Day by day, as these visions were taped on the wall
, the boys transformed from a collection of individuals into a well-functioning team. Those stronger in their literacy shared notes and information with the less-literate students, and those with greater confidence encouraged the less confident. Despite being in a desperate and scary place, they were beginning to believe they had an important role to play in society, and that their ideas had the power to change their world. They no longer saw themselves as criminals, but as future teachers, mechanics, and doctors.
As of 2017, these young Afghans have turned the tables on adversity. No longer the victims, they are now the heroes who have become their own multiplier effect. Upon their release they have joined forces with the GSD team, worked with vulnerable teens in seven other provincial JRCs across Afghanistan, and impacted hundreds—likely thousands— of young lives with their vision
. Their movement has received Nobel Peace Prize nominations in 2014 and 2015.
is the power of a teenage vision. Slideshow