For some celebrities, actuating social change is just another responsibility that comes with the trade. For 16-year-old Yara Shahidi, rising star of the hit ABC TV sitcom, “Black-ish,” engaging in social change is simply part of her DNA.
When 89-year-old Lorie Mayer looks around the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida, she sees not only the hundreds of mementos and artifacts that she and other volunteers so carefully gathered and framed 15 years ago when they helped get the museum off the ground, but also reminders of her own story — and what might have been.
“I used to measure every bit of food to control my calories,” says Liana Rosenman of New York, a recovered anorexic who helps people with eating disorders get the help they need. “Now I measure success by living my dream of becoming a teacher and by helping others succeed.”
At age 4, Aidan Thomas Hornaday already knew what most people don’t figure out until adulthood – it’s never too early to give back. “Aidan told me he wanted to be a difference maker,” said his mother Toren Anderson. “He said he believed children shouldn’t wait until they are 18 to make a difference.”