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8 people who changed the world as kids

By: Katherine Butler on March 16, 2018, 3:01 p.m.
Dylan Mahalingam giving a talk in 2016.

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Dylan Mahalingam

At the ripe age of 9, Dylan Mahalingam co-founded Lil' MDGs, a nonprofit international development and youth empowerment organization and an initiative of Jayme's Fund. Lil' MDGs mission was to leverage the power of the digital media to engage children in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). His organization mobilized more than 3 million children around the globe to work on a variety of issues, with more than 24,000 regular volunteers hailing from 41 countries. Dylan is a youth speaker for the United Nations as well as a chief strategist and project ambassador for Under the Acacia. The recipient of numerous international and national honors, Dylan is in his early 20s now and is currently working as a software engineer in addition to continuing his work with Under the Acacia and the UN.