Time's newly released list of the 25 most influential teenagers of 2014 features absolutely brilliant and courageous young people.
We have picked 10 that stood out the most. Be amazed.
Malala Yousafzai, 17
The brave Pakistani girl was shot in the head by Taliban militants while on her way back from school. The tragedy didn’t bring her down but saw her becoming a power to be reckoned with. She is now more determined than ever to work for girls’ education in Pakistan and around the world.
The youth activist became the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, one year after winning the Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought. She has been voicing her concern over issues like education, help for Syrian refugee children, the demand to return the Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram and against drone strikes in Pakistan.
Mo’ne Davis, 13
This 13-year-old has broken many barriers and she is truly a champ. Mo'Ne Davis became the first girl to pitch a complete-game (six-inning) shutout in a Little League World Series clinching game In August.
She struck out six and allowed just three hits in six innings during the Mid-Atlantic Regional final to lead her team, the Taney Dragons to the LLWS by beating Delaware's Newark National 8-0.
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Ciara Judge, 16, Émer Hickey, 17, and Sophie Healy-Thow, 17
We’ll take them as one given that the trio works as a team.
Hailing from County Cork, Ireland, the girls may just have found a solution to the world hunger when they discovered Diazotroph, the bacteria that suck nitrogen from the atmosphere into soil, speeding up the germination of cereal crops like barley and oats hence increasing their yield.
Jazz Jennings, 14
"I have a girl brain but a boy body," Jazz says in her book, “I Am Jazz." "This is called transgender. I was born this way!"
Jennings was assigned male at birth and started living as a girl at the age of 5. In 2004, she was diagnosed with gender identity disorder. Her supportive family filmed a series of videos about her growing up a transgender child.
She has become the face of transgender youth as she carries she shares her story publicly, meets people like former U.S President Bill Clinton and gets interviewed by Barbara Walters. She also made it to the Out 100 and The Advocate‘s 40 Under 40 lists.
Flynn McGarry, 15
This teenager knows his food better than many adults. Flynn McGarry knew he wanted to cook when he was 10 years old. At 15, he’s running his own supper club called Eureka where he serves tasting menus—at $160 per person.
He has appeared on the cover of the New York Times Magazine, cooked on the Today show and apprenticed at 11 Madison Park. He eventually wants to own and run, “the best restaurant in the world,” and we have a feeling he will do just that sooner than anyone can predict.
With food like his, he actually can.
Rico Rodriguez, 16
Yes, Manny from ABC’s “Modern Family” made it on the list as well. Not only is he a famous and funny young man who rocks in a series that has millions of views, but one of the richest child actors. Rodriguez will be earning a whopping $115,000 per episode if the show continues through season eight.
Salma Kakar, 17
Kakar is the lead rider on the Afghan National Cycling Team. Her accomplishment is great considering she belongs to a war-torn country that doesn’t rank very high in women’s rights.
Her dream she says is to wave the flag of Afghanistan at the Olympics one day, and to show the world how far women from her country have come. Her coach Abdul Seddiqi shares the dream and is very optimistic as well. “I assure you...in the next two or three years you will find girls and women riding bikes, all over Kabul," he believes.
We wish her all the luck and believe she can do it too.
Lydia Ko, 17
Lydia Ko is a professional golfer from New Zealand. Born in Seoul, South Korea, the one-time top-ranked woman amateur golfer turned professional in October 2013 and is now the youngest millionaire in Ladies Professional Golf Association history.
Bethany Mota, 18
The fashion and beauty blogger has spent five years building her YouTube channel, Macbarbie07, which is now has its own brand value. It has over 7.4 million subscribers, 565 million-plus views, and earns her between $500,000 and $750,000 in annual ad revenue. Not only that, she has been a guest judge on the reality show “Project Runway” as a guest judge and on “Dancing with the Stars” as a celebrity competitor. Further, she has a clothing line she launched with Aéropostale and released her first single, “Need You Right Now.” Phew!
Tavi Gevinson, 18
This teenager is a writer, magazine editor, actress and singer and started her fashion blog Style Rookie when she was only 12 years old. It gets around 3.5 million hits a month. But it’s not just fashion that she speaks about; the young lady has her say on everything from graduating high school to feminism. She is currently starring in the Broadway play “This Is Our Youth.”