Most inspirational teenagers

Over many years younger people have really expanded in their achievements and goals. This means that their younger audience can follow in their footsteps and be inspired to reach any of their own goals or dreams. Here are some examples of some of the most inspirational teens. 

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg; Greta was born in 2003 (17 years old) she is a Swedish activist and has become a leading voice for climate change activism.

In 2018, she came up with the idea for the school strike movement after staging her first protest in August on the steps of the Swedish parliament in Stockholm. Since then, more than one million students have joined her by walking out of their classrooms to protest against climate change inaction.

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish swept the board at the 2020 Grammys, winning five awards, including best new artist and song of the year. The 18-year-old also won album of the year for her debut, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go, where she recorded in her childhood home in LA.

She replaces Taylor Swift as the youngest person ever to win the award. “I joke around a lot at these things, but I genuinely want to say I’m so grateful,” She is the first person to achieve the feat since Christopher Cross in 1981. Eilish appeared to be speechless by the extent of her domination of the awards. 

Eilish succeeded in all of the Grammys “big four” marquee categories – song of the year, record of the year, album of the year and best new artist. 

Emma González

In February 2018, a gunman stormed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida which resulted in the killing of 17 people. But rather than being defeated by this tragic event, many of the teens who survived the shooting instead began a national campaign to try to end gun violence.

Emma González, then just 18, emerged as one of the leaders of this new movement and co-founded the gun-control advocacy group Never Again MSD. In March 2018, she delivered a powerful speech at the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. when she read out the names of her dead classmates and then stood defiantly silent for four minutes – the length of time it took the gunman to carry out his attack. 

Amika George

After reading about a charity which usually provides menstrual products to girls in Africa having to redirect products to Leeds – because there were girls there who couldn’t afford them – Amika George decided she had to do something to fight period poverty in the UK. 

Amika, who founded #FreePeriods when she was 17, organised a protest outside Downing Street which saw 2,000 people dressed in red, demanding the government take action. In the wake of this pressure, the UK government announced in March 2019 it would be funding free sanitary products in all English schools and colleges