Washington DC: 17-year-old Pakistani activist Ghalib Khalil has been named to the “YSA List: The Most Powerful and Influential Young People.” Sponsored by The Huffington Post and organised by YSA (Youth Service America).
The YSA List recognises and rewards 25 teens and young adults who, through service to others, are creating large-scale, profound community change.
Commenting on the honour, Khalil said, “I have been getting emails from different random people thanking me for whatever I am doing for the people of my country, majorly for the people of the world, I have been told at times that I have motivated them by my actions and that’s what makes me a leader. Looking back to what it was and what it is now I can see a major change in the area’s, community and the people with whom I worked.”
As part of his award, he wrote a reflection titled “Being young and alone, I had to think about ways to get across the message”.
The YSA List Honourees will be unveiled on The Huffington Post, over the course of 25 days—April 20 to May 14, 2012. In addition to personal profiles spotlighting honourees’ achievements, each Honouree will use The Huffington Post platform to tell the story of service, share inspirations, inspire others, and rally support for his or her cause.
The honourees receive a $1,000 honorarium from YSA to support their ongoing service efforts. Honourees also receive recognition through YSA platforms and media campaigns, as well as permanent Huffington Post blogger accounts, providing a platform for continued promotion of their good works.
Celebrating 25 years of youth changing the world, YSA (Youth Service America) improves communities by increasing the number and the diversity of young people, ages 5 to 25, serving in substantive roles. Through campaigns, grant programs, resource development and training opportunities, YSA promotes a global culture of engaged youth committed to a lifetime of service, learning, leadership and achievement.