So American teens can not have an impact on war-torn poverty stricken countries half way across the world, right? Wrong! Teens can change the world right from their own high school. Here's the deal: hundreds of poverty-stricken countries have had their school systems destroyed, leaving no place for future generations to learn, grow, and break the cycle of poverty. Education is the key to success and there are millions who are in need of this vital experience. Teens can help by raising money in their own schools and communities which will then be used to build schools in needy communities across the world. A goal of ten thousand dollars is enough to buy ample building materials for the future school, which will be built by members of the community in which it shall be built. A community will be brought together by sharing the experience of building a school and creating a better future for their children, and suddenly American teens have changed the world for the better.How do I know this is possible and will make a positive change in the world? Because my own high school has achieved such a goal. Through a company known as RISE International, who facilitates the actual building of the school and the training of teachers placed in the school, my high school raised over ten thousand dollars to build a school in Angola, Africa. The school-wide project quickly spread to the community and brought an entire city together to influence the cause. Before we knew, we were raising more money for school supplies and sporting equipment to send over the kids we had built a school for. This project has been the most influential experience of my life, and has taught me that making a direct difference in the lives of others is much less difficult than it may seem. All you have to do is rise up and reach out.