Melati and Isabel are two teenagers from Bali who started the NGO Bye Bye Plastic Bags in 2013 aged just 12 and 10. Their organisation has been instrumental in reducing the use of plastic bags in Bali. In 2018 they also launched Bali's Biggest Clean-up with 20,000 people cleaning up 65 tons of rubbish in Bali. The girls speak at environmental conferences and schools. Their advice to other teens is, find that one thing that you are passionate about, and go for it. You can read more about their Bye Bye Plastic Bags here.
Allie Sherlock is a 13 year old busker from Ireland. This video of her appearing on the Ellen Show last January was the third most watched YouTube video of 2018. As well as doing covers, Ally writes her own music. Even though she has signed a record deal with Ryan Tedder (formerly of One Republic) she still busks. BTW, her album is due out this February.
Warning: this is pretty confronting but very powerful. Sexual assault is a terrible thing to happen to someone and it happens more than you realise. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 1 in 6 (1.5 million) women and 1 in 9 (992,000) men were physically and/or sexually abused before the age of 15. But it doesn't have to destroy you or define you.
I have a confession to make - I love Australian Ninja Warrior.
Here are some life lessons from the 2018 series:
Caitlin Figueiredo is a young woman from Australia who has just been awarded a Queen's Young Leader's Award. Here are some of her achievements: