Three Dot Dash 2018 Global Teen Leader
AMANDA 16, USA
AnxietyHelper is an app that acts as a mental health guidebook, giving users the tools they need to learn about and cope with mental illness. The app is aimed towards those who are mentally ill, and provides information about mental health, a supportive community and resources to make coping with mental illness easier.
ANJALI 18, USA
School for a Village provides technology and educational resources to underprivileged areas and develops targeted programs to help students succeed in today’s world. They have equipped 1,000 village students with skills for high paying STEM jobs, and engaged thousands of young people in the United States through their volunteer opportunities, events, online platforms and media outlets.
Ciara-Beth 18, Ireland
MiContact is an app that acts as an easy solution for individuals with autism to practice eye contact at their discretion and convenience. Based on applied behavioral analysis, the app can help young people with autism better engage socially and professionally. MiContact has been integrated into The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s campaign for empathy.
Clara 18, USA
Bridge the Divide is an initiative that seeks to unite students during a time of great divide in both U.S. and global affairs. With ambassadors in 30+ countries, they provide a platform that promotes respectful, productive political conversations among people from diverse backgrounds. Their Converge conference brings together individuals across the political spectrum, with the goal of creating a more profound mindset of political tolerance.
DAVID 18, USA
Skate 4 Africa works with local skateboarding communities in developing countries to create skate parks, distribute donated boards to underprivileged youth and teach them how to skate. They recruit local young Africans to volunteer in their service projects and hire local workers to construct the parks, which in turn supports the local economies. Engaging youth in positive activity and creating safe environments directly leads to a more peaceful society.
Erin 18, USA
FacePrint is a novel tool to diagnose and monitor Parkinson’s disease. Using early stage facial muscle indicators, it currently boasts an 88% accuracy rate. Requiring only a computer and webcam, FacePrint offers an inexpensive and remote way to detect Parkinson’s disease within milliseconds. Compatible with facial recognition used by companies such as Snapchat and Facebook, FacePrint is a selfie that could save your life.
GODWIN 19, NIGERIA
Godwin is the founder of Defining True Leadership (DTL), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to equip and engage young people living in Ofat, Nigeria with tools to be academically successful and graduate. They hold workshops, lead study groups, connect students to mentors and have built four libraries in schools and the community. DTL has reached more than 12,000 Nigerian students with their programs and awareness campaigns.
Jefferson 19, Kenya
The Eden Horticultural Hub is an agribusiness that works to improve the increasing food insecurity in Kenya. Since there is a low production of tomatoes, an important ingredient in Kenyan households, The Hub uses hydroponic technology to produce tomatoes. So far, they have grown and distributed 2.5 tons of tomatoes to many homes, hospitals and schools.
KIARA 18, SOUTH AFRICA
No More Thirsty Crops stems from the creation of a special material that can hold hundreds of times its weight in water while stored within soil. Unlike man-made materials currently used, this material is made of waste products, biodegradable, inexpensive and free of harmful chemicals. The material not only improves the environment, but also increases the chance for plants to sustain growth by 84% during a drought and can increase food security by 73% in disaster stricken areas.
Leander 17, Germany
Bionic Hands of Hope (BHOH) has developed a brain-controlled, 3D printed bionic robotic hand for amputees. They aim to provide the innovative bionic hands to amputees in underdeveloped countries, and establish Maker Labs in local communities to employ and train workers to produce the hands. BHOH also works to diminish the stigma surrounding people with disabilities and connect amputees.
Maja 18, Australia & Germany
From a young age, Maja believed in the power of art as therapy and self-expression. Now, through her online store and creative community, Heartsi, she is inspiring and empowering others to embrace their creativity all while providing visual art training to vulnerable children in Cambodia.
Mridul 17, India
MeraSMS is a unique, cloud-based platform to improve lives in urban slums and refugee settlements, where the struggle for basic amenities are exacerbated by information gaps and lack of personal documentation. MeraSMS provides maternal care support and financial literacy education, facilitates access to health clinics, and assists families in joining welfare programs. Through crowd mapping, MeraSMS collects real-time data to identify and address specific humanitarian needs.
Neiman 18, USA
Hex Lab is a research and development company developing solutions for environmental and health problems that greatly affect people around the globe. They have created two unprecedented ways to detect multiple chronic and degenerative diseases, and solar panels that can replace fossil fuels and power an entire home or building for 100 years for only $100 USD.
SANJANA 18, USA
Rakshana is a nonprofit whose mission is the economic empowerment of sex trafficking survivors. Rakshana has partnered with the largest anti-sex trafficking shelter in the world, Prajwala, to achieve this mission. Rakshana aims to provide survivors with sustainable financial independence through training and employment pathways in STEM, preventing the cycle that often forces survivors back into trafficking when they don’t have a way to support themselves.