Eco-Teen Competes for $50,000 Prize

That eco-teen is me.

In 2008, as a fifth grader, I began noticing the world around me -- thus guiding me to the global issue of littering. What began as a simple service project organically grew into an international movement that was empowering 500 youth to engage 6,000 community members in various environmental projects across the globe by 2011.

Greening Forward, the organization that I started, is offering inspiration to teens wanting to make a difference. Teens are tackling sustainable agriculture, transportation, waste, and energy issues in their communities. We have planted 32 trees, recycled 10 tons of waste, saved 86,000 gallons of water, and our work offsets the carbon emissions of 5.21 homes for one year. Our youth-youth mentorships, online social networking platform, youth summits, how-to guides, civic engagement curricula, and even mini-grants help support this changemaking.

With your vote, we can continue the networking building for our young people.

Instructions on Voting in's America Inspired Competition:

  1. Visit the featured article
  2. Look in the box with a red outline for the link to "Log-in" or "Sign-Up"
  3. Follow the Instructions to create or sign-up for an profile
  4. Continue voting once a day until January 27

I invite you to follow the campaign at @GreeningForward and on Facebook.