We’re all conditioned to thinking that success beyond the classroom only happens when we leave education. But there’s nothing to stop you making a difference now. Here are a few of our favourite teen role models from around the globe. All have worked hard and have emerged from very different backgrounds. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, there is an inner winner within.
Lydia Ko, 18
The female professional golfer (above) from New Zealand was the youngest ever player of either sex to be made #1 in their sport. By 2014 she was named as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people. This year she became the youngest double major winner since Tom Morris Jnr won the 1868 Open Championship.
Ollie Forsyth, 18
The 18-year-old businessman from Northamptonshire, UK was bullied at school and battled dyslexia before he found his feet and started his first shop aged just 13. Ollie is determined to be a millionaire by the time he’s 20, and he is on course for achieving his goal.
Mo’ne Davis, 14
The Little League Baseball pitcher from Philaelphia, US, was one of two girls to play in the Little Leaugue World Series. At 13 she threw a 70 mph although her arm was 15% shorter than major league players. She has since signed for the Harlem Globetrotters exhibition basketball team!
Joshua Wong, 19
The Hong Kong student activist has marked himself out as a politician of the present, not simply the future. Wong was inspired by his father who took him to see the lives lived by less privileged people. The 18-year-old helped to spearhead last year’s protest movement against Beijing’s plan to restrict elections for the top leader of the semi-autonomous Chinese city.
Asia Newson, 13
Asia Newson is Detroit’s youngest entrepreneur. Born in Owosso, MI and raised in Detroit’s Brightmoor neighborhood, she started Super Business Girl at the age of five years old, learning how to make candles from her father. She now makes and sells her own versions as well as merchandising them through her own website. Asia’s mission is to “recognize the true potential in every child and to develop intrinsic security that makes optimum use of their individualized talent “.