Video: Anonymous Extrardinaries-- An Amazing Teen's Service

December 2, 2011

What can a 17-year-old do to change the world?  When this teen watched one movie, it changed her life and motivated her to make a difference in the world.  Here, she tells her story of passion, struggles, service, and most importantly, extraordinary acts of change that got her recognition from the biggest celebrity in the United States--Oprah Winfrey. 

But Natalie's "Oprah moment" was not how she defines herself or the endless hours she put into advocating for the Invisible Children campaign to help end the longest running war in Africa--a war, and one man, who abducted young kids, gave them guns, and who were forced to kill for no reason at all.  What she learns, and how she goes about her action, is not for the fame and the fortune.  It is because she truly believes in her cause. 

Her defining moment for her advocacy was not the regonition, but the passing of a bill by President Obama to help end the war in Africa.  She wasn't there for the signing, she didn't get praise from the President, and she didn't get paid for her work.  She just knew that her actions and tireless hours had helped to make a difference in the world.  And that is what being an "anonymous extraordinary" is all about.

Her moving, passionate speech from a TEDxTeen event in April encourages her audience of fellow young people that acts of service should always be what define a person's work--not the fame or fortune that could come from it.  And that no one is never too young to make a difference.

Watch and listen to the humble and extraordinary Natalie tell her story: