I believe that kids have the real power to change the world we live in. It all started for me with a simple act of kindness. I hope kids all across the United States will get involved in this project and start making change right in their own backyards.”
Zach Bonner, 12-year-old activist

Summer break is a time for kids to take a much-needed break from the pressures of school, relax with their friends, and be free of responsibility. Unless, of course, you're a kid like 12-year-old Zach Bonner, who is using his summer to make a positive difference in his community and his country by walking coast-to-coast across the U.S. to end homelessness.

This isn't the first time Zach has initiated positive change, nor is it the first time he has laced up his sneakers for a cause. In 2004, in the wake of Hurricane Charley, a then 6-year-old Bonner used his red wagon to gather water and supplies for storm victims. The next year he founded the Tampa, Fla.-based nonprofit Little Red Wagon Foundation to help underprivileged kids and to encourage youth to make a difference in their own neighborhoods.

In November 2007, Zach walked from Tampa, Fla., to Tallahassee, Fla., to raise awareness of the 1.3 million homeless kids in the U.S. He continued his journey in the fall of 2008 and the summer of 2009 when the young activist walked all the way to the White House.  

But that wasn't far enough. Zach is currently walking thousands of miles from Jacksonville, Fla. to Los Angeles, Calif., in a March Across America to continue raising awareness and money for homeless kids.  

My hat goes off to you, Zach Bonner. Thanks for the inspiration!

Teen walks across U.S. to end homelessness
12-year-old activist walks 2,200 miles to raise awareness and money for homeless kids.