“I think there’s a misconception with our generation,” Yash Gupta, age 17 said as reported by CNN. “Many of my friends are doing things to improve their communities.”
At just 14 years old, Yash Gupta started his organization, collecting used eyewear from optometrists and donating them to kids in need. Gupta reported to CNN that the glasses he is providing can make a big impact.
“A lot of times, these families are in poverty,” he said. “With a good education, you know, they can get a good job and get a good career. Kids are passionate and can make a difference. It’s just a matter of finding out what you care about and focusing on that.”
For Gupta, it is helping children with their vision. Since 2011, he has handed out more than 9,500 pairs of donated glasses through his nonprofit organization, “Sight Learning”.
Blair Brettschneider, at just 23 years old, has made her mark upon society too. Her mission is to help female refugees readjust to their new life in the U.S. Her organization, “Girl Forward”, provides mentoring, tutoring, life skills and social support to nearly 50 women in Chicago.
“Mostly their just normal teenagers. We talk about celebrities, movies, and books,” Brettschneider said as byreported KTLA 5.” But then at the same time, a lot of them have lost parents who’ve been killed. They’ve seen bombs in their cities. They’ve lost people to disease and grown up in really dirty conditions.”
“It’s hard enough to be a teenage girl in the United States… It’s even harder to be a refugee teenage girl in the United States,” Brettschneider said according to KTLA 5.
For those interested in either of these organizations, they can be accessed at their websites. “Site Learning” can be accessed at sitelearning.com. “Girl Forward” can also be accessed at www.girlforward.org.