Most Inspiring Children

There are many influential and inspiring figures that many people tend to look up to in History, but what if some of these people who managed to contribute change, aspiration and even revolution to the world happened to be people younger than 18? There is irrefutable proof that kids are just as capable as adults in captivating the hearts and minds of many.

Which child do you think has managed to enlighten or helped the world in your viewpoint?
The Top Ten
1 Anne Frank Annelies Marie Frank was a German-born diarist. Anne for short. One of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust, she gained fame posthumously with the publication of The Diary of a Young Girl in which she documents her life in hiding from 1942 to 1944, during the German occupation of the Netherlands ...read more.

Among the youngest World War II heroes. Her diary is a testimony to describe what kids have to deal with when there's blasts, bloodshed and persecution around your environment. Its surprising to know how her diary is getting progressively more relevant, seeing as more kids are getting massacred or orphaned due to war.

Anne Frank is a wonderful person that has interesting but sad stories that are based on real events.

She's inspiring but her book is pretty depressing.

2 Iqbal Masih

If he was able to rally up a massive amount of people to protest and challenge the corrupt and dangerous, especially in a developing country, you know this boy was a true hero and martyr. He has also been given recognition, such as the Reebok Human Rights Award and as a major inspiration for the WE (Free the Children) Charity in Canada.

3 Malala Yousafzai Malala Yousafzai S.St is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.

I think malala is the bravest one on this chart because she got shot in the head three times and still survived a all because she wanted to learn and go to school.

As of now, she is coming up on adulthood, and she made a big impact when she was a teen, so this shouldn't really be here.

But still a huge inspiration.

Maybe most inspiring teenagers is more like it. But she still is very inspiring

4 Alexandra Scott

I've wrote about her in my Unsung Heroes list, but she deserves a spot hands down. If it weren't for Scott, there wouldn't have been much investment and awareness in Pediatric Cancer.

5 Peter Wang

While he may not be with us, the memories of his heroism will. Wang risked his life to hold the door for classmates escaping from the shooter. His sacrifice was tragic, but his sacrifice made him a true JROTC cadet and hero.

6 Anthony Borges

This teen deserves to be praised as a true national hero. The bravery and courage that went into his heroic act as he held down the door and protected his classmates from the clutches of the shooter Nikolas Cruz at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida was a great act of sacrifice and risk-taking to do what's right. Here's to a full and swift recovery for not just any 15-year old, but a 15-year old who is a hero.

You don't hear about him much, unlike Gonzalez and Hogg.

The fact that a bully who hates the NRA for something they had nothing to do with like Emma Gonzalez gets fame and attention, yet this hero doesn't sickens me

7 Maria Goretti St. Maria Goretti is an Italian virgin-martyr of the Catholic Church, and one of the youngest canonized saints. ...read more.
8 Om Prakash Gurjar

Gurjar was a child laborer who was freed by activists from the "Bachpan Bachao Andolan" organisation. He would later set up child-free villages, in an effort to cut down child labor, largely succeeding and even enabling greater rights to children, earning them further protection from exploitation. His actions ultimately won him an International Children's Peace Prize in 2006.

9 Gabriella Miller

Like I've said in my Greatest Unsung Heroes list, she deserves recognition for bringing awareness to a rather obscure and overlooked topic. Her work and endeavor continues to be posthumously carried out by the "Smashing Walnuts" organisation.

10 Shirley Temple Shirley Temple Black (April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014) was an American actress, singer, dancer, businesswoman, and diplomat who was Hollywood's number one box-office draw as a child actress from 1935 to 1938. As an adult, she was named United States ambassador to Ghana and to Czechoslovakia and ...read more.
The Contenders
11 Helen Keller

Helen Keller is a blind and deaf child but she became successful because of her
Teacher Anne Sullivan. She is a successful author, but died when she was 87 "she died peacefully" Anne Sulliavan had said

She was deaf but that didn't make her stop trying to learn what people are saying or what it is like to hear

12 Calvin Graham

Youngest American to fight in WW2. He wanted to save the world, lied about his age, and enlisted at age 12. Was wounded fighting in the Battle of Guadalcanal, but was discharged after two years when the Navy discovered his true age.

13 Nkosi Johnson

Nkosi was born with HIV-Positive, with his mother succumbing to AIDS when he just started grade school. He advocated for awareness in South Africa alongside his foster mother, eventually finding "Nkosi's Haven" in Johannesburg. Although he passed in 2001, he was posthumously awarded an International Children's Peace Prize in 2005, alongside Nkosi's Haven receiving a US $100,000 from the KidsRight Foundation.

14 Greta Thunberg
15 Elena Desserich

Elena was diagnosed with DIPG and passed in 2007 at age 6 :(. What's surprising is that she had a lot of perseverance. She wrote love notes secretly to her parents and younger sister and hid them carefully, with her notes being discovered shortly after her death. Her parents set up the Cure Starts Now Foundation, dedicated to funding and researching enough for curing cancer. A memoir, "Notes Left Behind" was released in October 2009, detailing Elena's prognosis, life with cancer, death and aftermath.

I feel bad that she died at the age of 7 or 6 but that's really sad how she died but she is in a better place

16 Ryan White

Influential in the awareness, consequences and dangers of AIDS. Even Elton John and Michael Jackson were influenced by Ryan, with Elton kickstarting an awareness/funding organisation on HIV/AIDS and the King of Pop making a song in dedication to him called "Gone Too Soon".

17 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era, born in Salzburg.

Without a doubt, the greatest child musician of all time.

18 Samantha Smith

Who would have thought a 10 year old would be a symbol of peace when she wrote letter to the Soviet leader Yuri Andropov during the Cold War. Yuri took positively, and Samantha was seen as a peace activist and a symbol of peace during the Cold War, even visiting Russia and writing a book about it. She unfortunately passed in a plane crash in 1985 at age 13.

Her death, d*mn... What a shame, but kudos to her. RIP

19 George Harrison George Harrison (1943 - 2001) was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

At the age of 14, joined a skiffle group called The Quarrymen with his older pals John Lennon and Paul McCartney. They were really, really bad, but they worked really hard and got better. After a few years, the group changed its name to The Beatles.

20 Alaina Petty
21 Martin Duque
22 Talia Castellano

Talia was a child YouTuber who loved makeup and fashion. She went by the name "TaliaJoy18". She was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma and fought it for 6 years, passing away in August 2013. She was also a cancer advocate during that time, with collaborations with TheTruth365. Her channel and Instagram account is posthumously monitored by her mother and sister, ensuring her legacy lives on.

23 Colton Haab

Colton Haab was one of the many survivors of the Stone man Douglas High School Shooting who helped hide and shielded many students under Kevlar sheets from the shooter as a precautionary action. While I hate to see how now CNN has dragged him into a "scripted questions" controversy, his actions were nonetheless heroic in ensuring the safety of the students in the room with him.

24 Trayvon Martin

Caused a major outrage to the media and influenced the black lives matter movement in 2012 after his death. RIP

25 Amber Hagerman

The "Amber Alert" is named for her.

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