Each year, millions of dollars are spent researching the latest scientific discoveries and possible solutions to social problems worldwide. And yet the most abundant resource is virtually untapped. The next generation is full of innovative solutions. Here are five young women who, through their creativity, are changing the world.
1. Tammy Tibbetts
Tibbetts founded She’s the First with her friend, Christen Brandt, in 2009. After reading an article discussing teenage pregnancies in Liberia, the pair reached out to friends in order to establish an organization to provide girls with a proper education. The nonprofit allows young American women to use their creativity in order to fund girls’ education in developing countries around the world.
2. Winter Vinecki
Vinecki founded Team Winter at the age of 10 in order to raise funding for prostate cancer research and spread awareness of the disease. An estimated 1 in 6 men will be affected by the disease in their lifetime. Through races and events, Team Winter aims to spread information about early detection and treatment to every continent. Vinecki recently became the youngest person to complete a marathon in Antarctica. She lost her father to prostate cancer in 2009.
3. Alyse Rome
Amazing Kids! was founded in 1998 by Rome as a way to provide school age children around the world with a positive and inspirational media outlet. The organization maintains a magazine showcasing the accomplishments of children everywhere and features articles written by kids. The company’s Launch My Dream! initiative provides kids with the resources needed to achieve their long term goals.
4 & 5. Caitria and Morgan O’Neill
The two sisters founded Recovers.org as a response to the chaos caused by a tornado hitting their hometown in 2011. The organization specializes in community preparedness and response to natural disasters. Cities are able to purchase specially designed software that allows all aspects of recovery to be tracked and characterized, minimizing delays in future relief efforts. Services include maintaining records of volunteers, promised donations, access to media coverage and aid request forums.
– Jasmine D. Smith