The Power of Just One Random Kid, Multiplied By Millionsclose
“Kids don’t know what isn’t possible – therefore, everything is possible. It’s not that small efforts don’t matter; it’s that small efforts matter the most.”
These are the words of Talia Leman, Founder and CEO of RandomKid.org and a passionate speaker about global challenges and youth leadership. She’s also your everyday extraordinary 17-year-old.
Talia was the youngest woman honored at the 2012 Women in the World summit, co-sponsored by Toyota and hosted by Newsweek and The Daily Beast Editor-In-Chief Tina Brown. Toyota awarded the RandomKid.org founder one of three $50,000 grants donated to women chosen as “Mothers of Invention” for the innovation and courage they’ve shown in addressing some of the world’s most pressing problems.
Talia created RandomKid when she was just 10 years old to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. Today the non-profit provides a forum for young social entrepreneurs to connect with each other and foster real-world change. RandomKid.org is no after-school extracurricular project. Talia’s organization has raised nearly $11 million and has enabled 12 million kids in 20 countries to help other children all over the world through international collaborative projects—from building schools in Cambodia to constructing wells in Kenya.
The RandomKid approach keeps things simple and effective: users select a world issue, choose a solution, and then work to “make it happen.” A premium is placed on the smart and efficient allocation of resources—Talia notes that every dollar invested in a youth project results in a 200-to-1,000 percent return on investment.
“Talia Leman embraces some of the core values that we here at Toyota hold paramount: putting ideas into action, giving back to the community, and amplifying impact,” states Toyota Vice President Latondra Newton. “Those attributes are hallmarks of the Toyota Way, and it’s an inspiration to see a young person so determined and dedicated to being a force of good in the world.”