Emma Mogus of Oakville, Ontario was separately nominated by Wes Prankard, Maria Engracia, and Stephanie Zubcic:
I met Emma and her sister Julia in 2012 shortly after they founded Books with No Bounds. They have shipped over 115,000 books to First Nations and aboriginal kids around the world. Their impact is global.
Emma is a fierce advocate for First Nation kids, arguing that First Nation kids should not receive a sub-standard education just because they are First Nations. Racial discrimination is wrong, and if Emma has her way, it will end in our lifetime.
Books With No Bounds believes that every child deserves the opportunity to read and should have access to an enormous supply of books. By providing sorely needed reading material and other learning tools, Books With No Bounds refreshes the shelves of school libraries, community groups and organizations, and ensures children and teens have access to good books, regardless of where they live.
Books With No Bounds distributes books and other learning tools to students of all ages and strives to promote literacy, cultural sensitivity, and friendship… one book at a time.
I have had the privilege of hearing Emma speak on several occasions, passionately challenging audiences to take action against racial discrimination. She has both challenged and inspired me personally to do more, and I know she has had the same effect on so many others.
That, I believe, is what makes Emma an excellent candidate for an Everyday Political Citizen. She not only is involved in making the world a much better place; she inspires others to do the same — Wes Prankard
Emma Mogus is a 17 year old courageous young woman who cofounded the largest volunteer- youth-led literacy projects for indigenous youth in Canada, known as Books With No Bounds. Since the age of 12 Emma has dedicated countless hours to improving literacy and access to education for marginalized children living in remote First Nations reserves. She has not only demonstrated exemplary perseverance in advancing low literacy rates among youth living in remote communities, she has worked tirelessly to address the inequalities facing her ‘brothers and sisters’ in the north through walks, letter-writing campaigns and as emcee and child-rights activist for the World’s Children’s Prize in Sweden. Her track record of leadership, fearlessness and ingenuity has proven there are ‘NO BOUNDS’ to what youth can do. Working alongside hundreds of volunteers Emma has provided over 200,000 educational resources to kids in need… no small feat for such a kind-hearted youth. — Maria Engracia
Emma Mogus is the Co-Founder of #BooksWithNoBounds campaign and Children Reading for Children’s Global Ambassador for Literacy & Education. Over the past five years, Emma has become a world leader for the rights of children. The World Child’s Prize (the Nobel Prize for children) has awarded her the prestigious twice so far for her child rights advocacy. With #BooksWithNoBounds, Emma has sent 115,000 books and 50,000 school supplies to underfunded children around the world. In Canada, her unswerving commitment to improve Indigenous children’s rights has been tremendous. She’s travelled to remote First Nations communities to delivery books, learn about their dreams and challenges accessing quality education.The ability to communicate — to read and write — is absolutely essential for full civic engagement and lies at the heart of democracy. Emma understands this very well and is taking action every day to strengthen democracy. The world needs more young leaders like Emma Mogus. — Stephanie Zubcic