15 Millennials Who are Changing the World

Far from the jaded and disconnected image associated with them, 18 to 35 year-olds have an optimistic vision of the future and are actively at work to make the world a better place.

15 Millennials Who Are Changing the World

By The Culture-ist

  • Shiza Shahid, 25

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    The Pakistani activist is the Co-Founder and Global Ambassador of the [Malala Fund](http://www.malala.org/), an organization that fights for girls' rights to an education and empowers girls to amplify their voices.

  • Sasha Fisher, 25

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    She is the Executive Director of [Spark MicroGrants](http://www.sparkmicrogrants.org/), an organization that provides grants to rural communities in Rwanda and Uganda to design, implement and manage their own development projects.

  • Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew, 25

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    A survivor of sexual exploitation throughout her childhood in the foster care system, T uses her experiences to provide leadership to victims, inform others on human trafficking and push for reform.

  • Emma Watson, 24

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    As Hermione, she was a leader in establishing wizarding world peace. As Emma, she leads UN Women's [He For She](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0Dg226G2Z8), a solidarity movement for gender equality. Her passionate UN address is making waves.

  • Daniel Maree, 26

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    In honor of Trayvon Martin, he founded [Million Hoodies Movement for Justice](http://www.mhoodies.org/) to protect and empower young minorities from racial profiling and gun violence. The organization has over 50,000 members.

  • Taylor Wilson, 19

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    At 14, Wilson was the youngest person to achieve nuclear fusion. During [TED 2013](https://www.ted.com/talks/taylor_wilson_my_radical_plan_for_small_nuclear_fission_reactors), he presented his plan for small nuclear fission reactors as the next big step in solving the global energy crisis.

  • Danielle Fong, 26

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    As chief scientist at [LightSail Energy](http://www.lightsail.com/), she’s dedicated to solving the intermittency problem that plagues wind and solar power plants by storing energy in the form of highly-compressed, clean air.

  • William Kamkwamba, 27

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    In 2002, he built a windmill out of scrap metal, bringing electricity to his home in Malawi. Since then, he has designed a solar-powered water pump to supply drinking water in his village.

  • Parker Liautaud, 20

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    Polar explorer and campaigner Liautaud has skied to the North Pole to bring attention to climate change. In 2013, he completed the Willis Resilience Expedition from Antarctica to the South Pole.

  • Brittany Wenger, 20

    By The Culture-ist

    She built [Cloud4Cancer](http://cloud4cancer.appspot.com/), a computer system to detect and diagnose leukemia, which has run more than 7.6 million successful trials to date.

  • Jack Andraka, 17

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    He received the 2012 Gordon E. Moore Award for developing a new method to detect pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer in the early stages, which could have a major impact on the race for a cure.

  • Chase Adam, 27

    By The Culture-ist

    His organization [Watsi](https://watsi.org/) is redefining non-profit fundraising by utilizing crowdfunding for global medical care, enabling donations to directly fund care and resources abroad.

  • Panmela Castro, 27

    By The Culture-ist

    Castro is the president of [Rede Nami](http://www.redenami.com/), a feminist urban arts network in Brazil that promotes women’s rights through lush, evocative and jarring socio-political graffiti art.

  • Tavi Gevinson, 18

    By The Culture-ist

    At 11, she emerged onto the internet's fashion and culture scene through her blog, The Style Rookie. Today, she is the founder of [Rookie](http://www.rookiemag.com/), an online publication and community for teenage girls.

  • Kristen Titus, 29

    By The Culture-ist

    As the current Founding Director of NYC's Tech Talent Pipeline and the former Executive Director of [Girls Who Code](http://beta.quiet.ly/list/11517/girlswhocode.com), Titus is combating gender imbalance in the fields of technology and engineering.

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