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How a Young Explorer Persevered to Solve a Local Problem — and Found a Global Solution

This post was written by 2020 Young Explorer Richard Turere. I’ve always had an interest in electronics, which was very different from most people in my village. If someone’s radio was destroyed in the village, I’d fix it. I was self-taught by breaking things. My family bought our first TV and the first day we had it, we watched it. The second day we had … Continue reading How a Young Explorer Persevered to Solve a Local Problem — and Found a Global Solution

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#GenGeo: Introducing our spring 2020 National Geographic Young Explorers

This post was written by Chief Education Officer Vicki Phillips. Who was the last person who inspired you? And why? What qualities did they have that left an impression? Inspiration has the ability to transcend limitations—real or perceived—to explore new possibilities, drive us forward and give us hope. In my role as Chief Education Officer at the National Geographic Society, I have the great honor … Continue reading #GenGeo: Introducing our spring 2020 National Geographic Young Explorers

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#GenGeo: A Community of Youth Leading the Search for Solutions Around the World

This post was written by 2020 Education Fellow Andrew Brennen. I was 15 when I first became interested in solving problems in my hometown of Lexington, Kentucky.  I noticed early on that if you were poor or looked like me, you received a lower-quality education. I also realized that while my classmates and I spent hours in the classroom — thinking critically about everything from … Continue reading #GenGeo: A Community of Youth Leading the Search for Solutions Around the World

Leading the Change: China’s Next Generation of Environmental Leaders

Lobsangshilo, Luorogzhaxi, Geda the Living Buddha, and Yudingnima in their scarlet and orange Tibetan monk robes scramble across the rocky outcropping that hides the razor sharp wildlife snares that were strung days ago. So far, they’ve uncovered heaps of snares and traps along with wildlife carcasses in this remote mountain along the Yangtze River in Yunnan, China. Twenty miles away, three students – He Peng, … Continue reading Leading the Change: China’s Next Generation of Environmental Leaders