"If they don't believe they can be a leader between the ages of 11-17, once they get older and they're in college they'll fall victim to their own self-doubt and be less likely to pursue those positions."AGE: 17 WHY SHE'S AMAZING: At 12 years old, Mary Grace Henry learned that tons of young African girls were forced into marriage and denied access to education.So, she asked for a sewing machine on Christmas, and from there launched her own hair accessories buisness, using the proceeds to help fund educations for girls throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
"The PSA was inspired by my grandmother's battle with breast cancer," Addison said."I saw how her death had affected both me and my mother.AGE: 18 WHY SHE'S AMAZING: At 14 years old, Kayla Montgomery was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.Despite the fact that she was told her condition would stop her from running, Kayla didn't quit."Our students will not just be healthier, live longer and earn an income for their families but I also believe many will become leaders and change makers, productive and effective advocates for themselves and their future daughters." WHAT'S NEXT: Now, Mary has designed more than 200 headbands and sold more than 11,000 items.
The proceeds pay for tuition, boarding fees, uniforms, testing, and textbooks for girls primarily in Uganda and Kenya, and Mary hopes to continue funding even more girls! Age: 17 WHY SHE'S AMAZING: After Addison Dlott's grandmother passed away from cancer, she created a PSA to raise more awareness about the disease and encourage teens to urge their family members to get regular screenings.After the surgery, she was barely able to walk on her own, and Annie and her doctors were convinced her gymnastics career was over. After 13 monthsm not only did she get back into the gym, she strived to be 100 times better."Limitations have no power over you unless you allow them to," she says.Mary Grace started selling her hair accessories at a bookstore, and when they sold out, she knew the biz had potential, so she launched an e-commerce website.To date, her line, Reverse The Course, has funded a total of 45 girls' way through school!"Yellowberry is the first priority in my life, and it will continue to be that way for a while!