One 12 year-old went from trick or treating to running an international nonprofit.
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[Rania] Hello, and welcome to Taking on the Giant, where we tell stories of young people changing the world. Today, I'd like us to imagine what we'd do
in the eventuality that Darth Vader came to our door, just showed up there. And I should mention that it's Halloween. So we'd probably give him some candy..
But what if Darth Vader came to our door, on Halloween, and asked for a million dollars.
Talia Leman had been moved by reports of Hurricane Katrina and wanted to raise money for the relief effort.
Talia Leman was also 10 years old and so was very aware that Halloween was coming up.
And she had this idea where she was like, I'll combine the two. So she decided she was gonna go trick or treating, instead of for candy,for money for the relief
effort for Hurricane Katrina. And her story showed up on the Today Show.
[Talia] "And one day later, I was fielding reports from kids across the nation, tracking their donations on a map with pushpins. And then a week later, a
local grocery chain to print 8.5 million trick or treat bags to be given out with my message on them in 226 stores in 13 states."
[Rania] And in the end, they raised $10 million. They were up there with Exxon and Walmart. And it all started with this one 10-year-old girl.
[Talia] "If we each do what one person can do, then together we can create real change. And that is what will make all the difference."
[Rania] She also learned that there was so much power in just this one young person having an idea, going ahead with it, getting other people involved,
and so she started an organization, RandomKid, to communicate that to other young people, to get other young people to do things that were meaningful to
them and to just feel that they could. It promotes this idea that you don't have to be someone special, that you just have to have a mission and go for it.
[Talia] "It's a unique non-profit that leverages the power of kids worldwide to drive an economy of positive change. Today, RandomKid has unified the efforts
of 12 million kids from 20 countries and together kids have now placed safe water wells on four continents. Kids have built and refurbished schools,
both overseas and on our Gulf Coast, and kids are providing wind energy to once-parched gardens. Together, youth are changing the world!"
[Rania] To see how you can get involved, check out her website randomkid.org and if you liked this video, please share it and also check out our website,
TakingOnTheGiant.com, where we have many more stories about young people changing the world, including the full version of this story.
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