Malala Yousafzai, 17, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this year, along with India's Kailash Satyarthi, 60, for their struggles against the suppression of children and for young people's rights, including the right to education.
Yousafzai's win shines a beam of light upon her efforts to make education available to children -- especially girls -- around the world. In early 2009, when she was only 11, Yousafzai blogged anonymously for the BBC about life under the Taliban. And in October 2012, she survived an assassination attempt by a Taliban gunman.
Since recovering from surgery, Yousafzai has taken her campaign to the global stage, notably with a speech last year at the United Nations.
Read on for more examples of why youth is not wasted on the young, at least not where the Nobel Prize is concerned.