Who is Hannah Alper? Shes an eleven year old girl who, like many eleven year old girls, likes animals, nature and people. Unlike most eleven year old girls, Hannah has her own blog, has been called “The future of social media” an “eco warrior” a “change maker” and “Activist”. She spoke at Tedx Talk, had a standing ovation at the end of her lecture. She works with non- profit organizations and wants to inspire others, of all ages, to achieve greatness. This young lady even has the tools you need to get things done.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.
Having just been named to Toronto’s The Grid’s People Who Make Toronto Great (http://www.thegridto.com/city/people/the-3rd-annual-menschies/3/#pager), Hannah created her blog, www.CallMeHannah.ca at 9 years old, with the goal of sharing her growing knowledge and concern for the environment. Having always loved animals, Hannah made the connection between animals and the effects of environmental destruction on their habitats and lives. Hannah has become an engaged global citizen seeking to further her own understanding of her connection to and responsibility to the world. Believing that even the little things that we do add up to make a difference, her journey and discovery meet her call to action through her blog. Issues that Hannah has written about in the past year include eco-friendly living, fair trade, bullying, clean water and child labour. She seeks inspiration and motivation from those who have come before her and regularly features the stories of her role models on her blog.
Not limiting herself to her laptop, Hannah has put her words into actions. She organized a shoreline cleanup in her community, was the youngest WWF Earth Hour Team Captain in 2013 and spoke at the WWFs Earth Hour event in Toronto, was the official “on the ground eco-blogger” for the JUNO Awards and launched We Create Change. Her impassioned speech at two local schools motivated her peers to collect 97,500 pennies for Free The Children’s clean water projects, which led her to be a featured speaker on Free The Children’s We Day across North America. An effective communicator, Hannah is comfortable and confident on both sides of the camera or in front of a crowd. She has honed her skills as an interviewer through conducting interviews with Craig Kielburger, Spencer West and Severn Suzuki. Hannah has appeared on CanadaAM, The Marilyn Dennis Show, APP Central, CBC’s Fresh Air and The George Stroumboulopoulos Show and hundreds of media outlets across Canada. She has been featured in a spotlight from Chickadee Magazine and named as a Champion of the Earth in Owl Magazine. She also recently wrote a post for Yahoo worldwide on her advice for new-school wary kids: http://shine.yahoo.com/blogs/author/hannah-alper-kid-blogger-ycn-1776223/ and has a spotlight in Scholastic’s Choices Magazine: http://teenbeing.com/life-skills/tween-blogger-love-hannah-alper/
Hannah is definitely someone to keep track of and look out for. She is a great role- model for your younger children and an excellent resource for your children who are her age or older. Hannah may be the Change Maker, Eco Warrior and Activist so many people have deemed her, but she is most importantly, an eleven year old girl who dreams big and equally lives what she dreams. We can’t think of a better lesson to live by.