Announcing the Top 24 Under 24 Youth Changemakers

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY 2017! Four years ago this week, we announced our first 24 Under 24.
We continue to celebrate the power of youth to transform and improve our nation. 

24 UNDER 24July 4, 2013—On the Fourth of July, we celebrate the triumph and courage of those who signed the Declaration of Independence and established our democracy. This year, The Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council and SparkAction are honoring 24 young people who are strengthening our democracy through what might seem an unlikely route given their ages: deep engagement in policymaking and governance.

Selected by the young members of the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council, these Top 24 Under 24 Youth Changemakers come from all walks of life and have truly inspiring stories to share about their own experiences and their work to strengthen the policies and systems that touch their lives. They have testified about HIV/AIDS in front of Presidential Commissions, helped redesign foster care, crafted innovative approaches to solving the national debt, and worked with city and tribal governments to overhaul local environmental policies, to name just a few. Continue reading>>    

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Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
Active in environmental issues,
including convincing Boulder to pursue energy alternatives.


Kaysie Getty
Grew up in foster care, since
then has advocated from
New Jersey to Capitol Hill.


Sixto Cancel
In high school, he founded a remedial education program
for youth in foster care.


Adam Lopez Falk
At 19, elected to the
Alhambra Elementary
School Board in Phoenix.

Janet Salcedo

Janet Salcedo
One of the youngest members
to serve on her city's Regional
Transportation Committee.


Joseph Soto
An advocate for marriage
equality in Colorado, a local tragedy sparked his work on
preventative mental health care.


Aditi Ghai
Boosts young voter perceptions
of the Republican party and the American political system at large.


Michael Long
A champion for effective
juvenile justice and education policies in his native Florida.


Wilton Johnson
His own experience in foster
care fuels his work to improve
the system in Milwaukee.


Zach Wahls
His moving personal testimony before the Iowa State House went viral, with more than 2.8 million views on YouTube.


Samantha Holmes
Campaigned against fracking and wrote an award-winning profile
of a Texas Senator.


Janelle Gard
Survived abuse and
homelessness and is now
designing a youth drop-in
shelter in Washington.


Abigail Mariam
Helps parents and community groups get more engaged in education reform in
California and Boston.

Paul Monge-Rodriguez
Active in advancing social and economic opportunities in
San Francisco.


Jeffrey Graham
Started the first student-run environmental organization in
the Inland Empire region
of Southern California.


Temitayo Fagbenle
Rookie radio producer of
stories on issues ranging
from stop-and-frisk policing
to sexual cyberbullying.


Janiecia Aubrey
Sixth-grader who uses
gardens to grow connections
within communitiies.


Sade Powell
Taps personal experience
and an outspoken nature to
advance HIV/AIDs prevention among young women of color.

Peter Petrin
Has devoted his life so far to engaging youth from all walks
of life in government and democracy.


Nick Troiano
Drafted solutions to our nation's
fiscal problems and to increase bipartisanship in our government.


Jamira Burley
The youngest city executive director for Philadelphia, she turned personal tragedy into
a life of action and service.


Brandon Hambrick
A young media specialist who
focuses on helping vulnerable
and homeless Washington
state youth succeed.


Yenifer Gallegos 
Helped pass local resolutions on Distracted Driving and in support of funding for local libraries.


Adejire Bademosi
The first African American
female student elected to the
School Board, she now trains
girls in financial literacy.


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The Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council is a bi-partisan, youth-led initiative, to establish a Presidential Youth Council, comprising young Americans ages 16 to 24, to advise the President on the perspectives of youth, offer suggestions on the design and implementation of youth policies, and to create shared recommendations on issues that will affect the long-term future of our country. 




About SparkAction is a collaborative, nonprofit journalism and advocacy network to mobilize action for and by young people.  Under a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, SparkAction is helping to support the work of the Campaign, including curating and distributing the Top 24 Under 24 Youth Changemakers series.