It’s often said that children are our future. That’s true, of course, but the teens (and tweens) featured in our inaugural 20 Under 20 series are leveraging the power of the Internet to disrupt and reshape the world around them today. They’re YouTube stars, budding entrepreneurs, scientists, and political organizers challenging the way we think about fame and progress in the 21st century.

C.J. Pearson

His classmates call him “Mr. President,” and with good reason.

Nash Grier

Vine’s first megastar is ready to reinvent himself.

Savannah Montano

The fashionista has turned her Instagram fame into a family business.

Troye Sivan

The YouTube vlogger is coming soon to an arena near you.

Dominique "Sonic Fox" McLean

The world's greatest Mortal Kombat player is ready for his close-up.

Brendan Jordan

A shimmy, a little bit of shade, and a star was born.

Amandla Stenberg

The Hunger Games star is teaching Hollywood about cultural appropriation.

Tom Wagg

This British astronomer discovered a planet at age 15.

Bethany Mota

The YouTube beauty vlogger doubles as an anti-bullying activist with a legion of “Mota-vators.”

Maisie Williams

The Game of Thrones assassin has her sights set on YouTube.

Ahmed Mohamed

The “Clock Kid” made international headlines with his school science project.

Jazz Jennings

The reality TV star has become a beacon for trans youth everywhere.

Tavi Gevinson

A modern media impresario, operating under her own terms.

Julius “zeekill” Kivimaki

Meet the hacker who stole Christmas.

Saffron Herndon

This pint-sized comedian proves kids can do irreverent comedy, too.

Riley Testut

As a teenager, this developer brought classic games to millions in the face of opposition from both Apple and Nintendo.

Jack Andraka

He developed a cheap new method of detecting pancreatic cancer, beginning his research with a teenage geek’s two best friends: Google and Wikipedia.

Zach Latta

The 18-year-old Thiel Fellow is hacking his way to a better tomorrow.

Swetha Prabakaran

The founder of Everybody Code Now! is opening doors for the workforce of tomorrow.


Unboxing his way to YouTube fame and a growing fortune.