Kid Heroes

PLEASE leave information about any website, organization, or amazing kid/adult that is helping the inspire/empower cause! Even if you could just pass a link to an article talking about an amazing kid/group of kids/adult helping kids/community helping kids, etc. Anything is better than nothing 🙂

Lets keep a running tally of kids/adults/organizations/websites that go above and beyond in the name of kid empowerment & inspiration. And I also invite you to speak your mind about what you think inspiration & empowerment means to kids.

Websites to visit:

People to note:

  • Oral Lee Brown “adopted” a class of first-graders in Oakland, California, promising to pay college tuition for every student who graduated from high school. On an annual salary of $45,000, she did it — pledging $10,000 of her own money each year and creating a foundation to raise the rest. Her foundation’s new goal: Send 20 students to college every four years.’ (
  • ‘At 15, Zach Hunter of Atlanta, Georgia, looks like an average teenager, but he has personally raised more than $20,000 to help free slaves around the world. His campaign, Loose Change to Loosen Chains, encourages students to donate spare change to groups working to end worldwide oppression. More than 30 schools now support his cause. Zach’s goal: to end modern-day slavery in his lifetime.’ (
  • In 1987, (Linda) Ellerbee and her life and business partner Rolfe Tessem left network news to start their own production company, Lucky Duck Productions. The company has produced programs for every major cable network, and has as its flagship program Nick News, a news program for children on Nickelodeon. That show has received many awards: three Peabody Awards (including one personal Peabody given to Ellerbee for her coverage of the Clinton investigation), another duPont Columbia Award and three Emmys. In 2004, Ellerbee was honored with an Emmy for her WE: Women’s Entertainment network series “When I Was a Girl”. (wikipedia) <– My choice for a hero based upon the fact that she CONTINUOUSLY offers kids the REAL word about news in a respectful, consistent manner. Rock on.
  • 13 year old Ashul Samar is a chief executive and Valley startup founder for the company Elementeo- a role-playing board game aimed at improving Chemistry education. (Thanks

NOTE: Does anyone have any specific information about the American High School girls who were helping feed African children through a family-owned hotel? It was on either “Good Morning America” or “The Today Show” last week. I’ve googled and googled and not found anything yet. Hmm.

  1. March 17, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    I think my son, Manie, is a hero. He has gone through so much and now I tell his story at my blog to help others become aware of the dangers of taking antidepressants during pregnancy. Manie’s story will hopefully say the lives of alot of babies. To read about Manie go to
    Thank you

  2. July 2, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Hi Izzy!

    I just discovered your blog and am sooo excited to find a kindred spirit who is doing such amazing work supporting kids so they can have a safe and positive online experience. 🙂

    I’m the founder and president of Amazing Kids!, If you are looking for stories about amazing kids, then I have a great resource for you! 🙂 For 12 years now, we’ve been featuring stories about amazing kids (the “Amazing Kids! of the Month”; Our story archives are at: These are kids from a wide variety of backgrounds from across the U.S. and around the globe who are accomplishing amazing things.

    The purpose of the Amazing Kids! of the Month stories is to inspire other kids to explore their own amazing gifts and to use them in positive and productive ways to make a difference in the world. 🙂 We are the number one online resource for stories about amazing kids, and our kids have been featured on all the national talk and news shows like Oprah, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Ellen, Martha, etc, etc…

    Please let your readers know about us! We accept nominations from anyone for our Amazing Kids! of the Month award.

    We also publish the Amazing Kids! Online Magazine, a high quality online publication written entirely by kids and teens. We want to lift our kids’ sites up to show them the amazing things they can do. Both our Amazing Kids! of the Month stories and the stories and articles written by kids in our publication is a great example of this! We also feature kid-run interviews with “Amazing Mentors!”; people such as Bill Gates, Jerry Greenfield (co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s), Julie Clark (founder of Baby Einstein company), etc.

    We also offer fun, challenging contests for kids and are the #2 online resource for “kids contests” (based on Google rankings). Our kids get prizes, get published on our website and when available, get mentors to help them nurture their amazing gifts. Past contest sponsors include Dreamworks Animation, Ty Inc, Borders, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Playmates Toys, and many more! 🙂

    Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Keep up the amazing work!

    Have an Amazing summer!

    Alyse Rome
    Amazing Kids! –
    Helping Kids Realize Their Amazing Potential and Launch Their Dreams!

  3. February 7, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    My daughter Madison just asked for donations instead of gifts for her 14th birthday raising $2000 to help find a cure for spinal muscular atrophy the #1 genetic killer of infants and toddlers. She has been a spokesperson for this disease her whole life and an inspiration to many other kids like her. She has given to other charities through game playing and even cut her hair twice and donated it to Wigs For Kids. She wasn’t expected to live past 2 but her love for life has kept her going. Please help her spread her message!

  1. May 21, 2007 at 4:18 pm

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