Young people are taken lightly in society. Sometimes lack of experience weighs against them, but their sheer determination and zeal drive them through. There are numerous examples around the world as to how young people have taken revolutionary steps. Young people have taken their fields by storm filling them with the much-needed enthusiasm and energy. They have achieved immensely!
Here’s an attempt to have a look at few of these prolific achievers across the continents. These are some of the phenomenal examples as to how youth can bring about a remarkable change.
Young achievers of Europe :
- Greta Thunberg – The teenager has entered the global spotlight as the voice of the youth pushing governments and corporations to address the climate crisis.
- Oleksiy Honcharuk – In August 2019, with less than three months of government experience, Oleksiy went on to become Ukraine’s youngest-ever prime minister.
- Nicholas D’Aloisio – A British entrepreneur, who at the age of 16 created Summly in 2011. Summly is a mobile app which automatically summarises news articles and other material, which was acquired by Yahoo for $30M in 2013.
- Ionut Budisteanu– In May 2013, at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, he won the Gordon E. Moore award along with $75,000 for doing a project about low-cost self-driving cars. In 2015, at the age of 22, Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu founded the company BIT TECHNOLOGIES RO.
- Robert Gentz – Founded Zalando, and e-commerce company, now valued at 6.8 billion euros, in 2008 at the age of 25.
- Nagua Alba – In 2015, she was elected to Spain’s parliament at age 25. She became not only the youngest member of parliament but also the first member of Arab descent.
Young achievers of Asia:
- Malala Yousafzai – Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate.
- Ritesh Agarwal – He was a college dropout who is now a successful entrepreneur, billionaire and the founder and CEO of Oyo Rooms valued at $10 billion.
- Syed Saddiq – In 2018, he became the youngest minister to serve in the Malaysian government, aged just 25.
- Vikas Das – He quit his job, and founded Vat Vrikshya, which works for tribal women to uplift their economic conditions and boost their skills using the naturally available resources.
- Virat Kohli – The current captain of Indian cricket, he led India to win Under 19 Cricket World Cup in 2008.
Young achievers of Africa:
- Duran De Villiers – Villiers is the founder of SteadiDrone, a South Africa-based company that develops and manufactures advanced small unmanned aerial multi-rotor systems for a wide range of applications and industries. The company had 2014 revenues of more than $1.2 million.
- Vera Daves de Sousa – She is finance minister in Angola. The elderly men dominate politics there, many of them veterans of the long civil war. At the age of 34, she is set to redefine the youth contribution to politics in her country.
- Abiy Ahmed – The 43-year-old prime minister of Ethiopia received the Nobel Peace Prize. It was for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.
- Ricky Rapa Thompson – He is the co-founder of SafeBoda, Uganda’s ‘Uber‘ for motorcycle taxis. He has been instrumental in growing Safeboda into a large community of over 1,000 riders.
- Naisula Lesuuda – At 29, she was the youngest member to serve in Ken’s Senate in 2013.
- Joana Mamombe – She is Zimbabwe’s youngest female Member of Parliament.
Sucessful People of Australia/Oceania:
- Jacinda Ardern – At 40, Jacinda Ardern is the youngest prime minister of New Zealand. She has bravely led the fight against COVID, making the country COVID free.
- Wyatt Beau Roy – At 20 years of age, he became the youngest person ever to make it to the Australian Parliament.
- Kane Williamson – At 30, he is leading the New Zealand cricket team to great heights with his prolific leadership. He made his debut at 20.
- Amelia Telford – An Environmental Activist, she is a young Aboriginal and South Sea Islander woman from Bundjalung country, is the National Director of the Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.
- Anika Wells – At 34, she is Australia’s youngest female MP
- Steele-John – At 22, he made history as Australia’s youngest senator when he was elected as a representative for the Greens party. Steele-John has Cerebral Palsy and is in a wheelchair and is an outspoken advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.
Achievers of South America:
- Leandra Medeiros Cerezo – Brazilian-born Leandra Medeiros Cerezo –is a revolutionary transgender fashion model who made headlines way back in 2011 when she first announced plans to begin gender reassignment surgery and walked her first runway. She’s also the first transgender person to front a global cosmetics brand, Redken. She is the muse of Riccardo Tisci, the chief creative officer of British luxury brand Burberry; her professional last name of “T” stands for Tisci.
- Samuel Sosa – The 20 year old is a rising Venezuelan footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club AD Alcorcón.
- Verónika Mendoza – In 2011 Mendoza was elected to Congress to represent Cusco with the Peruvian Nationalist Party. In Congress Mendoza has served as the women’s commission spokeswoman since 2010.
- Kaká – In 2003, he led Brazil Under 23 team in the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and finished as runner-up to Mexico. Kaka had suffered a career-threatening and possibly paralysis-inducing spinal fracture as a result of a swimming pool accident. He remarkably made a full recovery. He played a total of 270 matches for AC Milan and scored 95 goals.
Achievers of North America:
- PJ Sin Suela– The Puerto Rican rapper often gives social messages in the style of Residente in his songs. “I like to write about things that happen in Puerto Rico, and a lot of people feel identified,” he told Billboard.
- Pedro Kumamoto – First independent candidate to win an election to the western Mexican state’s legislature. At just 26 years old, he flipped the script on Mexico’s governing elite when he led a successful crusade against their most sacred privilege. He supported the move to strip all public officials of their immunity to prosecution while in office.
- Justin Trudeau – In 2015, Justin Trudeau became the second-youngest person to become Prime Minister. He started his first term at the age of 43 years. Witha dynamic personality, he is one of the most regarded leaders in global politics.
- Mark Zuckerberg – The CEO and co-founder of Facebook is the world’s 4th richest person. In 2007, at age 23, he became the world’s youngest self-made billionaire.
- Caleb Hanna – In 2019, he was the youngest black legislator in the US at the age of 19 years!