Who says teenagers can't change the world?
Malala Yousafzai has inspired people all over the world with her activism and advocacy for girls, education, human rights, and peace. But as the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner ever, there's something special about the impact her story has on teens her own age.
When U.S. teens watched a news report of her being shot in the head by a gunman on a school bus in 2012, their reactions were, not surprisingly, pretty emotional.
But they were amazed at her courage in the face of discrimination, violence, and hate after her recovery.
They couldn't believe that she boldly took her place on the world's stage at the age of 14 years old (younger than some of them!), taking a stand for the rights of every child to get an education and live free from violence and oppression.
They even appreciated that she has spoken out about her religion and not allowed popular opinion, the media, or propaganda to override her truth.
And then, inspiration hit! They thought of their own lives and had some pretty deep things to say about the issues that are important to them and what stops them — and many of their peers — from taking a stand. They cover:
3. The media
4. Religious freedom
and a whole bunch of other issues that should restore your faith in young people. They really are pretty smart.
Their obstacles pale in comparison to hers, and yet, at such a young age, Malala has reminded them of what is possible when you speak truth to power and fight for what you believe in. Basically, she's their new hero.
Take a look at the video below to see Malala's story and even more terrific reactions to it.