It is not easy to raise a child with special needs, and many families all around the world are facing this issue. Based on what she experienced while volunteering in the special needs community while still a high school student, Julie Averbach (18) from New Jersey, noticed a lack of innovative resources to support the siblings of special needs children. So, this is what she did: with the help of a few artists, she created a witty comic book that helps brothers and sisters of kids with special needs to deal with every day challenges more easily. This project has brought her the Gold Award of GSUSA, and she has become one of only ten girls in the USA named a 2016 National Young Woman of Distinction. Today her comic books are used in schools and health institutions all around the USA, Canada, Brazil, England, and Australia.
It is hard to believe there are still many fatal, not sufficiently explored diseases in the 21st century. One of them, Ebola, took more than 11.000 lives during a three-year-long outbreak in West Africa. In order to increase the public’s awareness of this issue and help students to understand more about how Ebola is diagnosed and treated, Sadhana Anantha, only 19, has designed a simulation of the diagnostic test for this illness. The way she did it and the feedback afterwards brought her the title of 2016 National Young Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of the USA. This is her story.
Youth Global Forum 2016’s Winning Project: Fighting The Isolation Of The Elderly By Educating The YoungWritten by Youth Time Editor
The Youth Global Forum 2016 in Jakarta has concluded. Over the course of four days, more than 100 young people from 29 countries were gathered together to come up with interesting solutions for sustainable social development. Seven youth initiatives “battled” for the Forum’s main prize – a realization grant. And the winner was a young, but experienced, social entrepreneur from Russia: Olga Lakhnova, with a project targeted to fight the isolation of elderly people by allowing them to help with educating children. Olga plans to launch a social club in Moscow where local retirees will be able to use their knowledge for good by educating children through one-on-one instruction or in “classes” consisting of small groups. According to Olga, this will help elderly people to fight isolation and will give children the opportunity to obtain additional education for free. In this interview Olga explains the concept behind her winning project.