Teen Spirit

December 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Inspiring People

imagesTalia Leman, 14, provides structural support, interest-free microloans and education to kids wishing to raise money for a cause.  She says when she was ten, after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, she started a project called TLC, which stood for Trick or treat for the Levee Catastrophe.  Kids could trick-or-trick for coins as well as candy.  Talia raised ten million dollars.  From there he founded RandomKid.   Now she’s also working with the University of Iowa, in her home state, on a project called Great Strides.  “We’re sending kids free pedometers, and they get pledges for the miles they walk to help with club feet, so it’s kind of walking to help others walk.  Instead of surgery, which is really expensive, we’re using something called the Ponseti method, which uses a series of braces” Talia says.

Talia doesn’t know if philanthropy is what she wants to do when she grows up.  At this moment she says she’s interested in medicine and working with health care in underdeveloped countries.

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