Jaden Smith, Malala Yousafzai, Sasha And Malia Obama Most Influential Teens For The School Year 2016By Jane Reed, UniversityHerald Reporter
TIME recently created a list of the most influential teens for the year 2016. However, there are only a handful that made an impact in the field of education.
This year, TIME considers these teenagers out of the 30 on the list as the ones who made a global impact through social media and their overall ability to drive news.
Sasha and Malia Obama
Their mother, First Lady Michelle Obama, is not the only one championing education for girls around the world. Sasha Obama, 15 and Malia Obama, 18, are also making an impact when it comes to promoting women's education. President Obama's daughters are making a mark in their father's office and follows their mother's footsteps. They travel to Liberia and Morocco to help make sure that girls' futures everywhere include education. Even Malia has put some time off before she starts Harvard to devote their time for the various causes they are passionate about.
Jaden Smith is also a teen that has made a considerable impact in the world today. He is known for being home-schooled but that doesn't mean he is neglecting the issues in schools and campus life. He builds his brand on making an identity. MSFTS is a clothing brand for the girl who wants to be a "tomboy or the boy that wants to wear a skirt, and people try to condemn." He created a controversy regarding his fashion choice. But his decisions are mainly to encourage the personal branding and identity of girls and boys everywhere. He is obviously against bullies and Jaden Smith followers know that "he's got their back."
Malala Yousafzai is a 19 year old teenager that uses her voice against the ban on female education. This young Pakistani is now the youngest Nobel laureate ever. She received the Nobel peace prize at only 17 years old. With her program, the Malala Fund, she helps secure girls' futures. The right to education is now set to a minimum of 12 years of quality schooling. Her next step? She is urging world leaders everywhere to set aside $1.4 billion towards educational funding for refugees.