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This week I’m highlighting a teen heroine that I couldn’t get ahold of to give proper credit, which means she probably deserves it even more.

17-year-old Libby Morse was the first to notice that the smoke coming from a neighbor’s chimney looked wrong; the paramedic hopeful had learned in fire science class that “chimney smoke is more wispy and more caught by the wind and white, [but] this was more pushing out of the building and dark gray.”

Libby’s instructor, Chris Elliot, is extremely proud of his young student for putting the classroom lesson into real-life use, noting that Libby probably “saved that house from totally burning to the ground.”

Thanks to Libby, no people were injured in the fire (though, sadly, 3 pets were lost), and, although, everything inside suffered smoke damage, the home can be saved.

Bravo, Libby Morse, wherever you are!


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Published on March 13, 2012 06:42 • 54 views • Tags: firespotter, libby-morse, teen, teens, toastworthy
California teenager Bhaskar “Sam” Dutt was recently presented with the Congressional Award’s Bronze Medal, and yes, that is as impressive as it sounds; the medal is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans (aged 14 to 23) who combine their desire to help their communities with their eagerness to take on new challenges.

14-year-old Sam has logged close to 200 hours at Father Joe’s Village, Rady Children’s Hospital, Feeding America of San Diego, the YMCA, and Saikat (a non-profit organization that promotes Bangali culture in San Diego), as well as trail-building with his Boy Scout Troup. Not one to rest on his laurels, Sam has also earned his second-degree black belt, plays guitar in a local band, and is now close to achieving the next level of Congressional Awards – the Silver Medal – and plans to go for the Gold.

You, too, can achieve these honors; see how at:
http://congressionalaward.org/index.php

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Published on March 20, 2012 06:55 • 98 views • Tags: bronze-medal, congressional-award, sam-dutt, teen, teens, toastworthy
17-year-old Cati Grant believes that When we stand together, we can change the world. The change that she most wants to see is an end to cyber-bullying, which is why she founded Cati Cares, a site for victims (as she herself once was) to get help.

She then took that passion one giant step further by touring the U.S. in an effort to join one million teens against cyber-bullying to show bullied kids that they are not alone.

I think she nailed it. :)

To find how you can help or get help against cyber-bullying, go to:
http://caticares.org

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Published on March 27, 2012 07:01 • 66 views • Tags: bullying, cati-cares, cati-grant, cyber, teen, teens, toast, toastworthy
Michael Lake and Justin Loria, sick of witnessing the curse words and middle-finger raising amongst their peers, decided to offer an alternative. Yup, their self-launched clothing line, LL Clothing Co., sells shirts, hoodies, and dog bandanas emblazoned with the “hang-loose” gesture and the word “HUAAA,” which stands for Help Us Avoid All Anger.

They hope that seeing their logo will make people pause before swearing or flipping someone the bird, and ultimately choose instead to curl their hands into the hang-loose sign and yell, “Hoo-aah!” Yes, it may sound a little goofy at first, but, as Michael says, “When you’re agitated and think about HUAAA, you can’t be mad at anything anymore.”

Sounds good to me. :)

You can find Michael and Justin’s HUAAA merchandise at:
http://llclothing.spreadshirt.com



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Published on April 06, 2012 05:16 • 49 views • Tags: huaaa, justin-loria, ll-clothing, michael-lake, teen, teens, toast, toastworthy
Matthew Mokoroa was diagnosed with a rare condition known as Wilson’s disease when he was 9 years old and given one month to live. 6 years later, the 1/3 liver donated to him by his father, along with his mother’s desire to treat him like a normal kid and encouragement in sports to keep him healthy helped Matthew run away with gold, silver, and bronze medals at the 18th World Transplant Games.

But perhaps the greatest factors in the New Zealand’s teen success are actually the strength, determination, and winning attitude of the 15-year-old athlete who believes his transplant was “a gift, because I get to travel to places like this [Sweden]. It’s given me opportunities.”

With an outlook that bright, his future’s sure to be brilliant. ;)

To find out more about the World Transplant Games, visit:
http://www.wtgf.org


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Published on April 17, 2012 06:33 • 57 views • Tags: matthew-mokoroa, teen, teens, toast, toastworthy, world-transplant-games
How’s this for a teen summit? S.C.I. (Social Capital, Inc.) youth councils from Dorchester, Lynn, and Woburn, Massachusetts met to discuss community needs and ways they could help. The teens all felt so strongly that “every voice has a right to be heard,” that they proceeded to put together a “Speak Up” campaign promoting healthy teen relationships (i.e. non-abusive, non-consuming, unpressured, etc.).

This project, which enabled the teens to not only address important issues but also to develop their planning, organizational, and leadership skills, has encompassed everything from a community day with performances by Boston artists to creating poignant public service announcements encouraging teens to “Speak Up” against abuse, peer pressure, racial slurs and more.


See one of their PSAs here: http://youtu.be/VQ-_K6-lKc8



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Published on April 30, 2012 18:26 • 60 views • Tags: s-c-i, social-capital, teen, teens, toast, toastworthy, youth-council
High school rowers James Konopka and Nick Mead of Philadelphia began their under-17 doubles race with a medal-contending start…and then just as easily turned around and gave it up.

Behind them, another duo had capsized and were struggling in the icy water, which, as Nick noted, “was cold and I’m sure their limbs were going numb. They were yelling ‘help’ and one of the kids didn’t appear as if he could swim too well.”

And good samaritanism wasn’t enough for the 16-year-old great sports; after waiting with the capsized pair (who were surprised competitors would stop racing to help them) and helping them into a safety launch, James and Nick then headed back out to complete the race.

Sports and sportsmanship don’t get any better than that. :)


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Published on May 11, 2012 05:50 • 107 views • Tags: james-konopka, nick-mead, race, rowing, sports, teen, teens, toast, toastworthy
The house 16-year-old Kendall Ronzano is building may be tiny, but her heart is tremendous. The California teen is channeling her life-long love of building into the construction of a 117 sq. ft. Lusby model portable home.

Kendall, deeply affected by both the homelessness she sees in her own town as well as the global destruction that has taken the homes of so many in recent years, plans to either donate the completed house to a deserving recipient, or to raffle it off and donate the proceeds to charity.

She credits her parents for having always encouraged her to “dream big” – I’d say they gave her the perfect foundation on which to build an inspiring life. :)

Follow Kendall’s progress on her site:
nerdgirlhomes.wordpress.com

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Published on May 15, 2012 06:31 • 65 views • Tags: homes, kendall-ronzano, nerd-girl, teen, teens, toast, toastworthy
Jeffrey Stanton doesn’t wait for Christmas to play Santa; through his charity, he delivers toys to girls and boys in need all year long.

And even though Jeffrey may be only 14 years old, Jeffrey’s Toy Closet has given out more than 16,000 toys (!) in the 6 years (!) he’s been at work.

Jeffrey does this simply because the looks on the kids’ faces are “just so awesome,” but there’s a little more to his story; not only was he born with autism, but when he was 2 years old and his mother was undergoing chemotherapy and battling Lupus, a near-death experience at work put his father in intensive care for 4 months. That year, Bob and Elizabeth Dole brought Jeffrey the Christmas gifts his family couldn’t afford, so the Stantons know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of great generosity as well.

And let’s see – Jeffrey’s paid that gift forward 16,000 times! “Just so awesome” sounds just about right. ;)

See Jeffrey’s work firsthand here:
http://jeffreystoycloset.webs.com


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Published on May 22, 2012 18:41 • 82 views • Tags: jeffrey-s-toy-closet, jeffrey-stanton, santa, teen, teens, toast, toastworthy, toys
The children of one Miami pre-k class no longer worry about going hungry on the weekends, thanks to teen Monica Bustinza. This high school student feels that “there are so many people out there that need help, not just in the global society, but in our community. And when you realize those things, it makes you want to make a difference.”

And make a difference she has; every weekend, her Meals From the Heart organization puts together a bag of food for the families of all 18 children in her adopted preschool class. Even more impressive is that while Monica works to build relationships with local businesses and grocery stores, for now she personally earns and collects the money to make the weekly purchases, as well as sending the students home with turkeys for Thanksgiving and gifts for Christmas.

Seeing what she’s already been able to accomplish on her own, I’d say not even the sky’s the limit for Monica once she secures that corporate support.

Meet the girl with the mission here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aio7v7...


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Published on June 01, 2012 07:47 • 56 views • Tags: meals-from-the-heart, monica-bustinza, teen, teens, toast, toastworthy