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Hannah Alper

13-Year-Old Blogger, Change Maker, Activist, Eco Warrior, Animal Lover, Motivational Speaker

Hannah Alper has been called many things—an eco-warrior, a change-maker and an activist. She’s also been called the future of social media. At 12 years old, she is all of these things. And now, we can add Co-Host of Free The Children’s North American We Day Tour to her work.

Hannah created her blog, CallMeHannah.ca, at age nine to share her growing knowledge and concern for the environment. Always an animal-lover, she made the connection between animals and the effects of environmental destruction on their habitats and lives. Her blog began out of her desire to help and to inspire others to join her in believing that the little things that we all do add up to make a big difference.

Hannah has become an engaged global citizen seeking to deepen her understanding and connection to the world. Hannah’s journey comes to life in her blog as she explores eco-friendly living, fair trade, bullying, the importance of clean water and education and the devastation of child labour, among other topics. She seeks inspiration and motivation from those who have come before her and regularly features their stories on her blog.

Hannah also turns her written words into actions and is an impassioned public speaker. She organized a Shoreline Cleanup in her community; became a World Wildlife Federation (WWF) Earth Hour Team Captain and is the official “eco-blogger” for the JUNO Awards. In 2012 she was one of 24 students who received the Student Success Award from the York Region District School Board. She was also a judge in The City of Toronto’s first-ever Green Awards, and is currently filming PSAs with Earth Day Canada. Hannah was also named one of the 49 people who made Toronto a better place by Toronto's The Grid Magazine, was on the cover of Post Newspapers 20 People Under 20 issue, and Canadian Jewish News’ 24 People In The World Who Make a Difference.

Hannah has found power in using her voice to inspire, motivate and empower people of all ages to identify their passion and take action. She is a Me to We Motivational Speaker and Free The Children Ambassador. She is proud to have shared the story of one of her role models, Malala Yousafzai, throughout the 2013/2014 We Day season across North America. She joined Spencer West and Neverest as a feature speaker on the We Create Change Tour traveling from coast to coast across Canada. 10 weeks, 90 stops, 1 epic tour staging a show at schools and to celebrate with students and teachers the powerful change being made in communities and schools across the country.

In her spare time Hannah enjoys going to the movies and concerts, hanging out with her friends, riding her bike and playing with her dog, Indigo. She is an Honour Role student and has her Brown Belt in karate.

Through her own search for role models, Hannah has become a role model herself. In her quest to “be the change,” Hannah continues to demonstrate that when passion meets action, there is no such thing as “too young.”
We Day

Mike Downie: Let's Do More To Embrace Indigenous Canadians

Before Gord, Mike Downie and Pearl (Chanie Wenjack's sister) got on stage at WE Day, I knew about the conditions of the indigenous communities, but like most Canadians, we weren't taught what a residential school was and why both the truth and reconciliation is so important to not only the indigenous community.
10/24/2016 02:18 EDT
Hannah Alper

A Letter To Everyone Who's Freaked Out By Climate Change

You know what? I'm freaked out about it, too. This is such a big issue in the world and it's easy to freak out about it. Deeply caring about this and wanting to do something to help is the first step in making a difference. So, let me start off by saying you're already making a difference because you care.
03/31/2016 03:46 EDT

What We Can All Do For Pink Shirt Day

This week marked the 8th annual Pink Shirt Day and I am proud to have been able to mark it in a really meaningful way. I spent the morning with the students, teachers and parents at Montcrest School i...
02/29/2016 10:18 EST
Hannah Alper

Our New Year Tradition: A Year In A Jar

Photo by Hannah Alper On New Year's Day last year, my family and I started a new family tradition that we have been working on all year. My mom, dad and I each decorated our own jar that we would spen...
01/04/2016 01:00 EST
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Today Is World Kindness Day!

#WorldKindnessDay is a top trending hashtag all over social media today. People from all over the world come together to create change through kind words and actions. I believe that creating a culture of kindness will replace hate, indifference and apathy.
11/13/2015 10:40 EST
Lisa MacIntosh

Kindraising Allows Daily Actions to Create Change

Kindraising is all about changing our communities and the world through kindness. I believe that it takes more than money to create a lot of change that we're working on and that compassion, empathy and kindness play a huge part in reaching our goal.
09/10/2015 05:21 EDT

7 Back to School Tips From a Kid Like You

A new school year is just a few days away and while I love summer (and I had a really great one) I'm really looking forward to going back to school. A new year at school is when you get a fresh start. You can put last year behind you and you get to try new things and do things differently.
09/04/2015 05:52 EDT
ASSOCIATED PRESS

5 Inspiring Quotes from 5 Inspiring Women

This week, I'm celebrating Women's Equality Day and continuing the conversation when we not only talk about the issue of women's equality but how we can reach equality for all. This is also a time when we highlight some amazing women who shine a light on this issue and believe that we can get there.
08/27/2015 05:35 EDT
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Stand Up to Bullying With Kindness

I am so excited to share the news that I am a now Youth Ambassador for Bystander Revolution! Bystander Revolution is an anti-bullying organization founded in April 2014 with a mission to inspire and motivate people to take the power out of bullying with simple acts of kindness, courage, and inclusion
06/15/2015 05:56 EDT
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It Takes More Than Money To Change The World

The mission of #JustGive, to inspire the idea that giving can be simple, spontaneous and contagious, is something that I am really passionate about. Here are my top five fun, easy and totally free ideas that we can all incorporate into our daily lives that will have a "pay it forward" effect on our community.
06/04/2015 11:53 EDT
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10 Tips For Nervous Kids Going To Summer Camp

Those feelings of being homesick and missing my family (and my dog) happened again the second year that I went to camp, but I was ready for them and knew how to handle them and that it was going to be okay. Here is some advice for people who are going to overnight camp for the first (second or third) time.
06/03/2015 05:20 EDT
Free the Children

Twenty Years Of Children Freeing Children

One day, when anti-child labour activist Iqbal Masih was riding his bike in his hometown, he was shot and killed. Iqbal was 12 when he died. The same age Free the Children's Craig Kielburger was at the time. The same age I am now.
04/20/2015 04:47 EDT