Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Most Influential Teens in The World 2017. The teenage years are a difficult time of life. With so many different things going on in those years, and often feeling like you have no control, teenagers often feel like they can’t affect anything, much less change. And as far as influencing anything, forget it. If this is the way you feel, it might be a good idea to check this list of the top 10 most influential teens. Not only are these 10 teens influential, but you might even say that in their own way they are changing the world.
List of Top 10 Most Influential Teens in The World 2017
10. Shawn Mendes, 17
Who says that an up-and-coming singer/songwriter can’t break into the big time on his own effort, even with a little help from social media? Don’t try to tell that to Shawn Mendes, since that’s what he did to not only attract the attention of two prominent managers but to attract a huge following around the world. In the ensuing three years, he has gained a worldwide fan base and ended up with an album and a top 10 hit, “Stitches,” in Canada and the United States.
9. Malia Obama, 17
For gaining your share of influence, it definitely helps to have a President as well as a First Lady as your parents. It’s also a good thing when your father pens an open letter to you–as well as every other kid in America–about how your future should have no limits. The good news in this is that so far Malia and her younger sister, Sasha, have embraced that opportunity. Need an example? Malia will attend Harvard University in 2017.
8. Katie Ledecky, 18
Katie Ledecky is an American competitive swimmer who is a nine-time world champion and a five-time Olympic gold medalist. She competes primarily in long-course freestyle events.
7. Joshua Wong, 19
Talk about taking some initiative. When most people decide to become more politically active, they are usually well along in years. Fortunately, when it comes to causing political change, Joshua Wong is far ahead of most others. Wong is a student activist in Hong Kong as well as being Secretary General of a political party that he founded, Demosistō. Even though he is still a student at a university in Hong Kong, he has led several active protests for the cause of universal suffrage. Thanks to his work, Time Magazine has nominated Wong for two of their own awards, Most Influential Teen as well as Person of the Year.
6. Zendaya, 19
In the entertainment business, you might want to call Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman a late bloomer, but now known simply as Zendaya, she has electrified screens, both small and large with her acting, dancing, and singing. Not only is her schedule quite full with commitments to Disney and several other studios and record labels, but she even released a debut book, Between U and Me: How to Rock Your Tween Years with Style and Confidence. She is one among the Top 10 Most Influential Teens in The World 2017.
5. Maisie Williams, 18
Margaret Constance “Maisie” Williams is an actress who hails from Britain. She has made several films including the prominent Game of Thrones, and won several awards for her acting.
4. Amandla Stenberg, 17
In Zulu the name Amandia means power or strength, which should serve Amandia Stenberg well in her work since she often portrays strong characters such as Rue in The Hunger Games and Cataleya in Colombiana. Stenberg started her career doing modeling for Disney, but was soon appearing for prominent advertisers in commercials before she was recruited for several film roles. It is also worthy of note that Stenberg is an accomplished violinist and singer.
3. Ahmed Mohamed, 14
Sometimes you don’t go looking for fame. Instead, it finds you. Such was the case of Ahmed Mohamed, who was a student at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas. On September 14, 2015, Mohamed brought a digital clock that he had created from spare parts to his school to show his teachers. Unfortunately, his English teacher thought his clock resembled a bomb, confiscated it, and turned him as well as his clock over to the school’s vice-principal, who called in law enforcement. Mohamed was suspended from school although law enforcement officials refused to press charges. Politicians, including President Barak Obama, activists, and even technology company executives weighed in on the controversy with Mohamed and his family soon leaving for Qatar because of the racial profiling and Islamophobia.
2. Rowan Blanchard, 14
Blanchard began her acting career after she was cast for several parts on Disney channel television programs. Since then she has appeared in numerous Disney productions and even sang the theme song for Girl Meets World. Blanchard has since used her platform to speak out publicly on issues such as terrorism, gun violence, and human rights. She has also spoken to UN Women.
1. Malala Yousafzai, 18
Sometimes, fate can deal a person a cruel hand. In the case of some people, however, they use that hand to make the world a better place. Thus is the case for Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani human rights activist. On October 9, 2012, Yousafzai was boarding a school bus in the northwestern district of Swat, when several Taliban gunmen retaliated against her for writing a series of articles covering her views of education for young girls in Swat Valley by firing three shots at her, one penetrating her head and ending up in her shoulder. She was in critical condition when she entered a local hospital for treatment, eventually improving enough to be sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in England for further treatment and rehabilitation. The incident sparked international outrage, but the Taliban refused to abandon their plans to kill her. Despite this, she has traveled the world to speak to groups about education in Pakistan, particularly for women and girls. She was a co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
These are Top 10 Most Influential Teens in The World 2017. Some teenagers are inspired. Others are inspirational. Both are good, but for these 10 teenagers, they didn’t let their circumstances determine their lives. Instead, in one way or another, these influential teens decided to make the world a better place, and they have.