Opperation Hope?
M: So far there have been 17 messages that were sent through us, and one person has asked us for advice.

Q: Have you had any feedback from people about it?
A: Yes, I believe so, and we’re always very excited whenever we receive one.
M: We have had a couple of suggestions for improvement on our site such as the “Other acts of hope” section, the “Ask for hope” section, and a suggestion that we might forward any replies from the “victim” (I have no better words for the person we send the email to) back to the original sender.

Q: Has anyone told you an inspirational story about their experiences with it?
M: So far, no one has shared any inspirational stories with us, but there was on boy who kept communicating with us; we knew the hope-sender personally, and she told us that she had seen a change in how he acted–that he was more outgoing and less restrained after that, and that helped him make more friends at school.

Q: The boy that inspired you to start it – did you ever see any change in him?
M: If I remember rightly, the biggest change we saw in him was that he found some friends later on…that may or may not have had anything to do with our email.
A: Well, in general, yes, although it probably wasn’t because of our email. He found a few new friends and I think, he recently reunited with his old friends, so we’re glad that he’s not all alone anymore!

Q: Do you read the messages – (i assume you have to since you have to rewrite them, and you might want to make sure they aren’t mean?) and if so, what was your favorite one?
M: Yes, we read the messages, and so far we haven’t had any mean ones. One of my favorites is, “People can be so hurtful but people can be so healing. So don’t give up on people. You’re a wonderful guy. A lot of people appreciate you and what you do. Never doubt that.”
A: I guess my favorite one has to be, “Hey now, you are not ugly, you are so beautiful. Can’t you see it?”. It just sounds so honest and sincere, I love it!

Q: Are there any others that really stand out to you?
M: All of the Opperation Hope messages are amazing, but two more that stood out to me are: “Hey now, you are not ugly, you are so beautiful. Can’t you see it?” and “You are awesome So I just wanted to tell you this: Be yourself; everyone else is taken. =D”
A: Other than my favorite, one that stands out to me is “People can be so hurtful but people can be so healing. So don’t give up on people. You’re a wonderful guy. A lot of people appreciate you and what you do. Never doubt that.”

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A Moment of Joy

by Joshua on August 13, 2011



I was just going through some photos for Love Drop, and came across one I’d never noticed before. This is the exact moment that we told the Rewolinski family that the Love Drop team had raised the necessary $13,000 for them to obtain a service dog for their two autistic boys.

And we get to travel the country, doing something like this for one family every month. Awesome. Have a joyful Wednesday, y’all.

(If you want to see more on this story, you can watch the final Drop video, or check out the whole story.)

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Happy New Year Everyone!

Р’В I came across this artistically powerful video re-posted on Neal Hightower’s site www.sixsimpletruths.com.Р’В  Although it’s a long commercial for a company’s inspirational artwork,Р’В I must admit it’s veryР’В well done and it gave me goosebumps (especially since I love good quotes).Р’В  As we’re transforming ourselves and the world, words of wisdom from those who have traveled the road before us canР’В make our travels over the speed bumps a bit easier…

Thanks Neal for sharing some great inspiration with others. You’ve inspired me to pass it along:)

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A Love Bomb for Lauren

by Joshua on August 11, 2011

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Hey Lauren, it’s February 10th, 2011. Well, technically it’s February 11th, but I say the date ends not at midnight, but when you go to sleep. And I haven’t gone to sleep yet . . . you know how that goes. Anyway, it’s February 10th – your one-year anniversary of being on the Love Bomb team. You were one of the very first ones, my friend. And seven months ago you took over leadership of the team. You’ve now officially been running it longer than I have. Congratulations . . . and thank you.

I remember the very first time I ever noticed you, when someone pointed me to a piece of writing you had done. It was really, really good, so I went to your blog to read more. And what I found there was even better. After reading for 30 minutes, I remember tweeting something like, “This is what a blog should be. Raw, real, vulnerable, beautiful.” And that’s just your writing! Your photography is gorgeous. Intelligence is crazy. Personality is fun. You look like a model. And your heart . . . that’s the best of all. Do you know why I asked you to take over the team so long ago? Not because of anything listed above. That stuff helps, of course, but your heart, Lauren – you just straight-up LOVE people, in a way that I knew I never could.

Every week you lead the Love Bomb team in reaching out to a person who’s struggling, and you lead by example. When I read what you write to each person, the sincerity and empathy in your words are striking. And not many people know this, but you follow up with the people we help. You keep in touch with them. You become friends. You take a vested interest in their lives. Wow. That’s what people in this world need so much more of, and you’re always willing to give.

So today, on your anniversary, I wanted the rest of our team to give a little something back to you. Everyone goes through personal struggle, and you’re no different. I understand that you’re in the middle of a rough time right now, and so do some of our team members.

But know this, Lauren:

You.
Are.
Loved.

I tell you that a lot. I know you know it. But what I don’t tell you nearly often enough is that you changed my life. You brought joy back into it when I was in a very dark place. I finally started laughing again, and 9 times out of 10 when I laughed, it was with you. That did so much for my soul last year. So, so much.

You were surprised the other day when I agreed with someone about how talented you were. That made me realize that I’ve been pretty quiet with my praise for you. Now that we’ve been friends for so long, and you’ve worked for/with me for so many months, I totally understand that you’re brilliant. Because I know how much you’re capable of, I also expect a lot from you. And while I think that being demanding drives you to become better in certain aspects, I never want you to feel that I take you for granted.

I don’t know if you know this, but I still read almost everything you write. I look at all your pictures. I talk about you to everyone. In fact, often when my family members ask how I’m doing, they ask how you’re doing as well. Because you are family to me. You’re my sister, Lauren, and I want nothing but the best for you in this life, whether you continue working with me or go far off into the world to do whatever is next on your list.

Thank you for always being one of my best friends.
Thank you for leading this team by example.
Thank you for loving unconditionally.
Thank you for being you.
You are enough.
You are loved.
I love you.

LaurenNateBlissdom

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Love Drop: $30,000 Given In Four Months

by Joshua on August 10, 2011


“That’s a crap load of love.”

So stated a friend of mine via Google Chat after she had taken a look at our latest page, detailing everything that Love Drop has given away since its launch in January. And you know what? She’s right. I wasn’t the one who built this page – it was my business partner J. Money. So even I wasn’t prepared for the sheer volume of the gifts the Love Drop community has given to these deserving families.

Over $30,000 worth of cash, goods and services freely given away in just four months . . . all using the principle of micro-giving. It’s easy for me to get lost in the business operations of this project, because it’s a full-time job. But every once in a while I take a giant step back and look out over what we’re all accomplishing together, and I’m blown away. I hear my mind shouting at me, “We’re really doing it!

Most of the people on our team give $5 per month. That’s it. For just five dollars a month they get to be a part of a caring community that literally changes lives every single month. They get to see exactly where their money is going, too. In fact, not only where, but when as well. Every time someone contributes to Love Drop, they get a detailed account, both written and through our web video coverage, within four weeks of giving. We literally show up on the family’s doorstep and shower them with anything our community can think of to help them along on their journey.

This project is incredibly powerful. We all have the cabability of making such a huge impact with such a small effort.
And we’re doing it. Thank you all so much for being a part of it.

And hey, if you like what we’re doing, share it with your friends. As you’ve now seen, every dollar counts. :)

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When You're In Over Your Head

by Joshua on August 6, 2011

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I feel like I just took a happy, laughing, running leap into the deep end. And only now that IРІР‚в„ўm here do I realize why this part of the pool is such a challenge. So what do you do when youРІР‚в„ўre in over your head? You reach out for help, of course.

Many of you know that my business partner (J. Money) and I launched a new project on January 1st: Love Drop. Each month we work to change the lives of one family or individual by bringing community together around the concept of micro-giving. Last month we were able to do some amazing things for Jill, a single mom in Chicago whose family had become homeless for the second time. If youРІР‚в„ўd like to learn more about that story, you can find it here.

Love Drop can be labeled as social entrepreneurship, which means itРІР‚в„ўs a (barely) for-profit business – we take out just enough from the contributions to pay taxes and run operations. It makes enough to be sustainable so we can continue to do it without going into debt. We love what we do, and we are honored to be a part of these familiesРІР‚в„ў lives each month.

In January we brought in around $5,000, of which we gave Jill around $2,500, as well as many other gifts of goods and services from team members all over the world. For this month, February, we chose a recipient family that really, really touched our hearts, and in doing so we took on a challenge that is well beyond the strength of our team at the moment.

This family lives in my own city of Milwaukee, which IРІР‚в„ўm really excited about. HereРІР‚в„ўs the story in a nutshell: The Rewolinski family consists of a mom, a dad, and three children. The two older boys (Ethan, 7 and Alex, 6) are autistic and need constant attention. The family has been trying to obtain a specially trained service dog to help with the boys . . . especially to stay near Alex, who will attempt to run away at any time. TheyРІР‚в„ўre all ready to have a dog placed in their home by a wonderful organization called 4 Paws for Ability. I know itРІР‚в„ўs a fantastic organization because J. and I took a trip down to Ohio to inspect the facility and make sure it was awesome (which it was).

4 Paws works with the family to place a dog in their home, free of charge and with no waiting list. The one thing the family must agree to do is provide $13,000 worth of fundraising for 4 Paws, which is a non-profit organization.

And thatРІР‚в„ўs where Love Drop comes in.

We made it our goal this month to help them raise the $13,000 necessary to get them started training with their dog and get it placed in their home as soon as possible. Great goal, powerful story, amazing thing our community can help out with this month, right? Right. Except with our business model, weРІР‚в„ўd have to bring in double that revenue in the form of contributions to make it happen. And weРІР‚в„ўre simply not there yet – we just launched this project a month ago, and our membership is still small.

Also, neither J. nor I have ever done any kind of fundraising before. Ever. You see, usually we keep it simple, and choose to work with those that we can easily help within the framework of our project. Bringing in $5,000 – not too hard. Bringing in 5 times that – ridiculously tough.

And since we help a new family each month, we have very little time to bring in the money. In this case, it means that we only have until February 28th to raise enough money to get this done. I think weРІР‚в„ўve brought in close to $2,000 in the first week, which is good, but not nearly enough.

Before I tell you what weРІР‚в„ўve decided to do about this situation, I want you to meet the family, and especially the two boys weРІР‚в„ўll be helping. Alex is in the black shirt, and Ethan is the one with the full head of hair. :) Check out the video below to take a peek into their home. If you donРІР‚в„ўt have much time, skip to the last two minutes or so.

Just so you know, the way Love Drop works is that at the end of every month, J. and I literally go visit the family at their home and present them with everything that the community came together to help out with for the month. The RewolinskiРІР‚в„ўs live in my hometown of Milwaukee, just a few miles from me, and I donРІР‚в„ўt want to go to their house on February 26th and tell them that our community and our city could not do enough to help them get their dog. I want to go in there happy and confident, knowing that this city and our national network came together to do something incredible this month, something that will quite literally change their lives.

J. and I talked about it, and we realized that we arenРІР‚в„ўt going to be able to get this dog if we do things the normal way. But we do think thereРІР‚в„ўs a way to bring in $13,000 if we work our tails off and have a lot of help from individuals and small businesses, especially those in the local (Milwaukee) community.

So hereРІР‚в„ўs what weРІР‚в„ўre doing about it: WeРІР‚в„ўre not going to take any money for taxes or operations for Love Drop this month – weРІР‚в„ўre going to funnel all of that money directly towards fundraising for 4 Paws so we can help this family get their dog. Every penny that we get this month will go towards the $13,000 needed for the service dog. Love Drop can take a hit in February . . . Ethan and Alex canРІР‚в„ўt.

ThereРІР‚в„ўs no way we can do this alone, though. We really, really need your help to get it done in such a short timeframe. So weРІР‚в„ўre asking you to pitch in however you can for Ethan and Alex. HereРІР‚в„ўs what you can do:

1) Give money through Love Drop
You can do this quickly and easily on our site here: http://www.lovedrop.us/get-involved. There are directions provided to subscribe monthly via PayPal, to do a one-time donation via PayPal, or give by credit card or physical check. We will make sure that everything we get this month (up to $13,000) goes straight over to 4 Paws and is accounted for correctly. If you’re an individual or business that gives a significant amount, we will include your information on our “Friends of Ethan and Alex” page here.

2) Give money directly to 4 Paws
If you want to make a larger, tax-deductible donation directly to 4 Paws, you can do so here: http://www.4pawsforability.org/donation.html. (Just make very sure to note that the money goes toward the Alex Rewolinski account.)

3) Spread the word
If you canРІР‚в„ўt help out financially, please help us spread the word this month by sharing this blog post with your network, or by sharing the story on Facebook or Twitter using the buttons at the top of the Love Drop homepage. If you have a blog, you can also join our Blogger Network, and weРІР‚в„ўll send you an email with free content that you can copy/paste to share this story with your readers.

So thatРІР‚в„ўs what IРІР‚в„ўm focusing all my energy on this month, guys. IРІР‚в„ўm not gonna lie – it feels really weird to write all this and ask for money and help from you. IРІР‚в„ўve never done anything like this before, and it puts me in a really new and uncertain situation. But the fact of the matter is, my discomfort this month is nothing compared to what this family deals with on an daily basis, and if I can spend all my time in February making sure we come together to help change their lives, then IРІР‚в„ўm happy to do it. Yes, IРІР‚в„ўm in over my head – but I wouldnРІР‚в„ўt have it any other way right now.

I know this was a really long post, and I thank you all for reading and being a part of such a large group of caring people.

J. and I really want to make this happen for the RewolinskiРІР‚в„ўs this month. Thank you for helping us out – we truly appreciate it.

Much love,
Nate

Photo Credit: Jef Harris

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Simply Said: Teenagers Are Awesome!

by Joshua on August 5, 2011

Priyasha, age 15, lives in Indonesia andР’В Р’В is one of our young ISWU teamР’В members making a difference in the world.Р’В  Following is her first blog post as a new writing team member.

Simply said, I think teenagers are awesome. Yes, I may be biased based on the sheer fact that I am a teenager, but I sometimes feel like my generation right now is amazing just because we (well, some of us at least) still have little bits of innocence from our childhood combined with maturity as we turn into adults. Kind of like a butterfly halfway through metamorphosis, except in our case, we get to explore the world during our time of change and not in a cocoon.

Sometimes I think teenagers today, and throughout history, are underestimated because of the stereotypes bestowed upon us. They say we all listen to music too loudly, are moody, mean to our parents, and rebellious. Sure, I’ll admit, that might be true, but at the same time I think it should be known that lots of us do have ideas on how to change the world around us and it would be incredible if teenagers and adults could work together more often to combine our thoughts and hopes to create something of greater good. This teenage generation has the power of the Internet, amongst other things, and we are stronger than ever, if our “powers” are used correctly, of course.

With Ryan Hreljac. I'm the second from the right.

With Ryan Hreljac. I'm the second from the right.

When I say we are stronger than ever, I mean to say, since a mass percentage of the teenage generation is connected on the internet and frequently uses it, call me naïve, but if we put our “powers” together, we could start something really big, or change the world in a really big way. Of course, it would be done with the support and help of anyone willing to join our cause, whatever it might be.

One of my favorite examples of teenagers impacting the world in a massive way is Ryan Hreljac. I met Ryan and he is one of the humblest, nicest guys I’ve ever known. Ryan started the Ryan’s Well Foundation with an idea of his when he was only six years old. He started with raising enough money to build a well in Africa and the foundation has spread from then on to eventually help “over 700,000 people” get access to clean water and sanitation services. Ryan’s only 19.

I could go on about all the amazing teenagers in this world trying to benefit our world and who are helping in all sorts of different ways, but I just wanted to give everyone reading this one example of a teenager who I feel is making a giant change to make the world a better place.

Finally, what IРІР‚в„ўm trying to say is, sometimes teenagers are undervalued because we are younger, and if teenagers and adult worked simultaneously, it could create something immensely powerful which would help our world in some way. Of course, since teenagers are so young, we do need help and guidance, and working with people older than us would definitely help us solve that problem.

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