Teens Making an Impact: Amy Purdy

Many teenagers today are concerned about their places in the world and their roles as global citizens. They’re developing a sense of social responsibility. They’re also developing a personal sense of values and looking for role models. This month, we’re pulling from our programs for teenagers to share real stories of teenagers who are making an impact on their community and on the world.

Amy Purdy


Amy Purdy is a world-class athlete, model, and actress. When she was 19 years old, a horrible disease threatened to hold her back from her favorite hobby – snowboarding. But in 2012, she became the Para-Snowboard World Champion, and later, she won the bronze medal in the 2014 Paralympic Games. Read more about Amy’s story in this reading lesson from Impact 4.

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A reading lesson from level 4 of Impact

Your turn!

Do you think anyone can overcame an obstacle like Amy has? Why or why not?


And don’t forget!

Join us for a webinar about how we can use the English classroom to empower teens to make an impact, hosted by Luciana Fernandez, on November 7. Register here!  

Author: National Geographic Learning

National Geographic Learning’s mission is to bring the world to the classroom and the classroom to life. With our English language programs, students learn about their world by experiencing it. Through our partnerships with National Geographic and TED, they develop the language and skills they need to be successful global citizens and leaders.

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