WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
Across age groups, cultures and regions of the world people agree: “This should be in all schools.”
“The most inspirational videos I have ever seen.”
“It makes me feel I want to get up and do something, too.”
“I never knew young people can do such things. This gives me so much hope.”
“I have cried many times already. I am going to share this with my daughter when she comes home.”
“It makes me feel adrenalin run through my entire body. I want this for my entire generation in my country.”
“I just briefly scanned your website, and it looks AMAZING!! So bright and colorful and positive! I really love the photo of those kids in Hawaii who are holding the Hawaiian Kingdom sign. So much positive energy and aloha spirit! Yay! Your approach to making the world a better place for everyone is so positive and excellent. You deserve much appreciation and all kinds of support from all good people – especially financial support! :-)”
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Feedback from Experts
“Positive News. Brilliant.” Bill Drayton, Founder and CEO, Ashoka International
“Your kind of thinking is very rare.” Polly Higgins, Earth Lawyer, This is Ecocide Campaign, Top 10 Eco Thinkers of the Planet
“You are so prolific that I can hardly keep up with you. I have just had a chance to look at the Water issue and found it astounding – so comprehensive and full of new learning for me.” Nancy Roof, Editor, Kosmos Journal
“This should be in 25,000 public libraries.” Veteran progressive media-maker
“Excellent work.” A very renowned hub manager
“This is precisely what we need for Tunis.” Mokhtar Yahyaoui, constitutional panel
“I like the territory that your Water Special Edition covers. I like how the ‘different worlds’ of efforts are put right next to each other as part of a whole. I really was inspired by the ‘can do’ feeling of it, and the focus on simplicity in the context of global, unifying issues. Powerful.” Holistic Development Expert Consultant
“Internet magicians. In a short time they put together a comprehensive package of reliable information. Their special edition on Water is no exception. With thoughtful words and illustrative pictures they do more than offer knowledge on the Water issue, they will change the water related attitude and behaviour of the reader.” Helmut Burkhardt, President Council on Global Issues
“Very good stuff! I take the liberty of suggesting you think of a future issue on youth (self-)employment. Don’t hesitate to let me know if you think I might be of help in putting together such an issue – and/or perhaps others, focussing on youth (self-) empowerment.” Arthur Gillette, former Director of UN Youth Divisionhe world.
“I have been seeking such young heroes throughout my teaching career. I need those for all my classes. For global learning, on ethical values, youth self image…”
“I would think that for school-age kids around the world, this would be an eye-opener!”
“I just used some stories in my English class. It has been the most energized lesson ever. Even the most quiet students had something to say. They are inspired and wish to know how they can get involved.”
“I used your poster set on the Peace Day. Ameena and Adam have been a smash hit with the students. Everybody was there, the teachers, the principal, the students were so excited. You should have been there! They want to know more about using YL media at school.”
“To be honest, I had been very tired in the morning, but the experience has been incredible. It has been such a rewarding experience. YL can do so much for these children.”
“Whenever we treat global issues, a dark cloud is forming above the class. But with these young role models and solutions, everything has changed. Students are so inspired and eager to learn more. I still cannot believe what has happened.”
“As a teacher, I would think that this would be most appealing to high school students. However, some teachers might decide to use it with older middle school kids, especially those that have been touched by gang violence. People like Ameena would be wonderful role models for them – the earlier we start, the better!”
“As a teacher it makes me feel incredibly happy to read such inspiring and incredible articles about young people being proactive and making a difference in the world.”
“After reading these stories I introduced the ideas to my afterschool class. They researched the topics and people discussed in small groups and fed back to the rest of the class. It was an excellent way for them to practice their English, expand their vocabulary and think about things in a different way. I have passed the website on to my Korean colleagues who have also found lots of inspirational stories for their classes.”
“At the school where I work, I am the editor of the school magazine. The students research and write the articles with my supervision. Whenever we start a new issue we sit together and brainstorm ideas. I encourage the students to “think big” and write about something they care about. I recently used some YL articles as examples of exciting and interesting topics they could focus on. Through the magazine the students are able to explore different ideas and ways of thinking-they were particularly motivated after seeing some stories on the YL website.”
“These posters are excellent! I like the idea of posting them in school so all students see them, and develop their own interest in treating the subject of youth participation in schools.”
“In our school, an active youth group is keeping sustainability education alive through their projects. The wall display and materials will help them become more visible and motivate their fellow students. I will see them through the first steps. Thank you for the great project. Good work!”
And a few words from people you may know
"Your kind of thinking is very rare."
Top 10 Unreasonable People on the Planet
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Parenting for a Peaceful World
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Red Brigade Lucknow Founder
Top 100 India’s Women Entrepreneurs
"Thank you for helping me realize my dream."
Youngest Headmaster in the World
Rotary World Literacy Hero Award
"Youth Leader opens fantastic opportunities for young people."
"Thank you for what you are doing for the kids."
Chrissie ‘Fire Mane’ Charley
Artist & Natural Phenomenon
"We need YL in all of Canada's schools."
Books With No Bounds Co-founder
3x MC of World’s Children’s Prize
"The cardgame is a must for every kid of today."
Plant-For-The-Planet Global Academy Trainer
"A constant inspiration."
Noticias Positivas Radio Magazine Argentina
"The epitome of youth leadership."
Legend in Wilderness Education
"I hope for YL to be in all schools of Bhutan."
Earth Guardians Bhutan Co-founder
"Youth Leader adds great value to our work in schools."
Awards and Recognition
YL & CG RISING
have scored distinguished global awards UNOV Awards 2010 and 2012 for United Nations Online Volunteer Teams India and Youth Rising for Peace, Pacemaker status in Ashoka’s re:imagine learning challenge, status as Official Project of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development DESD (UNESCO).
Our Members & Featured Changemakers
share hundreds of awards among them, many have received dozens of honors, and no less that the finest that our societies have to offer: Gloria Barron Prize, Brower Youth Award, Peace First Prize, Top 30 under 30, YES! Jam Alumni, FRIDA fellow, Rotary World Hero Award, UNITED NATIONS Forest Hero, World’s Children Prize, Nobel Peace Prize…
is an Images & Voices of Hope Award laureate (IVOH is known as the “Nobel Prize for Media of World Benefit”, with laureates like the founders of Kosmos Journal, Frontline and the director of TED) and has been honored with the IYONS India Award of Achievement. He is also a member of the Round Table for the Implementation of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development ESD in Germany (UNESCO).
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