The phrase Believe in your dreams and they will come true has been sung to us by movies, by music, by our teacher, by our parents. But sometimes, it feels like it is just not happening for us. We start to give up, thinking maybe success chooses its own people.
But there are millions of people who were just like us, who really believed and really worked hard; who are now reaping the fruits of their labor. Young girls who are making it, who can be our reason to believe that if they could, so can we.
Marsai Martin, 15.
Marsai Martin is an African-American actress and film producer. She rose to fame shortly after playing the role of Diane Johnson on ABC’S family TV show Black-ish. Later, she went ahead to become the youngest Executive Producer in Hollywood after she produced her film Little which she also starred alongside actress Regina Hall.
Martin, last year, was also named on the 30under30 list- Hollywood Entertainment of Forbes Magazine.
Greta Thunberg, 17.
Greta is a Swedish environmentalist activist who has gained international recognition for her campaign on Climate Change.
At a young age, Greta starts a movement that has been greatly admire and followed by not only her peers but also her elders and went ahead to receive many awards and honors; including The Person of the Year Award (2019) and the 100 most influential people on Time Magazine.
Milly Bobby Brown, 15.
Brown is an American actress, model and fil producer. She rose to fame after her role in the Netflix TV show, Stranger Things, which she played Eleven , a young “weird” telekinetic girl who saves the world.
A role that got her nominated for the Emmy Awards as Outstanding Supporting Actress in Drama series; hence becoming one of the youngest nominees in Emmy Award history.
In 2019, Brown made her feature debut film, in the sequel to Godzilla; titled Godzilla: King of Monsters in which she also starred.
Brown is also one of the youngest people to feature on Time’s 100 list of most influential people and is the youngest person to be appointed as a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador.
Billie Eilish, 19.
Billie is an American singer-songwriter who got massive media attention after she uploaded her song Ocean Eyes on Soundcloud back in 2016.
Since them, Billie’s songs, which can be described as dark and ominous, have gained millions of fans. Her debut album; when we fall asleep, where do we go? Debuted atop the BillBoard 200.
She has also received six grammy award nomination; including Record of The Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist and became the youngest artists to be nominated in the four main categories in the same year.
Thandiwe Abdullah, 17.
As a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter LA Youth Vanguard, Abdullah has become one of her generation’s most powerful voices on issues relating to social justice.
Last year alone, she has advocated for black youth in front of half a million people during the Women’s March in Los Angeles and written a widely shared op-ed for Bustle that addressed the need for intersectionality within the Never Again MSD movement.
Through the Youth Vanguard, Abdullah also helped create “Black Lives Matter in Schools,” a a program that aims to end the policing and profiling that black and brown students experience; its agenda was recently adopted this summer by the National Education Association.
Now Abdullah is looking to the future, with plans of practicing law and continuing her work as an activist. “I want to change the world’s perception of black youth and to empower black youth to claim their own space and demand to have our needs met,” Abdullah tells TIME. “I want to transform the systems that we live under from ones that oppress us to ones that empower us.” —Cady Lang