Age 17, London
I think that anyone with honest intentions and a simple idea can make a difference, if only they set their mind to it. That’s why I started The Youth Project (TYP) Foundation back in 2014. With over 1350 youth members worldwide, we’ve fundraised for and built a community centre for children in India, and I spend every summer there working with children living in slums and coaching football.
In the UK, we run a mentoring scheme every Saturday for young people with learning disabilities, and last New Year we brought together 50 young volunteers who gave up a day donating food, water and clothes to people who were homeless in London. We did this in June again and are planning one in Paris. I also spend a lot of time promoting TYP Foundation to inspire others to get involved – whether it’s through social media, BBC Radio Asian Network, or TYPE magazine – a space for talented young writers to express their ideas and issues they care about, which I helped set up.
I’ve got big plans for the future of TYP Foundation. We’re hoping to grow our membership, expand our support to young people in Brazil, and continue to make a positive difference here in the UK – giving even more young people the chance to fulfil their dreams.