Â Â Â Â Did you know that the word “teenager” was not invented until 1941? Up until then, you were considered to be either a child or an adult. Yes, it’s true. You were either a youngster or a fully responsible grown-up. Lately, our culture has molded the word “teenager” into something synonymous with “irresponsibility,” “carefree behavior,” and “laziness.” People do not expect anything of us, except trouble. Why did this pressure of low expectations fall so harshly on our generation? The answer is complicated, but instead of begging for a solution, why don’t WE BE the solution? Here’s a prime example of a teenager taking the initiative to make a difference (and even change the world).
Â Â Â Â Zach Hunter goes to school like you and me. But his research and studying doesn’t end after dismissal. When he gets home, he knows there’s work to be done and people to be helped, and he won’t waste a minute if an opportunity arises to spread the word about his cause. He’s a teenage abolitionist, helping to fight and end modern-day slavery.Â
Â Â Â Â Most people don’t realize that 27 million people are still enslaved today, half of them being children. When he discovered these shocking facts, something was ignited in his heart. It was a desire to bring change and become a voice for the voiceless.
Â Â Â Â He was 15 when his book, Be The Change, hit the shelves. Imagine having your own book by the time you’re a freshman! But, it doesn’t stop there. He continues to strive for excellence and encourages others to do the same. He’s even developed his own campaign, Loose Change to Loosen Chains, which is a group of students and emerging leaders who want to see the trade in human beings stopped. To check out more/get involved, go to his facebook page:Â http://apps.facebook.com/causes/4502?m=df78399c&recruiter_id=1006718
Â Â Â Â Whether you’re an abolitionist or an actress, a violinist or an aspiring chef, you can do anything you set your mind to. Don’t let the word “teenager” hold you back from realizing your dream!
Â Â Â Â Thanks,
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Alyson S.