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TRANSGENDER ADVOCATE THE GENDERCOOL PROJECT
Tacoma , Washington
MISSION As an advocate for trans and non-binary equality in her community and on Capitol Hill , Stella Keating is a Gender- Cool Champion . “ I believe that I am helping to create a more accepting future for my generation and the next generation to come . Gen Z is the most diverse generation that has ever been , which is exciting because we all know that diversity makes us stronger and better .”
IMPACT Keating is the first transgender teen to testify in front of the US Senate . In spring 2020 , she launched a six-episode podcast series called Gimme the Mic , focused on elevating youth voices and perspectives .
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FOUNDER CHILDREN WITH NATURE
Nairobi , Kenya
MISSION Learning about environmental activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maatha in her kindergarten class motivated Ellyanne Wanjiku Chlystun of Kenya to protect the planet . “ We are literally facing a catastrophe as human beings are slowly destroying nature . The rivers and seas are filled with plastic , deserts are increasing , and animals are just disappearing . I hope people will be inspired to get into conservation .”
IMPACT Children With Nature partners with 80 public schools that have students who lack access to proper nutrition , setting up tree nurseries that produce fruit for food-insecure students and generate income through the sale of seedlings . Chlystun ’ s organization has also led to the planting of 1.3 million trees in Kenya . Her new target is to have one million trees planted in the semi-arid Sahel region , which stretches from Senegal to Djibouti , by the end of 2021 to mitigate desertification and contribute to the African Union ’ s Great Green Wall .
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PLANTING TREES
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