Who Are 2015's Most Influential Teens? TIME Includes Athletes, Inventors, & More
Despite complaints about kids today being narcissistic or obsessed with their phones, there are plenty of teenagers proving the stereotypes wrong. The adolescent generation and their accomplishments shouldn't be underestimated.
Earlier this week, TIME revealed the "30 Most Influential Teens of 2015." So, who made the list? A range of athletes, celebrities, and activists earned spots, along with inventors and social media stars.
Here are a few highlights:
- Malala Yousafzai: The 18-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner is an inspirational advocate for girls' education.
- Ahmed Mohamed: Ahmed, 14, made headlines when he got arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school. Since then, he has been invited to the White House and accepted a scholarship to study in Qatar.
- Zendaya: This Disney actress, 19, isn't afraid to speak up when others critique her appearance or photoshop her pictures. She's such a body positive role model that Mattel modeled a Barbie after her.
- Flynn McGarry: TIME deemed Flynn a "culinary sensation." It's a fitting title, since, at 16, the teen is already a restaurateur serving 14-course dinners in Manhattan.
- Lydia Ko: This golfer from New Zealand broke Tiger Woods' record at age 17. Now 18, she's racking up championship titles and aspires to compete in the 2016 Olympics.
What an inspiring group! To read the rest of the list, click here.
For more amazing teenagers, check out our Choices Changemakers, like Isaac, who is helping the homeless, and Trisha, who is stopping cyberbullying before it starts. Our "Different Like You" series also spotlights a great group of teens, including Naomi, who is helping others understand religious differences.