Did you know that 61% of young people believe it's their generation's responsibility to fix the problems they've inherited?
The "2019 MTV EMA Generation Change Award" elevates and empowers fearless, original activists and youth leaders who are changing the world through music, storytelling and innovation. Five changemakers from across the globe were selected for the award, which will be presented by the amazing Sway Calloway during the live red carpet pre-show at the FIBES Conference & Exhibition Centre in Seville!
These five changemakers from around the world are combatting issues like climate change, LGBTQIA+ rights, economic inequality and racial injustice. Learn more about each of this year's honorees below!
Alfredo "Danger" Martinez – 33 years old, Mexico – Danger is a rap activist who uses hip hop to empower youth in marginalized communities and inspire social transformation in Mexico. He spearheads workshops, school programs and events to equip young people with the ability to tell their stories and spread good through rap.
Shiden Tekle – 20 year old, UK – Shiden and his friends recreated famous movie and TV posters with all black actors and posted them around South London and social media. Created under the organization Legally Black UK, these striking visual displays gained global media attention and shed light on the lack of black British characters in entertainment and the issues of racial misrepresentation in media.
Lisa Ranran Hu – 20 years old, China – Lisa wrote, directed and produced an original feature film Escape that powerfully portrayed a young woman's experiences of being transgender in China, which incited public discussion about the country's stance on LGBTQIA+ issues.
Kelvin Doe – 22 years old, Sierra Leone – A self-taught engineer, entrepreneur and founder of the Kelvin Doe Foundation, Kelvin empowers young people in Africa to design innovative solutions to tackle the most critical problems in under-developed communities. At age 11, he used trash in his hometown for spare parts to build batteries, generators and transmitters to power his local community and built his own radio station, which he used to broadcast news and play music under the nickname, DJ Focus.
Jamie Margolin – 17 years old, USA – A powerful force of the youth climate movement, Jamie co-launched an international climate justice organization Zero Hour that led the 2018 "Youth Climate Marches" in Washington, DC and 25 cities around the world. Since then, Jamie and Zero Hour have organized revolutionary educational campaigns, youth voting initiatives, strikes, summits and climate action speaking tours.
Hear more from these five inspiring leaders by tuning in the red carpet show and the '2019 MTV EMAs' airing live from FIBES Conference & Exhibition Centre of Seville, Spain on Sunday, November 3rd at 9:00pm CET and follow @MTVEMA on social media for more exciting updates!