X-CHANGE THE WORLD: SAM REISS AT @TEDXYOUTHDAY IN SANTA MONICA, CA

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Sam is currently a Junior at Crossroads High School where he is Student Body Vice President and President of Teen Aids Ambassadors (son of filmmaker/author Jon Reiss). Sam discovered his passion for service when a group of Tanzanian orphans visited his school in 2007. This encounter prompted him to co-found Kids for Tunahaki, an organization that raised funds to build a much needed home for these children. In 2010, Sam raised the funds to sponsor an award-winning soccer program for orphans in Rwanda. In 2011, Sam founded X-Change the World, a project that uses an online educational platform to connect students in America with students across the world. It aims to bring English speaking skills—and other educational opportunities—to underprivileged youth, and life-long, cross-cultural friendships to students both here and abroad. He speaks fluent Swahili. Check out X-Change the World at xchangetheworld.com.

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