Making Your Mark
“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” —Dr. Seuss
This week you have learned about young people, just like you, who are doing amazing things all over the world. From being inventors to becoming involved in politics, they are using their voices, ideas, and talents to improve their communities and the lives of others. Today in Camp Kinda, you will learn about some amazing firsts, including young inventors and politicians. Hopefully, their stories will inspire you to discover your passion and use your voice to help others—because as you will see, age is just a number and your biggest dreams are all within your reach!
what you’ll need
- A computer, tablet, or mobile phone and access to the internet and video capability
- Pens, crayons, markers, or colored pencils
- Construction paper
- Poster board
- Glue or tape
- A hula hoop
Ask About Today
What youth activists did you learn about today? Which ones inspire you the most?
What does it mean to "make your mark"? How would you like to make a difference in the world?
Skip the Ads
Unfortunately, online videos often start with short advertisements. Remind your campers to click the "Skip" button as soon as they can to move ahead to the video.
First, let’s meet some inspiring young inventors who have all kinds of great ideas for solving some of our most common challenges and problems.
Remember: Online videos often start with advertisements. (Annoying, we agree!) Click the "Skip" button as soon as you can to move ahead to the video.
The 13 Year-Old CEO
Pretty impressive, right? Now let’s meet Hillary Yip, one of the youngest people in the world to lead a business as CEO ("chief executive officer"), and see how she’s created her own app to connect kids all over the world.
The 11 Year-Old Fashion Designer
Once bullied for her skin color, Kheris Rogers launched her own clothing line and became the youngest designer ever to appear in New York's famous Fashion Week.
The 26 Year-Old Mayor
Ever wondered what it would be like to be in charge of a city of 100,000 people? Michael Tubbs ran for mayor of Stockton, California in 2016 at the age of 26. People believed in his vision and elected him to the job. Michael accomplished two "firsts": Becoming Stockton's youngest elected mayor and first African-American mayor. Hear what it's like to be one of America's youngest mayors in this video.
The 14 Year-Old Pilot
After training for years, Riley Speidel became the youngest pilot ever to fly alone across the entire United States, from California to Maine.
The 4-Year Old Composer
That would be Mozart—yes, that Mozart. He began composing music when he was just four years old, and had written 10 symphonies by the time he was 12.
The 11 Year-Old Rock-Climber
With two rock-climber parents, it's no surprise that Brooke Raboutou has a knack for scrambling up cliffs. But no one could have predicted that she'd be breaking world records on rock faces that people once believed only adult experts could climb.
So far this week, you’ve polled your family and friends to see what issue matters most to them, taken a stance on how you want to help solve it, created a slogan, written a speech, and recorded a PSA about it all. Whew! You are already a young president in the making. But now comes the hard part. Now that people all believe in your abilities to help solve this problem, you actually have to do it. Let's start mapping out your plan.
Make Your Vision Board
Today, you’ll create a "vision board" that shows why this issue is important and start making your step-by-step plan for what you'll do about it.
Start by taking a look at what a vision board looks like from these young students. Then, grab some poster board or tape together a few sheets of paper and make your own. You can decorate yours as much as you like, but it should clearly state your issue, why it’s important to solve, and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd steps you’ll take to do it.
You’ll leave this board in your room for the rest of the year as a reminder of your commitment to your family and friends. They’ll be really proud of you for holding on to your commitment to them when you’re all done!
For younger explorers
Create Your Own Activist Poster
All week long you have been learning about activists—people who work to bring about change in our world. Today, you will read a book called A Is For Activist. Let's create a poster for the story A Is For Activist (you might want to skip to that section in Read first!).
In your poster, draw yourself as well as one other activist you learned about this week. Make sure to title your poster "A Is For Activist." You'll need construction paper, markers, a ruler or stick, and some tape.
Share your work! We'd love to see it. Ask a parent to email a photo of your poster to us or share it on Instagram or Twitter by tagging @CampKinda.
Discover more about young people who are changing the world.
Get to Know Seven Young Inventors
Read this article from TIME to learn about how kids like you are using their passion for STEM (science, engineering, technology, and math) to make the world better. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to put on your inventor hat and create something of your own!
The Next Generation of Global Leaders
Read about 11 young politicians across the world who are advocating for change through government. Many are the first to hold political positions at such a young age. From West Virginia to Wales, they are tackling issues like education, healthcare, and the economy in hopes of creating policies to help others.
Kid World-Record Breakers
Read about the youngest people to... well, do a lot of amazing things. See for yourself.
For younger explorers
A Is For Activist
And abolitionist. And advocate. And ally. Read along with Tom Morello as he reads A Is For Activist.
For younger explorers
Read along with Emmanuel's Dream
No disability is going to stand in the way of Emmanuel's dream.
A Little PAC-MAN?
Sheesh! You’ve been making some big moves this week. Give your brain a break and practice chasing a different kind of dream with a classic game of PAC-MAN.
Great leaders problem-solve, empower, and encourage others. Use your voice and show your leadership skills by leading your family in a game of Hula-Hoop Pass!
First, place the hula hoop on your arm and then join hands with another family member. After this, complete the circle by having the rest of your family members join hands. Once you all have created your circle, work together to pass the hula hoop all the way around the circle.
Don't break the circle! You have to use your communication and listening skills to figure out how to get the hula hoop all the way around without letting go of hands. In case you need them, click the button for instructions.
Only you for now? Try seeing how long you can hula hoop without stopping. Can you get to 5 minutes?
more to explore
Read and learn more about young activists who are doing all they can to protect the environment.
More about America's Youngest Mayor
Here’s more about Mayor Michael Tubbs and how he fought all odds to make his community a better place.
A Rose that Grew from Concrete
"A Rose that Grew from Concrete" is a poem written by the rapper Tupac and referenced in relation to Michel Tubbs life. As you read it, think about what it means to you.
Create an Art and Activism Notebook
Create an art and activism notebook to record examples of activism that you’ve learned about, kid heroes who inspire you, and campaigns that stick in your head. Use it as a place to write about how you see those acts making a difference and keep track of your progress toward your vision board!