Something odd happens when you research kids who are saving the world; you become filled with hope. The future looks, not troubled, but brilliant. Reality television and social media make oversharing a rite of passage in modern life, yet sometimes the important moments get lost in the cacophony.
Take for example these child visionaries — boys and girls who have changed our world through their good actions or examples. Some have mobilized millions for a good cause. Others have moved us simply by their generous and hopeful view of humanity. Here are 15 Amazing Kids who have made an impressive mark on our world.
#15 Celebrity Teen Hero: Bailee Madison
Bailee Madison: Changing the World One Lemonade Stand at a Time.
Actress Bailee Madison didn’t waste any time getting into show business. At just two weeks old, she starred in her first commercial for Office Depot and has since appeared in films like Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and on TV series like Wizards of Waverly Place. Now 13, her next project is a sly TV movie about Girl Scouts called Smart Cookies. Madison has been equally ambitious about activism. She’s the national spokesperson for the grassroots nonprofit Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
The organization was founded by a child with cancer—Alex Scott—who raised money to beat the disease with her first lemonade stand at age four in 2000. Scott passed away in 2004, but her mission has inspired legions of kids to help bring in over $500 million dollars for pediatric cancer research. We recently talked to Madison about her work for the cause. The morning we talked, she had just hosted an impromptu lemonade stand in New York City and raised over $500.