They have proved that age is just a number and being young does not restrict you from trying to transform society. These young minds, nominated for the Young Changemaker Award, have come up with ideas to better the lives of people. Their work belies the fact that all of them are either 18 years of age or less.

The nominees are:

Adhya Menda: Moved after hearing from her domestic help about the ordeal of homeless people, 16-year-old Adhya Menda, who is also an avid photographer, started WeRise, an initiative to provide low-cost affordable housing for the underprivileged through funds and other assistance. WeRise has raised about ₹22.29 lakh by holding an exhibition of her pictures in Bengaluru.

Anju Verma: Using education as a tool to improve the social mobility of underprivileged children, 16-year-old Anju Rani is a torchbearer of sorts who convinced and even confronted parents to send their children to school and give them the chance to get educated. Anju personally rescued 46 children working as labourers and ensured that they were enrolled in school.

Chethan M: By creating a blood donor network even before becoming an eligible donor himself, Chethan M, 18, developed a database of donors to provide blood when all other sources are exhausted. Through his non-profit entity, Khoon, Chethan has impacted over 50,000 lives in Karnataka, Assam and Chhattisgarh.

Ishan Singh Malhotra : If getting water for irrigation is a major challenge for farmers, optimising the use of available water for irrigation is even tougher. Eighteen-year-old Ishan Singh Malhotra’s Pluto device helps farmers remotely control their irrigation pumpsets through a GSM-based SIM card.

Kush and Arjun Pandey: Bridging the opportunity gap between urban and rural football talent, the Pandey brothers Kush, 17, and Arjun, 15, developed ScoutMe, an app that serves as a football scouting platform to spot raw talent across the country.

With 28,000 players and 3,000 registered scouts on the platform already, ScoutMe is recognised as the official app of the All India Football Federation.

On March 15, one of these nominees will be presented with the Young Changemaker award at the BusinessLine Changemaker Awards in New Delhi.