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Youth Activism



Our impact on the world is not proportionate to our age. When we see young people speaking up with strength and eloquence or organizing support for vulnerable members of our communities, our first reaction can often be awe and celebration. However, many of us stop short at working to change the systemic structures behind the issues young people are trying to address. Even as we celebrate them, we still often discount youth voices as idealistic or aspirational, rather than reasonable thinkers whose arguments can hold up “in the real world.” Minors rely on the efforts of community citizens to stand behind them, not just in agreement, but in substantive pressure toward those in power and in changing how we live our lives.

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Thirteen-Year-Old Comes Out to Class: “This Is Who I Am and I Make No Apologies.”

As part of a class assignment in seventh grade, Arwyn Halloran was asked to write an autobiography. Though initially unsure of whether to include her sexual orientation in the narrative, she ultimately decided that including that detail would be helpful to her class—and to her.

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My Shot: Balancing It All and Standing Tall

Elena Delle Donne, 2015 WNBA MVP and 2016 Olympic gold medalist, shares her inspirational story of being a young basketball prodigy who gave up an impressive basketball scholarship for family and self-discovery.

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Getting Involved in Social Justice Activism as a Student

When looking back on my undergraduate years, I think about the moments that truly changed me and shaped my understanding of what being in college really means. Yes, going to class, cramming for tests, being involved are all part of the college culture.

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What Makes “Generation Z” So Different? | Harry Beard | TEDxAstonUniversity

Harry Beard is a 17-year-old entrepreneur who co-founded the generation Z marketing consultancy firm, Future Labs. Generation Z are, at an increasingly young age, putting themselves at the forefront of global discourse and empowering themselves through social media.

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Youth to Power: Your Voice and How to Use It

"Jamie Margolin is among the powerful and inspiring youth activists leading a movement to demand urgent action on the climate crisis. With determined purpose and moral clarity, Jamie is pushing political leaders to develop ambitious plans to confront this existential threat to humanity.

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Ellen Chats with Inspiring College Football Player Jake Bain

Ellen sat down with Indiana State University football player Jake Bain, who gave an inspiring speech during a high school assembly, in which he came out to all of his peers.

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Powered by Girl: A Field Guide for Supporting Youth Activists

Drawing from a diverse collection of interviews with women and girl activists, Powered by Girl is both a journalistic exploration of how girls have embraced activism and a guide for adults who want to support their organizing.

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Amanda Gorman, Activist and National Youth Poet Laureate | Amanpour and Company

Alicia Menendez sits down with Amanda Gorman, who at twenty-one years old is already a published author, the first National Youth Poet Laureate, and founder of an initiative in her hometown of Los Angeles that promotes literacy.

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Greta and Eight Young Activists Reveal How the Climate Crisis is Shaping Their Lives | UNICEF

Nine young activists explain how climate change is affecting their lives and who inspires their efforts to make our planet a better place.

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Coach Kicks Gay Athlete Off Team, Lives to Regret It | Dhar Mann

Just because you’re gay, doesn’t mean you can’t play.

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