By Heather Holst-Knudsen, CEO & Founder, KidBacker
If you don’t know Hannah Alper, you need to. Hannah is devoted to changing the world and a force to be reckoned with. Well spoken, insightful, and thoughtful, she is an inspiration to both young people and old. At age nine, she started blogging to express her concern for the environment and social issues, and two years later, she is now a public speaker and regular guest on radio, television, and throughout the Internet. Her TEDx talk, “How To Find Your Spark, has received over 15,000 views, and she continues to share her message of being the change you want to see in the world.
Now 12 years old, Hannah’s profile on her website describes her as Blogger, Kindraiser, Activist, Eco-Warrior, Motivational Speaker, Ambassador Free The Children, We Day, Me to We and Bystander Revolution.
While Hannah is not your typical entrepreneur in that she does not own her own company and produce products or services that are then sold to others, we find Hannah to be an extraordinary entrepreneur. Hannah has developed her own global brand which she can use to inspire and influence others and in doing so, effect change among her peer set. We had the chance to question Hannah on what it means to be a change agent, and why she feels it is important for young people to participate in the world around them.
KidBacker: What does being a change agent mean to you and why do you want to be one?
Hannah Alper: To me, being a change agent means two things. First of all it means taking action to create change. If there is one thing that I have learned about creating change it is that it comes in all sizes and for so many different reasons. The most important thing to know is that it all counts and that everything that we do adds up to make a big difference. For me, being a change agent also means inspiring others to create their own change. This includes everything from leading by example to supporting someone who is working on a project or campaign of their own and from talking through issues and ideas to exploring all of the possibilities to create change. Oh, one more thing. Being a change agent means celebrating successes when you see change happening.
KB: What is your most passionate endeavor?
HA: I am passionate about a lot of things, but overall, I’d have to say that I am most passionate about finding and using my voice to tell stories of change and inspire others to take action. I have been blogging since 2012 and speaking in classrooms and stages all over North America since 2013. It is through sharing and hearing the inspiration and success of others that we are inspired to take action.
KB: What was the greatest challenge you faced in starting your endeavor and how did you overcome it?
HA: I don’t know that I’ve had specific challenges to overcome but I can tell you that it has taken a lot of hard work, dedication and sometimes sacrifices to do everything that I have done and everything that I want to do. I travel quite a lot for events and miss school, activities and my friends. I work hard to balance everything and make sure that nothing gets left behind. I could not do what I do without the support that I get from my parents, teachers, principals and community.
Hannah Alper At-A-Glance
Location: Toronto, Canada
Business: Social activist, blogger, public speaker
Mission: To use her voice to inspire, motivate and empower people of all ages to identify their passion and take action
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