They’re out there. They’re actually great in number but they never seem to get the recognition they deserve. Good teenagers – the ones who make you smile and warm your heart and give you all kinds of hope for the future – they’re everywhere if you’re willing to see them.
Some of them make it easy. A couple of days ago, I was summoned to a meeting with a teenager and his father. At age 12, this teenager had started his own non-profit organization to help kids his age find focus and choose paths that would help them to achieve their dreams. Let me repeat that: He started his own non-profit at age 12. He has a website, business cards, a completely full online calendar – this kid could give Kid President a run for his money.
I just sat there listening while he very eloquently articulated his mission statement, his accomplishments, his wishes and desires for other teens. He wanted to form a partnership with my organization so that we could work together to serve the kids who need it. He looked me in the eyes, called me by name, listened when I spoke, and showed an incredible and beautiful mixture of enthusiasm and grace. Quite frankly, he impressed me as an outstanding human being. How often do you meet anyone – let alone a teenager – who does that?
What amazing teenagers have you met and why did they impress you? Why don’t we hear more about these teens?