Charles Orgbon

In 5th grade, Charles Orgbon III responded to his school’s litter problem by leading school-based community beautification projects. When he realized that the environmental movement wasn’t adequately supporting young environmental change makers, he created Greening Forward. Today, the youth-driven, youth-imagined organization has grown into the largest movement of its kind. Greening Forward has distributed tens of thousands of dollars to youth environmental projects that plant trees, build compost bins, install rain barrels, monitor streams, and recycle waste. The organization has planned numerous International Young Environmentalists Youth Summits, and advocates for a number of environmental issues.

To inspire more young people to make a positive difference in the world, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has commemorated Charles’ efforts in its permanent exhibit, Power of Children. Charles is one of 18 young people profiled in Laurie Ann Thompson’s award winning Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something that Matters, an inspiring guide for young social entrepreneurs who want to effect social change.