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Amanda
jared
babyariel
mari
gitanjali
chella
jaclyn
aaron
hannah
genesis
maddie
marley
russell
delaney
jay
naomi

Generation Z. This group of 61 million Americans is growing up — and even before they reach adulthood they are changing the world around them. Born between 1998 and 2015, Gen Z has spent their childhood amid instability and uncertainty. Their young lives have been defined by gun violence, political upheaval, environmental erosion, and threats to minorities and marginalized communities.

But Gen Z is not accepting this as status quo; instead they are already getting to work to create the world they wish to be a part of rather than the one they were born into. Through activism, art, businesses, and bravery the youngest Americans are taking their ideas and idealism and turning them into action.

Yahoo Lifestyle is celebrating 18 of these inspirational Gen Z-ers who are already changing the world, often before they even have a driver’s license. In their own words, this is Gen Z.