A college student wants to tackle one of the most pressing issues of our time.
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For most people, addressing climate change can feel hopeless. It's too big, too complex, and relies on too many moving parts.

But one teen is undaunted. When he looks at climate change, he sees an opportunity. This is his story.

Saving the world isn't easy, but this teen may be able to do just that.


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Manny grew up in Miami, the son of Cuban immigrants who wanted to give their family the best chance at life.

From an early age, they let him know that he was capable of anything he set his mind to as long as he worked hard and devoted himself to his goals.

He took their lesson to heart.

Manny is determined to do something many of us find it easier to ignore: He wants to combat climate change.

Most of his peers agree that many of the effects of climate change can be averted.

But he's one of the few who is ready to devote his life to tackling the challenge.

He says, "environmental science is the science of the future" because he truly believes that we're capable of making a difference now before it's too late.

He knows the road isn't going to be easy. But he feels a strong sense of urgency.

"Is saving the world easy? It's kind of not. But it's a small price to pay to hopefully make a really big difference for everyone."

With the help of the Live Más scholarship from Taco Bell, Manny now attends MIT, and his continued success will benefit us all. Students like Manny are literally our future. They're capable of changing the world when we give them the support they need to realize their dreams.

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Inside the walls of her kitchen at her childhood home in Guatemala, Evelyn Klohr, the founder of a Washington, D.C.-area bakery called Kakeshionista, was taught a lesson that remains central to her business operations today.

"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

That program gave Klohr the ability to fully immerse herself in the baking industry within a professional kitchen facility and receive training in an array of subjects including culinary skills, food safety, career development and English language classes.

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This article originally appeared on 04.13.18


Teens have a knack for coming up with clever ways to rage against the system.

When I was in high school, the most notorious urban legend whispered about in hallways and at parties went like this: A teacher told his class that they were allowed to put "anything" on a notecard to assist them during a science test. Supposedly, one of his students arrived on test day with a grown adult at his side — a college chemistry major, who proceeded to stand on the notecard and give him answers. The teacher was apparently so impressed by the student's cunning that he gave him a high score, then canceled class for the rest of the week because he was in such a good mood.

Of course, I didn't know anyone who'd ever actually try such a thing. Why ruin a good story with reality — that pulling this kind of trick would probably earn you detention?

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