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Rebekah Bolser
Rebekah Bolser is a youth activist whose passion lies with sustainable development, youth empowerment, and education equity. She's currently a freshman at Miami University of Ohio, where's she's studying the intersection of social justice and strategic communications. You can follow her at @RebekahBolser.

Entries by Rebekah Bolser

On Heroin, Ohio, and Storytelling for Change

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 2:55 PM

The last time I saw my uncle, he asked me about college and teased me for being a nerd. He probably gave me a noogie or did something just as annoying while obnoxiously talking about cars, girls, or one of the other few topics he seemed to be endlessly interested...

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Recent Gun Bill Is Bad for Ohio's Youth

(3) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 1:46 PM

My heart aches for the thousands of people who will lose their lives this year to gun violence. The thousands of families who will mourn their loved ones. The thousands of stories that will never be told, jokes that will never be laughed at, and memories that will never be...

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I Need a Champion

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 12:26 PM

Okay, Hillary, let's get real for a second here. Because I have been fighting with myself since the day you announced.

I, like many of my millennial peers, have been waiting for the day when that glass ceiling shatters. I spent a good portion of my childhood reading about Eleanor...

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How We're Solving Youth 'Apathy'

(1) Comments | Posted April 5, 2015 | 10:32 PM

Every election cycle, we hear a familiar story: a good portion of the country wasn't interested in voting, and young people especially weren't interested in voting. We've heard it time and again, and it's always said with an air of inevitability -- the implication that it won't change. It's bold,...

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A Youth Response to SOTU

(2) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 1:28 PM

During this year's State of the Union, President Obama took the opportunity to address a range of issues from paid sick leave and equal pay to climate change and free community college. As usual, there were unlimited responses to the stances taken by the President, but perhaps the most underrated...

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Apathy Sucks

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 9:56 AM

I'm a fairly outspoken person. Whether that's a flaw or not is purely subjective, but I've grown to accept the good with the bad. I was always taught that I should constantly educate myself on what is happening in the world around me -- especially if I ever wanted to...

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The Key to Being a Youth Activist

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 10:55 AM

In my home state of Ohio, a recently introduced bill (HB 351) would ban insurance companies from covering abortion care, as well as certain types of birth control and IUDs. When I shared this, a friend of mine asked me about how to not get discouraged by politics. "How can...

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Teen Pregnancy and Beyoncé: What Bill O'Reilly Is Missing

(15) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 11:01 AM

Dear Bill O'Reilly,

Hi. My name is Bekah. You don't really need to know much about me, except that I am a teenage girl, my mother was a teenage mom and I listen to Beyoncé (a lot). I wanted to take a little bit to speak with you...

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Money in Politics Is Bad for Young People

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 12:39 PM

In the United States, only 29 percent of young people ages 18-29 feel that they have a say in our government. I believe that young people need to be empowered to be leaders of today and create positive change in this world. I'm finding this harder and harder...

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Youth Empowerment and the State of the Union

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 1:48 PM

On January 28, President Obama gave his annual State of the Union address. He used this time to deliver powerful narratives about everyday Americans, address a variety of issues and get a little sassy with Congress. Before the president took the podium, I wrote a piece about why...

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The State of the Union and Why It Matters to Young People

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 1:45 PM

On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, President Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union address. This address is a chance for the American people to reflect on what the Obama Administration has accomplished thus far, as well as what they plan to accomplish in the future. The president will...

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Safe Water Access and Why It Matters

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 2:31 PM

If you asked me what inspired me to become an activist, I don't think I could tell you. I honestly can't recall a time when I haven't been extraordinarily passionate about one issue or another. I have been very involved in my community since I was young and that's really...

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Typhoon Haiyan and Youth

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 9:17 AM

I love my generation. I love my generation because every day I get to work with young people actively trying to change the world. We are a generation that not only recognizes the issues and problems facing our world, but are actively trying to change them.

One such issue...

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Room to Breathe

(6) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 10:59 AM

There are a million different factors that went into me being homeschooled and, towards the middle of my junior year, my parents and I sat down and decided it was what was best for me. I would be doing all my classes online and honestly, I was skeptical. I thought...

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The Fault in Our Stars and Me

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 1:53 PM

"That's the thing about pain. It demands to be felt." -- John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

I cried the first time I read these words. Actually, to be honest, I cry every time I read those words. I can never describe how much that quote means...

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My Student Voice

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 9:31 AM

In the State of the Union Address, President Obama put a major focus on education. Some major points included the need for high quality early childhood education, the need for modern schools, and the need for lower college costs. On February 25, a student panel joined together via Google Hangout...

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A Vision of Giving

(2) Comments | Posted February 17, 2013 | 1:11 PM

"Always remember that striving and struggle precede success, even in the dictionary." -Sarah Ban Breathnach

Call me an optimist, but I have always believed that if you put good into the world, you'll get good out. I believe in everday miracles and the ability to overcome whatever life may throw...

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Be the Change You Wish To See in the World

(2) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 11:42 AM

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi

It's a quote that I've heard repeated throughout my life: To change the world, you have to begin with you. You have the power to change the world as long as you take the initiative to change yourself....

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Time, Change and the Youth of America

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 8:50 AM

I love it when I go to school and I learn something that really makes me think about the world around me, something so profound it just sticks with me for days, and it usually happens in the most random of moments. A few weeks ago, I was sitting in...

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